In today's Urban Planner: Munsch at play, a trip to the Forbidden City, and the madness of Stratford.
- Theatre: Mystic Forest Productions is presenting a week-long run of a selection of theatrically staged Robert Munsch stories, entitled Munsch At Play. There’s a twist to their kids theatre offering, too: the performers are “professional actors from different mental and physical abilities.” That means the cast includes performers such as veteran stand-up comic Andre Arruda and actor Krystal Nausbaum, who was a bright light in the Judith Thompson show Rare. There are two shows a day, and they’re recommended for the younger set—but if you’re a big Robert Munsch fan, you’ll know his work can be appreciated at any age. Toronto Public Library, Palmerston Branch (560 Palmerston Avenue), 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., $5–$10. Details
- Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
- Theatre: Only about two hours away from Toronto, madness is infiltrating the town of Stratford, Ontario—but fortunately, it’s the kind that produces delightful results. Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino has designed this year’s season around the theme “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge,” and explores it through everything from jukebox musicals to Shakespearean tragedies. And with the festival’s increasingly popular twice-daily bus service to and from downtown (in its second year), it’s easy to get a taste of what the mania is all about. Here’s Torontoist‘s take on a sampling of this year’s festival offerings—Ira Glass and his opinions notwithstanding, a whole lot of people would welcome a chance to spend some time with the Bard and some of Canada’s most esteemed artists. Multiple venues, all day, $25–$133. Details
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