ROCK by Kat Sandler

The cast of ROCK, a new play by Kat Sandler. Photo by Zaiden.

The cast of ROCK, a new play by Kat Sandler. Photo by Zaiden.

  • The Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

Playwright Kat Sandler has an impeccable flair for comedic dialogue, and her plays keep getting better, from early effort LOVESEXYMONEY, to Fringe hit Help Yourself, to, most recently, clever couple swap scenario Delicacy.

Sandler’s newest work ROCK could be her darkest yet, about an actor (Andy Trithardt) who’s begun fantasizing about murder, despite a supportive girlfriend (Jen Balen) and a rock solid best friend (Tim Walker).

Details: ROCK by Kat Sandler

’90s Party: 90210 Edition

  • Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst Street)
  • 10 p.m.

The folks at Good Kids and She Does the City are collaborating on a special edition of their ’90s party series, with a costume party and homage to those 30-year-olds in high school, a.k.a. the kids of Beverly Hills, 90210. Dress up as Brenda, Dylan, Brandon, Kelly, or David, either solo or as a group, and you could snag a $200 top prize, or consolation drink prizes. Resident DJs Caff and Fawn will keep the tunes spinning until 3 a.m., and yes, there will be a photo booth.

Details: ’90s Party: 90210 Edition

Ongoing…

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Bret "The Hitman" Hart performing at last year's Sketch Comedy Festival.

Bret "The Hitman" Hart performing at last year's Sketch Comedy Festival.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

This year’s edition of the Sketch Comedy Festival boasts headliners including Eugene Mirman (March 9), Bruce McCulloch (March 11), and Michael Ian Black (March 12). There are also visiting troupes from Winnipeg (Hot Thespian Action), Montreal (Uncalled For), and Vancouver (Peter ‘n Chris), plus a wide variety of local outfits. It’ll all wrap with a closing show featuring the Sketchersons, joined by special guest host and wrestling legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

Sketchfest runs at The Randolph Theatre, Lower Ossington Theatre, and Comedy Bar.

Update, March 15:
Hart is on the sidelines recovering from knee surgery; The Honky Tonk Man has been announced as the new host for Sunday night.

Details: Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

The Meme-ing of Life

The Second City cast take a minute to check their Twitters.

The Second City cast take a minute to check their Twitters.

  • Second City (51 Mercer Street)
  • 7:30 p.m.

If there’s one thing that’s particularly impressive about Second City’s new mainstage show, The Meme-ing of Life, it’s how well balanced it is.

As the title implies, Meme-ing is nominally a show about the internet, and certainly there is a fair bit of internet-centric humour. (One sketch, about a boy who falls into a YouTube-induced coma that can only be cured by reading, is particularly on point.) That said, it isn’t just a series of jokes about cat videos. Instead, it’s a well-thought-out show that manages to offer something for pretty much everyone, without stretching itself too thin.

Details: The Meme-ing of Life is an Epic Win

Lear

  • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
  • 8 p.m.

World Stage presents Lear, a retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of family, legacy, and tragedy, with Canadian legend Clare Coulter in the title role and director Philip McKee.

Details: Lear

Odyssey: The Musical

  • Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

If you’re finding it difficult to get through the original version of Homer’s classic, The Odyssey, there’s nothing like a musical edition to help make things more clear. Odyssey: The Musical tells the epic journey of Odysseus and the struggles he faces as he makes his way back home after the fall of Troy. The music and lyrics come from Khamsina, one of Victoria College’s students.

Details: Odyssey: The Musical

Little One and Other People’s Children

Joe Cobden and Michelle Monteith turn their flashlights to dark corners of suburban life in Little One. Photo by Nir Bareket.

Joe Cobden and Michelle Monteith turn their flashlights to dark corners of suburban life in Little One. Photo by Nir Bareket.

  • Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

One of Canada’s most acclaimed and prolific young playwrights, Hannah Moscovitch, has her own mini festival at Tarragon Theatre this season. It started with This is War in January, and continues into March with three one-act plays, all concerning children. Two of those three plays form the double bill now on: Little One and Other People’s Children. (We’ve got a full review right here.) Later this month Other People’s Children will continue, paired with another one-act piece called In This World.

Details: Little One and Other People’s Children

Laws of Motion

The cast of Laws of Motion. Photo by Lindsay Anne Black.

The cast of Laws of Motion. Photo by Lindsay Anne Black.

  • Jam Factory Company (2 Matilda Street)
  • 8 p.m.

The Canadian premiere of Ashlin Halfnight’s Laws of Motion, about an accident that sparks a chain reaction of events, boasts a powerhouse ensemble assembled by Small Elephant Co-Op and director Chris Stanton, and is staged in a second-floor jam shop in Leslieville.

Update, March 12: The show has now been extended to March 23—but they absolutely have to close after that.

Details: Laws of Motion