Small Wooden Shoe’s Jacob Zimmer Talks Difficult Plays and Simple Songs

Host Christine Brubacher introduces Small Wooden Shoe’s Jacob Zimmer and Leora Morris at an edition of Difficult Plays and Simple Songs.

Host Christine Brubacher introduces Small Wooden Shoe’s Jacob Zimmer and Leora Morris at an edition of Difficult Plays and Simple Songs.

  • Aluna Theatre (1 Wiltshire Avenue, Unit 124)
  • 7:30 p.m.

One of Toronto’s theatrical highlights last year wasn’t held on a stage, didn’t cost any money, and appeared once every four weeks or so, for just a single night at a time. It was indie theatre company Small Wooden Shoe‘s Difficult Plays and Simple Songs, for which the company and its friends would gather together in a Parkdale home in the midst of renovations to read plays aloud and sing. Artistic director Jacob Zimmer spoke to us about what inspired the series, what makes a difficult play so difficult, and what can be expected when Difficult Plays resumes on November 25.

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1001 Bites

Actress Lindsey Clark appears in Nobody's Business Theatre's Scheherazade at the Next Stage Festival in January 2014. Detail of a photo by Greg Wong.

Actress Lindsey Clark appears in Nobody's Business Theatre's Scheherazade at the Next Stage Festival in January 2014. Detail of a photo by Greg Wong.

  • Playa Cabana Barrio (642 Bloor Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Theatre company Nobody’s Business is presenting Scheherazade, a new adaptation of the classic 1001 Nights, this coming January at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. To raise funds for the large ensemble production, the company is hosting a storytelling fundraiser, complete with a fine meal. At 1001 Bites, attendees will get to be among the first diners to visit the new Playa Cabana Barrio, a Mexican restaurant in Koreatown. Stories will be spun in between courses by local talents like Paul Hutcheson, Erin Fleck, and Sam S. Mullins.

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Mixed Company

Actress Christine Horne, seen here in a still from We Wanted More, will share the spotlight with improvisers at Mixed Company.

Actress Christine Horne, seen here in a still from We Wanted More, will share the spotlight with improvisers at Mixed Company.

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

It’s too rare that comedians and theatre actors share a stage, though it happens far more often in TV and film. For the comedy show Mixed Company, veteran improvisers like Colin Mochrie, Aurora Browne, and Sandy Jobin-Bevans pair off with stage actors like Christine Horne (Farther West), M. John Kennedy (No Exit), and Grace Lynn Kung (Yukonstyle). Given that many of these performers have shared screen time in shows like Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, and Being Erica, they’ll no doubt enjoy tripping each other up for laughs.

CORRECTION: November 23, 2013, 1:11 PM This event’s price was originally listed as $8, when it should have been $10. We regret the error.

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Ongoing…

The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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