Nine actors will play roles in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy completely faithfully and professionally. And the lead character, this show’s titular Drunk Macbeth, will take a wee dram before every one of his entrances. All 15 of them. Given the demands on the Scotsman (and his liver), there’s a fresh one on the second night: Geoffrey Armour plays the role (and takes the drinks) on January 17, and Peter Nicol on January 18. The audience will get to see whether the show goes off the rails or the cast is able to shepherd the increasingly intoxicated Macbeth to the play’s bloody denouement. (For a great example of a cast helping an erratic Macbeth to a triumphant finish, prep yourself with this Slings & Arrows scene.)
Get ready for three days of style, swagger, and grace with Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend. The Fleck Stage at Harbourfront Centre will play host to over 20 artists in the genres including flamenco, b-boy, belly dance, and ballet. The programme will wrap up on Sunday night with a special gala to celebrate the lifetime achievement of Nadia Potts.
The Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD) brings actress Susan Claassen’s one-woman show, A Conversation With Edith Head, to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for a short weekend run. These days, Head is probably best known as the inspiration for Edna Mode in The Incredibles, but the costume designer clothed many of Hollywood’s most enduring celebrities from the ’20s to the ’80s, winning eight Oscars. Claassen tailors each show to the city she’s in, and answers audience questions in character, so film buffs might want to brush up on the films shot here in Toronto from Head’s 1,000 plus body of work.
Legendary local rock promoter Dan Burke has teamed up with several influential music collectives to present a “Class of 2014,” made up of local acts they’ve pegged for big things things in this new year. Part 1 happened on January 11; Part 2, co-produced by Silent Shout, features Jef Barbara, Lido Pimienta, Bizzarh, Nyssa, Twist.
The comic rhyming faceoff series Rapp Battlez celebrates its fourth year with a new crop of characters, including Spielberg vs. Scorsese, “Drogo” vs. “Drago,” and more. Above is a recent sample match, with “Siegfried & Roy” (Al Valulis and Thomas Rivas) facing off against two lions (Alex Tindal and Kevin Dowse). (Clip is NSFW due to language, especially Tindal’s “sexy lioness.”)