With female criminals being en vogue these days thanks to Netflix, Mirvish has picked a great time to bring the Tony Award–winning Chicago to Toronto. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical revolves around the incarceration of Roxie Hart, a wannabe star who gets her name in lights—but only after killing her paramour.
Though the sterile walls and forgettable furniture make a hospital hallway seem an unlikely place for any surreal, even magical, moments to happen, anyone who’s spend a nerve-wracking evening in those hallways knows that the mind can play some funny tricks thanks to a combination of stress, sadness, and lack of sleep.
In Jennifer Tremblay’s one-woman-show The Carousel, produced by Nightwood Theatre and on until this Sunday, we see the central figure alone in a hospital hallway, sitting, at first, outside the room where her mother lies dying. The Woman, played by Allegra Fulton, then finds herself tracing out moments from her family’s past, acting out characters ranging from her grandfather to her own small sons, as she attempts to build an understanding of her grandmother, her mother, and herself—and draw similarities between their shared histories and her future. It’s a very theatrical concept, emphasized by dreamlike projections on the set’s blank walls by designer Denyse Karn. An understanding of The Woman’s emotionally distressing situation, though, makes the situation painfully immediate. What else can one do in while in hospital limbo, waiting for an end, but carefully dissect how one got there, and where one is going?
Little Terrors—a monthly showcase of short horror films—demonstrates the dangers of a metaphoric bleeding heart with their March instalment, Volume 26: Empathy Kills. Presented by Rue Morgue and Unstable Ground, the bill is made up of 10 gory and horrifying shorts by local and international filmmakers—some of whom will participate in Q&As following the screening.
It’s time again for your favourite comedy show whose name you might feel uncomfortable saying! Queer as Fuck is back for another evening of LGBTQ+ stand-up, hosted by Catherine McCormick. This time around, you’ll see Keelan Miller, Zabrina Chevannes, Sarah Grange, Susan Fischer, and Keesha Brownie on stage. Sign up prior to the show, and you could join them—one lucky comedic hopeful will be given five minutes in the spotlight.