Elizabethan Gala

  • Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street)
  • 6 p.m.

East-end outdoor theatre company Shakespeare in the Ruff has already begun prepping for its third annual show since its 2012 resurrection, following well-received productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Richard III. Cymbeline will be its 2014 production, and in order to stage the lesser-known Ancient British drama, the company is holding an Elizabethan Gala to raise necessary capital. The food will be prepared by L’Eat Catering; the entertainment will be courtesy of members of the company and a few special guests. A limited number of discounted arts worker tickets are available, so if you qualify, you’ll want to contact the company ASAP.

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Of Human Bondage Is Striking, but Not Subtle

Dan Chameroy, Gregory Prest, and Oliver Dennis in front of living portraits Raquel Duffy, Sarah Wilson, and Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Dan Chameroy, Gregory Prest, and Oliver Dennis in front of living portraits Raquel Duffy, Sarah Wilson, and Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 7:30 p.m.

As the world premiere of a stage adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s famous novel, Soulpepper Theatre’s production of Of Human Bondage is the jewel of the company’s 2014 season. Not that it’s a perfect play—but it does flex the strength of Soulpepper’s acting ensemble, design team, and, well, budget. The arresting opening scene sees the play’s main character, Philip Carey, well-played by Gregory Prest, enter by rising through a trapdoor centre stage while other members of the cast appear to dissect a cadaver (they’re actually crossing bows across a double bass, which is lying horizontally on an operating table). A spotlight casts Philip’s shadow against a red-brick wall, so that the bows appear to saw through his stiff, upright body. Setting the tone for the rest of the production, the scene is striking, but not incredibly subtle.

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Future Mother’s Day Party for Future Mothers

Sketch duo Tall Sigh (Meredith R. Cheesbrough and Nicole Elsasser). Details of a photo by Shannen McNee.

Sketch duo Tall Sigh (Meredith R. Cheesbrough and Nicole Elsasser). Details of a photo by Shannen McNee.

  • Baltic Avenue (875 Bloor Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

Fledgling comedy duo Tall Sigh are doing it for their moms, and all the moms to be, at their Future Mother’s Day Party for Future Mothers. Their host for the evening’s festivities will be Space Rider Dan Bierne; their musical guest will be Sarah Burton; and their sketch openers will be The Palcoholics.

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Danny Michel’s School Night Mondays

Danny Michel at the Dakota Tavern, March 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Hadfield.

Danny Michel at the Dakota Tavern, March 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Hadfield.

  • Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

After a month of “spring break,” Danny Michel’s School Night Mondays return to their weekly residency at the Dakota Tavern. The previous March residency had special guests like astronaut Chris Hadfield and fellow local songwriter Royal Wood, and given that every previous edition has sold out (it’s door tickets only, so get there early), the night is likely to continue to feature quality guests (plus Michel and his band, of course).

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Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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