Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios Creates Steampunk Wonderland

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  • Grand Chapiteau (51 Commissioners Street)
    • Friday, August 29–Tuesday, December 23

Cirque du Soleil is magical. Across from T&T Supermarket on Cherry Street, the pop-up striped tent transforms Polson Pier into a scene of fantastical fun—it’s a better location than any Las Vegas hotel or Orlando strip mall. And when you walk into the Grand Chapiteau venue, you’re welcomed into a bizarro steampunk contortionist dream.

Kicking off its North American tour in Toronto, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s latest show. The official plot explanation is abstract and boring: there’s a Seeker in his own imaginary world called Curiosistan finding inventions with robots that smell like leather. It’s confusing to even layer a narrative over the spinning, jumping, flying and balancing. No one had no idea what was going on–but everyone loved the show. Details.

Details: Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios Creates Steampunk Wonderland

Helen Lawrence

Helen Lawrence. Image courtesy of Canadian Stage.

Helen Lawrence. Image courtesy of Canadian Stage.

  • Bluma Appel Theatre
    • Sunday, October 12–Sunday, November 2

World War II has ended, and the inhabitants of Vancouver are recovering and reorganizing. In film noir style, Helen Lawrence combines theatre, live film, art, and computer-generated visuals to tell the story of a community’s power struggle that rose from the ashes of war.

Details: Helen Lawrence

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon First National Tour Company. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The Book of Mormon First National Tour Company. Photo by Joan Marcus.

  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
    • Tuesday, September 16–Sunday, November 30

To the delight of those who fell victim to ticketing website crashes last year, The Book of Mormon is back! The brainchild of South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, this expectedly crude musical follows two 19-year-old Mormons as they travel to Uganda in hopes of converting the inhabitants of a small village. As one might imagine, hilarity ensues (with the help of some pretty catchy songs).

Details: The Book of Mormon