The folks at the Storefront Theatre have been busy mopping and cleaning since a water main break in February flooded their venue, shut them down, and forced a relocation of their February production, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The venue will reopen its doors to the public for the March edition of their Sing For Your Supper reading series, which matches local actors and playwrights for impromptu readings before an audience, with a chance to chat with all their participants afterward.
Mask and physical theatre innovator Rob Faust has been conducting an intensive with a dozen of Toronto’s most experienced clown and comedy performers, among them Helen Donnelly (a.k.a. Foo the clown), Allan Turner (a.k.a. Mullet the zombie clown), and Christel Bartelse, creator of solo shows ONEymoon and Significant Me. The result of their work will be a one-night-only cabaret entitled Fallen Apples, a series of “comic, poignant, and bizarre vignettes” created collectively by the cast and Faust, centred on “family dynamics.” (Be forewarned: this likely won’t be a show appropriate for the whole family.)
You can be taken out of a war, but can you truly remove the war from within you? This question is posed in Kawa Ada’s The Wanderers, a Buddies in Bad Times production about a father and son who flee a battle-worn Afghanistan. Though they start a new life in Canada, the horrors from their homeland refuse to be left behind.
A man, a woman, and a major life decision. That’s what makes up Tarragon Theatre’s Marry Me a Little. Set to a score of rare Sondheim pieces, this Craig Lucas and Norman René story sees a young couple grapple with love, commitment, and the daunting future.
Megan Follows makes her directorial debut in Nightwood Theatre’s The Carousel, a sequel to The List. Allegra Fulton returns to play an unnamed woman facing the imminent death of her mother. Told through a series of carousel rides, the story explores the complicated relationships between three generations of women.
In Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, on now at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, two people—a man and a woman in their late twenties to mid-thirties—stand on an empty stage and talk. They talk at each other, mostly, about themselves and about more abstract thoughts, as time shifts in the script propel them from pivotal moment to pivotal moment. It’s a style of theatre that can go wrong in an instant—but it can also produce a work that invigorates, or even inspires, a passion for the art form.
Fortunately, this one does the latter.
Proving that 3-chord punk bands can actually amount to something, the award-winning American Idiot is coming to Toronto, having already captivated audiences in London and on Broadway. Featuring the music of Green Day, the story follows three best friends who must choose between following their dreams or staying in the safety of suburbia.
For three weeks straight, the Alumnae Theatre will be obsessing over freshness, even more than your local grocery store. The New Ideas Festival is taking over for another year, bringing 15 new, developing, and experimental works to the stage. Each week of the festival, five new plays with a variety of themes will find themselves on the marquee, each one ranging from 10 to 60 minutes in length.
You may not be able to see the Fab Four in the flesh anymore, but Mirvish Productions has the next best thing. Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles features four performers who have spent years mastering the sounds and nuances of Paul, John, Ringo, and George. Not only will they play all the songs you love, they’ll also include tracks that the Beatles recorded but never performed in front of an audience.