Clowning Around this Weekend
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Clowning Around this Weekend

Cirque du Soleil’s much-anticipated new show, Corteo, opens tonight in that signature blue and yellow tent next to Ontario Place. If Torontoist’s trusty informant (we’re in with one of the ushers) is to be believed, Cirque’s latest offering once again promises the usual suspension of the laws of physics, this time for a story involving a clown’s funeral procession.
But if Cirque’s ticket prices stretch the purse strings a little too far, don’t worry, for tonight also brings the start of SummerWorks, the perfect remedy for everyone suffering from Fringe withdrawal. Top ticket price is only ten bucks, and there are quite a few freebies to choose from as well (we’d recommend Sunday night’s free reading of The Unforgetting by Belltower Theatre – they won last year’s SummerWorks Prize). The Globe shares its picks for the festival’s fifteenth incarnation; we like the looks of All Hams on Deck (by the same folks who tickled us a few years ago with The Drowsy Chaperone), and Shari Hollett and Chris Earle’s Democrats Abroad. We’ll report back next week after we have a chance to catch a few shows.
Finally, for those of you who prefer your clowning literal and immediate, this guy is looking for a few pie-throwing volunteers this weekend. If only Torontoist didn’t have a day job.