Urban Planner: May 11, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 11, 2010

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In this scene from Videocabaret’s The Great War, Canadian General Currie (Richard Alan Campbell) pours tea for his British commanding officer General Byng (Greg Campbell), while two infantrymen (Mac Fyfe & Kerry Ann Doherty) look warily out on the battlefield. Photo by Michael Cooper.

KIDS: Star playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s In This World happens today, before and after lunchtime, at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Montreal audiences saw this teen-oriented play about schoolyard violence between girls last year; Sharon James and Hannah Cheesman both reprise their starring roles as two former friends who’ve come to blows over issues of race, sex, and class. Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (165 Front Street East), 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., $10–$20.
READING: Canadian Stage‘s month-long Festival of New Ideas and Creation officially launched last night with a party and a showcase of short works from their GYM emerging artists program. Tonight, the new work from established artists begins. First up is Nightwood Theatre, whose artistic director, Kelly Thornton, is directing a new adaptation of Jennifer Tremblay’s The List, which won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for French Language Drama. Reading will be Kristen Thomson, a renowned playwright for her solo piece I, Claudia. After Thomson’s performance, there will be a Q&A with Thornton and the play’s translator, Shelley Tepperman. Berkeley Street Theatre (25 Berkeley Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: First produced in 1993, Michael Hollingsworth’s The Great War is the ninth of a fifteen-play cycle spanning Canadian history. While World War I would seem less suitable for send-up than the political peccadilloes of their most recent production, Laurier, Videocabaret‘s signature style of “black-box” farce still finds dark comedic beats in the stories of trench warfare and backroom strategizing, and deeply invests in the pathos that our nation’s most traumatic military campaign deserves. The previews and first few shows have been selling out (The Cameron House‘s backroom seats just 60), and tonight is their first discount Tuesday show, so you’re strongly encouraged to reserve in advance via Videocabaret’s ticket hotline (416-703-1725). The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15.
COMEDY: Never had the chance to be in the live studio audience for a show like Wheel of Fortune, and always wondered what it’d be like to be called up to the stage to compete for prizes? You can do just that tonight at Showgame, where one lucky winner will take home a $150 poker set, among other prizes. Complete with an unctuous announcer (Trevor Martin), personable host (Nug Nahrgang), and lovely co-host (Christy Bruce), the show goes to great lengths to replicate the game show experience; plus, there are sketch comedy segments from Ron Sparks, Punch in the Box, and Manicorn. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: Two long-running free music nights, Elvis Mondays at the Drake Hotel Underground and Bookie’s Nu Music Night at the Horseshoe Tavern, have seen new music fans looking to fill the void since Wavelength shut down their weekly Sunday nights in favour of less frequent special projects. The longtime Edge/CFNY personality‘s Horseshoe nights have been attracting some A-grade bands of late, including The Meligrove Band, and Plants and Animals. Tonight, there’s a typically eclectic selection of acts, including “electroacoustic” trio Eve and The Ocean (11:40 p.m.), the soul-pop sounds of The Courtney Wells Band (10 p.m.), and Dream Jefferson (9:10 p.m.), described by Toronto’s mysterious indie music sage Lonely Vagabond as “Beastie Boys meets Scarborough.” The Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.