Urban Planner: March 7, 2011
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Urban Planner: March 7, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

The National Theatre of the World’s new improvised soap opera launches tonight; pictured are Naomi Sneickus as the scheming Jessica Cawthra, and Jim Annan as Brad Réchérché, the black sheep heir apparent to the Réchérché family’s soap mine fortunes. Photo by Sharilyn Johnson.

In today’s Urban Planner: a conversation about getting over our worst mistakes; Soulpepper’s production of Tom Jones’ long-running musical The Fantasticks; Trampoline Hall on authors, assholes, and Acorus calamu; and The National Theatre of the World officially opens The Soaps with a funeral that’s sure to devolve into improvised comedic chaos.

INTERVIEW: This is Not a Reading Series hosts author Farzana Doctor, who’s just published her second novel, Six Metres of Pavement, about a man trying to get over a tragic mistake he made two decades earlier. NOW columnist Susan G. Cole will interview Doctor, local musician Sarah Greene will sing some tunes from her album Toronto Blues, and storytelling group 10 1/2 Stories will encourage audience members to relate stories about the worst mistakes they’ve made in their lives. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: Soulpepper doesn’t plan to run its current production of The Fantasticks, a musical written by Welsh singing legend Tom Jones, anywhere close to the record it holds for longest running musical (forty-two years for its Off-Broadway production), so if you intend to see the charming play, tonight would be as good a time as any. Discount rush tickets are available an hour before the show—and a student rush ticket is the same price as a foot-long sub. Young Centre (55 Mill Street, Building 49), 7:30 p.m., $5–$60.
LECTURE: This month‘s edition of Trampoline Hall, curated by Life of A Craphead‘s Amy Lam, has comedian and scramble intersection performance artist Glenn Macauley talking about what makes an asshole, Anne Abbott lecturing about Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Zoe Gordon detailing the medicinal properties of Rat Root, or Acorus calamus. If you’ve yet to attend a Trampoline Hall, their website details how best to obtain rush tickets.The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $5-$6.
COMEDY: They’ve had a month of weekly preview shows to get the story underway; now The National Theatre of the World (our improv Heroes of 2010) officially open their newest project, The Soaps, with the funeral of Richard Réchérché. The soap mine magnate’s suspicious death in their first preview has the residents of the fictitious town of Utopia scheming and plotting to fill the power vacuum. Guest Paul Bates (CTV’s Dan For Mayor, The Williamson Playboys) joins the top notch cast of improvisers, guesting as the priest scheduled to sermonize at the funeral. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.