Urban Planner: September 23, 2011
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Urban Planner: September 23, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: a new run for an old favourite at Soulpepper, new five-minute Opera Briefs at the season opener for Tapestry New Opera, and classic old soul jams from a new purpose-assembled band at A Soul.

Felix's (Diego Matamoros, centre) panic attack derails poker night in a scene from Soulpepper's production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. Photo by Cylia von Tiedemann.

THEATRE: Soulpepper brings back their popular 2008 production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, opening tonight,  starring Albert Schultz as the slovenly Oscar and Diego Matamoros as the anal-retentive Oscar. All the original production’s poker pals are back—Schultz and Matamuros are joined by fellow founder Michael Hanrahan, associate artist Derek Boyes, and longtime Soulpepper favourites Oliver Dennis and Kevin Bundy—though the “Pigeon Sisters” are now played by Michelle Monteith and Raquel Duffy. The Young Centre (55 Mill Street, Building 49), 7:30 p.m., $22–$65 ($5–$22 rush tickets one hour before show.)

OPERA: Tapestry New Opera opens its 32nd season with the popular Opera Briefs, five-minute, bite-sized operas written and created by a diverse selection of Canadian playwrights and composers. On tonight’s slate is new work from critically acclaimed playwrights like Anusree Roy (Brothel #9, Pyassa) and Norman Yeung (Theory, Pu-Erh). Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $25.

SOUL: A Soul celebrates the equinox with funky jams tonight, when a band of cool cats join forces to make you fall in love (with fall?). It’s a special edition indeed, incorporating visiting musician Emile Mover and further celebrating the birthdays of vocalist Maylee Todd and ivory tickler Jesse Levine. The Holy Oak (1241 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., FREE.

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