Urban Planner: November 21, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 21, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: a Tweetgasm, Movember style; the last Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids; and improvisers present both the history of Toronto and the 36 dramatic situations that (supposedly) inspire all theatre.

Improvisers Julie Dumais (at left) and Sarah Hillier will explore 36 possible dramatic plots with members of Uncalled For and others tonight. Photo by Christa Gary.

MOVEMBER: The monthly Tweetgasm meetup at the Gladstone gets its upper lip furry with their annual Movember edition, featuring musical guests Speedboats and Big Explosions, arm-wrestling and wood-chopping contests, a costume contest that will crown the best “lumberjack” couple of the night, and a photo booth to document the growth to date (fake moustaches will be on hand for all the Mo Sistas who want to see what they look like moustachioed.) Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC.

GRTTWAK: It’s the last edition of Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids for the foreseeable future, as founder and organizer Dan Misener is moving across the Atlantic for at least a year. Advance tickets sold out in 24 hours back in September, and the waiting list for readers has been full since October, but there will still be at-the-door tickets for those who line up early enough. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 7:30 p.m., $10.

HISTORY: Tracing the history of a family that arrived in Toronto in 1849, Class City: An Improvised History of Toronto is, over the course of three installments, tracking that family’s personal history (with Toronto as a backdrop) through Confederation, the world wars, the Great Depression, and more, up to the present day. Tonight is the second installment, featuring a cast of eight improvising actor/history buffs, and narrated by Jason Kucherawy; it’ll be covering 1905–1949, so the audience will see how the Connor-Keating clan coped with the Great Depression and both world wars. The Cameron House (804 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15.

COMEDY: Nineteenth-century French writer George Polti advanced a theory that in theatre, there’s a grand total of 36 dramatic situations to play off of. Bad Dog Theatre, in association with the fellas of Uncalled For, are putting that idea to the test with 33 of them (with the last three included in some fashion) for 33 Dramatic Situations, utilizing an all-star cast of improv players from both companies and other guests, including Taylor White from NYC’s Magnet Theatre and Sarah Hillier, recently named Canada’s Best Female Improviser at the 2011 Canadian Comedy Awards. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8:30 p.m., PWYC.


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