Today in Toronto: Bad Dog Theatre gives its hilarious take on Game of Thrones, Brazil and France unite in a fusion of dance, Tarragon Theatre says goodbye to its season with The Real World?, East Coast band Alert the Medic hits the stage with an acoustic set, and get your documentary fill at Hot Docs.
COMEDY: Game of Thrones fans can get a different take on the hit show as Bad Dog Theatre gives a live, unscripted interpretation of the television series based on the fantasy novels. Canadian actor and improviser Colin Munch has turned the 1,000-page book into a four-night event called Throne of Games. The shows (taking place tonight, May 9, May 16, and May 23) will feature 17 Canadian comedians, including Paul Bates, Aurora Browne, Nug Nahrgang, and Sarah Hillier. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10–$12.
DANCE: France and Brazil aren’t the most obvious of partners, but hip hop prodigy Mourad Merzouki has found a way to bring them together with Agwa/Correria. The performance—which Le Monde called “poetic and organic”—was created in 2006 when Merzouki brought 11 young dancers from Rio de Janeiro to France and fused hip hop, capoeira, samba, electronic music, and bossa nova. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $15–$45.
THEATRE: Tarragon Theatre is bidding adieu to its 2011/2012 season with a classic play that first premiered at the theatre almost 25 years ago. The Real World? is a play within a play about the mother of a young playwright who takes issue with his work about some private family issues. The Michel Tremblay piece has been translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco, and will feature Matthew Edison, Cara Gee, Sophie Goulet, Tony Nappo, Cliff Saunders, Jane Spidell, and Meg Tilly. The play officially opens today and runs until June 3. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21–$51.
MUSIC: East Coast favourite Alert the Medic has just begun an Ontario residency, with multiple shows taking place at Supermarket in Toronto. Last year’s Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards are promoting their sophomore album, We, the Weapon, which was released in 2009 and has received strong reviews. Tonight they’ll hit the stage with an acoustic set. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 9:15 p.m., PWYC.
HOT DOCS: It’s North America’s biggest documentary film fest, it’s celebrating a new home cinema, and it’s got everything from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to a penis museum. What’s not to love? Everything you need to know about Hot Docs 2012 is at our festival hub.
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