Urban Planner: May 24, 2012
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Urban Planner: May 24, 2012

Today: jump onto a café table and celebrate the return of RENT; a new play offers 120 ways to tell itself; and funny women will keep you laughing with East Side Represents.

Pieces, a play that's never performed the same way twice, opens tonight. Photo by Fahad Khan.

MUSICAL: RENT RENT RENT RENT REEEEENT! Jonathan Larson’s magnum opus returns to Toronto for a month-long run at Lower Ossington Theatre. This musical, based off Puccini’s opera La bohème, tells the tale of a struggling group of bohemians who must come to terms with their own lives and what it truly means to pay rent (both literally and metaphorically). If all you’ve seen is that hollow movie version, do yourselves a favour and check out this live performance. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), runs tonight to June 16, 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.

THEATRE: This new Canadian play focuses on sex and betrayal and the different ways life can be put back together after it’s fallen apart. Pieces, featuring an all-star cast consisting of Rosemary Dunsmore, Ron White, and Allison Price, comes from director Jill Harper and promises to deliver a unique performance each night. Before each show, the script’s sequence is randomly drawn, which means up to 120 variations of the play can be told. Unit 102 (376 Dufferin Street), runs tonight to June 9, 8 p.m., $20–$30.

COMEDY: Be happy, it’s a shorter week! If you still need a laugh to help you get to the weekend, check out the power of funny women at East Side Represents. This night of stand-ups features Sandra Battaglini, Jeanie Calleja, Precious Chong, Fiona Carver, Sarah Carver, Diane Johnstone, and Andrea Murray, along with Tim Burton and Phil Luzi. The Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), 8 p.m., $10.

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