Urban Planner: July 16, 2012
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Urban Planner: July 16, 2012

Happening today: theatre openings to keep post-Fringe sadness at bay, Dent May and his ukulele play Queen West, and a Laughable comedy showcase.

Amy Keating and Ishai Buchbinder are preschool pals in the dark imaginary friend satire Mr. Marmalade, previewing tonight. Photo by Simon Bloom.

THEATRE: Have you gotten used to daily theatre after two weeks of the just-wrapped Toronto Fringe Festival, and don’t want to give it up just yet? Well not to fear—three shows open or preview tonight to fill that void:

  • Mr. Marmalade, a site-specific dark satire about a preschooler with a volatile imaginary friend who mirrors the adults and other people in her real life, was a big hit at the 2011 SummerWorks Festival. Innovative theatre company Outside The March previews the show tonight in its new real kindergarten class venue. Holy Family Catholic Church School (1372 King Street West 141 Close Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $10 $20, or $10 for those under 30.
  • The Soulpepper Theatre Company brings its considerable talent to bear on David Mamet, a playwright who’s long been a favourite of Fringe companies hoping to make a splash. Their production of Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow, about slimy Hollywood dealings and set in a producer’s office, opens tonight. The Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane), 8 p.m., $32–$68 (rush tickets one hour before the show for $5–$22.)
  • A fan favourite at last year’s Fringe Festival, multimedia comedy P-Dale remounts its Episode 1: Heist, with a PWYC opening tonight. Following the misadventures of a crew of hapless Parkdale ne’er-do-wells, the show sets the stage for Episode 2, scheduled for an October premiere. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), 8 p.m., PWYC (all subsequent performances $15).

COMEDY: Unlovable still hasn’t opened its doors following a NXNE-related, City-enforced shutdown, so producer-hosts Nick Flanagan and Steph Tolev have temporarily relocated this month’s Laughable stand-up showcase to the Comedy Bar. Guests on tonight’s bill include Gilson Lubin, Evany Rosen, and Dom Pare. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $5.

MUSIC: Mississippi native Dent May is best known for his ukulele strumming, but his latest video “Home Groan“, using iPhone footage shot by himself and director James Alexander Warren, shows the musician is much more than a one-trick pony. Dent will make his Toronto debut tonight, with openers Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs. The Shop under Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $7 in advance, $8 at the door.

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