Small Wooden Shoe’s Jacob Zimmer Talks Difficult Plays and Simple Songs

Host Christine Brubacher introduces Small Wooden Shoe’s Jacob Zimmer and Leora Morris at an edition of Difficult Plays and Simple Songs.

  • Aluna Theatre (1 Wiltshire Avenue, Unit 124)
  • 7:30 p.m.

One of Toronto’s theatrical highlights last year wasn’t held on a stage, didn’t cost any money, and appeared once every four weeks or so, for just a single night at a time. It was indie theatre company Small Wooden Shoe‘s Difficult Plays and Simple Songs, for which the company and its friends would gather together in a Parkdale home in the midst of renovations to read plays aloud and sing. Artistic director Jacob Zimmer spoke to us about what inspired the series, what makes a difficult play so difficult, and what can be expected when Difficult Plays resumes on November 25.

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1001 Bites

Actress Lindsey Clark appears in Nobody's Business Theatre's Scheherazade at the Next Stage Festival in January 2014. Detail of a photo by Greg Wong.

  • Playa Cabana Barrio (642 Bloor Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Theatre company Nobody’s Business is presenting Scheherazade, a new adaptation of the classic 1001 Nights, this coming January at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. To raise funds for the large ensemble production, the company is hosting a storytelling fundraiser, complete with a fine meal. At 1001 Bites, attendees will get to be among the first diners to visit the new Playa Cabana Barrio, a Mexican restaurant in Koreatown. Stories will be spun in between courses by local talents like Paul Hutcheson, Erin Fleck, and Sam S. Mullins.

Details: 1001 Bites

Mixed Company

Actress Christine Horne, seen here in a still from We Wanted More, will share the spotlight with improvisers at Mixed Company.

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

It’s too rare that comedians and theatre actors share a stage, though it happens far more often in TV and film. For the comedy show Mixed Company, veteran improvisers like Colin Mochrie, Aurora Browne, and Sandy Jobin-Bevans pair off with stage actors like Christine Horne (Farther West), M. John Kennedy (No Exit), and Grace Lynn Kung (Yukonstyle). Given that many of these performers have shared screen time in shows like Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, and Being Erica, they’ll no doubt enjoy tripping each other up for laughs.

CORRECTION: November 23, 2013, 1:11 PM This event’s price was originally listed as $8, when it should have been $10. We regret the error.

Details: Mixed Company


The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada.

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“David Bowie Is” Is Taking Over the AGO

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • All day

When it was originally unveiled at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (England, not Ontario), the “David Bowie Is” exhibition shattered attendance records, selling over 42,000 advance tickets. Now that the show has come to Toronto, it’s easy to see why it was so successful. Composed of over 300 objects from David Bowie’s personal archive, spanning his entire career, the exhibit is arranged and presented as a completely immersive experience, enveloping visitors in a kaleidoscopic visual and aural landscape that would be overwhelming if it weren’t so brilliantly arranged and intelligently guided.

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Evil Dead The Musical Returns to Toronto

Ryan Ward and Laura Tremblay in Evil Dead The Musical. Photo by David Hou.

  • The Randolph Theatre
  • All day

Since its humble beginnings in the back room of Toronto’s Tranzac club back in 2003, Evil Dead The Musical has steadily risen in infamy as a ridiculously fun, tongue-in-cheek, gore-soaked musical experience. From those earliest shows, the musical has gone on to make an off-broadway debut, to win and be nominated for several Dora awards, and to play in dozens of cities around the world, from Montreal and Vancouver to Tokyo and Madrid. It was high time that the show make a triumphant homecoming to a stage in Toronto, and it finally has, at the Randolph Theatre.

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TIFF’s First Major Original Exhibition Traces David Cronenberg’s Evolution

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

It’s not every day that a media tour opens with the injunction not to photograph “the sex blob,” but so began TIFF’s preview of “David Cronenberg: Evolution,” the organization’s first large-scale touring exhibition (for now, it’s stationed at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery). It’s an exhaustive, stunning look at some of the wildest, most perverse creations of a pioneer of the body-horror genre—who also happens to be Canada’s most internationally renowned filmmaker.

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On Stage Theatre Arts Series

Chris Abraham, winner of the 2013 Siminovitch Prize (with protege winner Mitchell Cushman at right), will speak on November 11 at the On Stage Theatre Series. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • 8 p.m.

The Toronto Public Library launches its fifth-annual On Stage Arts Series, giving Torontonians inside glimpses of new upcoming plays with the artistic directors of different companies. On October 28, Factory Theatre co-artistic director Nigel Shawn Williams talks with The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble playwright Beth Graham; on November 4, Studio 180 AD Joel Greenberg talks about Gods of Carnage; on November 11, recent Siminovitch Prize recipient Chris Abraham, AD of Crow’s Theatre, chats with Marcus Youssef and James Long, writers and performers of Winners and Losers; and on November 25, Theatre Passe Muraille’s associate artistic producer Rob Kempson will be on hand to discuss the play he’s written, The Way Back to Thursday.

Details: On Stage Theatre Arts Series