Grey Gardens; Venus’ Daughter; The Two- Character Play
Musical adapted from the children’s picture book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. Opens Feb 29 and runs to Mar 19, see website for schedule. $ 10-$ 34. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E. 416- 862- 2222, youngpeoplestheatre.ca. BJust For A MoMent by Tien Providence ( Things Falling Apart Theatre). A painter returns to his island home 15 years after he left his fiancée to seek success in Canada. Opens Feb 25 and runs to Mar 6, Tue- Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $ 20. Pia Bouman School for Ballet, 6 Noble. justforamoment2016.bpt. me. L’eLisir D’AMore by Gaetano Donizetti ( Toronto City Opera). The romantic opera is sung in Italian with projected English titles. Opens Feb 26 and runs to Mar 5: Feb 26, Mar 3 and 5 at 7: 30 pm, Feb 28 at 2 pm. $ 28, srs $ 20, stu $ 15. Bickford Centre Theatre, 777 Bloor W. 416- 978- 8849, torontocityopera.com. the LAst Five YeArs by Jason Robert Brown ( YES Theatre). Two 20- something New Yorkers spend five years falling in and out of love in this musical. Opens Feb 26 and runs to Mar 7, Fri- Mon 8 pm ( except Feb 28 at 2 pm). $ 20$ 25. The Attic Arts Hub, 1402 Queen E, unit C3. info@ yestheatre. com. BLorD, WhY Do i Keep Choosing the Wrong MAn by Emmanuel Seegars ( George Fynn). This comedy- drama looks at an R& B singer, her controlling manager/ husband and the effects of their relationship on their daughters. Feb 26- 27 at 8 pm. $ 35-$ 75. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd. 416- 8160036, liveurbanplays.com. our toWn by Thornton Wilder ( The Passionate Players). A stage manager paints a portrait of life in a small American town around 1900. Feb 26- 28, Fri- Sat 7 pm, Sun 5 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $ 35 ( benefit for Convergence Theatre and Outside the March). Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square. bpt. me/ 2469681. periCLes, prinCe oF tYre by William Shakespeare ( Theatre Erindale). The storybook adventure play is performed as part of The Blackfriars Project 2016. Feb 25- 28, Thu 7: 30 pm, Fri- Sat 8 pm, mat Sat- Sun 2 pm. $ 18, stu/ srs $ 12. Erindale Studio Theatre, 3359 Mississauga Rd N. 905- 569- 4369, theatreerindale.com. periCLes: prinCe oF tYre by William Shakespeare ( Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, U of T). The prince flees his kingdom and tries to survive on the open sea. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 12, Tue- Sat 8 pm. $ 20, stu $ 10. Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St George. uofttix.ca. port AuthoritY by Conor McPherson ( Fly on the Wall Theatre). This portrait of three generations of Irish men portrays interwoven stories of love and missed opportunities. Mar 1- 13. Previews Mar 1, opens Mar 2 and runs to Mar 13, Tue- Sat 7: 30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $ 25, Sun $ 20, preview $ 15. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. flyonthewalltheatre. ca. QueerCAb Buddies’ monthly open- mic night for youth features music, spoken word, standup, drag and more. Mar 2 at 8 pm. Pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416975- 8555, buddiesinbadtimes. com. ñroseneAth FAMiLY FrienDLY FunDrAiser This company funder features a performance of Robert Watson’s The Money Tree, live and silent auctions, a kids’ craft area and more. Feb 28 at 2 pm. $ 40, child $ 10, family $ 80. Roseneath Theatre, 651 Dufferin. roseneath. ca. ñsALtWAter Moon by David French ( Factory Theatre). A man returns home to woo a former sweetheart who has moved on in 1926 Newfoundland ( see story, page 43). Opens Feb 26 and runs to Mar 13, Tue- Sat 8
pm, Sun 2 pm. $ 35. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst. 416- 504- 9971, factorytheatre.ca. BThe Space BeTween by Simeon Taole ( Cinematoscape/ North York Arts). A boy in South Africa longs to reunite with his childhood sweetheart in Canada in this solo show. Opens Feb 25 and runs to Mar 6, Tue- Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $ 20-$ 25. Aki Studio, Native Earth Performing Arts, 585 Dundas E. 416531- 1402, nativeearth.ca/ thespacebtwn. SpiriT Dreaming ( Talisker Players). Words and music tell creation myths from around the world, with actor Andrew Moodie. Mar 1- 2 at 8 pm. $ 40, srs $ 30, stu $ 10. Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W. taliskerplayers. ca. STairwayS are heaven, a FunDraiSer For STairS ( Red Sandcastle Theatre). An open mic/ variety show led by Rosemary Doyle. Feb 25- 27. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416- 845- 9411, redsandcastletheatre.com. TmT Salon: a paSSage To inDia ( Toronto Masque Theatre). An informative look at the inspiration behind TMT’s newest creation. Feb 29 at 7: 30 pm. $ 15-$ 20 ( pre- register). TMT Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury. 416- 410- 4561, torontomasquetheatre. com. BToronTo The gooD by Andrew Moodie ( The Howland Company Reading Group). Reading of s play about poverty, violence and race. Feb 29 at 7 pm. Free. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. howlandcompanytheatre.com. well Born by Celeste Percy- Beauregard ( SoCo Theatre/ Truth’n’Lies Theatre). An expectant mother must confront her past in order to embrace her future. Opens Feb 25 and runs to Mar 6, Thu- Sat 8 pm ( and Mar 6), mat Sat 2 pm. $ 25, pwyc Feb 27 mat. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw. socotheatre. wix. com/ socotheatre. you will rememBer me by François Archambault ( Tarragon Theatre/ Studio 180 Theatre). A professor and respected intellectual/ political figure struggles with dementia. Previews from Mar 1, opens Mar 9 and runs to Apr 10, Tue- Sat 8 pm, Sun 2: 30 pm ( see website for Sat mats). $ 28-$ 60, rush $ 15. MainSpace. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman. 416- 531- 1827, tarragontheatre. com.
BaDDicTeD by Raven Dauda ( Watah Theatre/ Audre Lorde Works- In- Progress Festival). An alcoholic woman in rehab goes on a preternatural quest where she must face her past to save her future. To Feb 28, Tue- Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm. $ 15-$ 20 ( bpt. me/ 2493887). Dancemakers, 9 Trinity, # 313- 314. watah. org. anyThing goeS by Cole Porter, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse ( LOT). A stowaway and a nightclub singer get in trouble aboard an ocean liner in this musical. To Mar 20, Thu- Sat 7: 30 pm, mat Sat- Sun 3: 30 pm. $ 50-$ 60. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. 416915- 6747, lowerossingtontheatre. com. BiTch oF The BaSkervilleS by SR Krieger ( Socratic Theatre Collective). A female detective and her sidekick seek a killer in this genderswapped version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale. To Feb 28, Fri- Sun 8 pm. $ 25, stu $ 15. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. socratictheatre. com. The clownS by Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour ( Humber Theatre/ Theatre Smith- Gilmour). This show draws inspiration from the works of Federico Fellini to explore the everyday and the absurd through words and music. To Feb 27, Fri 7: 30 pm, Sat 2 pm. $ 20, stu/ srs $ 10. Humber Studio Theatre, 300 Birmingham. 416- 675- 6622 ext 3080. conTempT by Brandon Crone ( Storefront Theatre). A mother hires a woman to have sex with her paralyzed and mute son ( see review online at nowtoronto. com/ stage). To Mar 6, Wed- Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $ 20-$ 25. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W. bpt. me/ 2486546. nn ( GS) DalTon anD company by Paul Dunn ( Cart/ Horse Theatre). Meritocracy, politics and sex weave through Dunn’s play about a renowned teacher/ writer and the four people who idolize him. There are some sharp episodes and good performances, but the characters need further fleshing out. To Feb 28, Thu- Sat 7 pm, Sun 3 pm. $ 25. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. carthorsetheatre.com. nnn ( JK) DeFenDing The caveman by Rob Becker ( I Love It Productions). This comedy looks at the misunderstandings between men & women. To Feb 26, Thu- Sat 8 pm. $ 16.50-$ 38. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. thecaveman. ca. eSpoir/ eSpwa by Edwige Jean- Pierre, Djennie Laguerre and Carline Zamar ( Théâtre français de Toronto). Three Haitian women share a common desire to not dwell on sadness and misery. French w/ some English surtitled performances. To Mar 6, see website for details. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416534- 6604, theatrefrancais. com. evil DeaD The muSical by Christopher Bond, George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris ( Starvox Entertainment). Musical based on the film franchise. To Feb 28, see website for times. $ 40 and up. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst. evildeadthemusical.com. Fancy nancy The muSical by Susan DiLallo and Danny Abosch ( LOT). Stage adaptation for families of the picture book Fancy Nancy And The Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor. To May 1, Sat 11 am, Sun 11 am & 1 pm. $ 25-$ 45. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. 416- 915- 6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com. gaSlighT by Patrick Hamilton ( Mirvish). Hamilton’s 1938 melodrama may have terrified theatregoers back in the day, but this imported UK revival only elicits cynical eye rolls. The performances are okay, especially by Flora Montgomery and Game Of Thrones’ Owen Teale, who play a young wife being convinced by her dastardly husband that she’s losing her mind. But director David Gilmore adds cheesy sound effects, as if to add suspense to dull scenes. To Feb 28, Tue- Sat 8 pm, mat Sat- Sun 2 pm. $ 35-$ 119. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416- 872- 1212, mirvish. com. nn ( GS) greaT BallS oF Fire ( FPP). This black light dinner theatre show features iconic rock n’ roll anthems. To May 31, see website for times. $ 40-$ 65. Famous People Players, 343 Evans. 416- 532- 1137, fpp. org. ñgrey garDenS
by Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie ( Acting Up Stage Company). Two female relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy go from wealth and status to an isolated existence in a home overrun by cats. ( See review, page 44.) To Mar 6, see website for times. $ 35-$ 55, stu $ 30. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416368- 3110, actingupstage.com. nnnn ( GS) ñkinky BooTS
by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper ( Mirvish). Although it takes a while to find its feet, Fierstein and Lauper’s adaptation of the 2005 film about the white son of a shoe magnate who teams up with a black drag queen to make fabulous boots for male crossdressers soon kicks into high gear and delivers lots of fun and a heartfelt message about acceptance and inclusivity. The songs aren’t totally memorable, but the book is on point and the choreography inventive. The cast – especially lead Alan Mingo Jr. in a jaw- dropping turn – is pumped for every flashy or poignant number. To May 15, TueSat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat & Sun 2 pm. $ 29$ 130. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416- 872- 1212, mirvish. com. nnnn ( GS) ñThe marriage oF Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( Canadian Opera Company). Director Claus Guth’s take on Mozart’s comic opera tones down the laughs and adds an erotic Cupid figure who heightens the characters’ sexuality, lust and jealousy. The concept works most of the time, and the fine cast, conducted by Johannes Debus, performs the music gloriously. To Feb 27, see website for times. $ 50-$ 435. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416- 363- 8231, coc. ca. nnnn ( JK) munSch maSh adapted by Michelle Gram and Bill Martyn ( SSCT). Robert Munsch stories performed as one play for ages 3 and up. To Mar 20, Sat- Sun 11 am & 2 pm ( and Mar 1418, see website). $ 16. Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge. solarstage.on.ca.
mustard by Kat Sandler ( Tarragon Theatre). This comedy about 16- year- old girl Thai ( Rebecca Liddiard) and the eponymous imaginary friend ( Anand Rajaram) who lives beneath her bed, is less focused than some of Sandler’s Fringe plays. The metaphoric meaning never resonates, and there’s a silly subplot involving Quentin Tarantino- esque baddies. But the quirky scenes between Mustard and Thai’s mom ( Sarah Dodd) are full of complex emotions. To Mar 13, Tue- Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2: 30 pm ( see website for Wed & Sat mats). $ 28$ 60, rush $ 15. ExtraSpace. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman. 416- 531- 1827, tarragontheatre.com. nnn ( GS) old man and the river by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones ( Theatre Direct). A solitary, grumpy old man finds a friend in this puppetry show for ages 3 and up. To Feb 28, Sat- Sun 11 am and 2 pm. $ 15, family 4- pack $ 52. Studio 176, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie. theatredirect.ca. piCasso at the lapin aGile by Steve Martin ( Seven Siblings Theatre). Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein debate the meaning of the universe and its inescapable ties with art. To Feb 28, Thu- Sun 7: 30 pm ( except Feb 27, at 2 pm). $ 20-$ 25. Round Venue, 152A Augusta. sevensiblingstheatre.ca. ñrhuBarB festival
The 37th edition of Buddies’ new works festival features plays, dance, performance art and more including works by Walter Scott, Heidi Strauss, Gavin Crawford & Sky Gilbert, Femmes du Feu, Alex Tigchelaar, NIC Kay and others plus live music and DJ parties. To Feb 28, see website for schedule and more details. Pwyc-$ 20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. spy sChool!: mission ridiCulous ( MYDT). James Bond and other secret agents go back to school in this interactive dinner- theatre show. To Mar 26, Fri- Sat 7: 30 pm ( dinner from 6: 30 pm), see website for other show times. $ 45-$ 87. Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, 2026 Yonge. 416- 486- 7469, mysteriouslyyours.com. toronto Cold reads Incubator reading series for new film, TV and theatre scripts read by professional actors. Weekly, Sundays at 9 pm. Pwyc. 2nd floor. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. 416- 903- 5388, socap.ca. the two- CharaCter play by Tennessee Williams ( Good Old Neon Theatre). A sibling acting duo are deserted by their troupe and must “face” the audience alone ( see story, page 45). To Feb 28, Fri- Sun 8 pm, mat Sat 2: 30 pm. Workspace. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman. goodoldneon.ca. nnn ( Trevor Campbell) Bvenus’ dauGhter by Meghan Swaby ( Obsidian Theatre). Inspired by the life of Sara Baartman, this play uses song, comedy and rhythm to look at myths and realities that surround women and their bodies ( see review, page 44). To Feb 28, Tue- Sat 8 pm, mat Sat- Sun 2 pm. $ 25-$ 35, stu $ 20. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. 416- 538- 0988, obsidiantheatre.com. nnn ( Susan G Cole)
See review of Contempt at nowtoronto.