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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.

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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)

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