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1000 MoNkeys PlaywritiNg Festival (Red Sandcastle Theatre). Readings of plays created in 24 hours. Aug 6-7, Sun 7 pm, Mon 2 pm. Pywc. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, redsandcastletheatre.com. BareFoot iN the Park by Neil Simon (Rose Theatre). Newlyweds move into a tiny rundown apartment and deal with the ups and downs of real life in this comedy. Opens Aug 10 and runs to Aug 19, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $35. Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane (Brampton). 905-874-2800, rosetheatre.ca. BrokeN iMages by Girish Karnad (Neeraja Ramjee). An Indian woman gets flak from her community for a book she wrote in English that succeeds internationally. Opens Aug 11 and runs to Aug 20, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun Aug 13 at 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25, adv $20. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. brokenimages.eventbrite.com. Dare: stories we thought we’D Never tell The Dare Story Collective presents a storytelling show featuring real stories by real people. Aug 16 at 8 pm. Pwyc. The Ossington, 61 Ossington. darestorytelling.com. the Drowsy ChaPeroNe by Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin and Don McKellar (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts). A man escapes his drab existence by listening to the recording of his favourite musical. Opens Aug 3 and runs to Aug 12, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm $22. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst. 855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca. horses by Allan Merovitz (Stellar North). Storyteller and musician Merovitz performs his solo show with musical accompaniment by Tiina Kiik. Aug 3-6, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20. The Barber Shop Comedy Club, 250 Sheppard W. 647-852-7289, facebook.com/ events/136776903580455. the last voyage by Jeremy Jagusch (Pirate Life). Three former colleagues reunite on a tourist ship for its final voyage, looking to reminisce, laugh and close old wounds. Aug 5-6 at 5:15 pm. $20. Pirate Life Toronto, 333 Lakeshore Blvd E. piratelife.ca/lastvoyage. a MiDsuMMer Night’s DreaM by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare in the Ruff). The romantic comedy is performed outdoors. Previews from Aug 15, opens Aug 18 and runs to Sep 3, Tue-Sun 8 pm. Pwyc. Withrow Park, 725 Logan. shakespeareintheruff.com. olD love by Norm Foster (Foster Festival Production). Story of courtship, rekindled romance and hope. Aug 3-5, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $35. Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane (Brampton). 905-874-2800, rosetheatre.ca. the PuzzliNg MaDNess oF JohN a. MaCDoNalD (Savage Internet). Groups of 2-12 players explore heritage sites & historical documents, meet 19th-century Canadians, solve puzzles and unravel a mystery in this mashup of escape room, walking tour and theatrical experience. Aug 12, start times between 10 am and 4 pm. $19. St Lawrence Market South, 93 Front E. puzzlingmadness.ca. risk! live (Kevin Allison). Performers tell true stories that they never thought they’d dare to share in public. Aug 11 at 8 pm. $25. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W. risk-show.com. stuFF you shoulD kNow HowStuffWorks presents the podcast show featuring Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark live onstage. Aug 8 at 7 pm. $29.50-$35. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth. ticketmaster.ca.
suMMerworks PerForMaNCe Festival ñ
The annual juried festival returns with theatre, dance, live music and art by Donna Michelle St. Bernard, Jesse Wabegijig, Ed Roy, Jasmyn Fyffe and many others. (See stories, pages 40-42.) Aug 3-13, see website for info on shows, venues and schedule. $15-$35, passes $45-$130. summerworks.ca. territorial tales (Shakespeare In High Park). Three short plays on themes of displacement, migration and the recapturing of spirit, performed before the SIHP feature play. Opens Aug 3 and runs to Sep 2, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm. Free/pwyc. High Park, 1873 Bloor W, Amphitheatre. 416-368-3110, canadianstage.com. walk the six west: history oN the huMBer (Heritage York). Six living history theatrical experiences in the form of a walking tour with live performances. by Ars Musica, Cheri Maracle, Mixed Company Theatre and others. Aug 5 at noon and 2:30 pm. Free. Departs from Old Mill Subway Station and Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas. 647-675-1792, pvhs.info/historyonthehumber.
BeautiFul – the Carole kiNg MusiCal ñ
book by Douglas McGrath (Paul Blake/ Sony/ATV Music). There are enough familiar songs in this musical that the actors could merely sing a concert and audiences would leave happy. But writer McGrath has found a satisfying arc to singer/songwriter King’s life that leads up to her coming into her own as a woman and artist. Canadian Chilina Kennedy captures every nuance of King’s personality and has got her nasally voice down pat, but equally fine are Liam Tobin as King’s glamorous, haunted husband/songwriting partner Gerry Goffin and Ben Fankhauser and Erika Olson as friendly rival songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. To Sep 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $50-$149. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. NNNN (Glenn Sumi)
Billy BishoP goes to war by John MacLachlan ñ Gray, Eric Peterson (Soulpepper Theatre). The famous WWI fighter pilot looks back on his life in this musical. To Aug 5, see website for times. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-8668666, soulpepper.ca.
CoNFeDeratioN Part i: CoNFeDeratioN ñ
aND riel by Michael Hollingsworth (Soulpepper/VideoCabaret). This critical counterpoint to Canada 150 celebrations is presented in VideoCab’s signature visually dazzling, fast-paced, Brechtian comedy-ofmanners style. Part I follows John A. Macdonald’s (Richard Clarkin) whiskey-fuelled backroom dealings to align diverse provincial interests around the idea of a unified Canada, while staving off threats of Irish Republican Fenian raids. Interspersed throughout is the Catholic education and political radicalization of Métis rebel leader Louis Riel (Michaela Washburn), culminating in his first post-Confederation showdown with the newly minted nation. To Aug 19, see website for times. $25$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. NNNN (Jordan Bimm)
CoNFeDeratioN Part ii: sCaNDal aND ñ
reBellioN by Michael Hollingsworth (Soulpepper Theatre/VideoCabaret). Picking up where Part I (running in rep) leaves off, Part II continues the stories of PM John A. Macdonald, as his shady deals to finance the CP railroad and his re-election campaign explode into scandal. Metis leader Louis Riel gets elected to parliament but ends up first in exile, then in an asylum before returning to the prairies to face off against Ottawa in the bloody North-West Rebellion. Seamless with Part I, the detail-rich plot progresses through quick and funny Brechtian vignettes accented by vibrant backdrops, dazzling costumes and hilarious cartoonlike performances. To Aug 19, see website for times. $25-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. soulpepper.ca. NNNN (Jordan Bimm)
hogtowN: the iMMersive exPerieNCe ñ
(The Hogtown Collective). Theatre experience incorporating drama, music and dance to look at Prohibition-era Toronto and its dark past. To Aug 20, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat & Sun 2 pm. $59. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. hogtownexperience.com.
Magic & Martini (Grand Spirits). Magician/ conjurer/sleight-of-hand artist James Alan performs a theatrical show. To Sep 30, Saturdays 7:30 pm (doors 6:30 pm). $39. SpiritHouse, 489 Adelaide W. magicandmartini.ca. PerManence by Cyd Casados (Libby Brodie Productions). This tumultuous relationship two-hander from London-based playwright Casados follows an affair between young doctor Rebecca (Samantha Michelle) and artist Steve (Ludovic Hughes). As they explicitly maintain an open relationship, their lives become increasingly intertwined. Eventually they begin living and working together, which reveals unsustainable imbalances in their arrangement. Hit-and-miss acting and characters who are difficult to sympathize with keep what could be an intriguing exploration of hedonism and partnership from connecting. To Aug 6, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $27-$32. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman, Extraspace. 416-531-1827, tarragontheatre. com. nn (Jordan Bimm) Pirate life cHilDren’s tHeatre Kids dress in costume, get face paint tattoos & help solve the mystery of the treasure map in this interactive theatrical show/boat cruise. To Oct 9, various times from 10:30 am-5 pm daily to Sep 4, then weekends to Oct 9. $25. Island Rogue, 333 Lake Shore E. piratelife.ca. tHe secret of station House no. 4 (Secret City Adventures/Company & Co). The audience gathers clues to find the missing Detective Murdoch in this theatrical experience. Limited run, see website for times. $36-$42. George Brown House, 186 Beverley. secretcityadventures.com/murdoch. sHakesPeare in HigH Park: king lear (Canadian Stage/York U Theatre Dept). Diane D’Aquila delivers a captivating performance in the title role, which director Alistair Newton has reimagined as a woman, mother and queen. The plot follows Lear’s mental and political decline after she divides her kingdom among two fawning but insincere daughters. The minimalist and monochrome set and medieval-meets-goth costumes leave something to be desired, but classic moments like the infamous gouging scene and the bloody conclusion still seem magical in the enchanted outdoor amphitheatre. To Sep 2, Tue, Thu, Sat 8 pm. Pwyc, $25 reserved. High Park, 1873 Bloor W, Amphitheatre. 416-368-3110, canadianstage.com. nnn (Jordan Bimm). sHakesPeare in HigH Park: twelftH nigHt (Canadian Stage/York U Theatre Dept). Set in a funky 1970s hotel, the comedy follows Viola (Amelia Sargisson) who, after surviving a shipwreck, disguises herself as a man and lands a job as a bellhop. Director Tanja Jacobs maximizes the Bard’s amusing set-ups that stem from Viola’s gender-swapped disguise and ensuing cases of mistaken identity (especially after her twin brother shows up). With funny vintage costumes (disco-dancing knights in bad plaid pants; a fool decked out in tie-dye) this cute comic romp has the quirky and kitschy feel of a Wes Anderson flick. To Sep 3, Wed, Fri, Sun 8 pm. Pwyc, $25 reserved. High Park, 1873 Bloor W, Amphitheatre. canadianstage.com. nnn (Jordan Bimm) sHe stooPs to conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (Guild Festival Theatre). A woman hides her social status to attract a nervous suitor in this comedy of mistaken identities and secret romance. To Aug 13, Wed-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Wed 2 pm. $25. Guild Park & Gardens, 201 Guildwood Parkway. guildfestivaltheatre.ca. solt 2017 oPera worksHoP (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre). Young artists perform Carmen by Georges Bizet; The Marriage Of Figaro by WA Mozart; Night Blooming Cereus by John Beckwith; and the world premiere of A Northern Lights Dream by Michael Rose. To Aug 6, see website for times. $28, stu/srs $22. Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College. solt.ca.
viMy by Vern Thiessen (Soulpepper Theatre). ñ This intense and action-packed WWI drama focuses on four Canadian soldiers wounded in the attack on Vimy Ridge and a nurse caring for them in a field hospital. The story jumps between their battlefield scars—both physical and mental—and their backstories, leading up to and including the harrowing battle itself. The realistic scenes depicting combat and shellshock may be too disturbing for some, but Vimy offers a gritty and personal look at the frontline soldiers and nurses forever changed by this event. To Aug 5, see website for times. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. soulpepper.ca. nnnn (Jordan Bimm) tHe wizarD of oz by L Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, EY Harburg (LOT). A Kansas farm girl goes over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home. To Aug 27, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun noon & 4 pm. $55. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. lowerossingtontheatre.com.
Out of town
4tH line tHeatre Out-of-town theatre on the outdoor stages with Bombers: Reaping The Whirlwind by David S. Craig (Jul 4-29); The History Of Drinking In Cavan by Robert Winslow (Aug 7-26). $32-$38. Winslow Farm, 779 Zion Line (Millbrook). 4thlinetheatre.on.ca. Drayton entertainMent Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Million Dollar Quartet, Office Hours, Marathon Of Hope: The Musical, Rock Of Ages, Beauty And The Beast and many other shows tour various theatres from Midland to Guelph, Kitchener, Cambridge and Grand Bend, ON. To Sep 3. $27-$46. See website for schedule and maps. Drayton Festival Theatre, 33 Wellington S. 1-855-372-9866, draytonentertainment.com. festival Players of Prince eDwarD county The Summer Repertory season features Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (Aug 1-27); Stones In His Pockets by Marie Jones (Aug 9-Sep 3); and Mary’s Wedding, by Stephen Massicotte (Aug 15-Sep 2). $30-$36, youth under 25 $20. Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Wellington, Picton and other towns. 1-866-584-1991, festivalplayers.ca. globus tHeatre at tHe lab Real Estate by Allana Harkin (Jun 28-Jul 8); Oh, Canada We Sing For Thee! musical revue by Leisa Way (Jul 11-22); Raising The Barn dinner theatre (Jul 26-Aug 5); The Fixer Upper by Lorne Elliott (Aug 8-19); and Halfway There by Norm Foster (Aug 23-Sep 2). $31.50, stu $20. Lakeview Arts Barn, 2300 Pigeon Lake. 1-800-304-7897, globustheatre.com. new sunsHine festival orillia A Dog Park Jamboree by David Fanstone (music by Birds of Bellwoods) runs Jun 20-Jul 29; The Night The Lights Went Out On Broadway by Norbert David runs Aug 1-26. $30, stu/srs $27, kids under 12 $10. Orillia Community Church, 64 Colborne E. newsunshinefestival.com. sHaw festival The annual festival features Me And My Girl, Saint Joan, The Madness Of George III & Dancing At Lughnasa (to Oct 15), Androcles And The Lion (to Oct 7), Dracula (Jul 8-Oct 14), Middletown (to Sep 10), An Octoroon (to Oct 14) and many other plays, musicals and one-acts. $25-$117. Niagara-on-theLake. Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. st. lawrence sHakesPeare festival Antony And Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas (to Aug 12); The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Aug 15-20); Annie by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin (Aug 24-26). $20-$30. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, Prescott. 613-925-5788, stlawrenceshakespeare.ca. stratforD festival The annual theatre festival features Guys And Dolls (to Oct 29); HMS Pinafore, Romeo And Juliet and Twelfth Night, (to Oct 21); The Changeling and The Virgin Trial (to Sep 23); Tartuffe (Aug 1-Oct 13); The Madwoman Of Chaillot (Aug 3-Sep 24); The Komagata Maru Incident (Aug 5-Sep 24); and other plays & musicals. $25-$189, stu from $20. Stratford. Festival Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. victoria PlayHouse Petrolia The summer theatre program includes Folks Like Us musical revue Aug 1-12; Portia (Lance Woolaver & Mark Payne) Aug 15-27; and Rockabilly Swingtime musical revue (Sep 5-24). $27-$41. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, 411 Greenfield. 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.
Eric Peterson’s return flight as Billy Bishop ends August 5.