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How to find a list­ing The­atre list­ings are com­pre­hen­sive and ap­pear al­pha­bet­i­cally by ti­tle. Open­ing lists shows that open or pre­view this issue; Con­tin­u­ing shows have al­ready opened. The rat­ing sys­tem is as fol­lows: NNNNN Stand­ing ova­tion NNNN Sus­tained ap­plause NNN Rec­om­mended, mem­o­rable scenes NN Se­ri­ously flawed N Get out the hook

Crit­ics’ pick (highly rec­om­mended) How to place a list­ing All list­ings are free. Use the event sub­mis­sion form at now­toronto.com. In­clude ti­tle, au­thor, pro­ducer/com­pany, brief syn­op­sis, venue name & ad­dress, dates & times, ticket prices and box of­fice/info phone num­ber or web­site. List­ings may be edited for space and style. List­ings for the Aug 17-30 two-week issue are due by 5 pm Aug 10. To sub­mit a cor­rec­tion to an ex­ist­ing list­ing, email: fix­events@now­toronto.com.

Open­ing

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.

Con­tin­u­ing

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.

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