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New this week
a celebratioN oF joN KaPlaN Everyone ñ
is invited to this memorial/celebration of life for the longtime NOW Magazine theatre writer and friend of the Toronto theatre community. Sep 18 at 3 pm. Free (ticket required, available at ticketmaster.ca). Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front E. 416-366-7723, facebook.com/events/123236428313110. Death ray cabaret & VaNessa smythe: aN eDiNbUrgh FriNge DoUble-bill The musical sketch troupe brings their apocalyptic comedy cabaret to the stage, plus poems, stories and songs by Smythe. Sep 17 at 8:30 pm. $20. 120 Diner, 120 Church. 416-792-7725, brownpapertickets.com/event/3075305. DUDettes: homecomiNg (MCCT). This cabaret takes Broadway’s greatest duets sung by women and gives them a fresh twist. Sep 16 at 7:30 pm. Pwyc. Metropolitan Community Church, 115 Simpson. thedudettes123@ gmail.com.
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to the ForUm – iN coNcert (Harold Green Jewish Theatre). Company fundraiser featuring Avery Saltzman, Colin Mochrie, John Catucci, Patrick McKenna and a full orchestra. Sep 17 at 7:30 pm. $35-$180. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. 1-855-985-2787, tocentre.com. gray by Kristofer Van Soelen (Theatre Inamorata). This female-driven, contemporary re-imagining of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray looks at modern society’s views on beauty, ageing and self-indulgence. Previews Sep 20, opens Sep 21 and runs to Oct 1, Wed-Sun 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm (no show Sep 22). $15-$25. The Commons, 587a College. gray.bpt.me. iN her oWN WorDs: the DiaNa taPes by James Clements (What Will the Neighbors Say?). This play looks at the secret recordings of Princess Diana and their eventual release, and how the events changed views of celebrity, privacy and the monarchy. Opens Sep 20 and runs to Oct 8, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sun 2:30 pm. $20. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, wwtns.org. the last FiVe years by Jason Robert Brown (TheatreHN). Two 20-something New Yorkers spend five years falling in and out of love. Previews from Sep 19, opens Sep 21 and runs to Sep 24, Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 8 pm, Thu 9 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$25. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. theatrehn.com. letters to the UNiVerse by Shaunga Tagore (The Universe Collective). Dance, text and projections tell the story of a brown, femme super-queero’s magical life story as she time travels through portals, alternate dimensions. Sep 14-17, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $27. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. 416-538-0988, theatrecentre.org. North by NorthWest by Ernest Lehman (Mirvish). In a case of mistaken identity, an advertising executive is tormented by thugs in this adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film. Opens Sep 19 and runs to Oct 29, TueSat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$150. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. mirvish.com. the oDD coUPle by Neil Simon (Jaybird Productions). Marital troubles force two male friends – one neat and one messy – to become roommates in this comedy. Sep 14-17, Thu-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. 647-292-0210, jaybirdproductions.ca. the roles i DiDN’t get to Play (120 Diner Sunday Cabaret Series). Musical and comedic cabaret featuring Jennifer Stewart with guest Jake Deeth. Sep 17 at 6 pm. $20. 120 Diner, 120 Church. 416-792-7725, bpt.me/3075294.
the PatricK coNNer aWarD ceremoNy ñ
& celebratioN Live performances, guest Alanna Mitchell and award presentation to Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects founder Jennifer Dallas. Sep 18 at 7 pm. Free. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. PConAward@ gmail.com, patrickconneraward.com. PictUre this by Morris Panych and Brenda Robins (Soulpepper Theatre). A group of struggling artists in Budapest pin their hopes and dreams on a visiting Hollywood producer. In previews, opens Sep 15 and runs to Oct 7, see website for schedule. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
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Elliott Jackson (Minmar Gaslight). In 1964, a chance meeting between a Black man and a white man reveals ties connecting them to America’s most powerful leaders. Previews from Sep 17, opens Sep 20 and runs to Oct 1, Tue-Sat 8:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $29, stu/srs $22, previews $17. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. 416-538-0988, minmargaslightproductions.com.
soNgbUster – aN imProViseD mUsical ñ
(Songbuster). The cast creates an hourlong musical from suggestions provided by the audience. Sep 14 at 8 pm. $20 at the door. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. facebook.com/songbustermusic. storystar Storytelling show with Chris Dart, Steve Dart, Jackie Porter, Johnathan Jones,
Brandy Morris, Elizabeth Verwey and Erin Rodgers. Sep 17 at 8 pm. $10. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. True STorieS (Told live) ToronTo Storytelling show hosted by Marsha Shandur. Sep 19 at 7:30 pm. Free. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. facebook.com/events/114329382602908. undercover by Rebecca Northan and Bruce Horak (Tarragon/Vertigo Theatre). An audience member will become a rookie detective and try to separate clues from red herrings to solve a murder mystery. Previews from Sep 19, opens Sep 27 and runs to Oct 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2:30 pm (and Sep 30 & Oct 14). $22-$60. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827, tarragontheatre.com. WaiTing For godoT by Samuel Beckett (Soulpepper Theatre). On a road to nowhere, two world-weary friends speculate, quarrel, joke and ponder life’s greater questions. Opens Sep 14 and runs to Oct 7, see website for schedule. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
aSMrTiST (Alma Matters Productions/Pink Door Productions). This production blends performance, sound and video and explores Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) as an accessible way to calm anxiety. To Sep 16, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm. $15-$35. Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St George. 416-476-3387, asmrtist.bpt.me. BandiTS in The valley by Julie Tepperman and Benton Roark (Tapestry Opera). This
amusing site-specific production provides a history lesson about Todmorden Mills’s founders and intersecting stories about an illegitimate heir to the mill and a glamorous opera diva who’s being pursued by various characters. Not everything works, but the music and Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired libretto are lots of fun, and some sections in this walk-about-show are cozy and intimate. To Sep 30, Sat-Sun various times (no show Sep 17). Free (ticket required). Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery. tapestryopera.com. nnn (Glenn Sumi) dreaMgirlS by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger. (LOT). A Black female trio from Chicago become superstars in this musical based on the aspirations and successes of R&B acts of the 60s and 70s. To Nov 19, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 4 pm. $55-$75. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. 416-9156747, lowerossingtontheatre.com. Magic & MarTini (Grand Spirits). Magician/ 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. MockingBird cloSe by Trevor Schmidt (INpulse Theatre). Buried secrets come to light for a seemingly perfect family in a seemingly safe neighbourhood when a little boy disappears. To Sep 16, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $15-$20. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 647-458-6587, bpt.me/3057664. nunSenSe by Dan Goggins (The Civic LightOpera Co.). A group of nuns stage a fundraising variety show in this irreverent musical revue. To Sep 17, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $28. Zion Cultural Centre, 1650 Finch E. 416-755-1717, civiclightoperacompany.com. on golden Pond by Ernest Thompson (Scarborough Players). A retired couple spend time with their grandson at a summer retreat in this sentimental play about love, learning and reconciliation. To Sep 23, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sep 17 and 23 at 2 pm. $24. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. 416-2679292, theatrescarborough.com. PiraTe liFe children’S TheaTre Kids dress in costume, get face paint tattoos and help solve the mystery of the treasure map in this interactive theatrical show/boat cruise. To Oct 9, Sat-Sun various times from 10:30 am-5 pm. $25. Island Rogue, 333 Lake Shore E. 416476-3836, piratelife.ca. volTa by Bastien Alexandre (Cirque du Soleil). Theatrical spectacle about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail featuring music, dance, acrobatic arts and BMX bike stunts. To Nov 26, WedSat 8 pm, mat Sat 4:30 pm, Sun 1:30 & 5 pm. $49-$300. Big Top, Commissioners at Cherry St. 416-628-5612, cirquedusoleil.com/volta.
Out of town
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 (to Oct 14), An Octoroon (to Oct 14) and many other plays, musicals and oneacts. $25-$117. Niagara-on-the-Lake. shawfest.com. 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 (to Oct 13); The Madwoman Of Chaillot and The Komagata Maru Incident (to Sep 24); and other plays & musicals. $25-$189, stu from $20. Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.