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How to find a list­ing The­atre list­ings are com­pre­hen­sive and ap­pear al­pha­bet­i­cally by ti­tle. New this week lists shows that open or pre­view this week; 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 now­ 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. Dead­line is the Thurs­day be­fore pub­li­ca­tion at 5 pm. To sub­mit a cor­rec­tion to an ex­ist­ing list­ing, email: fix­events@now­

New this week

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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 tick­ Bluma Ap­pel The­atre, 27 Front E. 416-366-7723, face­ 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, brown­pa­pertick­ 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@

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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, to­cen­ 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. 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, 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. 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, the­atre­cen­ 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. 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, jay­bird­pro­duc­ 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,

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@, patrick­con­ner­ 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, soulpep­

the seat Next to the KiNg by Steven ñ

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, min­mar­gaslight­pro­duc­

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. face­­buster­mu­sic. 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. so­ True STo­rieS (Told live) ToronTo Sto­ry­telling show hosted by Mar­sha Shan­dur. Sep 19 at 7:30 pm. Free. The Gar­ri­son, 1197 Dun­das W. face­ 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, tar­ragonthe­ 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, soulpep­


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, 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. tapestry­ 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, loweross­ing­tonthe­ 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. mag­i­can­d­mar­ 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, 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, civi­clight­op­er­a­com­ 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, the­atrescar­bor­ 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, pi­ 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, cirque­du­

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. 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, strat­ford­fes­ti­

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