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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. How to place a list­ing All list­ings are free. Use the event sub­mis­sion form at now­toronto.com. Dead­line is the Thurs­day be­fore pub­li­ca­tion at 5 pm. To sub­mit a cor­rec­tion to an ex­ist­ing list­ing, email: fix­events@now­toronto.com.

New this week

The 25Th An­nuAl PuT­nAm CounTy SPelling Bee by Wil­liam Finn & Rachel Sheinkin (HHT). Teach­ers and kids won­der if win­ning is ev­ery­thing in this mu­si­cal com­edy. Opens Nov 10 and runs to Nov 25, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Nov 25 at 2 pm. $12$28. Hart House The­atre,7 Hart House Cir­cle. 416-9788849, tick­ets.hart­house.ca. ArTATTACk! This fun­der for Bud­dies fea­tures silent and live art auc­tions, din­ner and cock­tails, in­stal­la­tions and more. Nov 9, doors 7 pm, live auc­tion at 8 pm. $40. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. artattack.bud­diesin­bad­times.com. BeAuTy AnD The BeAST by Howard Ash­man, Alan Menken, Linda Woolver­ton and Tim Rice (YPT). The mu­si­cal based on the Dis­ney film is brought to the stage, for ages 5 & up. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Dec 31, see web­site for times. $10-$49. Young Peo­ple’s The­atre, 165 Front E. young­peo­plesthe­atre.ca. DAugh­Ter by Adam Lazarus (QuipTake/ ñ Pan­demic The­atre). Darkly satir­i­cal solo show about toxic mas­culin­ity and a man try­ing to act like a fa­ther. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm (and Nov 19), mat Nov 12 at 2 pm. $30, stu/srs $22. The­atre Cen­tre, 1115 Queen W. the­atre­cen­tre.org. DiS­grACeD by Ayad Akhtar (Mirvish/the ñ Hope and Hell The­atre Co). Pro­gres­sives at a mul­ti­cul­tural din­ner party re­veal their tribal roots. Pre­views from Nov 11, opens Nov 14 and runs to Nov 26 Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat SatSun 2 pm, Nov 15 at 1:30 pm. $39-$92. Pana­sonic The­atre, 651 Yonge. mirvish.com. DuBlin CArol by Conor McPher­son (Fly on the Wall The­atre). A hol­i­day visit from his daugh­ter forces an un­der­taker to con­front his past. Pre­views Nov 14, opens Nov 15 and runs to Nov 26, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$25, pre­view $15. Artscape Young­place, 180 Shaw. fly­on­the­wallthe­atre.ca. evil DeAD – The mu­Si­CAl by Christopher Bond, Ge­orge Rein­blatt, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Mor­ris (Star­vox En­ter­tain­ment). The show re­turns with more rows in the Splat­ter Zone. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 19, Thu 8 pm, Fri 7 & 10:30 pm. Sun 3 pm. $40-$90. Ran­dolph The­atre, 736 Bathurst. evildeadthe­mu­si­cal.com. 4 DATeS by Rose­mary Doyle (Red Sand­cas­tle The­atre). Four short plays by Doyle per­formed by Conor Ling and Emma Marnie But­ler. Nov 15-18, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $15-$20. Red Sand­cas­tle The­atre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411. 5 guyS Chillin’ by Peter Dar­ney (The­atre Topikós). A look at the dan­ger­ous sub­cul­ture of gay men who en­gage in risky sex while us­ing drugs. Pre­views Nov 15, opens Nov 16 and runs to Nov 25, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $20. Kens­ing­ton Hall, 56 Kens­ing­ton. the­atre­topikos.com. greASe The mu­Si­CAl by Jim Ja­cob and War­ren Casey (Ir­reg­u­lar En­ter­tain­ment). The orig­i­nal high-school mu­si­cal set in the 1950s. Opens Nov 9 & runs to Dec 10, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $29-$159. Win­ter Gar­den The­atre, 189 Yonge. greaseon­stage.com. imP by Cur­tis the Brinke (Fil­a­ment In­cu­ba­tor/ Epi­graph Col­lec­tive). Witches who un­wit­tingly un­leashed vi­o­lent forces on their small town as teens re­turn as adults to fix their mis­take. Opens Nov 15 and runs to Nov 26, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $15-$20. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man, Workspace. bit.ly/2fJ86PD. lunAm (CCAC Per­form­ing Arts Col­lec­tive). A kalei­do­scopic dream­scape ex­plor­ing the truth of what lurks be­yond the liv­ing and comes to life on Hal­lows’ Eve. Nov 11-12, Sat 7 pm, Sun 4 pm. $8-$12. Cab­bage­town Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre, 422 Par­lia­ment. lunam.bpt.me. mA­rine life by Rosa Laborde (Aluna ñ The­atre/Tar­ragon). An eco-ac­tivist is caught be­tween her be­liefs and a plas­tic-de­pen­dent man she’s fall­ing in love with. In pre­views, opens Nov 16 and runs to Dec 17, TueSat 8 pm, mat Sat & Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$60. Ex­traspace. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man. tar­ragonthe­atre.com. mr. Shi AnD hiS lover by Wong Teng Chi ñ and Njo Kong Kie (Ma­cau Ex­per­i­men­tal The­atre/Mu­sic Pic­nic/Point of View Art As­soc). A French diplo­mat falls for a mys­te­ri­ous opera singer in this mu­si­cal. In pre­views, opens Nov 15 and runs to Dec 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat & Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$60. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man. tar­ragonthe­atre.com. my nAme iS ASher lev by Aaron Pos­ner (Stu­dio 180 The­atre/Harold Green Jewish The­atre Com­pany). A Jewish artist is torn be­tween his Ha­sidic up­bring­ing and his am­bi­tions. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 26, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Nov 12 & 19 at 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm (and Nov 23), Sun 2 pm. $15-$90. Toronto Cen­tre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. hg­jew­ishthe­atre.com. olD mAn AnD The river by Thomas Mor­gan Jones & Lynda Hill (The­atre Di­rect). A grumpy old man finds a friend in this pup­petry show for ages 3 & up. Nov 15-16 at 10 & 11:30 am. $12. Wy­ch­wood The­atre, 76 Wy­ch­wood. the­atredi­rect.ca. PirAnDello150 feS­Ti­vAl The Pi­ran­dello The­atre So­ci­ety marks the birth of drama­tist Luigi Pi­ran­dello with one-act plays The Im­be­cile, The Li­cense and Si­cil­ian Limes. Nov 9-11, ThuSat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $30. Al Green The­atre, 750 Spad­ina. eventbrite.ca/o/15200800945. PlAy­wrighTS CAnADA PreSS fAll lAunCh Ju­dith Thomp­son, David Yee, Keith Barker, Lisa Co­dring­ton, Paul Dunn, Me­gan Gail Coles and Moy­nan King read from their works. Nov 13 at 7 pm. Free. Monarch Tav­ern, 12 Clin­ton. face­book.com/events/353222208463940. Poi­Son by Lot Veke­mans (Coal Mine). A cou­ple meet for the first time in years af­ter a har­row­ing breakup. Pre­views from Nov 12, opens Nov 15 and runs to Dec 3, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $42.50, pre­view/rush $25. Coal Mine The­atre, 1454 Dan­forth. coalminethe­atre.com. QuieT CourAge by Chris Co­coluzzi (Ami­cus Pro­duc­tions). This play commemorates the 100th an­niver­sary of the Hal­i­fax Explosion and itd sur­vivors. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 25, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Nov 12 & 19 at 2 pm. $25, srs $20, stu $15. Paper­mill The­atre, 67 Pot­tery. am­i­cus­pro­duc­tions.ca. The SongS of ThoSe who heAleD (Ap­pel Sa­lon). RH Thomp­son re­counts words of WWI nurses, doc­tors, moth­ers and wives through dra­matic read­ings and song. Nov 13 at 7 pm. Free (RSVP). Toronto Ref­er­ence Li­brary, 789 Yonge. tpl.ca/ap­pel­sa­lon. TrACe by Jeff Ho (b cur­rent per­form­ing arts/ Fac­tory). This play fol­lows three gen­er­a­tions from the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion of Hong Kong to Canada in the present. Pre­views from Nov 11, opens Nov 16 and runs to Dec 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm (and Nov 12 at 7 pm), Sun 2 pm. $30-$50, pre­views $20. Stu­dio. Fac­tory The­atre, 125 Bathurst. 416-504-9971, fac­to­rythe­atre.ca. un­Cov­ereD: Dy­lAn & SPring­STeen (The Mu­si­cal Stage Com­pany). Bob Dy­lan & Bruce Spring­steen hits in­ter­preted by an all-star cast. Nov 14-16 at 8 pm. $65 & up. Ko­erner Hall, 273 Bloor W. mu­si­cal­stage­com­pany.com. weeSAgeeChAk Be­ginS To DAnCe 30 (Na­tive Earth Per­form­ing Arts). Indige­nous works-in­de­vel­op­ment and pre­sen­ta­tions in the­atre, dance and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary styles. Works by Ala­nis King, Olivia Shortt, Van­cou­ver Mov­ing The­atre and oth­ers. Nov 15-25, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm. $15, fes­ti­val pass $60. Aki Stu­dio. Daniels Spec­trum, 585 Dun­das E. 416-531-1402, na­tiveearth.ca/weesageechak30.

Con­tin­u­ing

The ASheS of for­goT­Ten rAin & ThiS iS A PlAy (The NAGs Play­ers) Dou­ble bill of one-acts by Nor­man Hussey and Daniel MacIvor. To Nov 11, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Tran­zac, 292 Brunswick. fb.com/theNAGs­play­ers. Av­enue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Whitty & Jeff Marx (LOT). A col­lege grad copes with grownup prob­lems in this adult mu­si­cal pup­pet play. To Nov 26, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 4 pm. $55-$65. Lower Oss­ing­ton The­atre, 100A Oss­ing­ton. loweross­ing­tonthe­atre.com. BAT ouT of hell: The mu­Si­CAl by Jim ñ Stein­man (Mirvish). This thrash­ing, blood-pump­ing, fire-breath­ing spec­ta­cle barely ever stops to catch its breath, for bet­ter or for worse – though usu­ally for bet­ter. Though the story runs thin, it doesn’t de­tract from the singing – and, holy hell, can this cast sing. But the real star is Stein­man’s mu­sic. Too much is never enough, and Bat Out Of Hell is prac­ti­cally op­er­atic. It’s unapolo­get­i­cally full throt­tle and a hell of a good time. To Dec 24, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $29-$139. Ed Mirvish The­atre, 244 Vic­to­ria. mirvish.com. nnnn (Trevor Camp­bell) Bro­ken glASS by Arthur Miller (TEATRON Jewish The­atre). A Jewish cou­ple in 1938 Brook­lyn deal with news re­ports about the

hor­rific events of Kristall­nacht. To Nov 18, see web­site for times. $36-$48. Toronto Cen­tre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. teatronthe­atre.com. Cu­ri­ous Ge­orGe And The Golden MeATbAll by John Ka­vanaugh and Jeremy Des­mon (LOT). All-ages mu­si­cal. To Nov 26, Sat 1 pm, Sun 11 am & 1 pm. $30-$40. Lower Oss­ing­ton The­atre, 100A Oss­ing­ton. 416-915-6747. The Cu­ri­ous in­Ci­denT of The doG in ñ The niGhT-TiMe by Si­mon Stephens (The Na­tional The­atre/Mirvish). This play about the mur­der of a neigh­bour­hood dog is full of clever tech­ni­cal wiz­ardry but, more than any­thing, it has enor­mous heart. It’s com­pas­sion­ate but never pa­tron­iz­ing, clever with­out airs, and can­didly ex­plores the life of a unique boy on the cusp of what­ever comes next. Both the cast and cre­ative team de­liver ex­pert work, but lead Joshua Jenk­ins seals the deal. In a highly phys­i­cal role with in­tri­cate lan­guage and gi­ant emo­tional scope, he doesn’t miss a beat. To Nov 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$149. Princess of Wales The­atre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. nnnnn (Trevor Camp­bell) dreAM­Girls by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger. (LOT). A Black fe­male trio from Chicago be­come stars in this mu­si­cal. To Nov 19, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 4 pm. $55-$75. Lower Oss­ing­ton The­atre, 100A Oss­ing­ton. 416-915-6747, loweross­ing­tonthe­atre.com. eChoes of The WAr by JM Barrie (Process The­atre). Staged ver­sion of Barrie’s short sto­ries about fam­i­lies deal­ing with the on­slaught of WWI. To Nov 17, Fri 8 pm, mat Nov 11 at 2 pm. $25, stu/srs/vets $20. Palmer­ston Li­brary, 560 Palmer­ston. pro­cessthe­atre.com. eviTA by Tim Rice and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber (Scar­bor­ough Mu­sic The­atre). Eva Duarte rises from poverty to fame. To Nov 18, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Nov 12 and 18 at 2 pm. $30. Scar­bor­ough Vil­lage The­atre, 3600 Kingston Rd. 416267-9292, the­atrescar­bor­ough.com. The GoAT or, Who is sylviA? by Ed­ward Al­bee (Soulpep­per The­atre). A mar­ried ar­chi­tect falls in love with a goat in this play about in­fi­delity and taboos. To Nov 18, see web­site for times. $35-$95. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. soulpep­per.ca. GriMly hAnd­soMe by Ju­lia Jar­cho (The­atre An­i­mal). Trio of re­lated ur­ban sto­ries. (See re­view, page 34.) To Nov 19, Thu-Sat 8 pm (and Nov 12), mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $20-$25. The As­sem­bly The­atre, 1479 Queen W. grim­lyhand­some.com. nnn (Glenn Sumi) lo (or deAr Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli ñ (Night­wood The­atre/Crow’s The­atre). Play­wright Napoli ex­am­ines the in­ter­sec­tion of sex­u­al­ity and con­sent through the eyes of Laura (Vivien Endi­cott-Dou­glas), a young woman look­ing back on her un­der­age af­fair with a high school teacher (Sam Kalilieh). The tightly crafted script gives us com­pli­cated char­ac­ters that avoid the clichés of preda­tor and prey, and her cast crafts a po­tent, emo­tional re­la­tion­ship from their com­plex char­ac­ters. It’s an un­com­fort­able and nec­es­sary story told with can­dour and clar­ity. To Nov 11, Mon-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2:30 pm. $20-$25. Street­car Crowsnest, 345 Car­law. crow­sthe­atre.com. nnnn (Trevor Camp­bell) re­fleC­Tor by Michael Spence (The­atre Gar­gan­tua). This mul­ti­me­dia work ex­plores the power of im­age. (See re­view at now­toronto. com/stage.) To Nov 18, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm. $20-$28. The­atre Passe Mu­raille, 16 Ry­er­son. the­atre­gar­gan­tua.ca. nn (Jor­dan Bimm) ToronTo Cold reAds Weekly read­ings of new writ­ing for film, the­atre, ra­dio. Sun­days 8 pm. Pwyc. The So­cial Cap­i­tal The­atre, 154 Dan­forth. toron­to­col­dreads.com. un­der­Cover in­diAn by Ankita Ku­mar-Ratta (Soulo The­atre). An Indo-Canadian woman moves to In­dia to learn about her iden­tity. To Nov 11, Sat 7 pm. $10-$50. Kula An­nex Yoga Stu­dio, 304 Brunswick. soulo.ca. volTA by Bastien Alexandre (Cirque du Soleil). Cirque’s lat­est seems to be pan­der­ing to a younger au­di­ence. That would ex­plain the re­al­ity-TV show mo­tif, the ubiq­ui­tous use of self­ies and the em­pha­sis on ex­treme sports. While the ac­ro­batic stunts are im­pres­sive, the show’s weak­est link is the un­clear nar­ra­tive in­volv­ing the TV show host, his side­kick and other char­ac­ters who wan­der on and off the stage with a lack of pur­pose. 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. nnn (Glenn Sumi) you’ll GeT used To iT: The WAr shoW by Peter Col­ley (Cur­tain Call Play­ers). This Canadian mu­si­cal fol­lows 6 men from train­ing to D-Day with a mix of com­edy and tragedy. To Nov 11, Thu-Fri 8 pm, Sat 2 pm. $28. Fairview Li­brary, 35 Fairview Mall. 416-703-6181.

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