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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.
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.