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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 h = Hal­lowen-themed event

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. Dead­line is the Thurs­day be­fore pub­li­ca­tion at 5 pm. To sub­mit a cor­rec­tion to an ex­ist­ing list­ing, email: fix­events@nowtoronto.com.

New this week

BEaT THE DEvIL aROuND THE STumP by Jamie Rose (Dead­beat Pro­duc­tions). Three of the best out­laws in the Wild West try to out­wit a sharp­shoot­ing sher­iff in this com­edy. Opens Oct 23 and runs to Oct 28, Tue-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $18-$25. St. Matthias Church, 45 Bell­woods. bpt.me/3612931. CIRquE ÉLOIzE SaLOON Wild West-themed re­vue fea­tur­ing folk mu­sic and ac­ro­batic com­edy. Oct 19 at 8 pm. $50-$116. Liv­ing Arts Cen­tre, 4141 Liv­ing Arts (Mis­sis­sauga). 905306-6000, livin­garts­cen­tre.ca. CLuE: a BuR­LESquE muR­DER myS­TERy (Nerd Girl Bur­lesque). Help in­ves­ti­gate the death of an ec­cen­tric mil­lion­aire at this “din­ner party gone awry” bur­lesque and cir­cus show. Oct 19 at 7 pm. $15-$25. See-Scape, 347 Keele. face­book.com/NerdGir­lBur­lesque. COm­EDy uN­BOuND! a TRIB­uTE TO STu­aRT HamIL­TON VOICEBOX: Opera in Con­cert present mu­sic and sto­ries fea­tur­ing Holly Chap­lin, Jo­ce­lyn Fral­ick, Michael Rose, Evan Kor­but and oth­ers. Oct 21 at 2:30 pm. $20$50. Jane Mallett The­atre, 27 Front E. 416366-7723, op­erain­con­cert.com. DaNC­INg aT LugHNaSa by Brian Friel (Toronto Ir­ish Play­ers). In 1930s Done­gal a man re­calls

mem­o­ries of his fam­ily. Pre­views Oct 18, opens Oct 19 and runs to Nov 3, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Oct 21 at 2 pm. $25-$30, pre­view $12. Alum­nae The­atre, 70 Berke­ley. 416-440-2888, toron­toirish­play­ers.com. FakE NERD gIRL Wild Talk The­atre presents a solo show by Chloe Payne fol­lowed by a panel talk on cy­ber-bul­ly­ing, doxxing and pub­lic sham­ing. Oct 23 at 8 pm. Free. East Com­mon Room. Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir­cle. face­book.com/fak­en­erd­girl. h THE gHOST LIgHT aN­THOL­Ogy (Aber­rant The­atre). Five dis­tinct tales of ter­ror in an im­mer­sive live hor­ror ex­pe­ri­ence. Opens Oct 18 and runs to Oct 31, Thu-Sat (and Oct 31) 8 pm. $15-$50. The Box Toronto, 89 Ni­a­gara. 647980-0335, face­book.com/Aber­ran­tTheatre. INTO THE aRmS OF CRazy by by Deb­o­rah Ann Frankel (Puncher Pro­duc­tions). In the An­te­room be­tween life and death, Edith re­ceives strange coun­sel from a not-so-dis­tant rel­a­tive. Opens Oct 24 and runs to Oct 28, WedSun 8 pm. $20. Red Sand­cas­tle The­atre, 922 Queen E. red­sand­castlethe­atre.com. Ja­PaNESE PROB­LEm (Soulpep­per/Uni­ver­sal Lim­ited). Story of the in­tern­ment of Ja­panese Cana­di­ans in 1942 in the barns of Van­cou­ver’s Hast­ings Park. Opens Oct 24 and runs to Oct 28, see web­site for times. Sold out, lim­ited

rush pwyc avail­able. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-8668666, soulpep­per.ca. THE mEN IN WHITE by Anosh Irani (Fac­tory). A Van­cou­ver cricket team on a los­ing streak seeks to im­port a tal­ented all-rounder from In­dia. Opens Oct 18 and runs to Nov 4, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$50. Fac­tory The­atre, 125 Bathurst. 416-504-9971, fac­to­rythe­atre.ca. mER­RILy WE ROLL aLONg: IN CON­CERT by Stephen Sond­heim (Toronto Mu­si­cal Con­certs). Staged read­ing of the mu­si­cal about friend­ship, com­pro­mise and the price of suc­cess. Oct 18 at 7:30 pm. $20-$25. Al Green The­atre, 750 Spadina. mer­ri­ly­werol­la­long.bpt.me. THE mOST Hu­mOR­OuS aND TRagIC TaLE OF WIL­LIam SHakE­SPEaRE’S SHakE­SPEaRE by Liam Ed­ward Grunté (Now I am Dead Pro­duc­tions). This staged read­ing of a satir­i­cal comedic tragedy looks at the Bard as a fa­ther, hus­band and hu­man be­ing. Oct 21 at 7:30

pm. $5. Ar­ray Space, 155 Wal­nut. eventbrite. ca/e/50017024266. NOW yOu SEE HER (Night­wood The­atre/Quote Unquote Col­lec­tive/Why Not The­atre). Orig­i­nal mu­sic, words and move­ment are used to ex­plore the ways women fade from sight in our cul­ture. Opens Oct 18 and runs to Nov 4, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $10-$75. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. 416-944-1740, night­woodthe­atre.net. h THE ROCky HOR­ROR SORT-OF SHOW: a BuR­LESquE myS­TERy gamE Help solve a crime that hap­pens at a Rocky-Hor­ror-themed party at this bur­lesque mur­der mys­tery. Oct 18-19 at 7:30 pm. $20. The Painted Lady, 218 Oss­ing­ton. rocky­hor­ror­sortof.eventbrite.ca. ROPE by Pa­trick Hamil­ton (Mor­tar & Pes­tle Pro­duc­tions). Two young men mur­der a class­mate just for the thrill in this 1929 play based

on true events. Opens Oct 18 and runs to Oct 27, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Oct 20 at 2 pm. $20 sug­gested do­na­tion. Ger­rard Art Space, 1475 Ger­rard E. mor­tarand­pestlepro­duc­tions.com. The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Soulpep­per). Play based on the true story of heavy­weight cham­pion Jack John­son. Opens Oct 18 and runs to Nov 11, see web­site for times. $36$97. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpep­per.ca. Se­cReT life of a MoTheR by Han­nah Moscov­itch, Ann-Marie Kerr and Maev Beaty (SLOM Col­lec­tive). The play­wright’s ex­posé on mod­ern moth­er­hood, told by one of her old­est friends. Pre­views from Oct 20, opens Oct 25 and runs to Nov 11, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $17-$30. The­atre Cen­tre, 1115 Queen W. 416538-0988, the­atre­cen­tre.org. Shake­SpeaRe-in-hoS­pi­TalS hoMe-openeR (Spur-Of-The-Mo­ment Shake­speare Col­lec­tive). SOTMSC launches their sea­son with this fundraiser fo­cus­ing on con­cepts of home, fea­tur­ing past alumni, mu­sic by DJ SINergy and a silent auc­tion. Oct 19 at 7 pm. Pwyc. The Col­lec­tive Space, 221 Ster­ling, unit 5. spurofthe­mo­mentshake­speare.com. The­oRy by Nor­man Ye­ung (Tar­ragon The­atre). A young pro­fes­sor’s free-speech ex­per­i­ment turns into a threat­en­ing and abu­sive cat-and-mouse game. In pre­views, opens Oct 24 and runs to Nov 25, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (and some Sat) 2:30 pm. $22-$60. Ex­traS­pace. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man. 416-5311827, tar­ragonthe­atre.com. TRanS MediTaTionS & oTheR col­lab­o­Ra­Tive QueeRieS (BIBT). Po­etry/va­ri­ety show of queer and queenly pro­por­tions. Read­ings by Pa­tri­cia Wil­son and David Bate­man plus guest ap­pear­ances. Oct 19 at 7:30 pm. Pwyc. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. 416-975-8555, bud­diesin­bad­times.com. XenoS Cana­dian Stage and Akram Khan ñ Dance Com­pany present a dance-the­atre solo by Akram Khan and Jor­dan Tan­nahill. Oct 18-21, Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sun 5 pm. $51-$111. Bluma Ap­pel The­atre, 27 Front E. 416-368-3110, cana­di­anstage.com.

Con­tin­u­ing

ain’T Too pRoud – The life and TiMeS of The TeMp­Ta­TionS. by Do­minique Moris­seau (Mirvish). Juke­box mu­si­cal about the R&B group. To Nov 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $59-$185. Princess of Wales The­atre, 300 King W. mirvish.com. baT ouT of hell: The Mu­Si­cal by Jim ñ Stein­man (Mirvish). A young rebel falls in love with the daugh­ter of a pow­er­ful man in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic world in this rock mu­si­cal. To Nov 4, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $29-$225. Ed Mirvish The­atre, 244 Vic­to­ria. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. The chil­dRen by Lucy Kirk­wood (Cana­dian ñ Stage/Cen­taur The­atre). The Chil­dren un­folds near a nu­clear power plant fol­low­ing a cat­a­strophic ac­ci­dent, and physi­cist Rose (Fiona Reid) is mak­ing a sur­prise visit to former col­leagues Hazel (Lau­rie Pa­ton) and her hus­band Robin (Ge­ordie John­son). The ac­tors are ex­cel­lent, ex­pertly di­rected by Eda Holmes, who keeps the three cir­cling each other on Eo Sharp’s cozy set. Kirk­wood’s ex­pertly con­structed ex­quis­ite piece is a chill­ing eco-thriller, a med­i­ta­tion on per­sonal choice, how we face our mor­tal­ity and what it means when, at age 65, you’re as­sumed to have a had a full and rich life. An es­sen­tial piece of the­atre. To Oct 21, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat SatSun 2 pm. $49-$79. Berke­ley Street The­atre, 26 Berke­ley. 416-368-3110, cana­di­anstage. com. nnnn (Su­san G Cole) coMe fRoM away by Irene Sankoff ñ and David Hein (Mirvish). With as­ton­ish­ing warmth, New­found­lan­ders wel­come trau­ma­tized pas­sen­gers on planes rerouted to Gan­der on 9/11 in this home-grown Tonynom­i­nated mu­si­cal. The mu­sic is rol­lick­ing, the lyrics are clever and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show with more heart. The cast, dou­bling up on roles as Gan­derites and trav­ellers, is uni­formly ex­cel­lent, es­pe­cially El­iza­Jane Scott as a pi­lot and Kevin Vidal as a Black Brook­lynite who can’t be­lieve his hosts’ open­ness. The show just bar­rels along – even with some dark con­tent – and you never get a chance to catch your breath. But so what? Go with the flow and en­joy. To Jan 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$169. Royal Alexan­dra The­atre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. nnnn (Su­san G Cole) dR. Sil­veR: a cel­e­bRa­Tion of life by Anika John­son & Britta John­son (Out­side the March/the Mu­si­cal Stage Com­pany). This site-spe­cific show about the death and legacy of a cult leader fea­tures a stun­ning de­sign, novel lo­cale and solid per­for­mances of some haunt­ing mu­sic. But some flash­backs in the book are clunky, and di­rec­tor Mitchell Cush­man doesn’t make the au­di­ence’s ex­pe­ri­ence as com­plex, or im­mer­sive, as it could be. To Oct 21, see web­site for times. $29-$65. Heli­co­nian Hall, 35 Hazel­ton. 416-907-0468, mu­si­cal­stage­com­pany.com. nnn (Glenn Sumi) eu­gene one­gin by PI Tchaikovsky (Cana­dian ñ Opera Com­pany). Di­rec­tor Robert Carsen and de­signer Michael Levine’s stun­ning pro­duc­tion of Tchaikovsky’s tragic opera has an ele­giac, au­tum­nal feel that’s per­fectly suited to the ma­te­rial. Con­duc­tor Jo­hannes De­bus and the COC or­ches­tra wring lots of emo­tion from the score, and the cast, headed by the grace­ful Joyce El-Khoury and star-inthe-mak­ing Gor­don Bint­ner, heat up the stage with their im­pas­sioned voices and per­sua­sive per­for­mances. To Nov 3, see web­site for times. $35-$350. Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-3638231, coc.ca. nnnn (Glenn Sumi) HghoSTbuSTeRS – The Movie eX­pe­Ri­ence The Se­cret Ses­sions presents a fu­sion of live the­atre and cin­ema in a re­turn to New York City in 1984 to check out the Ghost­busters’ Head­quar­ters and meet the he­roes. To Oct 27, Wed-Sat 7 pm. $39. The Red­wood, 1300 Ger­rard E. thes­e­cret­ses­sions.ca. hadRian by Ru­fus Wain­wright and Daniel MacIvor (Cana­dian Opera Com­pany). The Ro­man em­peror is in ru­ins after the drown­ing death of his young lover. (See re­view at nowtoronto.com/stage.) To Oct 27, see web­site for times. $35-$350. Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416363-8231, coc.ca. nnn (Glenn Sumi) haRleM dueT by Djanet Sears (Tar­ragon ñ The­atre). Sears’s award-win­ning 1997 play is at once a pre­quel to Shake­speare’s Othello, a com­men­tary on the legacy of slav­ery and an en­gross­ing breakup story about a con­tem­po­rary aca­demic cou­ple (Vir­gilia Grif­fith, Beau Dixon). That’s a lot to pack in, but helped by an in­trigu­ing de­sign, strong per­for­mances and a two per­son jazz combo, this re­mount – di­rected by Sears her­self – is po­tent and pow­er­ful, although be­tween-scenes au­dio clips of speeches by Black lead­ers feel repet­i­tive and dis­tract­ing. To Oct 28, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$60. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man. 416-531-1827, tar­ragonthe­atre.com. nnnn (Glenn Sumi) hoSanna by Michel Tremblay (Ran­dam Col­lec­tive). A drag per­former and her part­ner con­front in­se­cu­ri­ties and il­lu­sions about iden­tity. To Oct 21, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20. Red Sand­cas­tle The­atre, 922 Queen E. 416-8459411, red­sand­castlethe­atre.com. iSaac’S eye by Lu­cas Hnath (Unit 102 Ac­tors Co). Hnath’s darkly comic play fol­lows a young Isaac New­ton as he looks to nat­u­ral philoso­pher Robert Hooke to find a way into the pres­ti­gious Royal So­ci­ety. The script is sharp and of­ten bizarrely funny as it nav­i­gates the space be­tween his­tory and fic­tion, and Hnath’s use of col­lo­quial, mod­ern lan­guage lends the piece a time­less­ness. Adam Be­langer’s di­rec­to­rial de­but is strong, mov­ing quickly be­tween the comedic and the grotesque. An en­ter­tain­ing, if all-too-fa­mil­iar, look at male ego. To Oct 20, Tue-Sun 8 pm. Pwyc-$30. The Assem­bly The­atre, 1479 Queen W. unit102ac­tors.com. nnn (Rhi­an­non Col­lett) Ju­daS noiR (Ob­sid­ian The­atre/BDB Pro­duc­tions). ñ Adap­ta­tion of The Last Days Of Ju­das Is­car­iot looks at his­toric per­se­cu­tion of the Jewish peo­ple and of Black ci­ti­zens to­day. (See re­view, page 27.) To Oct 20, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $20-$30. Street­car Crowsnest, 345 Car­law. ob­sid­i­anthe­atre.com. nnnn (José Teodoro) kRapp’S laST Tape by Samuel Beck­ett ñ (Singing Swan/VideoCabaret/TPM). Bob Na­smith plays Krapp re­view­ing tapes he made when he was younger in this solo show. To Oct 21, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$30. The­atre Passe Mu­raille, 16 Ry­er­son. 416-504-7529, passe­mu­raille.ca. la Sec­onde SuR­pRiSe de l’aMouR (The Sec­ond SuR­pRiSe of love) by Pierre de Mari­vaux (Théâtre français de Toronto). Ro­man­tic com­edy made up of ruses, blun­ders, jeal­ousies and de­nials. To Oct 28, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $20-$49, Wed-Thu pwyc. Berke­ley Street The­atre, 26 Berke­ley. 416-862-2222, the­atre­fran­cais.com. Hle­gendS of hoR­RoR Self-guided walk­ing tour through the cas­tle tun­nels in an im­mer­sive the­atri­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of clas­sic hor­ror fig­ures. Also fea­tures the Vam­pire Cir­cus. To Oct 31, daily 7-11 pm. $40-$45. Casa Loma,1 Austin Ter­race. leg­end­sofhor­ror.ca.

THE NETHER by Jen­nifer Ha­ley (Coal ñ

Mine/stu­dio180the­atre). In a vir­tual world, peo­ple as­sume iden­ti­ties and in­dulge in their dark­est de­sires. (See re­view, this page.)To Nov 4, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $42.50. Coal Mine The­atre, 1454 Dan­forth. coalminetheatre.com. NNNN (Glenn Sumi) NOISES OFF! by Michael Frayn (Scar­bor­ough Play­ers). A cast re­hearses and per­forms a flop in this play-within-a-play com­edy. To Oct 20, see web­site for sched­ule. $24, stu/srs $19. Scar­bor­ough Vil­lage The­atre, 3600 Kingston. 416-267-9292, the­atrescar­bor­ough.com. NOOR by Erum Khan (Gen­er­ous Friend). Mod­ern day com­ing-of-age story of loss, love and the power of po­etry staged in­side a Mon­go­lian yurt. To Oct 21, see web­site for sched­ule. $20-$25. Aga Khan Mu­seum, 77 Wyn­ford. 416-646-4677, agakhan­mu­seum.org.

ORALTORIO: A THE­ATRI­CAL MIX­TAPE by ñ

Mo­tion (Ob­sid­ian The­atre/Soulpep­per). Psy­che­delic black con­scious­ness comes to Soulpep­per via DJ L’Oqenz and Mo­tion, two women and pros in hip-hop and spo­ken word. The pa­tri­archy has been hold­ing Mo­tion down for a minute. She comes into her wom­an­hood backed by 90s throw­back jams cour­tesy of L’Oqenz, while spit­tin’ bars on the Five Per­cent Na­tion. This isn’t your mom’s ne­gro spir­i­tual. It’s un­com­pro­mis­ing pro­fem­i­nist Black ex­pres­sion. To Oct 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, see web­site for mats. $20-$55. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpep­per.ca. NNNN (Jordy Ki­eto)

PEARLE HAR­BOUR’S CHAU­TAUQUA by ñ

Justin Miller (Pearle Har­bour Pro­duc­tions/TPM). All-Amer­i­can World-Wartime gal Pearle Har­bour’s mu­si­cal solo show. (See re­view, page 28.) To Oct 27, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$30. The­atre Passe Mu­raille, 16 Ry­er­son. 416-504-7529, passe­mu­raille.ca. NNNN (Deb­bie Fein-Gold­bach)

SHAW FES­TI­VAL The Magician’s Nephew, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Henry V, Grand Ho­tel, Stage Kiss and more. Runs to Oct 28. $35-$150. Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-5117429, shawfest.com.

STORMSHELTER by Bradley Ne­cyk (StoneMar­row The­atre/Work­man Arts). A mother with bipo­lar af­fec­tive dis­or­der works through trauma, ill­ness & healing. To Oct 19, see web­site for times. $12. CAMH Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

Build­ing, 107 Stokes. work­ma­narts.com. STRATFORD FES­TI­VAL The Rocky Hor­ror Show, An Ideal Hus­band, Co­ri­olanus, The Mu­sic Man and oth­ers. To Nov 4. $20-$189. Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca. TORONTO COLD READS Read­ings of new writ­ing for film, the­atre & radio hit the stage for the first time, plus a mu­si­cal guest. To Dec 16, Sun­days 8 pm. Pwyc. The So­cial Cap­i­tal The­atre, 154 Dan­forth. 416-903-5388, so­cap.ca. WHAT IF ROMEO & JULIET... by Jackie Gosselin (YPT/Dy­namO Théâtre). This phys­i­cal the­atre pro­duc­tion looks at al­ter­nate out­comes for Shake­speare’s tragic love story. To Oct 19, see web­site for times. $10-$39. Young Peo­ple’s The­atre, 165 Front E. 416-862-2222, young­peo­plesthe­atre.ca. THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe

(How-3 ñ

land Com­pany/Crow’s The­atre). Mem­bers of a girls’ soccer team nav­i­gate the game, their lives and a com­pli­cated world. (See re­view, page 27.) To Oct 20, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $22-$50. Street­car Crowsnest, 345 Car­law. crow­sthe­atre.com. NNNN (Christo­pher Hoile)

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