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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.
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
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)