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THE 20TH OF NOVEM­BER is a play that fo­cuses on a stu­dent plan­ning a school shoot­ing, who shares his rea­sons for do­ing so with the au­di­ence. Un­til Oct. 4 ($25 at 416-975-8555). Bud­dies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexan­der St. THE AD­VEN­TURES OF PER­I­CLES As his ad­ven­tures takes him to many lands, Per­i­cles dreams of re­unit­ing with his fam­ily and re­gain­ing the hap­pi­ness he lost. Un­til Satur­day ($18-$133.75 at 800-567-1600). Tom Pat­ter­son Theatre, 111 Lakeside Dr., Stratford, Ont. THE AL­CHEMIST A trio of con-artists use pseudo-science to rid the wealth­ier fools of Lon­don of their un­de­served money. Un­til Satur­day ($18-$121.25 at 800-567-1600). Tom Pat­ter­son Theatre, 111 Lakeside Dr., Stratford, Ont. BLIND DATE Re­turn­ing to Toronto af­ter stints off-Broad­way and West Lon­don, this dar­ing night chal­lenges one brave mem­ber of the au­di­ence to be cre­ator Re­becca Northan’s blind date for the night. Nat­u­rally there isn’t a script and it’s im­pos­si­ble to know just what will hap­pen each night, but it’s got a unique energy that prom­ises a night of laughs and plenty of sur­prises. Un­til Oct. 4 ($31.75-$62.75 at 416-5311827). Tar­ragon Theatre, 30 Bridg­man Ave. CAROUSEL A carousel barker and mill worker risk their jobs for a chance to be to­gether. When the worst hap­pens, the barker is driven to a life of crime to sup­port his soon-to-be child. Un­til Oct. 16 ($20-$119.40 at 800-567-1600). Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St., Stratford, Ont. THE DI­ARY OF ANNE FRANK Per­haps the most fa­mous di­ary in history, this stage pro­duc­tion traces the di­ary pages that tell the story of a young Jewish girl who hid in an at­tic with her fam­ily and their friends to avoid the Nazis. Un­til Oct. 10 ($18-$118.30 at 800-567-1600). Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St., Stratford, Ont. THE DI­VINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERN­HARDT De­tail­ing the life of ac­tress Sarah Bern­hardt, this play fol­lows her per­for­mances around Que­bec City at the turn of the 20th cen­tury. Un­til Oct. 11 ($42.40-$119.24 at 905-468-2172). Royal Ge­orge Theatre, 85 Queen St., Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake, Ont. EM­PIRE With rave re­views, sold out per­for­mances and stand­ing ova­tions in New York and across Aus­tralia, Spiegel­world in co-op­er­a­tion with evenko, smashes to­gether the bound­aries of cir­cus, cabaret, va­ri­ety and bur­lesque, rein­vent­ing the gen­res for a 21st-cen­tury au­di­ence. This 90-minute ad­ven­ture will be per­formed by tal­ents as­sem­bled from around the world. Un­til Sept. 27 ($69$129 at Spiegel­world.ca). Cor­ner of Rees St. and Queens Quay W. HAM­LET In this Shake­spearean clas­sic, a Dan­ish prince is vis­ited by the ghostly im­age of his fa­ther, lead­ing him on a quest for re­venge that tears a streak of death and mad­ness through ev­ery­one it touches. Un­til Oct. 11 ($18-$125 at 800567-1600). Fes­ti­val Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford, Ont. HAPPY PLACE This is the sec­ond work by play­wright Pamela Mala Sinha that fo­cuses on the re­la­tion­ships be­tween seven women. Un­til Oct. 17 ($29.50-$89 at 416-866-8666). Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. THE IN­TEL­LI­GENT HO­MO­SEX­UAL’S GUIDE TO CAP­I­TAL­ISM AND SO­CIAL­ISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIP­TURES A re­tired long­shore­man named Gus Mar­can­to­nio has been feel­ing odd lately, so his sis­ter, three chil­dren and their re­spec­tive spouses and exes stage an in­ter­ven­tion for him. Un­til Oct. 10 ($42.40-$98.90 at 905-468-2172). Stu­dio Theatre, 10 Queen’s Pa­rade, Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake, Ont. KINKY BOOTS This Broad­way hit and Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal comes to Toronto. The story fol­lows Char­lie, who has in­her­ited his fa­ther’s nearly bank­rupt shoe fac­tory. Char­lie gains in­spi­ra­tion from Lola, an en­ter­tainer in need of some sturdy stilet­tos, to save his fam­ily busi­ness. Un­til Dec. 20 ($35-$130 at 416-872-1212). Royal Alexan­dra Theatre, 260 King St. W. THE LAST WIFE A wife is em­broiled in a steamy af­fair as her abu­sive hus­band lies dy­ing, and with that, the prom­ise of some­thing more. Un­til Sept. 26 ($19.50$115 at 800-567-1600). Stu­dio Theatre, 34 Ge­orge St. E., Stratford, Ont. LIGHT UP THE SKY The cast of a new play hap­pily awaits for the cur­tain to go up, with a happy fra­ter­nity ready­ing them for the per­for­mance, but things aren’t quite so pleas­ant at the ho­tel af­ter the show. Un­til Oct. 11 ($36.75-$139.58 at 905-468-2172). Fes­ti­val Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford, Ont. LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST The King of Navarre and three of his friends have sworn off women for three years and are soon con­fronted with four rav­ish­ing women to tempt them from their vow. Un­til Oct. 9 ($12.50-$170 at 800-567-1600). Fes­ti­val Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford, Ont. OEDI­PUS REX With cor­rup­tion killing his peo­ple, King Oedi­pus must dis­cover the truth as to why the gods have cursed his land. Un­til Fri­day ($19.50-$133.75 at 800-567-1600). Tom Pat­ter­son Theatre, 111 Lakeside Dr., Stratford, Ont. MARAT SADE This play, penned by Ger­man play­wright Peter Weiss in the ‘60s, bears the full ti­tle of The Per­se­cu­tion and As­sas­si­na­tion of Jean-Paul Marat as Per­formed by the In­mates of the Asy­lum of Char­en­ton Un­der the Di­rec­tion of the Mar­quis de Sade. As this ti­tle sug­gests, the play tells the story of sev­eral prison in­mates at­tempt­ing to stage a the­atri­cal adap­ta­tion of Marat’s mur­der. Un­til Oct. 17 ($29.50-$89 at 416-866-8666). Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. MO­TOWN THE MU­SI­CAL is full of clas­si­cal Mo­town songs that tell the story of the record la­bel that brought us the Temp­ta­tions, the Jack­son 5, Ste­vie Won­der, Marvin Gaye and many other much-loved artists from the 20th cen­tury. Tues­day un­til Oct. 25 ($46$235 at 416-872-1212). Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W. THE PHYSI­CISTS Three physi­cians are trapped in a sana­to­rium, be­liev­ing them­selves to be fa­mous sci­en­tists of the past. Un­til Sept. 27 ($18-$116.50 at 800567-1600). Tom Pat­ter­son Theatre, 111 Lakeside Dr., Stratford, Ont. THE PLAY’S THE THING P.G. Wode­house adapted this Hun­gar­ian com­edy by Ferenc Molnar into English that ex­poses the chaotic re­al­i­ties of life in theatre. Wed­nes­day un­til Oct. 14 ($29.50-$89 at 416-866-8666). Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. POS­SI­BLE WORLDS Two de­tec­tives are con­fronted with a mur­der that sends one of them through al­ter­nate di­men­sions. Un­til Satur­day ($22-$110.60 at 800-5567-1600). Stu­dio Theatre, 34 Ge­orge St. E., Stratford, Ont. PROARTEDANZA presents mod­ern and bal­let dance works at Har­bourfront Cen­tre’s Nex­tSteps dance se­ries. Wed­nes­day un­til Sept. 26 ($27-$47 at 416-973-4000). Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. SHE STOOPS TO CON­QUER The young Kate has her eyes on the dash­ing Charles, but he finds him­self bash­ful around up­per-class women, so Kate must im­per­son­ate a bar­maid to get his at­ten­tion. Un­til Oct. 10 ($18-$107.30 at 800-567-1600). Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St., Stratford, Ont. THE SOUND OF MU­SIC What else is there to be done with a prob­lem­atic nun, ex­cept to send her to be the gov­erness for the fam­ily of an Aus­trian naval of­fi­cer? She brings a joy into their lives through this beloved mu­si­cal. Un­til Oct. 18 ($20$170 at 800-567-1600). Fes­ti­val Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford, Ont. TAM­ING OF THE SHREW When the im­pla­ca­ble Kathe­rina falls into the sights of Petru­chio, a fierce bat­tle of wills drive this in­tense courtship to­ward hi­lar­ity. Un­til Oct. 10 ($18-$145.80 at 800-567-1600). Fes­ti­val Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford, Ont. THEATRESPORTS at­tempts to mix the energy and ex­cite­ment of a sport­ing event with the hu­mour and spon­tane­ity of an im­prov per­for­mance. Two teams face off in a bat­tle to see who can make the au­di­ence laugh the hard­est and win the ti­tle of the fun­ni­est com­edy troupe. Satur­day. Un­til Dec. 26 ($12 at 416-491-3115). Bad Dog Theatre Com­pany, 875 Bloor St. W. TREA­SURE IS­LAND Adapted from Robert Louis Steven­son’s clas­sic tale, this story fol­lows Jane Hawkins, who holds the map to a leg­endary pi­rate trea­sure on an is­land. Un­til Sept. 27 ($16 at 416-3688031). So­lar Stage Chil­dren’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge St., North York. YOURS FOR­EVER, MARIE-LOU Michel Trem­blay, con­sid­ered one of Canada’s great­est writ­ers, presents one of his clas­sic works. The play fo­cuses on the con­flicts and re­la­tion­ships of a Que­bec fam­ily that con­sists of three women and one man. This new adap­ta­tion was trans­lated by Linda Ga­bo­riau and com­mis­sioned by Soulpep­per to con­clude their 2015 sea­son. Un­til Oct. 17 ($29.50$89 at 416-866-8666). Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane.

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