This fall’s must-see shows
Groundbreaking new works and groovy musical productions on tap this theatre season by Ron Johnson
Geordie Johnson and Laura Paton. The Children runs until Oct. 21 at Berkeley Street Theatre. The Nether Moving into its third season, Coal Mine Theatre kicks things off with the creepy new work: The
Nether. In this groundbreaking play, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2013, a detective uncovers a disturbing and immersive virtual world, triggering a battle over technology and human desire. Part crime drama and part sci-fi thriller, The Nether is directed by Peter Pasyk with an impressive cast that includes Katherine Cullen, Hannah Levinson, Mark McGrinder, Robert Persichini and David Storch. The Nether runs from Oct. 11 to Nov. 4 at Coal Mine Theatre. Now You See Her The world premiere of this daring work is a collaboration involving some of the most exciting voices in Toronto theatre today: Nightwood Theatre, Why Not Theatre and Quote Unquote Collective — which includes codirectors and Dora Award–winning artists Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava fresh off their TIFF premiere of the film adaptation of their play
Mouthpiece. Now You See Her is a story of women — “the invisible, the vanishing, the marginalized” — told from a variety of perspectives through words, movement and music. It should be the most talked-about production this season, and it runs at Buddies in Bad Times theatre Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. Noor
Noor is a Rumi-inspired play in two acts, written by Akbar Ahmed about a culture clash that exists within modern Muslim communities. This new Toronto production is part of Aga Khan Museum’s new performing arts season exploring the idea of “The Other Side of Fear.” Noor will be performed inside the museum’s Mongolian yurt. The play runs Oct. 13 to 21. The Royale This is going to be exciting and, as far as we can recall, the only play in Toronto that comes with ringside seats. Playwright Marco Ramirez is best known for a popular TV show called Orange Is the New Black. The Royale is a story told in six rounds about boxer Jay Johnson (inspired by the true story of Jack Johnson) and his quest to become world heavyweight champion in the segregated world of professional boxing over a century ago. Soulpepper’s production stars Dion Johnstone as Jay. The play runs Oct. 12 to Nov. 11. The Message Governor General’s Award winner Jason Sherman’s latest work gets its world premiere at the Tarragon. The Message is a play about Toronto’s legendary philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan and his struggles to finish work following a stroke. It stars the talented R. H. Thomson and is directed by Richard Rose. We expect very good things. The Message runs at the Tarragon Theatre, Nov. 7 to Dec. 16. The Wolves
The Wolves, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, is a provocative play about adolescence and growing up, told through the experiences of a girls indoor soccer team. It premiered offBroadway in 2016 and will kick off the season at the Streetcar Crowsnest theatre. Two-time Dora Award winner Courtney Ch’ng directs the production, which is a collaboration between Crow’s Theatre and the Howland Company. The Wolves runs Oct. 9 to 27.
Clockwise from top: Mirvish’s production of ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ offers up cool Motown sounds, ‘The Wolves’ kicks off the season at Streetcar Crowsnest theatre, and the powerhouse production ‘Now You See Her’