This fall’s must-see shows

Ground­break­ing new works and groovy mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions on tap this theatre sea­son by Ron John­son

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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’

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