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BILLy BIShOP GOES TO WAR by John MacLachlan ñ Gray, Eric Peterson (Soulpepper Theatre). The famous WWI fighter pilot looks back on his life in this musical. In previews, opens Jul 10 and runs to Aug 5, see website for times. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. soulpepper.ca. CLASS ACTS: VIxENS BuRLESquE GRADuATE RECITAL Toronto School of Burlesque presents a show by its students. Jul 16 at 8 pm (doors 7 pm). $20, adv online $15. Revival, 783 College. classacts5.eventbrite.ca. DARE: STORIES WE ThOuGhT WE’D NEVER TELL The Dare Story Collective presents a storytelling show featuring real stories by real people. Jul 19 at 8 pm. Pwyc. The Ossington, 61 Ossington. darestorytelling.com. FLOODED by Ara Glenn-Johanson (North America). Non-narrative physical theatre show aboard a boat that will sail around the Toronto Islands. Opens Jul 19 and runs to Jul 25, daily at 6:30 pm. $25. Pirate Life Toronto, 333 Lakeshore Blvd E. flooded.bpt.me. hEART STRINGS ThE MuSICAL (Reynold Nathaniel). A charismatic Italian delivers a music machine from Germany to Ireland and falls in love. Jul 16 at 8 pm. $25. Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore W. 437-344-4529, heartstringsplay.weebly.com. hIGh STAkES STORyTELLING (Sage Tyrtle). Storytelling show featuring Amber Dewar and Sage Tyrgle. Jul 13 at 7:30 pm. Free. Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina. storieswithstakes.com.
hOGTOWN: ThE IMMERSIVE ExPERIENCE ñ
(The Hogtown Collective). An immersive theatre experience incorporating drama, music and dance to look at Prohibition-era Toronto and its dark past. Opens Jul 13 and runs to Aug 20, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat & Sun 2 pm. $59. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. hogtownexperience.com. JEWISh RADIO hOuR – ThE MuSICAL by Theresa Tova (TEATRON Jewish Theatre). Musical that celebrates the radio show that was essential to established and immigrant Jewish communities from 1936 to the late 50s. Jul 11-13, Tue & Thu 8 pm, Wed 2 pm. $48-$68. Lyric Theatre. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. teatrontheatre.com. kNOCkOuT: TROPICAL EDITION (Love Letters Cabaret). Burlesque cabaret featuring Pastel Supernova, Kage Wolfe, James Pasty & more. Jul 13 at 9:30 pm. $25-$35. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. loveletterscabaret.com. ThE LAMENTABLE ABSuRDICAL ChRONICLE OF PuNCh AND JuDy by Doc Wuthergloom and Eric Woolfe (Eldritch Theatre). Theatrical classic of murder, mayhem and puppet-on-puppet violence. Jul 17-18 at 8 pm. $30, adv $20. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. docpunch.bpt.me. STORySTAR Storytelling with Fatima Zehra, Pamela Barker, Ava Williams, Sophie Kohn & Erin Rodgers. Jul 16 at 8 pm. $10. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. TORONTO MONOLOGuE SLAM The acting showcase returns for a sixth season of giving local actors a space to create, compete and collaborate. Jul 9 at 7 pm. $15. Round Venue, 152A Augusta. 647-780-2513, toslam.com.
BEAuTIFuL – ThE CAROLE kING MuSICAL ñ
book by Douglas McGrath (Paul Blake/ Sony/ATV Music). The story of King’s rise to stardom as a composer & singer-songwriter, marriage and divorce to writing partner Gerry Goffin and friendships with other musical artists. (See review at nowtoronto.com/ stage.) To Sep 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, SatSun 2 pm. $50-$149. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. mirvish.com.
CONFEDERATION PART I: CONFEDERATION ñ
AND RIEL by Michael Hollingsworth (Soulpepper/VideoCabaret). This critical counterpoint to Canada 150 celebrations is presented in VideoCab’s signature visually dazzling, fast-paced, Brechtian comedy-ofmanners style. Part I follows John A. Macdonald’s (Richard Clarkin) whiskey-fuelled backroom dealings to align diverse provincial interests around the idea of a unified Canada,
while staving off threats of Irish Republican Fenian raids. Interspersed throughout is the Catholic education and political radicalization of Métis rebel leader Louis Riel (Michaela Washburn), culminating in his first post-Confederation showdown with the newly minted nation. To Aug 19, see website for schedule. $25-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. nnnn (Jordan Bimm)
Confederation Part ii: SCandal and ñ
rebellion by Michael Hollingsworth (Soulpepper Theatre/VideoCabaret). Louis Riel rebels while business barons compete for railway lines in this installment of the Canadian history play series (see review, page 41). To Aug 19, see website for schedule. $25-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. nnnn (Jordan Bimm) deathtraP by Ira Levin (Scarborough Players). A formerly successful playwright considers stealing a script from a student in this thriller. To Jul 15, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $33. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com. MagiC & Martini (Grand Spirits). Magician/ conjurer/sleight-of-hand artist James Alan performs a theatrical show. To Sep 30, Sat 7:30 pm (no show Jul 15). $39. SpiritHouse, 489 Adelaide W. magicandmartini.ca. odySSeo (Cavalia). Theatrical spectacle featuring horses and riders, acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers and musicians. To Jul 16, see website for times. $99.50-$239.50. Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place. 1-866-9998111, cavalia.com/Mississauga. Pirate life Children’S theatre Kids dress in costume, get face paint tattoos and help solve the mystery of the treasure map in an interactive theatrical show/boat cruise. To Oct 9, various times 10:30 am-5 pm daily to Sep 4, then weekends to Oct 9. $25. Island Rogue, 333 Lake Shore E. piratelife.ca. reelheart feStival live SCriPt readS Live script readings. Jul 4-7, Tue-Fri 11 am. $12. Jul 5 at Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor W, room 25; others at Woodsworth College, 119 St George. Jul 7 at 7 pm at Beaches United Church, 140 Wineva. reelheart.org. the SeCret of Station houSe no. 4 (Secret City Adventures/Company & Co). The audience gathers clues to find the missing Detective Murdoch in this theatrical experience. Limited run, see website for times. $36-$42. George Brown House, 186 Beverley. secretcityadventures.com/murdoch. ShakeSPeare in high Park: king lear (Canadian Stage/York U Theatre Dept). The classic tragedy is staged outdoors. Previews from Jun 29, opens Jul 13 and runs to Sep 2. Pwyc, $25 reserved seating. Amphitheatre at High Park, 1873 Bloor W. canadianstage.com. ShakeSPeare in high Park: twelfth night (Canadian Stage/York U Theatre Dept). The comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced love is performed outdoors. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 14 and runs to Sep 3. Pwyc, $25 reserved seating. Amphitheatre at High Park, 1873 Bloor W. canadianstage.com. Sorry i Can’t CoMe to your Show by Mani Eustis (Fancy Bits Theatre). All-female, sitespecific, absurdist comedy about making soup, making art and feeling feelings. To Jul 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15. Christie & Davenport area, contact for info. 647-8632392, sorryicantcometoyourshow.bpt.me.
the toronto fringe feStival The ñ
annual indie theatre festival features 160 plays, dance works, sketch comedy, solo shows and more by local and international companies. See cover stories and features, from page 34. To Jul 16, see website for list of shows, locations & schedule. $12, KidsFest $5. Various venues. fringetoronto.com. viMy by Vern Thiessen (Soulpepper Theatre). Canadian soldiers convalesce in a field hospital after facing the horrors of Vimy Ridge in this WWI drama. Previews from Jun 29, opens Jul 11 and runs to Aug 5, see website for schedule. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. the wizard of oz by L Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, EY Harburg (LOT). A Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home. To Aug 27, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun noon & 4 pm. $55. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. lowerossingtontheatre.com. 4th line theatre Out-of-town theatre on the outdoor stages with Bombers: Reaping The Whirlwind by David S. Craig (Jul 4-29); The History Of Drinking In Cavan by Robert Winslow (Aug 7-26). $32-$38. Winslow Farm, Millbrook. 4thlinetheatre.on.ca. drayton entertainMent Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Million Dollar Quartet, Office Hours, Marathon Of Hope: The Musical, Rock Of Ages, Beauty And The Beast and many other shows tour theatres from Midland to Guelph, Kitchener, Cambridge & Grand Bend, ON. To Sep 3. $27-$46. See website for schedule & maps. 1-855-3729866, draytonentertainment.com. globuS theatre at the lab Real Estate by Allana Harkin (to Jul 8); Oh, Canada We Sing For Thee! musical revue by Leisa Way (Jul 1122); Raising The Barn dinner theatre (Jul 26Aug 5); The Fixer Upper by Lorne Elliott (Aug 8-19); and Halfway There by Norm Foster (Aug 23-Sep 2). $31.50, stu $20. Lakeview Arts Barn, Bobcaygeon. globustheatre.com. new SunShine feStival orillia A Dog Park Jamboree by David Fanstone (music by Birds of Bellwoods) runs to Jul 29; The Night The Lights Went Out On Broadway by Norbert David runs Aug 1-26. $30, stu/srs $27, kids under 12 $10. Orillia Community Church, 64 Colborne E. newsunshinefestival.com. Shaw feStival The annual festival features Me And My Girl, Saint Joan, The Madness Of George III & Dancing At Lughnasa (to Oct 15), Androcles And The Lion (to Oct 7), Dracula (Jul 8-Oct 14), Middletown (Jul 13Sep 10), An Octoroon (Jul 16-Oct 14) & many other plays, musicals and one-acts. $25-$117. Niagara-on-the-Lake. Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-5117429, shawfest.com. St. lawrenCe ShakeSPeare feStival Antony And Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers based on the novel by A. Dumas (Jul 8-Aug 12); The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Aug 1520); Annie by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin (Aug 24-26). $20-$30. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, Prescott. 613-9255788, stlawrenceshakespeare.ca. Stratford feStival The annual theatre festival features Guys And Dolls (to Oct 29); HMS Pinafore, Romeo And Juliet and Twelfth Night, (to Oct 21); The Changeling and The Virgin Trial (to Sep 23); Tartuffe (Aug 1-Oct 13); The Madwoman Of Chaillot (Aug 3-Sep 24); The Komagata Maru Incident (Aug 5-Sep 24); and other plays & musicals. $25-$189, stu from $20. Stratford. Festival Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. terMinuS: an eSCaPe rooM event on a train York Durham Heritage Railway Association presents an interactive and theatrical escape room experience aboard a moving train. Jul 8 & 22, 6-9 pm. $89 (includes dinner). Uxbridge Train Station, 19 Railway Street. 905-852-3696, ydhr.ca/escape. viCtoria PlayhouSe Petrolia The summer theatre program includes The Birds And The Bees (Mark Crawford) May 30-Jun 17; Happy Together 1967 musical revue Jul 4-23; Folks Like Us musical revue Aug 1-12; Portia (Lance Woolaver & Mark Payne) Aug 15-27; and Rockabilly Swingtime musical revue (Sep 5-24). $27-$41. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.