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How to find a list­ing The­atre list­ings are com­pre­hen­sive and ap­pear al­pha­bet­i­cally by ti­tle. New this week lists shows that open or pre­view this week; Con­tin­u­ing shows have al­ready opened. The rat­ing sys­tem is as fol­lows: NNNNN Stand­ing ova­tion NNNN Sus­tained ap­plause NNN Rec­om­mended, mem­o­rable scenes NN Se­ri­ously flawed N Get out the hook

ñ= Crit­ics’ pick (highly rec­om­mended) How to place a list­ing All list­ings are free. Use the event sub­mis­sion form at nowtoronto.com. List­ings may be edited for space and style. Dead­line is the Thurs­day be­fore publi­ca­tion at 5 pm. To sub­mit a cor­rec­tion to an ex­ist­ing list­ing, email: fix­events@nowtoronto.com.

aN­NIe by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, Thomas Mee­han (Mirvish). Leapin’ lizards! The sun doesn’t come out for this lack­lus­tre UK pro­duc­tion of the fam­ily mu­si­cal about a plucky or­phan (Iso­bel Khan) look­ing for her par­ents. The chore­og­ra­phy is bizarre, the set a rip-off of the more in­trigu­ing de­signs for Matilda, and the big-name draw (Down­ton Abbey’s Les­ley Ni­col) a dis­ap­point­ment as the evil Miss Han­ni­gan. Of the leads, only Alex Bourne and Matthew Hawk­sley im­press as Daddy War­bucks and Rooster. To Jun 3, TueSat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $29$229. Ed Mirvish The­atre, 244 Vic­to­ria. 416872-1212, mirvish.com. NN (Glenn Sumi)

cOMe frOM awaY by Irene Sankoff and ñ

David Hein (Mirvish). With as­ton­ish­ing warmth, New­found­lan­ders wel­come traumatized pas­sen­gers on planes rerouted to Gander on 9/11 in this home-grown Tony-nom­i­nated 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 El­iza-Jane 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. 416-8721212, mirvish.com. NNNN (Su­san G Cole) dIs­sI­deNTs by Philippe Du­cros (ARC). See re­view, page 31. To May 20, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $9-$44. 1251 Bloor W. arc­stage. com. NNN (Christopher Hoile)

fuN hOMe by Jea­nine Te­sori and Lisa ñ

Kron (Mu­si­cal Stage Com­pany/Mirvish). I can’t imag­ine a better Cana­dian cast in this mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Al­i­son Bechdel’s graphic mem­oir about her clos­eted dad’s prob­a­ble sui­cide. The score is com­plex, the lyrics al­ter­nately funny and poignant and the book as rich as any great play. Robert Mc­Queen’s imag­i­na­tive di­rec­tion fills out the mas­sive CAA The­atre, with stand­out per­for­mances by Evan Buliung as the fa­ther and Laura Condlln, Sara Farb and Han­nah Levin­son as Al­i­son at var­i­ous stages of her life. To May 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$89. CAA The­atre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, mu­si­cal­stage­com­pany. com. NNNNN (Glenn Sumi) gIrLs LIke ThaT by Evan Placey (Tar­ragon). This 2013 Bri­tish play, laden with wise­cracks and wis­dom, en­gages both teens and adults. Besties since they were five, a group of highs­chool girls turn on their pal Scar­lett when her naked photo goes vi­ral. Mono­logues flash­ing back to the 1920s, 40s, 60s and 80s look at the fem­i­nist move­ment and its con- trast with the present ac­tion. The per­form­ers do fine phys­i­cal work as five-year olds and teenaged boys and girls, even if they tend to rush their lines, and ex­pertly ex­e­cute Alyssa Martin’s elab­o­rate dance se­quences. Too bad Shakura Dick­son, as Scar­lett, can’t sell the play’s cli­mac­tic speech. To May 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2:30 pm (see web­site for other mats). $20-$60. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man. 416-531-1827, tar­ragonthe­atre.com. NNN (Su­san G Cole) INch Of YOur LIfe: The TrIL­OgY – epIsOde 2: The MId­dLe parT by Mas­simo Pagliaroli (The The­atre Cir­cuit). Three-part stage sit­com that looks at fam­ily, re­la­tion­ships and iden­tity. To May 19, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$30. Back­S­pace. The­atre Passe Mu­raille, 16 Ry­er­son. thethe­atre­cir­cuit.com.

LuLu V.7: as­pecTs Of a feMMe faTaLe by ñ

ted witzel, Su­sanna Fournier, He­len Yung (the red light district). In de­con­struct­ing Ger­man fin de siè­cle play­wright Frank Wedekind’s con­tro­ver­sial “Lulu” cy­cle, co-cre­ators witzel, Fournier and Yung craft a crit­i­cal space to re­think sex, com­pan­ion­ship and our bod­ies in the wake of #MeToo, and the se­rial killings of gay men in Toronto. The first half fea­tures an epic the­atre con­den­sa­tion of Wedekind’s wild, sex-and-blood-drenched Lulu saga, about a he­do­nis­tic femme fatale (Rose Tuong) and the bizarre con­stel­la­tion of ter­ri­ble men in her or­bit, while the sec­ond half turns to a slow-burn­ing se­ries of sym­bolic mono­logues en­gag­ing in frank, in­ti­mate and hon­est terms with the en­dur­ing ques­tions the story raises. To May 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $20$40, Sun pwyc. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. 416-975-8555, bud­diesin­bad­times.com. NNNN (Jor­dan Bimm)

Ma raINeY’s BLack BOT­TOM by Au­gust ñ

Wilson (Soulpep­per). Is­sues of race and power are hashed out in 1920s Chicago record­ing stu­dio. (See re­view, this page.) To Jun 2, see web­site for times. $32-$96. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. soulpep­per.ca. NNNNN (Glenn Sumi)

Mag­gIe & pIerre by Linda Grif­fiths with ñ

Paul Thomp­son (time­share). See re­view, this page. To May 19, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat SatSun 2:30 pm. $17-$22. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man. 416-531-1827, tar­ragonthe­atre. com. NNNN (Jor­dan Bimm)

The NIghTIN­gaLe aNd OTher shOrT ñ

faBLes by Igor Stravin­sky (Cana­dian Opera Com­pany). The COC’s re­mount of the Robert Lepage-di­rected one-act opera with a menagerie of other Stravin­sky of­fer­ings is a the­atri­cally rich pro­gram un­like any­thing you’ll see in an opera house. Lepage em­ploys var­i­ous forms of pup­petry and 67 tonnes of wa­ter to cre­ate an en­chant­ing, beau­ti­fully sung show. Jane Archibald’s crys­talline-voiced tit­u­lar char­ac­ter and the del­i­cately nu­anced play­ing by the COC orches­tra are high­lights. To May 19, see web­site for times. $35-$225. Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 145 Queen W. coc.ca. NNNN (Glenn Sumi) pa­prIka fes­TI­VaL New plays, dance per­form-

an­ces, work­shop pro­duc­tions, ex­per­i­men­tal art and more by young artists and com­pa­nies. To May 20, see web­site for de­tails. Free/pwyc$10. Aki Stu­dio. Na­tive Earth Per­form­ing Arts, 585 Dun­das E. pa­prikafes­ti­val.com. Per­FeCt weDDIng by Robin Haw­don (Vil­lage Play­ers). A comedic play about pre-wedding mishaps. To May 19, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat May 6 and 13 at 2 pm. $20-$24. Vil­lage Play­house, 2190 Bloor W. vil­lage­play­ers.net. PI­rAte shIP AD­ven­ture Chil­dren’s in­ter­ac­tive ad­ven­ture the­atre show aboard a 50-foot pi­rate ship that sails along the har­bor. To Oct 8, see web­site for sched­ule. $27. Pi­rate Life Toronto, 333 Lake Shore E. pi­ratelife.ca. toronto CoLD reADs New orig­i­nal scripts are read cold by ac­tors for a sup­port­ive au­di­ence. Weekly, Sun­days 8 pm. Pwyc. The So­cial Cap­i­tal The­atre, 154 Dan­forth. so­cap.ca. weeFes­tI­vAL The­atre Di­rect presents the bi­en­nial arts, the­atre and cul­ture fes­ti­val geared to chil­dren aged 0-6. Aerial arts, the­atre, pup­petry, mu­sic and post-show fam­ily par­ties. To May 21. $12-$25. Var­i­ous venues, see web­site for info. weefes­ti­val.ca.

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