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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 L = Lu­mi­nato event P = Pride event

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

New this week

L At the Il­lu­sIoN­Ist’s tA­ble (Lu­mi­nato). Scot­tish il­lu­sion­ist Scott Sil­ven hosts a night of fine din­ing & whisky, il­lu­sion, men­tal­ism and sto­ry­telling. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 24, Tue-Sun at 6 and 9 pm. $225. Casa Loma,1 Austin Ter­race. lu­mi­natofes­ti­val.com.

AveNgerDAle: Age of ArchIe (Play­ers). The Avengers heroes mas­quer­ade as high school teach­ers in T.O.’s Riverdale dis­trict. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 16, Thu-Sat 8:30 pm. $15$25. Tran­zac, 292 Brunswick. play­er­sto.com. chIcAgo by John Kan­der, Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse (Mirvish). A night­club dancer is charged with mur­der in 1920s Chicago. Opens Jun 12 and runs to Jun 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$199. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Vic­to­ria. mirvish.com. P clA­morous coN­corDs Bud­dies’ Youth En­sem­ble presents a cel­e­bra­tory the­atri­cal ad­ven­ture, open­ing act by Queer AF Col­lec­tive. Jun 13 at 8 pm. Pwyc, adv $10. In the Cham­ber. Bud­dies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexan­der. bud­diesin­bad­times.com/pride. P the com­mu­NIst mAN­I­festo for chIlDreN by Bruce Gib­bons Fell (Crocodilo Triste/Queer Pride). Work-in-de­vel­op­ment about 4 kids in 1950s Latin Amer­ica. Jun 9 at 8 pm. Free. In the Cabaret. Bud­dies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexan­der. bud­diesin­bad­times.com/pride. L the fever (Lu­mi­nato/600 High­way­men). This in­ter­ac­tive show tests the lim­its of in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity. Jun 12-17 daily, see web­site for times. $39 & up. Theatre Cen­tre, 1115 Queen W. lu­mi­natofes­ti­val.com. heNry v by Wil­liam Shake­speare (Edge Pro­duc­tions). All-fe­male pro­duc­tion of the ac­tion-packed bat­tle­field drama. Jun 8-9 at 8 pm. $35. The At­tic Arts Hub, 1402 Queen E, unit C3. hen­ryv­toronto.bpt.me. INspI­rAto fes­tI­vAl The ten-minute play fes­ti­val re­turns, this year’s theme is All About Her. Play­wrights in­clude Ne­dra Roberts, Do­minik Lon­car, Carol Lib­man, John Kane, Ge­or­gette Kelly and oth­ers. Jun 7-16, see web­site for schedule. $15-$20. Alum­nae Theatre, 70 Berke­ley. 416-483-2222, the­atrein­spi­rato.ca. A mID­sum­mer NIght’s DreAm by Wil­liam Shake­speare (Bard in the Park). The clas­sic ro­mance is set in mod­ern-day Athens Univer­sity dur­ing Frosh Week. Opens Jun 11 and runs to Jun 17, Mon-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc. Kew Gar­dens Park, 2075 Queen E. 416606-2518, bardinthep­ark.com. molly bloom adapted by Jo­ce­lyn Adema (Fourth Gor­gon Theatre). A woman tries to make sense of her life in this play based on part of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 16, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $15-$25. Ma­jlis Art Gar­den, 163 Wal­nut. fourth­gor­gon.com. L NAssIm by Nassim Soleiman­pour (Why Not Theatre/Lu­mi­nato). Each night a dif­fer­ent per­former reads a script for the first time, w/ Anand Ra­jaram, Al­le­gra Full­ton, Lee Mar­a­cle, Michael Red­hill and oth­ers. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 16, see web­site for times. $39 & up. Berke­ley Street Theatre, 26 Berke­ley. lu­mi­natofes­ti­val.com.

P peArle hAr­bour’s bAt­tle cry Bud­dies’ ñ Queer Pride presents a drag con­cert ex­trav­a­ganza with pop­u­lar pro-war ral­ly­ing songs to get you march­ing. Jun 10 at 8 pm. $15-$20. Bud­dies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexan­der, Cabaret. bud­diesin­bad­times.com. the phAN­tom of the operA by Andrew Lloyd Web­ber, Charles Hart and Richard Stil­goe (Cameron Mackin­tosh). Su­per-sized stag­ing of the iconic mu­si­cal set in 19th cen­tury Paris. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $79-$220. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. mirvish.com. pot­teD pot­ter: the uNAu­tho­rIzeD hArry ex­pe­rI­eNce by Daniel Clark­son and Jef­fer­son Turner (Star­vox). Show that con­denses all seven Harry Pot­ter books (and a game of Quid­ditch) into 70 min­utes. Opens Jun 13 and runs to Jul 8, see web­site for times. $30-$100. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge. pot­ted­pot­ter.com.

LP rIot A ri­otous cock­tail of Ir­ish ñ

dance, drag, circus and com­edy. (See re­lated story, page 36.) To Jun 16, Tue-Thu & Sat 7 pm, plus Fri-Sat 9:45 pm. $39 & up. The Joey and Toby Ta­nen­baum Opera Cen­tre, 227 Front E. lu­mi­natofes­ti­val.com.

P show­tuNes KArAoKe The Sec­ond ñ

City presents an in­ter­ac­tive mu­si­cal theatre love-in & group sin­ga­long. Jun 11 at 8 pm. $15. Sec­ond City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, se­condcity.com.

Song­buSter – An Im­pro­vISed mu­SI­cAl ñ

The cast cre­ates a mu­si­cal from au­di­ence sug­ges­tions. Jun 7 at 8 pm. $20, adv $15. Bud­dies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexan­der. fb.com/song­buster­mu­sic. StrIng of peArlS by Michele Lowe (Labour of Love). A neck­lace is passed from one per­son to an­other over decades. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 16, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20. Artscape Young­place, 180 Shaw. stringof­pearls.bpt.me. P tAp thIS! A QueerAted operA Se­rIeS (Tapestry Opera). A se­lec­tion of queer-themed opera and shows by Teiya Kasa­hara and Gut­ter Opera Col­lec­tive with Maria Toi­lette. Jun 7-9, see web­site for times. $25 & up. Ernest Balmer Stu­dio, 9 Trin­ity. tapestry­opera.com. WeAv­Ing rec­on­cIl­I­A­tIon: our WAy by Re­nae Mor­riseau, Rosemary Ge­orge­son, Sa­van­nah Walling (Vancouver Mov­ing Theatre/Na­tive Earth Per­form­ing Arts/Jum­blies Theatre). A fam­ily deals with the im­pact of res­i­den­tial schools in their com­mu­nity. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 9, Wed-Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm. $15$25. Aki Stu­dio, 585 Dun­das E. na­tiveearth.ca.

Con­tin­u­ing

brIghton beAch me­moIrS by Neil Si­mon (Harold Green Jewish Theatre). A boy dreams of es­cap­ing his mun­dane life in De­pres­sion­era Brook­lyn. To Jun 10, Thu & Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $24-$95. Toronto Cen­tre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. hg­jew­ishthe­atre.com.

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. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. nnnn (Su­san G Cole) god of cAr­nAge by Yas­mina Reza (East Side Play­ers). Ci­vil­ity turns to anger when cou­ples meet to re­solve their kids’ dis­pute. To Jun 9, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $24, stu $15. Paper­mill Theatre, 67 Pot­tery. east­side­play­ers.ca. greASe the mu­SI­cAl by Jim Ja­cobs, War­ren Casey (Ir­reg­u­lar En­ter­tain­ment). This ex­pen­sive, care­fully chore­ographed re­vival of the 50s-set mu­si­cal is one note and fea­tures un­even per­for­mances by ac­tors known mostly for TV work. But some set pieces are ter­rif­i­cally staged, and the songs – in­clud­ing some cut from the film ver­sion – have their pas­tiche charm and help ex­plain the show’s en­dur­ing ap­peal. To Jun 17, see web­site for times. $29$149. Win­ter Gar­den Theatre, 189 Yonge. greaseon­stage.com. nnn (Glenn Sumi)

In­no­cence loSt: A plAy About Steven ñ

truS­cott by Bev­er­ley Cooper (Soulpep­per). Cooper’s 2008 play cracks open the 1959 small-town On­tario cold case of a 12-year-old girl and the 14-year-old class­mate later con­victed of her mur­der and sen­tenced to death in what many came to see as a mis­car­riage of jus­tice. Po­si­tion­ing the au­di­ence as de­tec­tive, judge and jury, Cooper’s de­tail-rich ac­count of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, trial and af­ter­math dra­ma­tizes tes­ti­mony from friends, fam­ily and neigh­bours as they re­late their di­verg­ing mem­o­ries, opin­ions and shift­ing con­clu­sions of guilt or in­no­cence. To Jun 23, see web­site for times. $32-$96. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpep­per.ca. nnnn (Jor­dan Bimm)

lA bête by David Hir­son (Soulpep­per). ñ

See re­view, this page. To Jun 22, see web­site for times. $32-$96. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-8668666, soulpep­per.ca. nnnn (Glenn Sumi)

mA rAIney’S blAck bot­tom by Au­gust ñ

Wil­son (Soulpep­per). This scorch­ing pro­duc­tion of Wil­son’s play about the record­ing of a blues al­bum in 1920s Chicago crack­les with life. The themes, es­pe­cially about the ex­ploita­tion of Black artists by white pro­duc­ers, is still rel­e­vant, and Wil­son’s char­ac­ters in­ter­act with nu­ance and drama. Di­rected by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, the en­sem­ble, many of whom get to play in­stru­ments and sing, are su­perb, es­pe­cially Alana Bridge­wa­ter as the epony­mous Ma and Beau Dixon, Lind­say Owen Pierre, Neville Ed­wards and Lovell Adams-Gray as her mu­si­cians. To Jun 9, see web­site for times. $32-$96. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-8668666, soulpep­per.ca. nnnnn (Glenn Sumi) mu­SIc mu­SIc lIfe deAth mu­SIc: An AbSur­dIcAl by Adam Seelig (One Lit­tle Goat Theatre Com­pany). The songs in Seelig’s un­even and un­fo­cused new mu­si­cal about the ab­sur­dity of fam­ily life have a lilt­ing, hyp­notic feel, but the lyrics are too of­ten on the nose. Seelig’s loose di­rec­tion also means there’s lit­tle shape or logic, although the singing ac­tors, es­pe­cially Theresa Tova as a nosy mother, are up for the height­ened style of per­for­mance. To Jun 10, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Tar­ragon Theatre, 30 Bridg­man. 416-531-1827, onelit­tle­goat.org. nn (Glenn Sumi) StoneS (Aluna Theatre/The Stones Project). See re­view, page 37. To Jun 10, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $15-$20. Geary Lane, 360 Geary. alu­nathe­atre.ca. nnn (José Teodoro) treA­Sure IS­lAnd by Robert Louis Steven­son (Solar Stage Children’s Theatre). Sea shanties and an epic pi­rate ad­ven­ture for ages 5 & up. To Jul 1, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $20. Wy­ch­wood Theatre, 76 Wy­ch­wood. so­larstage.on.ca.

Out of town

ShAW feS­tI­vAl The Ma­gi­cian’s Nephew, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Henry V, Grand Ho­tel, Stage Kiss and more. Runs to Oct 28. $35-$150. Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-5117429, shawfest.com. StrAt­ford feS­tI­vAl The Rocky Hor­ror Show, An Ideal Hus­band, Co­ri­olanus, The Mu­sic Man and oth­ers. To Nov 4. $25-$189, stu from $20. Strat­ford. strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca.

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