En­ter­tain­ment

Hol­i­day hits from The Nutcracker to Dis­ney on Ice to Cirque du Soleil’s Cor­teo.

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Friends! The Mu­si­cal Par­ody

Novem­ber 1 to 25

The iconic TV show about a group of six 20-some­thing friends nav­i­gat­ing work, love, and life in Man­hat­tan is af­fec­tion­ately satired in this pro­duc­tion. High­light­ing favourite mo­ments and sto­ry­lines from the NBC sit­com’s 10-sea­son run, there’s a song about Ross and Rachel’s on/off-again re­la­tion­ship en­ti­tled “We Were on a Break,” as well as ap­pear­ances from beloved sup­port­ing char­ac­ters like Phoebe’s evil twin sis­ter Ur­sula, Mon­ica’s older boyfriend Richard the oph­thal­mol­o­gist, Chan­dler’s nasally-voiced girl­friend Jan­ice of “Oh. My. God” fame, and even Mar­cel the Mon­key. CAA Theatre,

651 Yonge St., mirvish.com

The Dream & Be­ing and Noth­ing­ness

Novem­ber 21 to 25

The Na­tional Bal­let of Canada presents a dou­ble bill that sees Shake­speare’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream in­ter­preted through dance by chore­og­ra­pher Fred­erik Ash­ton in The Dream. Set to mu­sic by Felix Men­delssohn, this comedic tale in­cludes an im­pres­sive pas de deux be­tween the king and queen of the fairies, Oberon and Ti­ta­nia. And in the philo­soph­i­cal Be­ing and Noth­ing­ness, prin­ci­pal dancer and chore­o­graphic as­so­ciate Guil­laume Côté brings the works of Jean-Paul Sartre to the stage. Through sev­eral nar­ra­tive vi­gnettes that are set to mu­sic by Philip Glass, Côté ex­plores such ab­stract no­tions as free­dom, the na­ture of self­hood, and the mean­ing of ex­is­tence. Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., na­tional.bal­let.ca

The Wizard of Oz

Novem­ber 30 to Jan­uary 5

When a home­sick Dorothy and her lit­tle dog are swept away from their Oss­ing­ton Av­enue home, they meet an eclec­tic trio who help them find their way back to the west end where they be­long in Ross Petty’s Toto-ly Twisted Fam­ily Mu­si­cal. Per­formed in the Bri­tish pan­tomime tra­di­tion, the Scare­crow, the Tin Man, and the Cow­ardly Lion all jour­ney on the yel­low brick road with Dorothy as she faces the Wicked Witch of the West. El­gin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., rosspetty.com

Slava’s Snow­show

De­cem­ber 7 to 16

Re­turn­ing to Toronto af­ter more than two decades, a troupe of scruffy though colour­fully at­tired clowns mes­mer­izes au­di­ences through sim­ple vi­gnettes. Though there’s no for­mal nar­ra­tive, through mim­ing and mu­sic, the clowns per­form comedic scenes that play out dur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar snow­storm. St. Lawrence

Cen­tre for the Arts, Bluma

Ap­pel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., slavas­now­show.com

The Nutcracker

De­cem­ber 8 to 30

This hol­i­day clas­sic pre­sented by the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada is a whim­si­cal and imag­i­na­tive adap­ta­tion of E.T.A. Hoff­mann’s orig­i­nal tale, as chore­ographed by James Kudelka. Set in 19th-cen­tury Rus­sia, sib­lings Misha and Marie set out on an ad­ven­ture where they en­counter danc­ing bears, the win­ter realm of the Snow Queen, and the ma­jes­tic palace of the Su­gar Plum Fairy. Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., na­tional.bal­let.ca

Cor­teo

De­cem­ber 12 to 16

Mauro the Dreamer Clown imag­ines his own fu­neral tak­ing place, which is watched over by an­gels from above in this tour­ing pro­duc­tion from Cirque du Soleil. The ti­tle, which means pro­ces­sion in Ital­ian, is a joy­ous pa­rade that jux­ta­poses big and small, the ridicu­lous and the tragic, and per­fec­tion and im­per­fec­tion as Mauro sees him­self play­ing soc­cer on a beach, and as a mas­ter of cer­e­monies for a comedic ver­sion of Romeo and Juliet, all per­formed with Cirque du Soleil’s trade­mark aerial ac­ro­bat­ics. Sco­tia­bank Arena, 40 Bay St., cirque­du­soleil.com

The Play That Goes Wrong

Jan­uary 8 to Fe­bru­ary 10

A slap­stick farce, this award– win­ning com­edy takes place be­fore the cur­tains ac­tu­ally rise on open­ing night of the who­dunit The Mur­der at Haver­sham Manor. But a series of be­hind-the-scenes mishaps and the dis­cov­ery of a notso-dead corpse re­sults in an ac­tual who­dunit on the set. The sus­pects in­clude the dead man’s sneaky brother and his best friend. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Vic­to­ria St., mirvish.com

The Vir­gin Trial

Jan­uary 19 to Fe­bru­ary 3

This se­quel to The Last Wife by play­wright Kate Hen­nig trans­ports au­di­ences back to the Tu­dor Court where Bess—a.k.a. the Vir­gin Queen—is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for trea­son by her own un­cle af­ter her step-fa­ther (and pos­si­ble lover) shoots one of the king’s dogs. The teenager is left to nav­i­gate the pol­i­tics and sex­ual be­hav­iour of the older men in the royal court on her own. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln., soulpep­per.ca

Dis­ney on Ice Cel­e­brates 100 Years of Magic

Jan­uary 25 to 27

Mouse-ter of Cer­e­monies Mickey Mouse is joined by Min­nie Mouse, Don­ald Duck, Goofy, and many other beloved Dis­ney char­ac­ters from such hit an­i­mated movies as Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Toy Story for a skat­ing spec­ta­cle that in­cludes more than 30 songs. Ar­rive early—there’s a spe­cial pre-show cel­e­brat­ing your favourite ro­dent, Mickey Mouse. Sco­tia­bank Arena, 40 Bay St., dis­ney­on­ice.com

Cor­teo

The Wizard of Oz

Slava’s Snow­show

Dis­ney on Ice

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