Openings & Closings – Week of August 14

OPENINGS

These are the shows that are opening in Toronto the week of August 14, 2017.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17


TARTUFFE, Stratford Festival

Vice becomes virtue in Molière’s hilarious exploration of power and hypocrisy. Falling under the spell of a religious con artist, Orgon risks his wife, his estate and his entire family in this darkly comic classic.

At the Stratford Festival, closes October 13

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18


THE BREATHING HOLE, Stratford Festival

Intersecting with Canada’s history from the moment of First Contact to a future ravaged by climate change, this saga follows the mythic adventures of a polar bear to a profoundly moving conclusion.

At the Stratford Festival, closes September 22

THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, Stratford Festival

If oil were found beneath the streets of Paris, how would civilization fare against the demands of corporate greed? The answer lies with the flamboyantly determined woman whose quirky spirit informs this classic 20th-century comedy, as scathing as it is timely.

At the Stratford Festival, closes October 1

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Shakespeare in the Ruff

Succumb to the magic of a midsummer night and explore where you go when your dreams take flight.

At Withrow Park, closes September 3

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19


THE KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT, Stratford Festival

In 1914, a shipload of emigrants from the British Raj were denied entry to Vancouver, then Canada’s most diverse city. The play exposes the cost not only to those newcomers but also to existing minority residents who struggled to find their place amid the systemic racism of the era.

At the Stratford Festival, closes September 24

CLOSINGS

These are the shows that are closing in Toronto the week of August 14 10, 2017.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19


CONFEDERATION – PART I: CONFEDERATION & RIEL, VideoCabaret

The era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts. Confederation – John A. Macdonald masterminds the deal-making that leads to the fireworks on July 1, 1867. In a Montreal hotbed of anti-confederationists, Wilfrid Laurier meets Louis Riel. Riel – Macdonald plans to turn the west into one big Ontario. Riel and Métis leaders collide with surveyors, and religious radicals plot terror; Laurier is spurred to act on his multi-cultural and secular ideals.

At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts

CONFEDERATION – PART II: SCANDAL & REBELLION, VideoCabaret

The era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts. Scandal – Business barons compete to own the hottest technology—the railway lines—and Macdonald is caught trading contracts for donations. Member of Parliament Riel is prevented by fanatics from taking his seat; MP Laurier falls for his best friend’s wife. Rebellion – Riel joins with Gabriel Dumont and Big Bear whose fight for land claims is met with military action and mass starvation. With Laurier protesting, Macdonald allows the execution of Riel, and the Last Spike is hammered.

At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20


BROKEN IMAGESNeeraja Ramjee

When Manjula, a mediocre Indian writer gets international fame for a book she wrote in English, and not her native tongue, she gets flak from her literary community, and is questioned without warning by her ‘Image’ to unearth the scandal behind her sudden rise to fame.

At the Red Sandcastle Theatre, closes August 20

HOGTOWN, The Hogtown Collective

It’s the night before a critical mayoral election that will determine the future of the city. Although prohibition is still in full effect, that’s not stopping tonight’s host from opening the doors to the hottest gin joint in the city. You choose the characters and story-lines you wish to follow and no two performances are ever alike! 

At the Campbell House (160 Queen Street West)