Openings & Closings – Week of October 16

OPENINGS

These are the shows that are opening in Toronto the week of October 16, 2017.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16


GUSWENTA GATHERING, Soulpepper

Programmed by Falen Johnson and Cole Alvis, the Guswenta Gathering brings Indigenous artists to Soulpepper with presentations of theatre, dance, music and art. Programming will highlight art that speaks to the lands and waterways where The Young Centre for the Performing Arts sits.

At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, ends October 21

HUFF, Soulpepper/Native Earth Performing Arts

After his mother’s death, Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into reality when he’s preyed on by the Trickster. With biting humour, and raw imagery, Cliff Cardinal’s award-winning solo show shines an unflinching light on life on the Reserve.

At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, ends October 28

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17


SALT-WATER MOON, Mirvish Productions

The First World War is over and every day, the villages of Newfoundland are abandoned for a new life in the big city. Under the light of the moon, two former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future—together.

At the Panasonic Theatre, ends October 29

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18


THE ONE MORE NIGHT FESTIVAL, Brick & Mortar

Five days of in-demand, award-winning theatre, including Real Actors, Not PeopleCirclesShe Grew Funny, and more.

At the Commons, ends October 22

OTHER SIDE OF THE GAMECahoots Theatre/Obsidian Theatre

This kinetic political script gives voice to black women who support their men and live with a ride-or-die philosophy. Set in contemporary Toronto, as well as during the black civil rights movement, the play intersects these shifts in time with a prison waiting room, where the women are forever waiting.

At the Aki Studio, closes November 5

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19


THE FUTURE THEATRE FESTIVAL, Seven Siblings Theatre

Three plays of fantastic realism: New World, which tells two parallel stories simultaneously, one of a father in 17th century London preparing to sail to North America, and of a 21st century daughter departing to colonize Mars; Tactile Maladies, where a historian invites us into a quarantined home during a plague; and “this place.”, where a woman named Leah is being haunted by the ghost of her dead husband.

At the Attic Arts Hub, ends October 29

ROMEO & JULIET, lost&gone 

This immersive, interactive take on Shakespeare is at a secret location, starts with a scavenger hunt, and allows viewers to choose their own ending.

At a secret location, closes October 28

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20


CLOUD, Scapegoat Collective

The story of humanity’s creation of a collective consciousness—a more efficient internet that can share thought files, emotion files, and tactile files in real time—exploring themes of ownership, love, non-monogamy, and the need to feel special. Casting announcement here.

At the Artscape Sandbox, closes November 5

THIRTEEN HANDS, Alumnae Theatre

Follow the lives of many women over three generations who find connection and support through a weekly game of bridge.

At Alumnae Theatre, closes November 4

CLOSINGS

These are the shows that are closing in Toronto the week of October 16, 2017.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21


ASKING FOR IT, Nightwood Theatre/Crow’s Theatre/Necessary Angel

A documentary play that looks at gender roles and sexual consent in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal. Playwright Ellie Moon speaks with people of all ages and backgrounds about their assumptions and experiences around consent to sexual relations, and with crown prosecutors and legal experts about the current state of sexual assault law in Canada. Casting announcement here.

At Streetcar Crowsnest

ASSASSINS IN CONCERT, Beyond Boundaries

A staged reading of a musical that lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. This one-act historical play explores the dark side of the American experience from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

At Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Avenue), to benefit the Out of the Cold Program (OOTC), one night only

GUSWENTA GATHERING, Soulpepper

Programmed by Falen Johnson and Cole Alvis, the Guswenta Gathering brings Indigenous artists to Soulpepper with presentations of theatre, dance, music and art. Programming will highlight art that speaks to the lands and waterways where The Young Centre for the Performing Arts sits.

At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts

HMS PINAFORE, Stratford Festival

With witty dialogue, endearing characters, memorable tunes and a hilariously happy ending, these are the silliest shenanigans ever seen aboard a ship! Since its première in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta has delighted audiences with its nautical tale of love across class divides.

At the Stratford Festival

ROMEO AND JULIET, Stratford Festival

Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families. But daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost, as the needless sacrifice of young lives brings this heartbreaking story to its tragic conclusion.

At the Stratford Festival

THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, Stratford Festival

In a society awash in gossip, rumours and backbiting, an uncle arrives home in disguise to test the worthiness of his nephews – but truth has a way of tumbling out in this hilarious, fast-paced comedy.

At the Stratford Festival

TWELFTH NIGHT, Stratford Festival

Shipwrecked twins, a lovesick duke and a self-important servant who becomes the ultimate fashion victim: love throws everyone for a loop in a comic riot of misdirected desire.

At the Stratford Festival

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22


THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SHADOW, Theatre Lab

A hysterically funny yet heartwrenching musical that follows the adventures of Tom Shadow as he travels through the mystical and magical Cloud Kingdom. This irreverent tale, though full of magic and whimsy, is definitely not for kids. Think Peter Pan meets anyone messing with Liam Neeson’s kids.

At Factory’s Studio Theatre

FLASHING LIGHTS, Bad New Days/Ahuri Theatre

Combining a fantastical absurdist narrative with a highly physical theatrical style using technology like smart phones and tablets as puppets, masks, light, and sound sources, Flashing Lights speaks to the growing anxiety about the future and to the vertiginous feeling that time itself is speeding up. 

At the Theatre Centre

THE ONE MORE NIGHT FESTIVAL, Brick & Mortar

Five days of in-demand, award-winning theatre, including Real Actors, Not PeopleCirclesShe Grew Funny, and more.

At the Commons

TRAGEDIE OF LEAR, Ad Hoc Collective

Though we see the question of caring for the elderly as a modern problem, Shakespeare was able to explore it in his day through King Lear, proving that this is a universal concern which spans centuries. An exploration of the relationship between aging parents and their adult children through the lens of mental illness.

At the Palmerston Theatre

TREASURE ISLAND, Stratford Festival

A map from a dead man’s chest, a sinister one-legged seafarer – and a parrot! They’re all here in this new adaptation of the thrilling classic that has inspired every pirate story since.

At the Stratford Festival


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