Openings & Closings – Week of September 18

OPENINGS

These are the shows that are opening in Toronto the week of September 18, 2017.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19


TITLE AND DEED, Nightfall Theatrics

An unnamed man has recently arrived here, from an unnamed place—a homeland somehow familiar, yet decidedly not. He is a refugee. But what is he fleeing? And what is he hoping to find, now that he’s landed… here?

At Tarragon Theatre’s Workspace, closes October 8

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20


ALIENS, Coal Mine Theatre

Behind a Vermont coffee shop is where misfits Jasper and KJ find asylum from the achingly lonely world around them. Here they are geniuses. Here they are the next best novelist and a spiritual healer. Here they meet seventeen-year-old café employee Evan, who is pulled into to their world of magic mushrooms, philosophical musings, and would-be rock bands.

At Coal Mine Theatre, closes October 8

IN HER OWN WORDS: THE DIANA TAPES, What Will the Neighbors Say?

A tense thriller about the true story of one of the greatest media scandals in British history: the publication of Andrew Morton’s book about Diana, Princess of Wales, which ended her marriage and shook the monarchy to its core.

At Red Sandcastle Theatre, closes October 8

THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING, Minmar Gaslight/The Theatre Centre

September 1964. Behind the doors of a public washroom in a Washington D.C. park, two lives linked to two of America’s most important figures collide when a white man seeking sex meets a black male stranger.

At the Theatre Centre, closes October 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21


GRAY, Theatre Inamorata

When Jane meets and sculpts Dorian, a naive and exquisitely beautiful woman, the sculpture is perfection—until Dorian is swept into the hedonistic and morally ambiguous world of Opal, an upscale gallery owner. As Dorian becomes more and more self-involved and destructive, the sculpture begins to take on her acts of cruelty, while Dorian remains young and beautiful. An adaptation of Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Casting announcement here.

At the Commons, closes October 1

THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Theatre Here and Now

A beautifully intimate, vivid window into the five-year relationship between a young, ambitious author and a struggling actress. The show cleverly unfolds in reverse chronological order: we see her experiences from the painful ending of the relationship, while we see his from the passionate beginning.

At the Alumnae Theatre, closes September 24

NEWSGIRLSoulOTheatre

A personal herstory of the world-famous Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club by founder Savoy “Kapow!” Howe. Howe tells amazing, shocking, and hilarious tales from her twenty-five-year boxing journey, including her close call with the Toronto underworld to the twenty-year anniversary of the club, to how helping teach survivors of violence to box has changed hundreds of lives, including her own.

At Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club (388 Carlaw Ave #108), closes September 24

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22


HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Hart House Theatre 

This musical transforms the theatre into a wild, sexually charged punk rock show. Hedwig, our East German, rock superstar goddess—and a victim of a botched sex-change operation, which leaves her with“an angry inch”—leads the band and shares their story in a delightfully raunchy way.

At Hart House Theatre, closes October 7

LELA & CODiscord and Din Theatre/Seventh Stage Productions

Based on a true story, Lela & Co. gives space for a woman to be able to tell her story of being brought into sex trafficking by her husband during a time of war.

At the Theatre Centre, closes October 8

THE VEIL, The Toronto Irish Players

1822, rural Ireland:  The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives to escort 17-year-old Hannah to England where she is to be married to an English marquis to save her mother from the debts of their country manor.  Finding Hannah and the house haunted by voices and psychic currents, the Reverend proposes a séance with catastrophic consequences.

At Alumnae Theatre, closes October 7

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23


7TH COUSINS, Nightwood Theatre

This vital project asks, “How can we be together?” through both the personal and political perspective of two Canadian women who walked a 700 km journey through the Bible Belt of Pennsylvania, tracing the migration of their Mennonite ancestors. The first in a series of pop-up performances.

At St. Matthew’s United Church, closes September 24

TURTLENECKemerGENce Theatre

Vicki is trying to escape from a dark past that has come back to haunt her. In an attempt to distance herself from a destructive addiction, she befriends a rehabilitation worker named Darcy, and is accidentally introduced to Darcy’s sex-obsessed older brother, Brian, who develops an all consuming lust for Vicki. 

At Tree of Life Theatre, closes October 8

CLOSINGS

These are the shows that are closing in Toronto the week of September 18, 2017.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22


TIMON OF ATHENS, Stratford Festival

Timon’s compulsive generosity makes him the most popular man in Athens—until his funds run out. Now, embittered by ingratitude, what will he do when his city comes under attack?

At the Stratford Festival, closes September 22

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23


BAKKHAI, Stratford Festival

Awakening savage frenzy in the women of Thebes, the god of wine, ecstasy and fertility lays bare the duality of our natures: that each of us, no matter how civilized, has a wild beast within.

At the Stratford Festival

THE CHANGELING, Stratford Festival

A woman hires a hit man to murder her fiancé, only to become trapped in a web of lust and deceit. All the suspense of a film noir thriller, in a drama by contemporaries of Shakespeare.

At the Stratford Festival

OMNIUM GATHERUM, Theatre By Committee

Believing that lively, contentious debate is the heart and soul of a dinner party, a domestic artist and perfect hostess has invited an assortment of opinionated personalities to share a surreal meal. The guests at this exquisite feast of food and argument confront the global implications of September 11th and beyond.

At St. Luke’s Church

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24


7TH COUSINS, Nightwood Theatre

This vital project asks, “How can we be together?” through both the personal and political perspective of two Canadian women who walked a 700 km journey through the Bible Belt of Pennsylvania, tracing the migration of their Mennonite ancestors. The first in a series of pop-up performances.

At St. Matthew’s United Church

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

THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Theatre Here and Now

A beautifully intimate, vivid window into the five-year relationship between a young, ambitious author and a struggling actress. The show cleverly unfolds in reverse chronological order: we see her experiences from the painful ending of the relationship, while we see his from the passionate beginning.

At the Alumnae Theatre

NEWSGIRLSoulOTheatre

A personal herstory of the world-famous Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club by founder Savoy “Kapow!” Howe. Howe tells amazing, shocking, and hilarious tales from her twenty-five-year boxing journey, including her close call with the Toronto underworld to the twenty-year anniversary of the club, to how helping teach survivors of violence to box has changed hundreds of lives, including her own.

At Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club (388 Carlaw Ave #108)


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