Openings & Closings – Week of September 25

OPENINGS

These are the shows that are opening the week of September 25, 2017.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26


GROUNDSWELL: WRITE FROM THE HIP READING SERIES, Nightwood Theatre

A festival of contemporary women’s theatre featuring readings from new plays from Michelle Langille (Ten Days), Elena Belyea (Nausea), Lisa Ryder (Wild Oxen), Deanna Kruger (The Sword-Bearers), Gitanjali Lena (Leopards and Peacocks), and Hannah Rittner (The Life and Death of Ana Petrovna).

At the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery District, closes October 1

LUKUMI, Watah Theatre

Set in post-apocalypse Turtle Island in 2167, 100 years after the Period of Explosions (PoE)—which saw the widespread meltdown of nuclear power plants, making the surface of the earth virtually uninhabitable—a group of freedom fighters called the Ahosi Mino live underground where they are viciously hunted by The One World Army. Having access to ancient knowledges, the Ahosi Mino must send a Lukumi on a vision quest to find humanity’s redemption or to die trying.

At Tarragon Theatre, closes October 14

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27


LET’S GO! A G_DOT PREQUEL, DMT Productions

Set forty years before the events of Beckett’s seminal play, this is the journey of Gogo and Didi: two young, aspiring, and struggling Vaudeville performers in 1913. They receive a call to action from an unknown source, leading them to question the world as young people figuring out their path, and changing the course of their lives forever.

At Theatre Passe Murailles Backsspace, closes October 8

UNDERCOVER, Tarragon Theatre

One grizzled cop. One audience-member-turned-rookie-detective. One unsolved case. When everyone’s a suspect, will our rookie detective be able to sort the clues from the red herrings, point the finger at the right perpetrator and see that justice is served?

At Tarragon Theatre, closes October 29

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28


THE FISH EYES TRILOGY, Nightswimming/Factory

A unique portrait of the intertwining lives of three teenage girls at one BC high school. Presented together in a single three-act play; Fish Eyes innovatively tackles coming of age, cultural heritage, empowerment, and consent with humour and elegance.

At Factory Theatre, closes October 15

HOW TO DROWN GRACEFULLY, Filament Incubator

Kat’s life is in disarray. As she attempts to pick up the pieces, she must confront the memories that have hurt her most, and the people that she’s hurt in return, all from the safety of her bathtub.

At Kensington Hall, closes October 7

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29


GAY PLAY DAY, LGBTQ Theatre Festival

A festival of short plays written by LGBTQ playwrights and their allies.

At the Alumnae Theatre, ends September 30

LIFE AFTER, Canadian Stage/The Musical Stage Company/Yonge Street Theatricals

Sixteen-year old Alice is left to navigate life after her father, a superstar self-help guru, dies in a car accident. We plunge into Alice’s overactive inner world as she tries to decipher the events that led to that fateful day.

At the Berkeley Street Theatre, closes October 22

PETS, Changeup Theatre/Shadowland Theatre

Looney Tunes meets Edward Albee in this twisted fable of our urban homes. Mouse is on a quest to join the house and claim her fair share of cuddles and comfort. But instead she finds a fanatical dog, a nihilistic cat, a happy-go-lucky cricket, three stupid weeds, and a crazy bird who can hear the Internet.

At Bellwoods Garage Studio, closes October 7

POOL (NO WATER), Cue6 Theatre

When a famous artist invites her old friends to her luxurious pool, for one night the group is back together. But celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. Unthinkably inspired, the group looks at her injuries and sees not only art, but fame for themselves.

At the Citadel, closes October 15

CLOSINGS

These are the shows that are closing the week of September 25, 2017.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30


GAY PLAY DAY, LGBTQ Theatre Festival

A festival of short plays written by LGBTQ playwrights and their allies.

At the Alumnae Theatre

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1


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

GROUNDSWELL: WRITE FROM THE HIP READING SERIES, Nightwood Theatre

A festival of contemporary women’s theatre featuring readings from new plays from Michelle Langille (Ten Days), Elena Belyea (Nausea), Lisa Ryder (Wild Oxen), Deanna Kruger (The Sword-Bearers), Gitanjali Lena (Leopards and Peacocks), and Hannah Rittner (The Life and Death of Ana Petrovna).

At the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery District

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

MISS, Unit 102 

Set in the aftermath of a shocking accident at a boarding school, Miss explores the tenuous connection between a high school teacher, her fiancé, and a troubled student whose lives have been irrevocably changed by tragedy. 

At the Assembly Theatre

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