Theatre This Week: May 30 – June 5, 2016

These are the plays to check out in Toronto for the week of May 30 – June 5, 2016.

The Testament of Mary

May 7 - June 18, 2016

Based on the novella by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary examines the legacy of the Virgin Mary in the wake of the problematic aspects of the Bible and its modern applications. It’s a challenging text that’s been protested by rigidly religious Catholic groups, but this production is warm and enquiring. Nancy Palk, onstage alone, draws the audience in her performance as the complicated figure who has been silent for too long.

At the Young Centre for the Perfoming Arts until June 18. For tickets or more information, click here.

Counting Sheep

May 26 - June 5, 2016

Many productions advertise their originality or authenticity as selling points, but very few can claim those terms to the degree of Counting Sheep. The show’s creators met and fell in love in Ukraine’s Independence Square during the Maidan Revolution; they wrote the play as a way to make sense of the chaos and violence and community they experienced as they watched their country change. (They wrote about the experience here.) The play combines poetic drama, multimedia, and traditional Ukrainian folk music, and the result is unlike anything you’re likely to see again.

At Broadview Place until June 5. For tickets or more information, click here.

Incident at Vichy

May 19 - June 25

Director Alan Dilworth’s take on a little-known Arthur Miller one-act feels electrifying and contemporary. The plot is simple: a group of people are rounded up in a small room in Vichy in 1942, waiting for their fates to be decided by unknown forces. The issues the play grapples with are more complicated. The multicultural cast makes clear the modern application of Incident at Vichy‘s central question about perceptions of difference. It’s a show that’s topical, significant, and creatively told.

At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts until June 23. For tickets or more information, click here.

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