Playlistings in Toronto for the Week of March 21st

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of March 21st, 2016

In today’s Caught Our Eye, we have some political experiments, puppet shows, biographical works of famous Victorian writers, and magic shows–all opening this week in the city! We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting her particular picks for the week in red, so check them out under the cut!

Blood Wedding. Soulpepper Theatre presents the play by Federico García Lorca, translated by Guillermo Verdecchia. A young couple’s engagement rekindles buried passions and threatens a deep-seated blood feud in a small rural town. Mar 2-Apr 9, see website for details. Show Info.

Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty (Lower Ossington Theatre). A college grad moves to NYC and copes with grown-up problems in this adult musical puppet play. Mar 10-Apr 3, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 3:30 pm. $50-$60. Show Info.

Up the Garden Path by Lisa Codrington (Obsidian Theatre). A Caribbean woman poses as a man in order to come to Canada as a migrant farm worker in the 1960s. Opens Mar 23 and runs to Apr 10, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm. mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$35. Show Info. by Lisa Codrington (Obsidian Theatre). A Caribbean woman poses as a man in order to come to Canada as a migrant farm worker in the 1960s. Opens Mar 23 and runs to Apr 10, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm. mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$35. Show Info.

The Judas Kiss by David Hare (Hampstead Theatre/Mirvish). At the height of his success, author/playwright Oscar Wilde must choose between his lover and his freedom. Opens Mar 22 and runs to May 1, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35-$119.

NOTE: This production was originally scheduled to play at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Due to the extension of Kinky Boots, it will now be staged in the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Show Info.

The Crackwalker by David French (Factory Theatre). A couple trapped in a booze-fuelled cycle of violence struggle with raising a baby and a bogeyman from their dreams. Previews Mar 22-23, opens Mar 24 and runs to Apr 10, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $35, preview $25. Show Info.

IBlithe. Red Sandcastle Theatre presents Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit reinvented for the digital age. Directed by David Huband. Opens Mar 24 and runs to Apr 2, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20. Show Info.

Viva Cabaret: Tribute to the Greatest Divas. Yury Ruzhyev presents a musical cabaret tribute to Cher, Tina, Liza, Madonna, Freddy, Gaga and many more. Mar 24 at 8 pm. $20-$25. Show Info.

Toronto Passion Play. The Christian Performing Arts Centre, in association with Church on the Queensway, presents a theatrical and musical Easter pageant featuring singers, dancers, actors, full orchestra and live animals on stage. Mar 25-27, Fri-Sat 2 & 7 pm, Sun 4 pm. $5. Show Info.

#BlackLivesMatter: The Making of the Myth of Black Dangerousness. Jackman Humanities Institute and Wind in the Leaves Collective present a performance and lecture followed by a talk-back session with creators/performers Kevin A Ormsby, Mikhail P Morris, Melissa Noventa, Pierre Clark, Tereka Tyler-Davis and charles c. smith. Mar 25-26 at 8 pm.$20, artists $10, stu $5. In the Aki Studio. Show Info.

The Death of the King by Bahram Beyza’ie (Modern Times Stage Company/Theatre Centre). Mar 26-Apr 11. A family must prove their innocence after a king is found dead in their flour mill. Previews Mar 26-27, opens Mar 29 and runs to Apr 10. Details TBA. $15-$25 Show Info.

Old Man and the River by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones (Theatre Direct/SSCT). A solitary, grumpy old man finds a friend in this puppetry show for ages 3 and up. Mar 26 at 11 am & 2 pm. $16. Show Info.

I Spy. Phil, The Magic Guy, performs for ages 4 and up. Mar 27 at 11 am & 2 pm. $16. Show Info.

Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings

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