Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of June 3rd, 2019.
MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! Spring has finally arrived, and so has Toronto’s busiest theatre season. Assistant editor, Katee has highlighted her top choices in red! Take a look at our list below and we guarantee you’ll find your next theatrical obsession!
Already Reviewed by MoT:
11:11. Theatre Centre. AVO Collective and Why Not Theatre present a show by Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, part of the RISER Project. This solo show explores the other side of fear through the eyes of a young, Black transman struggling to obey the ancestral messages saturating his dreams. Previews May 26, opens May 27 and runs to Jun 1, Sun-Mon 7 pm, Tue, Thu & Sat 6 pm, Wed & Fri 9 pm. Pwyc $12-$60.
Lot X. Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Harbourfront Torque, DanceWorks and adelheid present a site-specific creation by choreographer Heidi Strauss. Performance begins in the theatre and then moves outdoors. May 29-Jun 2, Wed-Sun 8 pm. $20-$35.
Undivided Colours. Dancemakers. inDANCE and Erasga present four solos by Asian-Canadian artists Peter Chin, Hari Krishnan, William Lau and Alvin Tolentino. May 29-Jun 1, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $35, stu/srs/arts workers $20.
And Everything Else:
Little Black Dress. CAA Theatre. by Amanda Barker, Danielle Trzcinski and Natalie Tenenbaum (Primerica/Mirvish). BFFs go wild at a stagette in this musical. Opens Jun 4 and runs to Jun 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $30-$70.
I Am Not A Girl. Tarragon Theatre. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Productions Society present a play by William G Hubbard & Ren Kennedy. Born into a large family in the 70s and and assigned female at birth, Eric’s journey of self-discovery includes drugs, sexual encounters and failed relationships before transitioning to their authentic self. Opens Jun 5 and runs to Jun 9, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $17-$27. Complementing the production and following the matinee on June 9, the society will also facilitate a special panel exploring discourse around transgender issues today, in Canada.
Man of La Mancha. Zion Cultural Centre. The Civic Light-Opera Co. presents the musical by Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece, Don Quixote. Opens Jun 5 and runs to Jun 16, Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $28.
Pomegranate. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. by Kye Marshall and Amanda Hale (Queer Pride 2019). Chamber opera about the endurance of love over time. Previews Jun 5, opens Jun 6 and runs to Jun 9, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $30-$50, ltd pwyc.
Toronto Circus Riot 1855. 181 Sterling Road. LookUp Theatre presents an immersive performance with multiple indoor and outdoor locations. Featuring circus performers, aerialists, Second City alumni actors and more. Open Jun 5 and runs to Jun 15. Wed-Sun 8 pm. $30-$40.
Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective presents a solo clown show about love, vulnerability and shame, written & performed by Janelle Hanna. Jun 6 and 9 at 8 pm. $15-$20.
Broadway & the Bard: An Evening of Shakespeare and Song. Toronto Centre for the Arts. Aruba Productions presents a show by theatre and screen veteran Len Cariou. The 80-minute performance features classical soliloquies and sonnets with inventive musical pairings conceived by the writers of the Great White Way. Jun 6-8 at 8 pm. $55-$80.
KIRA, The Path / La Voie. Fleck Dance Theatre. Lua Shayenne Dance Company presents choreographer/composer Fara Tolno’s production featuring African dance, percussion, music and chants. Jun 6-9, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm. $35-$50. Presented as part of Luminato Festival.
Monday Nights. 291 Lake Shore East. Who you are on the court reveals who you are off the court. Luminato Festival and 6th Man Collective present an interactive basketball/theatre performance that invites you to lace up your sneakers and get in the game. Jun 6-16, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 1 pm. $25 & up.
A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza. Second City. Queer-forward original sketch comedy revue w/ Tricia Black, King Chiu, Monica Garrido, Tom Hearn, Selena Vyle and others. June 6 to 13, Thu 10:30 pm (doors 10 pm), Sat 4:30 pm (doors 4 pm). $20.
The Full Light of Day. Bluma Appel Theatre. by Kim Collier (Electric Company Theatre). Film/theatre hybrid about the matriarch of a wealthy Canadian family dealing with her family’s corrupt legacy. Jun 7-13, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. From $51. Co-presented with Luminato Festival.
Dérives. The Bentway. The Bentway presents Dérives, a site-specific dance performance celebrating the repurposed architecture of its site, by choreographer Noémie Lafrance. Jun 7 & 8, Fri-Sat 6 and 7:30 pm. Free, RSVP required. Rain date: Jun 9.
Just Call Me Lady — The Musical. Club 120. Trans woman stand-up comic Mandy Goodhandy presents a musical cabaret. Jun 7-8 at 8 pm. $25-$30.
Girl Gang Cabarets – Pride Edition. The Painted Lady. Variety show with Amian Black, Chelsea Preston, Sarah Webber, Chanty Marostica and host Arianne Tong. June 9 at 5:30 pm. $12-$15.
Listings Primarily Based on NOW! Stage Listings