Toronto Playlistings for the Week of March 2, 2020

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of March 2, 2020

And here we are in March! It sure is coming in like a lamb. Or at least the weather is. But the Toronto theatre scene keeps roaring right along. Putting together this week’s listings, the number of Free or PWYC shows certainly caught my eye. So did the amount of Comedy, which I know I could go in for after the past couple of weeks of grey and gloomy weather.

Mooney Editor Lin gets to splash some colour onto our listings this week. Red to be precise! Scroll through the playlistings below and keep an eye out for Lin’s ‘reds’ – the shows that have piqued her interested this week!

Already Reviewed by MoT:

Brain Storm (Dancemakers Studio Theatre, 3rd Floor 9 Trinity). A visually arresting and comically haunting look at the ramifications of brain surgery and how one woman finds her way in a reality that is forever different. Created in collaboration with the cast, BRAIN STORM will have its World Premiere in February 2020 following a critically-acclaimed workshop production at Toronto Fringe. Opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 8, see website for show times. $8-60, pwyc/pwyca.
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Hamilton (Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria) by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jeffery Seller/Mirvish). The hit musical about the American Founding Fathers comes to Toronto. Feb 11-May 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm (see website for schedule exceptions/additions). $50-$250, premium $500.
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Jungle Book (Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller (Young People’s Theatre/Kidoons/WYRD Productions). Multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story for ages 5 & up. Feb 13-Mar 21, see website for schedule. $10-$43.
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Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst) by Marjorie Chan. Set in Canada’s condo and casino playground of Vancouver, this hard-hitting new play is a tale of social climbing and the fraying social fabric among the wealthy and hangers-on of Vancouver’s Asian Canadian community. Inspired by the modern classic, Sunrise by Cao Yu, this world premiere features a cast of six powerful Asian Canadian women, and examines the damning effect of today’s hyper-consumerist society. Previews from February 15, opens February 30 and runs to March 8, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm (Sun Feb 16 at 7 pm). $40-$50, previews $20.
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The Second City Totally Likes You (Second City, 51 Mercer). The Second City aims Cupid’s bow at dating, sex, meet-cutes and meet-uglies in this hormone-charged show that marries classic archive material with brand new swipes at relationships. Jan 11-Mar 30, Mon 8 pm, Sat-Sun 4 pm.
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And Everything Else:

Angel’s Atlas with Chroma & Marguerite and Armand (Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W). National Ballet of Canada presents a mixed program of new and old works. Crystal Pite debuts a brand new work for The National Ballet of Canada; Wayne McGregor’s 2010 work, Chroma; and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, which will be the final performance for principal dancer Greta Hodgkinson. Feb 29-Mar 7, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mats Mar 1, 5 and 7 at 2 pm. Tickets from $41.
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge). Show One Productions presents the all-male comic ballet company in a mashup of technical prowess, athletic artistry and parody. Mar 7-8, Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 & 7 pm. $35-$115.
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Box 4901 (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander) by Brian Francis (timeshare). Novelist Francis revisits letters from a 1992 personals ad he placed in this play about how gay men used to find one another. Previews Feb 27, opens Feb 28 and runs to Mar 8, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $25-$42, some pwyc available.
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Broadleaf Theatre: The Chemical Valley Project (Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College). A breathtaking blend of documentary-theatre, innovative projection design, a charismatic script and playful solo-performance engage and implicate audiences in The Chemical Valley Project. This urgent production delves gracefully into difficult conversations on Indigenous treaty rights, the nature of contemporary Canadian identity and values, and Canada’s notorious “Chemical Valley”. Mar 4 at 1:00. Free
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Disgraced (The Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Rd.). East Side Players presents a Pulitzer-prize winning play about Amir Kapoor, whose life is unraveled over the course of a dinner party with close friends. The conversation navigates through faith, race and politics as everyone’s beliefs are challenged and truths are revealed. This incredibly thought-provoking play will have the audience talking long after the curtain comes down. Feb 21 – Mar 7. Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25.
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The Events (Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw) by David Greig (Necessary Angel). This drama was written in response to the politically motivated mass shootings in Norway. Previews from Mar 1, opens Mar 4 and runs to Mar 15, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$60.
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Feminists, Fops, & Folderol (Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley). Act 2 Studio Works presents two Restoration-era satires: A Beau Defeated by Mary Pix; and The Female Wits by Mr. W.B. Mar 5-7, Thu-Fri 7 pm, mat Fri-Sat 2 pm. $20.
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H.M.S. Pinafore (Jane Mallet Theatre, 27 Front E). The Savoyard Masters set the crew of the good ship Pinafore a-sail, and they conjured up a world of youthful rebellion, melodic invention and comic hijinks. A whole boat-load of fun. Open Mar 4 and runs to Mar 8, see website for times. $63 – $86.
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I Will Rise (Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview). I Will Rise is a racially and culturally diverse family play that emphasizes the importance of birth families, as well as the families we create out of common values, community and sometimes survival. It explores what freedom means; and what price we as individuals are willing to pay in order to be free. The play will inspire families to recognize and discuss bullying and injustice and inspire them to do the right thing. March 7-8, Sat 8 pm, Sun 6 pm. $15.
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Ma’am You’re Making a Scene: Wham Bam Thank You Jam! (The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth). An all-female-identifying jam show w/ troupes Fire!Fire!Fire! and Michelle Pfighter. Mar 5 at 8pm. PWYC with proceeds going towards Dress for Success.
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Max Justice (The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth). A monthly improv show on the First Wednesday of every month until August. Time-travelling cop Max Justice tries to solve crimes in 1819 old west Toronto. Come watch or play a small role in the show. Mar 4 at 8 pm. $10.
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The Negroes Are Congregating (Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson) by Natasha Adiyana Morris (Piece of Mine Arts/TPM). Unapologetic and impolite look at the ongoing effects of racism in Canada and elsewhere, delivered through spoken word, satire and dialect. Previews from Feb 29, opens Mar 3 and runs to Mar 14, see website for times. $17-$38.
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The Newest Trick in the Book (See-Scape, 347 Keele). Monthly show on the first Tuesday, in which eight performers do brand new magic that they’ve never tried before. March 3 at 8 pm. Free.
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Oh, What A Lovely War (Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle) by Ted Allan, Charles Chilton, Joan Littlewood, Gerry Raffles (Hart House Theatre). Modern staging of this satirical look at the foibles of combat. Opens Feb 28 and runs to Mar 7, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Mar 7 at 2 pm. $28, srs $20, stu $15.
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Oil (Geary Lane, 360 Geary) by Ella Hickson (ARC). This five part, two-act play follows the lives of a mother and daughter from the dawn of the industrial age to a post-petroleum world and beyond. Previews from Feb 29, opens Mar 3 and runs to Mar 21, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$30.
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The Runner (Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman) by Christopher Morris (Human Cargo/Tarragon). An Orthodox Jew grapples with the political and moral fallout of saving a woman’s life. Previews from Feb 25, opens Mar 4 and runs to Mar 29. $22-$70. MainSpace.
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The Shoe Project: Taking Steps (George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place). Katherine Govier and Leah Cherniak present a diverse group of immigrant and refugee women telling powerful stories about women and history, life in a refugee camp, survival and more. March 8 at 2 and 4:30 pm. $15-$20.
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Slow Death (Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas W). AGO Live presents a performance installation by choreographer Marie Lambin-Gagnon featuring a duo and a solo performer. Mar 4-6, Wed 6 pm, Fri 4 pm. Free w/ admission.
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Slut Parade: A Sex Positive Comedy Show (Royal Cinema, 608 College). Comedians share their best & worst stories about dating and sex – no shaming allowed. Hosted by Allie Pearse, with Sandra Battaglini, Jackie Pirico, Nour Hadidi, Tamara Shevon, Olivia Stadler and others. Mar 8 at 8 pm. $20 advance, $25 door.
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Sunday in the Park With George (Jam Factory TO, 2 Matilda). Eclipse Theatre Company presents a staged concert production of the musical by Stephen Sondheim. A fictionalized version of artist Georges Seurat becomes obsessed with finishing his painting. Previews Mar 3, opens Mar 4 and runs to Mar 8, Tue-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$52.
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Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W). The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TOsketchfest) returns for its 15th Anniversary, making it Toronto’s longest running comedy Festival. TOsketchfest will mark this milestone with 12 days of scripted, ensemble comedy from across North America. Performances by Herbeaver, the Lusty Mannequins, Twoson, Uber & Klonk, Jon Blair, Freak ‘n da Beats, Tom Hearn, Sex T-Rex, Anesti Daniels and many more. Shows take place at Streetcar Crowsnest (aka Crow’s Theatre), the Theatre Centre and Comedy Bar. March 4-15, see website for schedule. Festival Passes: $40 – $118. Single Tickets: $15- $22.
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Us/Them (CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge) by Carly Wijs (BRONKS/Mirvish). This play looks at the 2004 terrorist siege of a Russian school through the eyes of the child hostages. Opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 15, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$99, stu $25.
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The Winter’s Tale (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St. George). U of T’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies presents William Shakespeare’s classic story of destructive jealousy and the power of faith. Opens Mar 5 and runs to Mar 14, Wed-Sat 7 pm. $20, stu $10.
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Women At Play(s) 4 Toronto Edition (Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E). Woman At Play(s) is a festival of one-act plays by Canadian female playwrights with female directors & actors. There are six one-act plays ranging from comedic to dramatic about differences between people, ageism, supernatural events, existence, societal perspectives, and identity. Opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 8, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20, stu/srs/arts workers $15.
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Yas Kween (Bad Dog Theatre Company, 875 Bloor W). A night of comedy featuring women of colour, hosted by Nelu Handa. Mar 5 at 9:30 pm. $10.
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Some listings based on NOW! Stage Listings.