Play Listings for the Week of November 24, 2014

It’s the last week of November. Let that set in. Next Monday is December. On behalf of everyone, can I just say… how did that happen? But somehow, it did. Distract yourself from the fact that December is coming by seeing some shows! Here’s what’s playing in Toronto this week – and if it’s got two asterisks, and it’s highlighted in red, it’s particularly recommended by our Editor, Samantha.

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Review: Human Furniture (Red One Theatre Collective/Triangle Pi Productions)

Human Furniture explores an average couple’s hidden kink proclivities at Toronto’s Storefront Theatre

Human Furniture (Red One Collective/Triangle Pi Productions) examines the secret life that a seemingly “regular” suburban couple lives behind closed doors. It’s a life of kinky sexual preferences and activities. Throw a few uninvited guests into the mix and you have yourself a farce of epic proportions. Human Furniture is currently playing at the Storefront Theatre.

Written and directed by Claire Burns, Human Furniture takes a close look at the delicate balancing act of managing a conventional life, one with a nine to five job and a home in the suburbs with a sexually adventurous one full of BDSM. The play centres around a sex party that is to occur that evening and, as is the case with any classic farce, things don’t go according to plan. Continue reading Review: Human Furniture (Red One Theatre Collective/Triangle Pi Productions)

Review: Metropolitan Operas (Witchboy Theatre)

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There’s a lot of theatre packed into the 90 minutes of Metropolitan Operas on stage at Toronto’s Theatre Machine

In the late 1980s, Joseph Pintauro was a darling of New York, writing queerly-inflected bitter/satiric/sardonic plays at an astonishing rate (imagine Daniel MacIvor, but without nearly as much tenderness). After a critically acclaimed book (Cold Hands) and a pair of brilliantly received plays (The Snow Orchid and Men’s Lives) he wrote Metropolitan Operas, a series of 27 short plays meant to be performed in a marathon. They were sharp, mocking and celebratory at the same time, and of-the-moment. Late 80s New York was the time of The Normal Heart juxtaposed against The Wolf of Wall Street, and Metropolitan Operas sent up those familiar characters and more. It was ambitious, uneven, and ultimately quite worthwhile – just like this Witchboy Theatre production.

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Review: Spin (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Outspoke Productions)

Spin, playing at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, is a multimedia tribute to feminism and cycling

It was certainly worth the effort—braving the first real snowfall of the season—to catch Evalyn Parry’s tribute to cycling and feminism: Spin. Playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (where it premiered three years ago before its national tour), Spin is a multimedia performance that had me tapping my feet, dabbing my eyes and yearning for the chance to hop on a bike and change the world. Continue reading Review: Spin (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Outspoke Productions)

Cheap Theatre for the Week of November 18th, 2014

It’s very easy, these days, to get buried in our devices and ignore the real human connections all around us. This week’s Cheap Theatre explores the different ways that we can connect with each other – electronically, yes, but often also with dancing, rousing folk music and awesome shows in pubs. All shows have tickets available for $25 or less – so go connect with the world with some Cheap Theatre!

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