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The Best of Toronto and Out of Town theatre scene for February - April 2017

Outexpressions is a different Gay and Lesbian Media Publication, we round up the best events (well balanced with parties and cultural things and not just gay bars), from the city’s queer culture scene. Updated every Weekend & Wednesday. Note on meaning of Queer in listings: Mixed crowd, not everyone is gay or lesbian.


Avenue Q - by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty (LOT). A college grad moves to NYC and copes with grown-up problems in this adult musical puppet play. Opens Dec 1 and runs to Feb 26, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 3:30 pm Lower Ossington Theatre 100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON. $50-$60. http://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/Avenue-Q

Blood Weddings | Bodas de Sangre - by Federico García Lorca, translation by Langston Hughes (Modern Times Stage Company/Aluna Theatre). A family vendetta blows up when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. Previews Mar 4, opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed & Sun 2:30 pm. $18-$30, previews $15, Sun pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander, Toronto, Ontario http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/blood-weddings/

Breath In Between - by Anton Piatigorsky (Crow’s Theatre). Surreal love story about the murderer of two willing victims (who respond to his web ad) and the woman he meets soon afterwards. Previews from Feb 18, opens Feb 22 and runs to Mar 11, Mon-Sat 8:30 pm, mat Sat 2:30 pm. $20-$40. Streetcar Crowsnest 345 Carlaw, Toronto, Ontario http://crowstheatre.com/whats-on/view-all/breath-in-between

Cirkopolis - (Cirque Éloize/Canadian Stage/Sony Centre) Circus, dance, music and theatre are combined to tell the story of a dark mechanical city that crushes individuality. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 12, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1 pm. $39-$99. Bluma Appel Theatre 27 Front E, Toronto, Ontario MORE INFO & TICKETS

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Musical - by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek (Scarborough Music Theatre). Two con men get conned by their mark in this musical play based on the 1988 film. Previews Feb 9, opens Feb 10 and runs to Feb 25, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm (Feb 25 at 2 pm, no eve show). $27, preview $20. Scarborough Village Theatre 3600 Kingston Rd, Toronto, Ontario http://theatrescarborough.com/smt-show-2.php

Five Faces For Evelyn Frost - by Guillaume Corbeil (Canadian Stage/Théâtre français de Toronto). Five friends vie to increase their online status by revealing their innermost secrets on the internet. Runs to Mar 5 (in English) Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1 pm. $39-$69, under 30 from $15, Tue pwyc. Also runs Mar 21-25 in French w/ English surtitles Berkeley Street Theatre 26 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario http://theatrefrancais.com/fr/spectacles/cinq-visages-pour-evelyne-frost/

Götterdämmerung (Opera) by Richard Wagner (Canadian Opera Company). Deceit, betrayal and revenge drive the drama in this conclusion of the Ring cycle operas. Opens Feb 2 and runs to Feb 25, see website for details. $35-$235 (box seats $350). Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario http://www.coc.ca/PerformancesAndTickets/1617Season/Gotterdammerung.aspx

How Black Mothers Say I Love You - by Trey Anthony (Trey Anthony/Girls in Bow Ties). This drama looks at Caribbean mothers who make the hard choice to leave children behind and go to work in Canada. runs to Mar 5, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25-$55. Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario https://www.factorytheatre.ca/201617-season/how-black-mothers-say-i-love-you

HROSES: Outrage à la raison @ Waterworks. by Jill Connell (It Could Still Happen). Two rivals fall in love over one piece of land and one horse in this bilingual play. Previews Feb 22, opens Feb 23 and runs to Mar 4, Tue-Fri 8 pm, Sat 6 pm and 9:30 pm. $20, preview $15, Sat 6 pm pwyc. Waterworks 505 Richmond W, Toronto, Ontario http://www.itcouldstillhappen.com/

John - by Annie Baker (The Company Theatre). A young couple struggling to stay together meet a cheerful innkeeper. Previews Jan 29, opens Jan 31 and runs to Feb 19, see website for details. $20-$47. Upstairs. Berkeley Street Theatre 26 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario https://companytheatre.ca/john/

John & Waleed - by John Millard and Waleed Abdulhamid (TPM/Cahoots Theatre). This documentary-style concert/storytelling hybrid show explores how musical traditions from the opposite ends of the earth reveal more likeness than differences. runs to Mar 5, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $17-$38, mat pwyc at the door. Theatre Passe Muraille 16 Ryerson, Toronto, Ontario http://passemuraille.ca/archives/current-season/john-waleed

Mary Poppins @ The Lower Ossington Theatre. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical! Performance dates/times: Friday February 10th – Sunday April 2nd,Fridays: 7.30pm, Saturdays: 3.30pm & 7.30pm and Sundays: 12pm and 4pm This venue is not fully accessible. Lower Ossington Theatre 100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON Please call 416-915-6747 to inquire about accessible seating Cost In formation: Tickets run from $54.99 - $64.99 For tickets please contact the Box Office at 416-907-0468 or visit us online at http://lowerossingtontheatre.com/mary-poppins/

New Ideas Festival 2017 - Alumnae Theatre presents a juried festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 26, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $15, free staged readings Sat at noon. Alumnae Theatre 70 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/new-ideas-festival-2017.html

Peace River Country - by Maria Milisavljevic (Tarragon). The health, land and way of life of a close-knit rural family becomes increasingly threatened by big corporations and government. runs to Mar 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$65. ExtraSpace. Tarragon Theatre 30 Bridgman, Toronto, Ontario http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/peace-river-country/

Picasso At The Lapin Agile - by Steve Martin (East Side Players). Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein debate the meaning of the universe and its inescapable ties with art in a Paris café in 1904. runs to Mar 11, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $24, stu $17.Papermill Theatre 67 Pottery, Toronto, Ontario http://eastsideplayers.ca/THIS_SEASON.html

7 Stories - by Morris Panych (Hart House Theatre). A man on the ledge of a condo building contemplates jumping, but is interrupted by the absurd residents within. Opens Mar 3 and runs to Mar 11, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Mar 11 at 2 pm. $28, srs $17, stu $12-$15. U of T Hart House Theatre 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, Ontario TICKETS

Smyth and Williams - (One Little Goat Theatre Company). This theatrical staging is based on the transcript of OPP Detective Jim Smyth’s interview of Colonel Russell Williams, who was convicted of two murders and multiple sexual assaults and break-ins in the Ottawa area in 2010. Opens Mar 3 and runs to Mar 12, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25, stu/srs $20, mat $15. Theatre Passe Muraille 16 Ryerson, Toronto, Ontario http://onelittlegoat.org/

Sousatzka - By Craig Lucas, Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, based on the novel Madame Sousatzka by Bernice Rubens (Teatro Proscenium/Garth Drabinsky). A young musical prodigy is torn between his mother – a political refugee from South Africa – and his eccentric piano teacher in this musical drama that crosses racial and cultural divides. Previews from Feb 25, opens Mar 23 and runs to. Apr 9, $60-$175. Elgin Theatre 189 Yonge, Toronto, Ontario http://sousatzkamusical.com/

Stupid Fucking Bird - by Aaron Posner (The Bird Collective). Loosely adapted from Anton Chekov's The Seagull, this comedy looks at unrequited love and emotional misery. Previews from Feb 28, opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 19, $20-$40. Pop-Up Toronto Theatre 270 King W, Toronto, Ontario https://www.sfbird.com/

Superior Donuts - by Tracy Letts (Coal Mine Theatre). A donut shop owner and his young employee swap jokes and social commentary as they navigate their cross-racial, cross-generational friendship in the Uptown neighbourhood of Chicago. runs to Feb 26, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $35, preview/rush $25. The Coal Mine Theatre 1454 Danforth, Toronto, Ontario http://www.coalminetheatre.com/

The Audience - by Peter Morgan (Mirvish/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). This play imagines the meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and various British prime ministers over the course of 60 years. runs to Feb 26, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35-$119. Royal Alexandra Theatre 260 King W, Toronto, Ontario https://www.mirvish.com/news/introducing-the-two-new-stars-of-the-audience

The Bodyguard - by Alexander Dinelaris, music by Whitney Houston (Mirvish). A former secret service agent fall for the pop star he's hired to protect in this musical based on the 1992 film that starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. runs to Apr 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$139. Ed Mirvish Theatre 244 Victoria, Toronto, Ontario https://www.mirvish.com/shows/the-bodyguard

The Book Of Mormon - by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone (Mirvish). Two naive missionaries go to a volatile region in Uganda in this religious satire musical. Opens Feb 28 and runs to Apr 16, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 1:30 pm. $49-$139. Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King W, Toronto, Ontario https://www.mirvish.com/shows/the-book-of-mormon

The Magic Flute - by WA Mozart (Canadian Opera Company). The classic opera offers a both comic and profound exploration of the trials of growing up, seeking ideals and finding love. Secrets of Magic Flute runs to Feb 24, see website for schedule. $35-$235 (box seats $350). Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario http://www.coc.ca/PerformancesAndTickets/1617Season/MagicFlute.aspx

The Merry Widow and Carmen Opera - Toronto City Opera presents operas by Franz Lehár and Georges Bizet as part of its 50th season. Lehár's opera is performed in English and Bizet's in French w/ English surtitles. Opens Feb 18 and runs in rep to Mar 5, $28, srs $20, stu $15...The Merry Widow: Feb 18, 24 and Mar 4 at 7:30 pm; Feb. 26 at 2 pm and Carmen: Feb. 25 and Mar 3 at 7:30 pm; Feb 19 and Mar 5 at 2 pm. Bickford Centre Theatre 777 Bloor W, Toronto, Ontario http://www.torontocityopera.com/

The Secret Of Station House No. 4 -Secret City Adventures and Company & Co present an immersive theatrical experience as part of the Murdoch Mysteries Escape Series. The audience will piece together clues and evidence to find the missing Detective Murdoch in just 60 minutes. Feb 23, 2017 to May 31, 2017 Wed-Sat 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm. $36-$42. George Brown House 186 Beverley, Toronto, Ontario http://www.secretcityadventures.com/murdoch/

 

OUT OF TOWN

Classic Theatre Festival 2017 (Perth Ontario)

Our 2017 lineup features three shows that play with the comedy and mystery of love. Sparkling writing, unforgettable characters, and unique plots have made them classics of the modern theatre:

Canadian Bernard Slade's classic comedy Same Time, Next Year, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated story of two people, each happily married to someone else, who annually get together for a weekend over 26 years, sharing their lives, dreams, hopes and challenges from the early 1950s through the mid 1970s. It ran for 3 years on Broadway and became a beloved Hollywood film starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. (June 23 to July 16)

George Bernard Shaw's Candida, a witty skewering of Victorian notions of love and marriage in which the title character must choose between her clergyman husband and a passionate young poet. It's the kind of play that makes you both laugh and feel all warm inside as Shaw gently pokes fun at our collective foibles. (July 21 to August 13)

Canadian Peter Colley's I'll Be Back Before Midnight, a Hitchcock-styled psychological thriller that is the most successful play ever staged in Canada and the most produced Canadian play abroad (in over 30 countries!). A young couple from Toronto buy an old country farmhouse, and that's when apparitions start to appear, strange noises are heard, and every moment that draws you to the thrilling finish keeps you on the edge of your seat. (August 18 to Sept. 10)

We will also return with new theatrical historic walking plays for the morning Perth though the Ages and evening Lonely Ghosts Walk. Stay tuned for those details.

To order your discount vouchers for 2017, simply visit OR call us toll-free at 1-877-283-1283www.ticketsplease.ca/Classic2017.html

Our Venue: 54 Beckwith St. E., Perth, Ontario, By phone: 1-877-283-1283 ext 1 (toll free). By mail: PO Box 2121, 57 Foster St., Perth, ON, K7H 1R0 Perth is a town in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is located on the Tay River, 83 kilometres (52 mi) southwest of Ottawa, Tickets Now on Sale: http://classictheatre.ca/

 

Drayton Entertainment

An award-winning, not-for-profit charitable organization, Drayton Entertainment produces the finest in live theatre at seven venues in southwestern Ontario. Each theatre maintains its distinct identity, but at the same time, combines the strengths and energy of all to provide an entertainment experience that is unparalleled. From Mid June to Christmas https://www.draytonentertainment.com

Shaw Festival

http://www.shawfest.com/ Phone 1-800-511-7429 The Shaw Festival presents plays in four distinctive theatres: the Festival Theatre – The Shaw’s flagship theatre, the historic Court House Theatre where The Shaw first began performing, the Royal George Theatre, modeled after an Edwardian opera house and the Studio Theatre, the home of our contemporary Shavians in our 175-seat most intimate space. All theatres are within a short walking distance of each other.

Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival, formerly known as the Stratford Shakespearean, Shakespeare Festival and then Stratford Shakespeare Festival, is an internationally recognized annual repertory theatre festival running from April to October. About Stratford, Ontario. The Festival runs from April to October, and has four permanent venues: the Festival Theatre, the Avon Theatre, the Tom Patterson Theatre, and the Studio Theatre. http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/ - Phone 1-800-567-1600 Teaser Whats On? April 19 to October 14, 2016

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