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The Best of Toronto and Out of Town theatre scene for May-June 2017

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Blind Date - by Rebecca Northan (Tarragon Theatre). Mimi turns to the audience when her blind date doesn't show up. Runs to Jun 25, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$65. Tarragon Theatre 30 Bridgman, Toronto, Ontario http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/blind-date-2017/

Confederation Part I: Confederation And Riel - Soulpepper Theatre and VideoCabaret present a new installment of the history plays series by Michael Hollingsworth. Wilfred Laurier meets the rebel Louis Riel while John A. Macdonald masterminds the deal that leads to fireworks on July 1, 1867. Previews from Jun 9, opens Jun 17 and runs to Aug 19, Young Centre for the Performing Arts 50 Tank House, Toronto, Ontario https://soulpepper.ca/performances/confederation-part-i/

Here We Are - (Cow Over Moon Children's Theatre). This collectively created show for ages 7 and up is based on the Ojibway creation story of Turtle Island and features song, dance and audience participation. Jun 17 at 11:30 am and 2 pm. $16, kids/srs $13.50. Maja Prentice Theatre 3650 Dixie, Mississauga, Ontario https://www.cowovermoon.ca/

Romeo & Juliet - Bard in the Park presents William Shakespeare's classic tragedy for its 13th season. Bring a blanket or chair. Opens Jun 12 and runs to Jun 18, Mon-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc. Kew Gardens Park 2075 Queen E, Toronto, Ontario https://www.bardinthepark.com/

trictly Ballroom The Musical - by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pierce (Mirvish). A dancer defies all the rules and follows his heart to find his true calling and true love. Runs to Jun 25, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat & Sun 2 pm. $31.25-$139. Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King W, Toronto, Ontario http://strictlyballroomthemusical.com/

Swan Lake - The National Ballet of Canada presents choreography by James Kudelka in celebration of the 140th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet. Opens June 15 and runs to June 25, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Tickets start at $39 and vary by performance date. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario http://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2016-17-Season/Swan-Lake

The Jazz Singer - by Samson Raphaelson, music adapted by Michael Ross Albert (Harold Green Jewish Theatre/Dancap Productions). Against his father's wishes, the son of a Jewish cantor longs to be a jazz performer in this musical adaptation of the 1925 play. runs to Jun 18, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm, Sun 2 pm. $45-$80. In the Greenwin Theatre. Toronto Centre for the Arts 5040 Yonge, Toronto, Ontario http://hgjewishtheatre.com/

The Lady In Shoes From Hell - by Burke Campbell (Shoe Fits Productions). At a 1950s truck stop, a waitress murders a customer and goes on the run from West Texas to Los Alamos in this Southern Gothic joyride. Opens Jun 13 and runs to Jun 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm. $15-$20. Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen E, Toronto, Ontario http://redsandcastletheatre.com/?p=1765

The Lavender Railroad - (Hosted by In The Moment Theatre itmtheatre.com/lavender) . Imagine a world in which homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. “The Lavender Railroad” is a play in two parts that mirror each other (science and faith; male and female) as they address common themes of hope and redemption in the face of impossible moral choices.

In Part 1 (“Safe House”), a gay fugitive, Sebastian, has been rescued by a mysterious older man who calls himself Mother Courage. Sebastian is a brilliant young mathematician whose research into “fractal logic” holds the key to bringing down a totalitarian government intent on exterminating all homosexuals. Mother Courage offers Sebastian passage on a “Lavender Railroad” if he will share his knowledge with those who oppose the government, but Sebastian fears that Mother Courage may betray him to the government instead.

In Part 2 (“Ex Cathedra”), a nun working for the Papal Nuncio in Japan is called into a meeting with a female security commander and is surprised to discover that she is a former lover. The commander claims she is seeking refuge from her own government via the “Lavender Railroad,” which she suspects is operated by the Catholic Church. As the two reflect on their shared past and the choices they have made since then – including the commander’s decision to abort their child – the nun must now choose between trusting in the commander’s sincerity or avoiding what could be a disastrous trap.

The Details: Multiple Rideau Award Winning play by Lawrence Aronovitch, Directed by Tony Babcock and Starring: Jennifer Vallance, Judith Cockman, Peter Nelson & Tony Babcock. Runs Thursday June 8 to Sunday June 18, from 8 PM to 10 PM 2017 at The Box Toronto: Studio and Theatre, 89 Niagara Street, Street Map Toronto, Ontario Tickets $20

The Wizard Of Oz - by L Frank Baum, Harold Arlen and EY Harburg (LOT). A girl and her dog travel over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home in this musical based on the classic film. Opens Jun 16 and runs to Aug 27, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun noon and 4 pm. $50-$70. Lower Ossington Theatre 100A Ossington, Toronto, Ontario https://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/the-wizard-of-oz-toronto

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The little Toronto theatre directory

Alumnae Theatre - http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/
Bloor West Village Playhouse - https://villageplayers.net/
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre - http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/
Canadian Stage Company - http://www.canadianstage.com/
Crow's Theatre - http://www.crowstheatre.com/
Driftwood Theatre - http://www.driftwoodtheatre.com/
Factory Theatre - http://www.factorytheatre.ca/
Lemontree Creations - http://www.lemontreecreations.ca/
Nightwood Theatre - http://www.nightwoodtheatre.net/
Solar Stage Children's Theatre - http://www.solarstage.on.ca/
Red Castle Theatre - http://redsandcastletheatre.com/
Soul Pepper - https://www.soulpepper.ca/
The Tarragon Theatre - http://www.tarragontheatre.com/
Theatre Centre (The) - http://theatrecentre.org/
Theatre Francais de Toronto - http://theatrefrancais.com/fr/
Theatre Passe Muraille - http://passemuraille.ca/
Young Peoples Theatre - http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/


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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