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

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Bad Jews @ Small World Music Centre 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM The Koffler Centre of the Arts presents the Toronto premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “exhilaratingly abrasive” play, Bad Jews (Daily Telegraph). After the death of their beloved grandfather, three cousins gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment to fight over a precious family heirloom, learning there is much more at stake than who gets what. Bursting with crisp, fast-paced dialogue, Bad Jews is “delicious, nasty fun” May 25 to June 4 Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw Street TICKETS: $30 adult | $25 youth/senior/arts workers Purchase tickets & more info: http://kofflerarts.org/programs-events/2017/02/27/bad-jews/

CAESAR by William Shakespeare @ Kensington Hall. Wolf Manor Theatre Collective remounts its visceral, fierce, five- actor imagining of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Five actors fluently build the world of over 30 characters who demonstrate the impact the actions of very few have on the lives of many. As Wolf Manor’s eighth production since 2014, CAESAR excavates this play from it's history and ferociously tackles the Shakespearean epic with contemporary significance. Wolf Manor Theatre Collective’s CAESAR is brimming with fresh young talent, in a tight, raw production that will leave you breathless. Don’t miss this adventurous staging of history’s most famous assassination. Wednesday, May 17th 8:00 PM Runs to Sunday May 28. Kensington Hall 56 Kensington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Tickets $15 and full schedule

Dom Juan - by Molière (Théâtre français de Toronto). An unrepentant man with an insatiable libido goes up against moral norms in 17th-century France. Previews from May 10, runs to May 28, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Surtitled performances Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. $19-$49, Wed-Thu pwyc, Sat rush $20. Berkeley Street Theatre 26 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario http://theatrefrancais.com/dom-juan/

Emerging Voices - Toronto Dance Theatre presents new works by choreographers Alicia Grant and Emily Law. Opens May 24 and runs to May 28, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25, stu/srs $20. Winchester Street Theatre 80 Winchester, Toronto, Ontario https://www.tdt.org/emerging-voices

I Did It My Way In Yiddish (In English) - by Deb Filler (Smouldering Masterpiece Productions). Filler performs songs and stories about meeting Leonard Cohen and other tales from her life. Opens May 23 and runs to May 28, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 3 pm. $40, srs $30 (Sat matinee only), stu/arts workers $25. Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario Tickets - http://www.fillerup.ca/

La Bohème (opera) by Giacomo Puccini (Against the Grain Theatre). The love story opera is set in a modern-day Toronto dive bar and sung in English. Runs to Jun 2, May 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 and Jun 2 at 8 pm. $35. Tranzac 292 Brunswick, Toronto, Ontario http://againstthegraintheatre.com/la-boheme/

Midsummer (A Play With Songs) - by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre (Tarragon). A failing car salesman and a divorce lawyer hookup for an ill-advised weekend fling. runs to May 28, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$65. Tarragon Theatre 30 Bridgman, Toronto, Ontario http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/midsummer-a-play-with-songs/

Office Hours - by Norm Foster (East Side Players). This play intertwines the lives of the employees of six different offices on a Friday afternoon. Opens May 26 and runs to Jun 10, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $24, stu $17. Papermill Theatre 67 Pottery, Toronto, Ontario http://eastsideplayers.ca/

Oksana G (Opera) World Premier by Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy (Tapestry Opera). A young Ukrainian woman escapes to Italy after being lured into the world of sex trafficking. Opens May 24 and runs to May 30, Wed, Fri and Tue 8 pm, Sun 3 pm. $50-$75. The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre 227 Front E, Toronto, Ontario https://tapestryopera.com/

Onegin - by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille (The Musical Stage Company/National Arts Centre). High-energy indie rock adaptation of Pushkin’s poem and Tchaikovsky’s opera. Previews from May 13, runs to Jun 4, Wed-Thu & Sat 8 pm (and some Tue), Fri & Sun 7 pm, mat Wed & Sun 1 pm. $35-$59. Downstairs. Berkeley Street Theatre 26 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario http://musicalstagecompany.com/

SOULO Theatre Festival - Celebrating creations by solo performers, with works by Savoy Howe, Nicolle Nattrass, Marina Gwynne, Sage Tyrtle, Martha Chavez, Amir Fattal, Magdelana Borkowski and others, plus panels and workshops. Runs May 25-28, Tickets $15-$30, passes $65-$200. Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen E, Toronto, Ontario http://www.soulo.ca

Strangers, Babies - by Linda McLean (Theatre PANIK). A woman who is haunted by a horrifying past decides to bring a baby into her life. Previews May 11, runs to May 28, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $33-$39, stu $26. Artscape Sandbox 301 Adelaide W, Toronto, Ontario http://www.theatrepanik.ca/

Strictly 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/

The Boy In The Moon - by Emil Sher (Crow's Theatre). Based on Ian Brown's memoir, this play tells the story of a couple raising a child with profound disabilities. Previews from May 8, runs to May 27, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $20-$40. Streetcar Crowsnest 345 Carlaw, Toronto, Ontario http://crowstheatre.com/whats-on/view-all/the-boy-in-the-moon

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. Previews from May 23, opens May 29 and 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 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 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. runs 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/

Toronto Festival Of Clowns - Clown, puppetry and physical theatre performances featuring Chloe Payne (Fake Nerd Girl), Yury Ruzhyev (No Elephant Show), Michael Trautman (King Pong's Ping Pong Rodeo), Clown Invasion Cabaret, Morro & Jasp (Opening Night Preview Cabaret), Lunacy Cabaret & others. In the MainSpace and Studio theatres. May 31-Jun 4, Wed-Fri from 6:45-9:30 pm, Sat 2-9:30 pm, Sun 2-6:30 pm. $16.50-$21.50. Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario http://www.torontofestivalofclowns.com/

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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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