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

Outexpressions is a different Gay and Lesbian Media Publication, we round up the best events (Well balanced with variety of parties, cultural things and not just the same bars, every week), from the city’s queer culture scene. This page updated Monthly. Note on meaning of Queer in listings: Mixed crowd, not everyone is gay or lesbian.

A Mickey Full Of Mouse @ Buddies By DJ Wightman. Two friends are trapped in a snow globe and must relive a disastrous family trip that exposes the darkest of family secrets. Opens Mar 25 and runs to Apr 8, Sat 8 pm (and Apr 7), Sun 2 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander, Toronto, On http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/event/a-mickey-full-of-mouse/

Banana Boys - by Leon Aureus (Factory Theatre). Five young Asian-Canadian men wrestle with issues of race and identity. Previews Apr 18, opens Apr 20 and runs to May 14, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25-$55. Studio Theatre. Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario https://www.factorytheatre.ca/201617-season/banana-boys

Blood Links - by William Yang (Canadian Stage). Yang's solo show tells a family story of birth, traditions, love and food. Apr 19-23, Wed-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sun 1 pm. $29-$69. Berkeley Street Theatre 26 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario Tickets

Butcher - (Why Not Theatre). A lawyer, police officer and translator struggle to unravel the truth about an old man dropped off at a police station wearing a foreign military uniform and Santa hat. Opens Mar 25 and runs to Apr 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun (and Mar 29), 2 pm. $39-$92. Panasonic Theatre 651 Yonge, Toronto, On https://www.mirvish.com/shows/butcher

Century Song - Nightwood Theatre, Volcano and Moveable Beast Collective present a theatrical performance hybrid by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton and Ross Manson. Inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Alice Walker’s In Search Of Our Mother’s Gardens, performer Bickersteth melds classical song and movement to inhabit a century of women whose identities are contained within a single performer. Previews Apr 18, opens Apr 19 and runs to Apr 29, Tue-Fri 8 pm (and Apr 22), mat Apr 24 at 1:30 pm, Apr 29 at 2 pm. $20-$35. Streetcar Crowsnest 345 Carlaw, Toronto, Ontario Tickets

Gelato Fest - Act 2 Studio Works presents five plays offering different flavours of life. Apr 21-22, Fri 2 and 7 pm, Sat 4 pm. $20. A Promise To Mary by Pat Cochrane /// Posterity by Richard Ellen /// Out And About by Michel Crete, Mairy Beam, Dick O’Connor and Neila Lem /// Killing Time by Clive Randewich /// Our Friend Peaches by Cathy Shilton Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen E, Toronto, Ontario http://www.act2studio.ca/

Illusions - by Ivan Viripaev (SideMart Theatrical Grocery). This play unravels the story of two couples in a story of friendship, and crossed loves. Previews from Apr 19, opens Apr 21 and runs to May 8, Wed-Sat 8:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $35, stu/srs $25. Streetcar Crowsnest 345 Carlaw, Toronto, Ontario http://crowstheatre.com/whats-on/view-all/illusions

Louis Riel - by Harry Somers (Canadian Opera Company). Sung in English, French, Michif and Cree (with English surtitles), this opera tells the story of the Métis leader and Canada’s westward expansion. Opens Apr 20 and run to May 13: Apr 20, 26, May 2, 9 and 13 at 7:30 pm, Apr 23 at 2 pm, Apr 29 at 4:30 pm. $35-$235. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario http://www.coc.ca/PerformancesAndTickets/1617Season/LouisRiel

Little Shop of Horrors @ The Lower Ossington Theatre. Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Runs March 24 - May 14, 2017 Tickets from $54.99-$64.99 Get Tickets Lower Ossington Theatre 100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON Please call 416-915-6747 to inquire about accessible seating

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! Runs to April 30, 20117 ,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/

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. Previews from Apr 18, opens Apr 26 and 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/

Mrs Henderson Presents - by Terry Johnson and Don Black (Mirvish). An eccentric UK socialite invests in and transforms London's Windmill Theatre in 1937 in this biographical musical based on the 2005 screenplay by Martin Sherman. runs to Apr 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mats Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$139. Royal Alexandra Theatre 260 King W, Toronto, Ontario https://www.mirvish.com/news/mrs-henderson-presents

S h e e t s - Veritas Theatre presents S h e e t s. by Salvatore Antonio. Through a series of dovetailing scenes set in a single hotel room, S h e e t s. explores the theme of intimacy in its many forms through the experiences of various inhabitants. runs to Apr 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm (and Saturday Apr 1 & 8). $30-$35. Theatre Centre 1115 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario https://veritas-theatre.com/

Sister Act @ Lower Ossington Theatre Based on the hit film, SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Runs to April 9 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/sister-act/

Sound Of The Beast - by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (TPM). An outspoken emcee finds that free speech comes with consequences. Previews from Apr 13-16, opens April 18 and runs to May 7, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $17-$38, mat pwyc at the door. Theatre Passe Muraille 16 Ryerson, Toronto, Ontario http://passemuraille.ca/archives/current-season/sound-of-the-beast

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. runs to. Apr 9, $60-$175. Elgin Theatre 189 Yonge, Toronto, Ontario http://sousatzkamusical.com/

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. 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 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/

TOUGH JEWS by Michael Ross Albert. The Storefront Theatre presents the world premiere of Michael Ross Albert's newest play, 'Tough Jews'. When a murder is committed in Prohibition-era Kensington Market, a family of would-be criminals is suddenly flung into the high-stakes gangland world of American organized crime. Set against the backdrop of the roaring twenties, the Great Depression, and the biggest race riot in Canadian history, 'Tough Jews' is the story of an immigrant family's struggle to rise above their station in a violent, intolerant city. The untold story of the bad families who built Toronto The Good. Runs to April 16th Tickets $25 General Admission / Wednesdays Pay-What-You-Want 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Kensington Hall 56 Kensington Avenue, Toronto ON, http://thestorefronttheatre.com/events/tough-jews/

~ For event submissions, email Michel Paré, at queerwestinfo@gmail.com

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

~ For event submissions, email Michel Paré, at queerwestinfo@gmail.com

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