Brrrrrrr, the cold weather has arrived. Time to bundle up and hide out at the theatre. Lucky for you there are some great shows opening and closing this week for you to check out. Here are our picks...
Opening this weekend at The Theatre Centre, Daughter was the most talked about show from the 2016 Summerworks Festival. Described as both hysterical and disturbing Daughter dances on the edge of autobiographical and fiction in telling a story of modern parenting and the patriarchy that informs our society. Audiences who saw the show at the festival were left both shell-shocked and contemplative. The piece has sparked lots of conversation and is generating considerable buzz for it's lead and co-creator Adam Lazarus. This provocative one-man show about toxic masculinity, written by Canada’s Bouffon-King Adam Lazarus is co-created with Ann-Marie Kerr, Melissa D’Agostino and Jiv Parasram.
Daughter interrogates questions of culpability and complicity in our society. It examines the subtle and not so subtle ways we condone and encourage misogyny; “boys will be boys”. It is being hailed as "must-see theatre, "
Co-produced by The Theatre Centre and QuipTake with Pandemic Theatre
Written & Performed by Adam Lazarus
Co-created by Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jivesh Parasram, Melissa D'Agostino
Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
Sound Design and Composition by Richard Feren
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Producer for Pandemic Theatre: Tom Arthur Davis
Interested in something a bit lighter perhaps? Check out Hart House Theatre's production of The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, which also opens this weekend. This charming, Tony Award winning musical looks at a small-town spelling bee and uncovers the universal truth that winning is not, in fact, everything. With quirky contestants vying for the prize and some unconventional teachers running the show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is sure to be the definition of hilarity and higher learning…used in a sentence!
Surprisingly, since we are such big musical nerds, and we love everything William Finn does, neither of us has seen a production of this show before, and are really looking forward to the opening tonight. Definitely check this one out if you're in need of some heart warming this weekend.
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional material by Jay Reiss
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Directed by Cory Doran
John Wamsley, Chip Tolentino / Jesus / Dance Captain
Erin Humphry, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere
Kevin Forster, Leaf Coneybear / Carl dad
Hugh Ritchie, William Barfee
Braelyn Guppy, Marcy Park
Vanessa Campbell, Olive Ostrovsky
Amy Swift, Rona Lisa Perretti /Olive’s mom
Art Carlson, Vice Principal Douglas Panch
Carson Betz, Mitch Mahoney / Dan dad / Olive’s dad
Giustin MacLean, Piano
Stephen Woodjetts, Keys
Micaela Morey, Reeds
Kyra Krilly, Cello
Pieter Huyer, Drums
On at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts is Edward Albee's absurdist masterpiece The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? starring Raquel Duffy and Albert Schultz. The Goat... is an oddly delightful and depraved parable about Martin (Schultz) who has a love affair with a goat. It is a wacky boundary pusher in which Albee challenges audiences to consider the often arbitrary limits of society's tolerances.
It is a funny, albeit uncomfortable play, and this production is getting priase both for it's excellent direction by Alan Dilworth, and strong performances from both Duffy and Schultz. The Goat or, Who is Sylvia is onstage at Soulpepper until November 18th. You can learn more, or purchase tickets here.
DEREK BOYES, Ross
RAQUEL DUFFY, Stevie
ALBERT SCHULTZ, Martin
PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Billy
ALAN DILWORTH, Director
LORENZO SAVOINI, Set and Video Designer
ALEXANDRA LORD, Costume Designer
KIMBERLY PURTELL, Lighting Designer
THOMAS RYDER PAYNE, Sound Designer
SIMON FON, Fight Director
KELLY MCEVENUE, Alexander Coach
ROBERT HARDING, Production Stage Manager
MEGHAN CALLAN, Stage Manager
GREGORY MCLAUGHLIN, Assistant Stage Manager
Closing this weekend is Nighwood Theatre, in association with Crow's Theatre's Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells). We featured this one a few weeks back when it opened and have been hearing great things about the piece. It closes this Saturday and several of the remaining shows are already sold out. So if you want to catch this one you had better hurry and book your tickets soon.
Have a great weekend, stay warm and as always see you at the theatre.