5 Plays Worth Checking Out in Toronto This Fall
By Elli Davis, October 3, 2012
Toronto seems to have a thousand and one things you can do in the summer. But then fall hits and you aren’t always as sure what to do with your evenings and weekends. Fortunately, though as the weather may be cooling down, the Toronto theatre scene is only getting hotter. Don’t miss your chance to check out some of these great shows!
When Samuel Beckett’s works aren’t done well they can be pretty hard to sit through. Fortunately, however, you can always count on Soulpepper to find a modern and captivating twist to a true classic. Beckett’s absurdist play, Endgame involves four characters. Hamm, who is a blind man that cannot stand, interacts with his servant, Clov, who cannot sit. All the while, Hamm’s parents, Nag and Nell look on from the trash cans in which they live. The play is intriguing, thought provoking and even downright funny at times. And with the superb cast and director provided by Soulpepper, this one is definitely worth checking out this season. It’s playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts from October 26th until November 17th. And if you want to learn more about what went into creating the production (and maybe get some of your questions on the Theatre of the Absurd answered), be sure to catch the show on a Talk-back Tuesday.
50 Tank House Lane, Toronto
We’ve Totally (Probably) Got This!
The Second City
If you’ve never been to a show at The Second City, it’s about time you changed that! A show there is unlike any other for a variety of reasons. First of all, you’re seeing something created by some of the world’s best improvisers. They take all their knowledge of what’s going on in the world and affecting people and weave it into an evening of unbelievable comedy. On top of that, you can take full advantage of the food and bar menus throughout the performance. Not a lot of theatre shows will let you snack and be entertained at the same time! But the real reason you shouldn’t put it off any longer is the theme of their new show, We’ve Totally (Probably) Got This!. It deals with the myriad of things we try to accomplish every day in an incredibly humorous way. There’s nothing quite like laughing at all the things that drive you crazy and stress you out in order to feel better about it all. The run has already begun and it plays Wednesday to Sunday evenings through to the end of the year so you have plenty of time to catch it. And if you want to make a real evening of it, consider getting one of their Dinner and a Show packages.
51 Mercer Street, Toronto
Sometimes you just need a big-budget musical to satisfy your theatrical needs. When the musical mood strikes, checking out Sister Act may be just what you’re looking for. It features original music by 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken and a funny and entertaining storyline. When a wannabe diva inadvertently witnesses a crime and is forced by the cops to stay in a convent to keep her safe, she decides she’d rather have some fun during her time there and share her adventurous spirit. If you loved watching Whoopi Goldberg teach the nuns to sing in the movie version, you’ll really appreciate seeing it all take place live in front of you. It’s playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre from October 2nd until November 4th. Something to keep in mind when choosing when to go see the show; ticket prices are at their lowest on Wednesday matinees and at their highest on Saturdays and Sundays. But no matter when you see it you’re sure to have a good time!
244 Victoria Street, Toronto
Romeo and Juliet
When you want to return to the classics and enjoy some good ol’ Shakespeare, you’ll be happy to know one of the best is playing this fall. Romeo and Juliet may be considered a tragedy but there’s also plenty of romance and even a little bit of comedy to keep everyone engaged. Artistic director, Jeremy Hutton is known for pulling together renditions of Shakespeare’s classics in visually captivating and artistically creative ways. You’re sure to experience the tragic story of two star-crossed lovers in a beautifully unique fashion. Tickets are just $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The show runs November 7th to the 24th and also offers a postshow talkback on November 10th and preshow chat on November 24th so you can learn more about how they put it all together.
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
The Drowning Girls
The Alumnae Theatre Company
The Drowning Girls can be a challenging play to put on for technical reasons. And that makes it even more crucial that you seize your opportunity to check it out. It’s being put on by The Alumnae Theatre Company from November 16th to December 1st so don’t miss your chance. The play is based on the true story of a man in the 20th century by the name of George Joseph Smith. Smith was eventually arrested for marrying three women, one after the other, taking out life insurance policies on them and then drowning them in their own bathtubs. The story is artistically told by three actresses playing the wives as well as other characters who are part of the story. Real bathtubs filled with water are placed onstage and the actresses clamber in and out of them soaking wet in wedding dresses. This is one play that will certainly captivate you both intellectually and artistically. Keep in mind that the box office is cash only, so come prepared. Fortunately, tickets are just $20 so it’s easy enough to manage. Or for extra great deals, try viewing the show during two for one Wednesdays or Pay What You Can Sundays. Check out their ticket page for more information.
70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Did none of these catch your eye? That’s okay! Theatre is a very personal experience and everyone has different preferences. There are plenty of other places such as Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and many other independent theatres putting up shows all the time. So be sure to check out some great Toronto theatre this fall!