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Theatre Guide Toronto’s Official Guide to Theatre, Dance and Opera

MAR APR 2013

What’s HOT?

Vol. 9 No. 4

THE MAGIC FLUTE April 6, 2013 – April 13, 2013

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Magic Flute tells the fantastical tale of a prince, Tamino, who is sent by The Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from her nemesis Sarastro. Accompanied by the endearingly incorrigible Papageno and with the aid of a magic flute, the besotted Tamino ventures into the temple and quickly finds that all is not as it seems.

by Stephen Adly Guirgis Directed by Rosanna Saracino

March 19-23, 2013

If We Were Birds

by Erin Shields

Directed by Darlene Spencer

April 2-6 , 2013

Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst Street 1-855-985-2787 or ticketmaster.ca

Opera Atelier; Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street); 1.855.622.2787; operaatelier.com

PORTALES April 25, 2013 – April 28, 2013

The award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company never fails to mesmerize while delivering the contagious excitement and full breadth of feelings that flamenco expresses through dance, music and song. Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company; Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queen’s Quay Wes); 416.973.4000; flamencos.net

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WORLD STAGE 2013 February 2013 - May 2013

From February to May, performance artists and companies from across the globe descend on Harbourfront Centre for the World Stage 2013 season. This year features performances from Canada, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Australia, China, Norway, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands. For tickets and more information, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage or call 416.973.4000

ALSO INSIDE: Show Listings | Venue Map | What’s Hot?

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The THEATRE PERFORMANCE Program at Humber Actor training for the 21st century humber.ca/scapa/programs/theatre-performance

The Theatre Guide is designed by CMANGO DESIGN and published by Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). Listings are sponsored by NOW Magazine.


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THÉÂTRE FRANÇAIS DE TORONTO

A CANADIAN MASTERpIECE

AlbERTINE EN CINq TEMpS march 20 bY MICHEl TREMblAY

905.874.2800

Presents Canada’s top flamenco artists and stellar guests from Spain

In French, with English surtitles Wed., Fri. and Sat. eve

- live action graphic novel

Book one – TargeT earTh The year is 1933. are you ready for the adventure?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

ApRIl 17– 28, 2013

bERkElEY STREET THEATRE – UpSTAIRS

www.theatrefrancais.com

April 25-28, 2013 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416 973-4000 www.harbourfrontcentre.com www.flamencos.net

rosetheatre.ca

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Mikado

By Martin Sherman Directed by Carter West

April 26-27

Mar 1 – 9, 2013

Presented by

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

WWW.harthouSetheatre.Ca Legend: Play | Musical | Comedy | Young Audience

theatre A FEW BRITTLE LEAVES Apr 24 – May 5 A pair of sisters are forced to deal with the question: how does one age gracefully? Cabaret Company, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. 416.975.8555; buddiesinbadtimes.com

St. 416.975.8555; buddiesinbadtimes.com

CHILE CON CARNE Apr 2 – Apr 14 This dark comedy paints a portrait of childhood innocence stained by political upheaval.

AS I LAY DYING Mar 8 – Mar 31 A Southern gothic chronicle of the Bundren family’s odyssey across Mississippi. Theatre

Alameda Theatre Company, Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. 416.504.9971; alamedatheatre.com

Smith-Gilmour, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave. 416.504.7529; artsboxoffice.ca

BENT Mar 1 – Mar 9 One of the finest pieces of theatre about tolerance, love, and human dignity. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House

CHING CHONG CHINAMAN Mar 14 – Mar 30 A screwball satire about an ultra-assimilated Chinese-American family. fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 1.800.204.0855; fu-gen.org

AFTERROCK PLAY SERIES Mar 1 – Mar 10 A new play series for serious play makers. b current, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.

Cir. 416.978.8849; harthousetheatre.ca

416.533.1500; bcurrent.ca

BIG IN GERMANY Apr 11 – Apr 21 A satire about a struggling Canadian rock band’s journey to super-stardom! Ten Foot Pole

ALBERTINE EN CINQ TEMPS Apr 17 – Apr 28 70-year-old Albertine calmly awaits her “second death,” when she is visited by her past. Le Théâtre français de Toronto, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St.

Productions, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. 416.975.8555; buddiesinbadtimes.com

416.534.6604; theatrefrancais.com

Blue PLANET Apr 8 – May 2 On a planet far out in space there are no adults, only children. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St.

FALSETTOS Apr 23 – May 12 A comedic and poignant musical about a man who, in 1979, leaves his family for another man. Acting Up Stage Company, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.

AND SLOWLY BEAUTY… Feb 20 – Mar 31 When Mr. Mann wins

416.862.2222; youngpeoplestheatre.ca

1.800.838.3006; actingupstage.com

BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY Mar 28 – Apr 21 The story of the three years in which Buddy Holly became the world’s top recording artist. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave.

ICELAND Mar 7 – Mar 24 TA confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn. Factory Theatre, 125

EIRLYS AND ECKHART Mar 6 – Mar 16 Two friends come together in a house where the past is packed up in boxes. TCart/ Horse Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave. 16.504.7529; artsboxoffice.ca

tickets to The Three Sisters, he knows he must go. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave. 416.531.1827; tarragontheatre.com

ARIGATO, TOKYO Mar 21 – Apr 14 From the nightclubs of Tokyo to the stages of Noh Theatre, a Canadian author is pulled into a world of obsession and longing. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander

Bathurst St. 416.504.9971; factorytheatre.ca

416.915.6747; lowerossingtontheatre.com

IF WE WERE BIRDS Apr 2 – Apr 6 This award-winning play is


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THÉÂTRE FRANÇAIS DE TORONTO

A CANADIAN MASTERpIECE

AlbERTINE EN CINq TEMpS march 20 bY MICHEl TREMblAY

905.874.2800

Presents Canada’s top flamenco artists and stellar guests from Spain

In French, with English surtitles Wed., Fri. and Sat. eve

- live action graphic novel

Book one – TargeT earTh The year is 1933. are you ready for the adventure?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

ApRIl 17– 28, 2013

bERkElEY STREET THEATRE – UpSTAIRS

www.theatrefrancais.com

April 25-28, 2013 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416 973-4000 www.harbourfrontcentre.com www.flamencos.net

rosetheatre.ca

bent

The

Mikado

By Martin Sherman Directed by Carter West

April 26-27

Mar 1 – 9, 2013

Presented by

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

WWW.harthouSetheatre.Ca

a vivid re-imagining of Ovid’s myth. Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst St. 1.855.985.2787; ticketmaster.ca

MACBETH Apr 15 – May 3 Featuring a team of engaging professional actors and a set that evokes a post-apocalyptic Dunsinane. Shakespeare In Action, Central Commerce Theatre C.I.,

SHE SHE POP & THEIR FATHERS: TESTAMENT Apr 17 – Apr 20 This humourous work strives to find the intersection of respect between parents and children. Harbourfront Centre, Enwave Theatre,

570 Shaw St. 416.703.4881; shakespeareinaction.org

231 Queens Quay W. 416.973.4000; harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/ performances/

IN THIS WORLD Mar 19 – Mar 24 Bijou and Neyssa are two girls who share everything, but who are from two completely different worlds. Roseneath Theatre, Tarragon Theatre,

ONCE UPON A MURDER: A FAIRYTALE MURDER MYSTERY! Jan 25 – ongoing Everyone has gathered for the wedding of

30 Bridgman Ave. 416.531.1827; roseneath.ca

Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty. Mysteriously Yours…Mystery Dinner Theatre, 2026 Yonge St. 416.486.7469; mysteriouslyyours.com

LA RONDE Mar 26 – May 4 La Ronde questions the nature of human contact, love, and fidelity. Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln. Distillery Historic District, 416.866.8666; soulpepper.ca LAWS OF MOTION Mar 1 – Mar 15 The lives of eleven people are forever changed when the domino effect of one tragic incident touches each of them in surprising ways. Small Elephant, 2 Matilda St. 647.405.0894; lawsofmotion.ca

THE MEME-ING OF LIFE Feb 1 – Jun 30 A hilarious new collection of sketches, songs, and improvisations written and performed by Toronto’s legendary comedy troupe. The Second City, 51 Mercer St. 416.343.0011; secondcity.com

OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN Feb 14 – Mar 24 When Briony returns to work, she and her husband hire a live-in nanny to care for their young daughter. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave. 416.531.1827;

TRUE WEST Mar 25 – May 4 Shepard’s searing comedy takes apart the resentment of sibling estrangement. Soulpepper Theatre Com-

tarragontheatre.com

pany, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln. Distillery Historic District, 416.866.8666; soulpepper.ca

RACE Apr 7 – May 5 Race lays bare a corrupt legal system and a simmering racial/sexual rage that permeates North American culture.Canadian Stage, Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E. 416.368.3110; canadianstage.com

LEGOLAND A contemporary Vaudeville routine. Theatre Passe

THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY Monday nights and select Friday nights – subject to change The Second City Touring Company comes home for an unforgettable night of classic and original sketch comedy. The Second City, 51 Mercer St.

Muarille, 16 Ryerson Ave. 416.504.7529; artsboxoffice.ca

Rent Mar 28 – Apr 21 Witness the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive and living for today!

416.343.0011; secondcity.com

LITTLE ONE Feb 14 – Mar 24 Claire and Aaron love each other but for some, loving and destroying are the same thing. Tarragon

Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave. 416.915.6747; lowerossingtontheatre.com

THE CAT CAME BACK Feb 28 – Mar 16 A band of musicians help their grumpy neighbour and his cat negotiate a way to live together. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. E. 416.862.2222;

Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave. 416.531.1827; tarragontheatre.com


The InTergalacTIc nemesIs

THÉÂTRE FRANÇAIS DE TORONTO

A CANADIAN MASTERpIECE

Presents Canada’s top flamenco artists and stellar guests from Spain

In French, with English surtitles Wed., Fri. and Sat. eve

AlbERTINE EN CINq TEMpS march 20 bY MICHEl TREMblAY

- live action graphic novel

Book one – TargeT earTh The year is 1933. are you ready for the adventure?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

ApRIl 17– 28, 2013

bERkElEY STREET THEATRE – UpSTAIRS

www.theatrefrancais.com

April 25-28, 2013 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416 973-4000 www.harbourfrontcentre.com www.flamencos.net

rosetheatre.ca

905.874.2800

bent

The

Mikado

By Martin Sherman Directed by Carter West

April 26-27

Mar 1 – 9, 2013

Presented by

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

WWW.harthouSetheatre.Ca youngpeoplestheatre.ca

THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS Mar 20 Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle for the kid in everyone. Rose Theatre Brampton,

THE SECOND CITY’S IMPROV ALL-STARS Every Tues The Second City’s greatest comedic minds throw away their scripts and their inhibitions to battle wits before a live audience. The Second City, 51 Mercer St. 416.343.0011; secondcity.com

Apr 10 – Apr 13 A series of comic vignettes celebrating the world’s favourite game. Harbourfront Centre Next Steps; Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000; harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/ performances/

1 Theatre Ln. 905.874.2800; rosetheatre.ca

THE WHIPPING MAN Mar 21 – Apr 14 The Civil War has just

BRUSSELS/TORONTO PROJECT Apr 18 – Apr 27 TDT welcomes two Brussels-based choreographers to create two new works for the company. Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St. 416.967.1365; tdt.org

THE KILLDEER Apr 12 – Apr 27 A sharp social satire that tells the tale of an Ontario town’s tangled web of murder and mystery.

ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country.

Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley St. 416.364.4170; alumnaetheatre.com

Obsidian Theatre Company, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 1.855.985.2787; obsidiantheatre.com

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT Mar 19 – Mar 23 The Last Days of Judas Iscariot promises to delight audiences while making them re-examine their thoughts on forgiveness. Randolph Academy

THE WIZARD OF OZ Dec 20 – Ongoing This production contains all the beloved songs, favourite characters, and iconic moments.

80 Winchester St. 416.967.1365; tdt.org

Mirvish Productions, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. 416.872.1212; mirvish.com

PORTALES Apr 25 – Apr 28 Celebrate with Canada’s top flamenco artists and stellar guests from Spain. Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance

for the Performing Arts, Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst St. 1.855.985.2787; ticketmaster.ca

THE MIKADO Apr 26 – Apr 27 School girl Yum-Yum loves minstrel Nanki-Poo, but is engaged to Ko-Ko the executioner. Rose Theatre

THIS Mar 18 – Apr 13 This comedy offers a portrait of a group of friends navigating their way through death, parenthood, and adultery. Canadian Stage, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St.

Brampton, 1 Theatre Ln. 905.874.2800; rosetheatre.ca

416.368.3110; canadianstage.com

everyday antems Mar 6 – Mar 9 This new commission pits the force of group will against individual agency. Toronto Dance Theatre,

Company, Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. 416.973.4000; flamencos.net

NEXTSTEPS ongoing – May 25 Featuring 25 companies, each one showcasing the incredible spectrum of dance. Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416.973.4000; harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/

THE NEW GROUNDSWELL FESTIVAL Mar 15 – Mar 24 The New Groundwell Festival is a national festival of contemporary women’s theatre. Nightwood Theatre, Berkeley Street Theatre,

DANCE

26 Berkeley St. 416.944.1740; nightwoodtheatre.net

A DANCE TRIBUTE TO THE ART OF FOOTBALL

STILL STANDING YOU Apr 23 – Apr 27 This Belgian-Portuguese duo offers a mischievous glimpse into the kaleidoscope of friendship. Harbourfront Centre, Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W.


The InTergalacTIc nemesIs

THÉÂTRE FRANÇAIS DE TORONTO

A CANADIAN MASTERpIECE

AlbERTINE EN CINq TEMpS march 20 bY MICHEl TREMblAY

905.874.2800

Presents Canada’s top flamenco artists and stellar guests from Spain

In French, with English surtitles Wed., Fri. and Sat. eve

- live action graphic novel

Book one – TargeT earTh The year is 1933. are you ready for the adventure?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

ApRIl 17– 28, 2013

bERkElEY STREET THEATRE – UpSTAIRS

www.theatrefrancais.com

April 25-28, 2013 Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416 973-4000 www.harbourfrontcentre.com www.flamencos.net

rosetheatre.ca

bent

The

Mikado

By Martin Sherman Directed by Carter West

April 26-27

Mar 1 – 9, 2013

Presented by

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

WWW.harthouSetheatre.Ca

416.973.4000; harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/performances/

WEIGHT X3 & 2 Mar 20 –Mar 23 Two works by China’s emerging leaders of contemporary dance. Harboufront Centre,

Dennis Fitzgerald; pthoto by Cylla von Tiedemann

Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. 416.973.4000; harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/performances/

opera LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Apr 17 – May 24 Donizetti’s ravishing, vocal writing finds breathtaking release through the artistry of soprano Anna Christy. Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416.363.8231; coc.ca

SALOME Apr 21 – May 22 Atom Egoyan returns with his searing production of Richard Strauss’s visceral thriller. Canadian Opera

And Slowly Beauty… by Michel Nadeau in collaboration with Marie-Josée Bastien, Lorraine Côté, Hugues Frenette

THE MAGIC FLUTE Apr 6 – Apr 13 The fantastical tale of a prince, who is sent by a queen to rescue her daughter. Opera

Pierre-François Legendre, Véronika Makdissi-Warren, Jack Robitaille translated by Maureen Labonté | directed by Michael Shamata a Belfry Theatre/National Arts Centre English Theatre co-production starring Shawn Ahmed, Mary-Colin Chisholm, Dennis Fitzgerald, Caroline Gillis, Christian Murray, Celine Stubel | set & costume design John Ferguson lighting design Michael Walton | stage manager Marie Fewer

Atelier, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. 1.855.622.2787, operaatelier.com

TORONTO PREMIERE

Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416.363.8231; coc.ca

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