Each month we profile a collection of shows opening soon in Toronto.
True / Citizenry / September 3-13 / $24
Celebrated playwright Rosa Labordé explores the confining qualities of memory in the Fringe-lauded True, about three sisters who must confront the past when their estranged father unexpectedly re-enters their lives. Boasting a talented cast, Layne Coleman, Shannon Taylor, Ingrid Doucet, Sabrina Grdevich and Scott McCord, and some of the city’s best designers, Thomas Ryder-Payne, Trevor Schwellnus and Lindsay Walker, there’s a reason this one returns for a remount.
Glenn / Soulepper – Young Centre / September 2 – October 1 / $29-$74
David Young’s musically-inspired portrait of one of our creative treasures, Glenn Gould, is a Canadian classic. Gould’s two distinct versions of Bach’s The Goldberg Variations serve as a structuring device for the playwright, who explores four sides of the musician’s genius: Prodigy, Perfectionist, Performer and Puritan. Under direction from Diana Leblanc, Jeff Lillico, Mike Ross, Steven Sutcliffe, and Brent Carver bring the music of the pianist to life.
KURIOS / Grand Chapiteau Tent / August 28 – October 26 / $50-$160
An enchanting and whimsical narrative anchors Cirque du Soleil’s newest spectacle, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities. Reality is turned on its head inside the curio cabinet of an imaginative inventor who toys with notions of time and space in a desire to explore the limits of possibility. With acrobatic feats and comic scenes, all seemingly given the steampunk treatment, we’re curious to pull back the cabinet door and take a peek at what’s inside.
Wicked / Ed Mirvish Theatre / September 3 – November 2 / $36-$100+
The story of Glinda and Elphaba, not exactly your Thelma and Louise tale, journeys back to Oz at a time before Dorthy and her house ever toppled into Munchkinland. Wicked took Broadway by storm in 2003, harnessing the popularity of the original film but also by delivering a clever and engaging story. Since Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel originated the leading roles, international tours have keep the musical traveling and here it arrives back in Toronto to set the witch record straight.
Much Ado About Nothing / Spadina Museum / September 10-27 / $25
Single Thread Theatre returns to the Spadina Museum with their WWI treatment of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. When the decorated soldiers return home to Canada after defending their country’s freedom, sought after merriment is accompanied by a little mischief. The young company has been gaining momentum as of late with site-specific shows at historic sites across the city — the Campbell House, the Mackenzie House, and Fort York.
Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week / Buddies in Bad Times / September 18 – October 5 / $20-37
Judith Thompson directs Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week, a play concerned with the changing nature of love and family in the face of the end days of a long-term relationship. After falling in love and building a family, Freda and Jem say goodbye to their same-sex partnership in their own unique and beautiful way. The play explores how queer culture charts its own path towards family creation and also separation.
Photo by Jesse Milns
Can you believe I had never seen Wicked!? It is one of the most beloved Broadway shows…ever, and I had never seen it. I don’t think I ever made it a grade A priority because I was never fully sold on the Wizard of Oz. Dorthy annoyed me and the premis…