East End Performance Crawl / Various Venues / May 21-June 1 / $15-$40
Billed as a theatrical love letter to Toronto's east end, Crow's Theatre is set to unleash an innovative performance crawl throughout Leslieville and Riverdale. Curated by Mitchell Cushman, the festival features over 20 productions—solo, site-specific, and community building performances—staged at 14 neighborhood locations. Highlights include Mike Daisey's Dreaming of Rob Ford; Tease, a one-on-one encounter at infamous strip club Jilly's; Who's Your Daddy, directed by Aaron Willis; and the SOULO Theatre Festival of one-person shows.
Belleville / Berkeley Street Theatre / April 10 - May 4 / $22-$49
After a galvanizing evening courtesy of The Company Theatre some years back, I made a promise to myself to check out each and every play they take on. Their bold and in-your-face presentations are some of the city's most memorable contemporary productions: A Whistle in the Dark, Festen, Through the Leaves, The Test, Speaking in Tongues. Their newest, Amy Herzog's Belleville, features Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) in a parable about the entitlement of a generation struggling under the weight of its own potential. Let's hope Canadian Stage renews their partnership with Company or that another theatre offers them residency soon.
Lungs / Tarragon Theatre / February 25 - March 30 / $27-$53
In his latest project, Lungs, British Playwright Duncan Macmillan explores an intriguing contemporary question -- is it ethical to bring children into a world that seems headed for environmental disaster? And second to that, will a child whose parents have willfully contributed to the destruction inevitably grow to judge our wasteful ways? A stripped down stage with one man and one woman, and plenty of moments to breathe, is the setting for a probing and illuminating conversation.