The Nutcracker / National Ballet - Four Seasons / Dec. 14 - Jan. 4 / 7:00pm/2:00pm / $25-$100+
After over fifteen years, the National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker hasn't missed a step. The ballet is a wildly imaginative journey through the decadent and playful sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Like a richly detailed picture book come to life, the production is full of magic and humour, which all the while encourages audiences to contemplate the true themes of the holiday. Check out our full review from last year.
Alligator Pie / Soulpepper Theatre / Various Times / $23
An adaptation of the poems of Dennis Lee, Alligator Pie is an energetic and family-focused performance from collective creators Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Ken MacKenzie, Gregory Prest and Mike Ross. Of the 20 odd poems lively dramatized with music and props, some soar with creative energy, while others need a bit more time in the oven. But it's the cleverness of the presentation - an earnest approach to the material - that makes this an adaptation with a lot of potential. Check out our full review.
This Week in Theatre: Needles and Opium, God of Carnage, Gay Heritage Project, Sacrifice Zone, Hi-Fi
Needles and Opium / Bluma Appel Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $24-$79
A Robert Lepage production is once again on offer and that's reason enough to celebrate. What's more is that the Canadian Stage production is a contemporary retake on Needles and Opium, which originally premiered in 1991. Lepage revisits the journey of Parisian filmmaker Jean Cocteau who is en route to spend time with jazzman Miles Davis. In true visual brilliance, no doubt, Lepage traces the creative genius' struggle with displacement and drug addiction.
This Week in Theatre: Winners and Losers, Swan Lake, The Valley, A Room of One's Own, After Miss Julie
Winners and Losers / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $22 - 49
After winning the Siminovitch Prize earlier this Fall and pushing forward on the development of a new theatre in the east end, Chris Abraham has been firmly established as one of the country's leading visionaries. His newest play, Winners and Losers, presents a wildly innovative scenario — two actors, Marcus Youssef and James Long, sit at a table and debate the merits of people and places, slotting them into intentionally reductive labels.