This Week in Theatre: The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Farther West, Donors, Evil Dead The Musical
The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble / Factory Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $23-$45
In a co-production with Obsidian Theatre, Factory Theatre presents Beth Graham's The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble. While executing her mother's infamous casserole dish, a woman is confronted with the overwhelming demands of family life set amidst the unchanging laws of the universe. Graham is an Edmonton-based playwright who wrote The Drowning Girls, about three wives of George Joseph Smith, which toured the country in 2010.
This Week in Theatre: Rocky Horror Show, Puppet Up, Moss Park, dirty butterfly, Abduction From The Seraglio
Abduction From The Seraglio / Elgin Theatre / 7:30pm / $38-$100+
Opera lovers have been singing the virtues of Toronto-based Opera Atelier, and their international profile, for decades. If the COC is the only opera in which you partake, take a chance on exploring these exciting works from the Baroque era. Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio is a master and servant tale that follows the pair on a journey to save their love interests.
Birth of Frankenstein / St. Luke's United Church / 8:00pm / $20-$30
Litmus Theatre has a great track-record of staging small-scale, sight-specific shows in unexpected spaces. But the ideas are anything but small — their Matchbox Macbeth staged in a shed was a huge hit. In Birth of Frankenstein, 40 audience members help the performers raise the ghost of Mary Shelley and share in the personal journey which led to the writing of one of the most important monster stories in all of literature.
This Week in Theatre: Peter Grimes, Dinner at Seven-Thirty, De Colores Festival Of New Works, Night of the Living Dead, The Killing Game
Peter Grimes / Four Seasons - COC / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $54-$100+
While the new production of La Bohème may be the better known of the two operas at the COC this fall, Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a contemporary masterpiece that should resonate with audiences. The production features Ben Heppner in the title role under director from Denni Sayers. It's a fitting opera for a Canadian company, with its psychologically-driven portrait of an alienated fisherman living in a village by the sea.
This Week in Theatre: Les Miserables, Venus in Fur, La Boheme, Tempo, ...And Stockings For The Ladies
Les Misérables / Mirvish - Princess of Wales Theatre / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $35-$100+
The big musical this fall is Cameron Mackintosh's re-envisioning of the smash-hit Les Misérables, which served as the inspiration for Tom Hooper's 2012 film adaptation. The production was reworked in 2010 on the occasion of its 25th anniversary to include scenery influenced by Hugo's paintings. A predominantly Canadian cast portrays the peasants of France who rise up during the revolution and display the strength of the human spirit.