This Week in Theatre: Queer Pride 2011, Paradise Now, 9 to 5 (the Musical), Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Svadba - Wedding
This week in theatre rounds up the most noteworthy live theatre playing right now in Toronto. It includes just-opened shows as well as productions that are about to close.
Queer Pride 2011 / Buddies in Bad Times Theatre / Various times and prices
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is the largest facility-based queer theatre company in the world. For over thirty years now, the Alexander St. Theatre has been offering bold and contemporary queer performance art. To celebrate Pride 2011, they have lined up a number of exciting shows: Gavin Crawford's Menage! (June 28), Viva Cabaret (June 29), Bitch Salad Gives Back (July 1), and Homo Night in Canada (July 2) in support of Buddies and CAMH.
Paradise Now / Rivoli and Cameron House / 2pm/8pm/Various Times / $10-$20 PWYC
To compliment their exhibit This is Paradise, the MOCCA presents Paradise Now, a connect the dots series of performance, art, and music that trace the root of Queen West cultural activity from the early 80s to its diverse array of present offerings: a reading of Linda Griffiths' play O.D. on Paradise (June 26, 2pm, Rivoli); Erella's Potlatch (June 26, 6pm, Cameron); Blue Monday and guests (June 27, 8pm, Cameron); and The Gravitons plus surprise guests (July 1, 8pm Rivoli).
9 to 5: The Musical / Toronto Centre for the Arts / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $70+
Hang on to your hats, it's a musical version of the 1980 hit film with 18 original songs by the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton. The musical premiered in 2008 and has been on tour ever since. It follows the story of three female co-workers who concoct a plan to get even with their sexist and egotistical boss. The show is billed as "thought-provoking" but really will be more fun that anything else--I guess the title Legally Blonde was already taken.
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom / Lower Ossington Theatre / 8pm / $25
Two vampire lesbians have been competing for centuries (from Sodom to Vegas) for the honour of top actress and bloodsucker. With a complimentary burlesque performance, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom--one of the longest running shows off-Broadway--takes over the Lower Ossington Theatre for the run of Pride. Audience members who dress as vampires get ticket discounts. This ain't your grandmother's vampire lesbian theatre.
Svadba - Wedding / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8pm / $49
It's wedding season and following the success of Yichud (Seclusion) comes Svadba - Wedding. The night before the special day, girlfriends prepare the bride-to-be in a ravishing and cathartic Balkan rite of passage. Featuring six female opera singers singing in Serbian with English surtitles. It's playing at the Berkeley Street Theatre until July 2.
Photo by Jerrycharlotte via Flickr.