This Week in Theatre: Stockholm, Soulpepper's Kim's Convenience gets another run, Rum and Vodka, Islands, and 360 Screenings
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.
Stockholm / Tarragon Extra Space / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $15-$30
Seventh Stage Theatre and Nightwood Theatre bring us the North American Premiere of Bryony Lavery's Stockholm. The relationship between Todd and Kali, a seemingly perfect couple, is threatened when a holiday to the title city brings underlying distrust and desire to the surface. A provocative play that explores the fine line between love and lust, Stockholm features Melissa-Jane Shaw and Jonathon Young as the couple.
Kim's Convenience / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20-$68
The unequivocal hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, Kim's Convenience gets a well-deserved second run at Soulpepper. The connection with Soulpepper, which is not exactly known for producing new Canadian work, is Ins Choi and Weyni Mengesha, who are both Soulpepper Academy alumni. The comedy, about a family forgiving the past, is set in a Regent Park Korean convenience store.
Rum and Vodka / The Dominion on Queen / 7:30pm / $20-$25
For two nights this coming week, Cart/Horse Theatre remounts Conor McPherson's Rum and Vodka. The Irish playwright's meditation on the manipulative powers of alcohol debuted at the 2008 Fringe Festival, but has since benefited from a variety of remounts. The strength of the dialgoue, built on shared confessions with the audience, and the performance from Matthew Gorman, make this one worth seeing again.
Islands / Theatre Centre / 8:00pm/1:00pm / $30
The Hunger Games may be the hot futuristic storyline these days, what with its blending of Lord of the Flies and Gladiator--but on Toronto stages, Islands, now playing at the Theatre Centre, also presents a dystopic future. In 2512, the survivors of a nuclear war have rebuilt civilization on a small island in the Pacific. Like any group structured into a hierarchy, the 99% are getting restless.
360 Screenings / Secret Location / 7:00pm / $60
There's no doubt that this is a production shrouded in mystery, but the concept is fairly intriguing. 360 Screenings combines a film screening with live performance in a secret location. The idea behind the production concept is that live actors, informed by the playing space, will help draw out new ideas from the source material. For this one, the film really matters. Sadly, the selection is kept hidden until the event. Let's hope it's something as rich as Battleship Potemkin, Citizen Kane, or Casablanca.
Production shot from Stockholm by Karim Romero