This Week in Theatre: Feral Child, We've Totally (Probably) Got This, Amaluna, Carnegie Hall Show, A Midsummer Night's Dream
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.
It's the calm before the storm (so to speak) with summer festivals officially wrapped and fall productions just around the bend. It's a little light this week in theatre, but prepare for a full Fall preview next week.
Feral Child / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $17-$22
Exciting young playwright Jordan Tannahill premieres his latest play, Feral Child, this week at the Berkeley Street Theatre. Tannahill is currently a member of the Playwrights Unit at Tarragon Theatre and was previously shortlisted for the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Competition. His latest play explores an encounter between a housekeeper and a teenage boy in an Oshawa bedroom, which triggers a buried trauma.
We've Totally (Probably) Got This / Second City / 7:30pm/8:00pm / $15-$29
The Second City gang is back with a new show. In We've Totally (Probably) Got This, the cast presents a collection of songs, sketches, and improvised segments that explore the fears and anxieties of our busy modern lives. Whether it's the major life challenges that seemingly consume all of our energy, or the random slices that we jam into the mix, Toronto's funny factory is bound to have it covered. The show's created and performed by Ashley Comeau, Jason DeRosse, Nigel Downer, Alastair Forbes, Carly Heffernan, and Stacey McGunnigle.
Amaluna / Port Lands - Grand Chapiteau / 8:00pm/4:00pm / $60-$100+
There's nothing quite like the magic inside the Grand Chapiteau that sprouts up in the Port Lands at the end of summer. This year in Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil takes us to a mysterious island guided by the cycles of the moon. In what seems to be modeled after Shakespeare's The Tempest, a storm by the island queen Prospera brings a group of young men to shore, which inevitably inspires a sordid love story.
The Carnegie Hall Show / Second City / 10:30pm / $12
Like every first Friday of the month, the Carnegie Hall Show returns. This time, it's their last show at Second City. The improvised retrospective features some of the city's most decorated improvisers: Matt Baram (winner of 2012 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Improviser) and Naomi Sniekus (CBC's Mr. D.), Ron Pederson (Mad TV) and Chris Gibbs (The British one!) This month's special guest is--are you ready for it--hip-hop legend Maestro Fresh-Wes.
A Midsummer Night's Dream / High Park / 8:00pm / PWYC
Tonight really does seem to signal the end of summer — it's the last show at Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park. This year, they've recruited Richard Rose to direct the playwright's most famous comedy,A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's been warmly received by audiences and critics alike, so if you're looking to add some cultural activity to your long weekend, head to High Park for the closing performance.
Photo from Amaluna by Laurence Labat