This Week in Theatre: No Great Mischief, Proud, Dear Liar, Tap Dogs, Mr. Baxter
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.
No Great Mischief / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $27-$53
Playwright David S. Young's newest work, No Great Mischief, chronicles the Scottish ancestry of two brothers as they wrestle with demons of the past. The story jumps from two locations in Ontario, a room in Kensington Market and up north in Elliot Lake, to the eastern landscape of Cape Breton. The play is directed by Richard Rose and features John Dolan, David Fox, Daniel Giverin, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Ben Irvine, Nicola Lipman, J.D. Nicholsen, and R.H. Thomson.
Proud / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $25-$40
Michael Healey's Proud has a bit of controversy under its belt already, after Tarragon Theatre refused to produce the satire because the characterization of the PM at the centre of the drama is a bit too similar to Stephen Harper, causing Healey to promptly part ways with Tarragon after 11 years of collaboration. Healey's comic play, set directly after the 2011 election, is sure to spawn some important conversations about the responsibilities of elected officials, and how closely art should mimic politics. In a lot of ways, it already has.
Dear Liar / Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre / 7:30pm / 1:30pm / $22-$88
Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah touches down in Toronto for Dear Liar for a presentation with Why Not Theatre. The play examines the relationship between the infamous George Bernard Shaw and a famous actress of the time, Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Don't know off-hand just who Shah is? He's a giant of Indian cinema, having performed in over 130 films (Monsoon Wedding, Amal). He'll also star in Ismat Apa Ke NaamII, a grouping of three short stories by Ismat Chughtai that have been adapted for the stage.
Tap Dogs / Mirvish - Royal Alexandra / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $25-$89
What's the best thing Tap Dogs has going for it? I'm still trying to decide between its ultra-fast, ultra-cool style of tap or the fact that Mirvish advertises that patrons in the first two rows will be provided with ponchos because some scenes feature overhead water. This rough, tough tap sensation, created by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, is here for a short run until September 30.
Mr. Baxter / Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace / 7:30pm / 2:30pm / $25
Originally presented at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Mr. Baxter is revived again as a Bring the Buzz Project at Theatre Passe Muraille. It takes the platforms of Toronto transit as its setting, upon which three couples converge: a young boy and an older man, a teenage couple facing challenges, and a married couple with a troubled relationship. The production is accompanied by an art installation by Mariuxi Zambrano.
Photo of No Great Mischief by Cylla von Tiedemann