This Week in Theatre: Tagged and It's Complicated, Ordinary Days, Ignorance, Terminus, A Brimful of Asha
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.
Tagged and It's Complicated / Palmerston Theatre / 8:00pm / $12-$15
The quarter-life crisis is put under the microscope in Tagged and It's Complicated, a musical that considers our online personas and their connection to our true selves. A mixed-media performance from Matty Burns and Ben Wright, the show is composed of songs that examine how social media has changed dating in the 21st century. The eleven tracks cover various genres from lyrical ballads to bluegrass, Motown and funk.
Ordinary Days / Toronto Centre for the Arts / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $31-$41
Angelwalk Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Ordinary Days, a feel good musical about four young 20-somethings searching for meaning on their respective journeys. It's set in (where else) New York and considers the challenges of life in an anonymous city. Take Deb, for example — she's a stressed graduate student who just lost her thesis on Virginia Woolf. Adam Gwon is the talented lyricist and composer behind the work.
Ignorance / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $22-$49
From the inventive troupe behind Famous Puppet Death Scenes, comes Ignorance, a puppet documentary about the prehistoric origins of humanity. But don't be fooled, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop isn't presenting a show about the circle of life. Their exploration considers how we've evolved into unhappy beings and they've solicited contributions from readers online to help complete the script.
Terminus / Royal Alexandra Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $29-$69
One of the highlights of this year's Summerworks Festival, Terminus, from director Mitchell Cushman, gets a spot in the Off-Mirvish series, a collection of shows hand-selected to appear on the Mirvish calendar. During the summer festival, the dark and surrealist script was brought to life in Irish brogue by three committed actors (Maev Beaty, Ava Jane Markus, Adam Wilson). With the same team back for the remount, expect the play to be even more haunting against the backdrop of the Royal Alex.
A Brimful of Asha / Tarragon Theatre Extra Space / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $21-$43
Ravi Jain delighted audiences onstage alongside his mother Asha in A Brimful of Asha earlier this year. This play is a full-out family affair, featuring Jain and his mother walking us through their true story about generational culture clash. When Ravi takes a vacation to India, his parents decide to showcase potential brides. It's exciting to see this one revived — it provides a great chance to take in the work of this year's Pauline McGibbon award-winner.
Photo from Tagged and It's Complicated