This Week in Theatre: The Arsonists, BOBLO, The Little Years, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Eigengrau
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.
The Arsonists / Bluma Appel Theatre / 8:00pm / 1:30pm / $24-$79
Swiss playwright Max Frisch's The Arsonists is the farce on the Canadian Stage calendar this year, in a new translation by Alistair Beaton and with direction from Morris Panych. In the play, two strangers appear in the home of the protagonist, who's keen to turn a blind eye towards their identities since he's certain they're the criminals torching houses in his town. The play features Michael Ball and Fiona Reid.
BOBLO / Theatre Centre / 7:30pm / 2:00pm / $20-$25
Kitchenband Productions has been cooking up a personal show called BOBLO during their two years of development in residency at The Theatre Centre. The show is an interdisciplinary theatre and music experience that takes as its subject a place called Boblo Island Amusement Park, located in the middle of the Detroit River. Through personal recollections, field recordings, songs, and signature souvenirs, the childhood environment is revived once again.
The Little Years / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $21-$53
John Mighton is as unique a voice as we have on Canadian stages. The Siminovitch-winning playwright deftly bridges art and science in his work (Half Life, A Short History of Night, Possible Worlds). Originally produced at Stratford last year under direction from Chris Abraham, the play is set in the 1950s and introduces us to Kate, who is entranced by space and time, and William, sight unseen, who finds success in the literary world. The show features Hannah Anderson, Ari Cohen, Victor Ertmanis, Giacomo Gianniotti, Bethany Jillard, Irene Poole, Chick Reid, and Pamela Sinha.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts / 7:30pm / 2:30pm / $25-$100+
The National Ballet's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a company highlight from 2011, is back for their current season after garnering rave reviews touring in Los Angeles. As we saw the first time around, this treatment of Lewis Carroll's classic, with choreography from Christopher Wheeldon, is big on spectacle and whimsy. It's here until November 25, at which point the company will turn its focus to a tour in Washington, D.C in January.
Eigengrau / Lower Ossington Theatre / 7:30pm / 10:00pm / $10-$20
Meaning "intrinsic light; the colour seen by the eye in perfect darkness," Eigengrau is used here as a metaphor for seeing clearly in unexpected and strange circumstances. It's what happens to the four characters in Penelope Skinner's dark comedy: Rose who believes in true love, Cassie who fights against patriarchal structures, Tim who has trouble getting out of bed, and Mark who's wrapped up in the world of marketing. All four will have their worlds shaken when circumstance brings them together.
Photo of The Arsonists by Bruce Zinger