This Week in Theatre: Wait Until Dark, Help Yourself, The Amorous Adventures Of Anatol, Cafe Daughter, Body 13
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.
Wait Until Dark / The Storefront Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20
StoreFront Theatre, located at 955 Bloor Street, has chosen Wait Until Dark as the production to launch their new theatre company. Frederick Knott's play is a suspenseful thriller involving three con men who pray on a blind housewife in Greenwich Village. The theatre company has recruited a collection of strong actors for the roles: Dayle McLeod, Tyrone Savage, David Tompa, Brenhan McKibbon, Claire Armstrong, and Jonathan Widdifield.
Help Yourself / Red Sandcastle Theatre / 8:00pm/3:00pm / $10-$20
The Toronto Fringe Festival's 2012 New Play Winner, and one of the standouts from last year's festival, Help Yourself introduces us to a man with an unusual profession: justifying our most immoral acts. Kat Sandler's play is a high-octane thriller with a dark comedic style that explores our hyper-modern preoccupations. Tim Walker gives an enthralling performance as the new client and the play features a slow and steady burn towards a memorable climax.
The Amorous Adventures Of Anatol / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $27-$53
Alongside Hannah Moscovitch's This Is War, Tarragon Theatre brings Arthur Schnitzler's The Amorous Adventures Of Anatol to Toronto stages this winter. Morris Panych has penned a new adaptation about the Viennese Casanova Anatol who strikes up relationships with a host of women. The play was certainly a bit cheeky when first staged in 1895. It's not the only Schnitzler play this year — Soulpepper will mount La Ronde later this season.
Cafe Daughter / Aki Studio Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $10-$20
Yvette Nolan directs this one woman show about Canadian Senator Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck, a Chinese Canadian Cree woman who grew up in rural Saskatchewan. The story follows young Yvette Wong who overcame her time at residential schools and pursued a career in the sciences, eventually realizing her dream of becoming a doctor. PJ Prudat performs twelve different characters in this inspiring Canadian success story.
Body 13 / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $25-$35
MT Space (Multicultural Theatre Space), who previously produced The Last 15 Seconds at Theatre Passe Muraille, presents Body 13, a story about characters pursuing love across cultural borders. Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar, the play considers three love stories that unfold on a Canadian beach set before the backdrop of a wedding and a funeral. The play was collectively created by actors from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Photo from Wait Until Dark