This Week in Theatre: 4.48 Psychosis, Turtleneck, To Myself At 28 , [Title of Show], Claire, From The Bus
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.
4.48 Psychosis / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm / $25-$38
Toronto has an appetite for the plays of Sarah Kane, as witnessed by the widely embraced Blasted, presented by Buddies in Bad Times in 2010. This time around, Necessary Angel, under direction from Vikki Anderson, delves into the subconscious text of the contemporary playwright. 4.48 Psychosis, the last play before Kane's suicide at the age of 28, features no formal characters or stage directions in its ruminations on clinical depression, suicide, and isolation.
Turtleneck / Hub 14 / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $15
Here's a show that's sure to heat up your cold winter feet. Brandon Crone's Turtleneck pries open the toy trunk to consider a whole collection of sexually-charged topics: pornography, sex addiction, and the upending of gender roles. The play introduces us to a recovering sex addict, Vicki, who threatens to spiral out of control after being introduced to a rehabilitation worker's older brother, who just happens to be sex-obsessed himself.
To Myself At 28 / Videofag / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / PYWC
As a celebration of his 60th year, Sky Gilbert takes to the stage to consider some thirty odd years in his role as Toronto's queer theatre icon. But it's not as neat as all that. Gilbert examines his status as the last token gay playwright and peels back the facade to reveal embarrassing confessions. Expect the playwright not to hold back, as witnessed in his damning blog posts on the status on Toronto theatre. Spencer Charles Smith appears alongside Gilbert as a younger version of the playwright.
[Title of Show] / Lower Ossington Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $49
It's hard to tell if the description for [Title of Show] is truly what the show is about, or a summary of how the show you're in the theatre watching came to be: "[title of show] is a musical about two nobodies named Hunter and Jeff who decide to write a completely original musical starring themselves and their attractive and talented ladyfriends, Susan and Heidi. Their musical...gets into the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and becomes a hit." I'm thinking this is a musical about making a musical that reaches Broadway (which is probably where they hope THIS musical goes). Oh the metatheatrical possibilities.
Claire, From The Bus / The Storefront Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $20
Kjartan Hewitt's Claire, From The Bus grabs hold of our societal fears about the pitfalls of social media privacy and takes things to a new level. Any inappropriate sexts, steamy skype sessions, or accidental Facebook slips that could have befallen Ralph will pale in comparison to the sexual blackmail orchestrated by that girl he met on the bus this morning. Oh, and it just happens to be Ralph's 31st birthday. The show stars Ennis Esmer, Mayko Nguyen, David Reale and Bryn McAuley.
Photo of [title of show] by Carol Rosegg