This Week in Theatre: Clybourne Park, Hannah Moscovitch Double Bill, Loveloss, Spent, La Clemenza Di Tito
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.
Clybourne Park / Panasonic Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $20-$79
Yet another strong addition to the Off-Mirvish series is the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, the play has garnered accolades for its look at race relations over the span of fifty years. The half century which separates the two acts provides a neat framing of the subjects in Bruce Norris's play.
Hannah Moscovitch Double Bill / Tarragon Theatre Extra Space / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $27-$53
She's still a young Canadian playwright, but already theatres are lining up to present and commission the work of Hannah Moscovitch. Tarragon Theatre, which has always seemed like Moscovitch's true home, presents of a collection of her work, all of which feature a unique bond between two characters: Other People's Children, about the bond between a child and her Nanny; Little One, about a strange sibling relationship; and In This World, about two girls navigating through high school.
Loveloss / Dancemakers Centre / 8:00pm / 4:00pm / $20-$25
Michael Trent considers the impact of two emotional and intertwined states in his newest work, Loveloss. Drawing from personal recollections, the choreographer considers what happens to the body in moments of heightened grief and overwhelming love. The stage design features copious amounts of sand that at times impede and at times envelop the dancers. The performance features Robert Abubo, Amanda Acorn, Ellen Furey, Simon Portigal, and Simon Renaud.
Spent / Young Centre / 8:00pm / $15-$30
If you haven't yet seen Spent, the 2010 Dora Award-winning play from Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza, you now have an excellent chance to see the show as part of Winter at the Young. Jain and Paolozza put their clowning skills to work playing over 20 characters in a poetic commentary on the ways in which greed caused our recent financial woes. Theatre Smith-Gilmour, TheatreRUN and Why Not Theatre have collaborated to bring this play to Toronto audiences again.
La Clemenza Di Tito / COC - Four Seasons Centre / 7:30pm / 2:00pm / $45-$100+
Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito profiles Emperor Tito of Rome (year 79) who, when faced with betrayal from those close to him, chooses to forgive and forget. Director Christopher Alden has modernized the production and set it in a civic space with a towering marble wall, where political messages are painted for all to see. The opera features Michael Schade in the title role, Isabel Leonard in the trouser role of Sesto, and Keri Alkema.
Lead photo of Loveloss