This Week in Theatre: And Slowly Beauty, Rock, Eirlys & Eckhart, Ching Chong Chinaman, Dancing with Rage
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.
And Slowly Beauty... / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $27-$53
Billed as "a love letter to art," Michel Nadeau's And Slowly Beauty... considers our very personal relationship to cultural expression. Mr. Mann rarely attends the theatre, but when he wins tickets to a production of Chekhov's The Three Sisters (a very tempting offer indeed for it's such an incredible play), the invitation awakens in him a yearning to connect through art.
Rock / Storefront Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $10-$20
Theatre Brouhaha keeps churning out black comedies from up and coming young playwright Kat Sandler. Their newest, Rock, considers how long you'd stand by if the person you loved started killing people with the instrument alluded to in the title. After Ben starts hearing voices telling him to commit these devious acts, that's exactly the moral dilemma in which his girlfriend and best friend find themselves.
Eirlys & Eckhart / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm / 2:00pm / $20
Written by Arlin Dixon and directed by Matt White, Eirlys & Eckhart examines two friends who, in a house where the past is packed up in boxes, try to keep a lid on the demons of years gone by. Cart/Horse Theatre has presented a number of strong indie productions in the last few years: This Lime Bower Tree, Vincent River, Winners, and Rum and Vodka. Matt Gorman and Dixon feature in the title roles.
Ching Chong Chinaman / Aki Studio Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $15-$28
In anticipation of their latest show, Ching Chong Chinaman, fu-GEN put together a cute video of Torontonians announcing the offensive title. As the video attests, while it's a hard collection of words to say out loud, the play will no doubt inspire thought-provoking discussions. It profiles a Chinese-American family who, on paper, is as conventional as they come, until they acquire a Chinese indentured servant to help them complete chores and math problems.
Dancing with Rage / Panasonic Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $25-$79
Returning to the stage as part of the Off-Mirvish series is Mary Walsh's one woman show, Dancing With Rage. When she's not ambushing Rob Ford outside his home and running from the police, Mary Walsh can be seen presenting characters Marg Delahuntey, Dakey Dunn, Miss Eulalia Turpin, Mom Reardon, and Connie Bloor. Walsh's collection of quirky characters holds the stage until March 24.
Photo of And Slowly Beauty...by Cylla von Tiedemann