This Week in Theatre: Of a Monstrous Child, Dialogues Des Carmelites, Charge Of The Expormidable Moose
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.
Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical / Buddies in Bad Times / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $37
Buddies in Bad Times presents a musical for all you Little Monsters out there. That's right, the pop culture provocateur Lady Gaga is profiled in Of a Monstrous Child, which promises to feature "a collection of the art world's greatest icons." Kimberly Persona stars as the lady in question alongside Bruce Dow, Gavin Crawford, Tyson James, Chy Ryan Spain, and Kyle Travis Young.
Dialogues Des Carmelites / COC - Four Seasons Centre / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $45-$100+
The procession of condemned nuns marching towards death in Act 3 of Francis Poulenc's Dialogues Des Carmelites is one of the more striking scenes I've seen in an opera. Celebrated director Robert Carsen returns to the COC, after successes with Orfeo ed Euridice and Iphigenia in Tauris, to direct a cast of 150 performers through this haunting tale set during the tumult of the French Revolution.
BEA / Factory Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20-$25
Mick Gordon's BEA is a portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself and break free of the debilitating disease that threatens to hold her back. The play considers the impact of her condition on those closest to her, as well as the outcome of the young girl's actions. It's presented by the Actors Repertory Company and features Deborah Drakeford, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett & Bahareh Yaraghi.
Charge Of The Expormidable Moose / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $20-$28
One Little Goat introduces Toronto audiences to the English Language premiere of Claude Gauvreau's Charge Of The Expormidable Moose at the Tarragon Extra Space. The play follows a poet who is both ridiculed and envied by his peers. An often championed playwright in Quebec, Gauvreau's texts have never been presented outside the province until now, thanks to translation by Ray Ellenwood and direction from Adam Seelig.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change / TO Centre for the Arts / 8:00pm/2:00pm /$25-$45
Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change became an Off-Broadway hit in 1996, going on to become the second-longest running musical in the "Off" category. It features a scenes with couples in various stages of their relationships (first date, marriage, kids) and is anchored around love and how it operates. Angelwalk's production features Christopher Alan Gray, Dean Hollin, Leslie Kay, and Alison O'Neill.
Photo from the Charge of the Expormidable Moose