This Week in Theatre: Bone Cage, PIG, Strolling Player, In a Forest Dark and Deep, Angels in America
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.
Bone Cage / Hart House Theatre /8:00pm/2:00pm / $10-$27
Set in rural Nova Scotia, Catherine Banks' play considers the plight of a young clearcutter who struggles to reconcile his day labour with his concern for the wildlife that inhabit the land. A past winner of a Governor General's award, Bone Cage examines the emotional impact of our complicity with harmful environmental practices. It's directed by Matt White and features Layne Coleman, Nathan Bitton, Samantha Coyle, Lindsey Middleton, Kyle Purcell, Tim Walker, and Jennie Egerdie.
PIG / Buddies in Bad Times / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $20-$37
Three gay couples explore the lengths to which their intimacy can be expanded through various sexual acts related to domination, compulsion, and violence in Tim Luscombe's PIG. Brendan Healy directs this discussion-inspiring drama that considers taboo, sex and relationships, and pig culture. The play is a bold and provocative launch to the 2013-2014 season at Buddies.
Strolling Player /Red Sandcastle Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $15-$20
After a strong showing at this year's Fringe Festival, Strolling Player comes back for round two with Toronto audiences. Recounting a life spent on and off the stage, Richard Sheridan Willis considers his development as a young actor, from a budding passion spent watching his father perform on the island of Guernsey to grueling tours across America.
In a Forest, Dark and Deep / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $22-$28
Neil LaBute's plays are often complex and dark, and present narratives in which the truth is not always what it seems. In a Forest, Dark and Deep zeros in on two siblings who are packing up the contents of a vacated cabin in a remote area of the woods (as the title implies). As the ninety minute thriller picks up steam, the unique relationship between the brother and sister becomes the focal point.
Angels in America / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $32-$68
There are only a few chances left to check out the hit production of the summer, Angels in America. Soulpepper's generous treatment does justice to the spirit of the text, a text that feels as relevant now as it was when first produced in 1991. Director Albert Schultz and his protean cast find the very best of the incredibly human and flawed characters that inhabit Kushner's Gay Fantasia. Check out our full review.