This Week in Theatre: The Norman Conquests, Tainted, Fixed, Crash, The Underpants
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.
The Norman Conquests / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 8:00pm/1:00pm / $32-$68
A trilogy of three plays from Alan Ayckbourn, The Normal Conquests, is a veritable doll's house view of a household drama as the action travels from the dining room, to the living room, and finally settles in the garden. The triptych features six characters and unfolds over the course of one weekend, with each play set in a separate space in the house. The performances can be enjoyed separately but if you'd like to feel like an invited house guest, best go for all three.
Tainted / Aki Studio Theatre - Daniels Spectrum / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $27-$42
Kat Lanteigne's Tainted documents the human side of Canada's tainted blood crisis. In the 1980s, the government failed to contain blood-carrying infectious disease, HIV and Hepatitis C, from entering the national blood supply resulting in 30,000 new infections. It features a strong cast — Richard Greenblatt, Alex Furber, Gord Rand, Owen Mason, Maria Vacratsis and Claire Calnan.
Fixed / Videofag / 8:00pm / $10
Zack Russell's Fixed uses Grindr, and its able to enable a search for pleasure, as a jumping off point to consider where gay personals could go in the future. A young inventor has designed a new app to fuel hook-ups, one which broadcasts men directly into the home. A glitch derails the project when the device remains stuck on boy number one at various stages over the span of a century (1950s London to 2050s Los Angeles).
Crash / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $20-$27.50
Pamela Sinha's Crash was a major winner at last year's Dora Awards taking home four accolades, including Outstanding New Play and Performance by a Female in a Principal Role. Theatre Passe Muraille offers audiences a second chance to experience this gripping production. At a funeral for her father, a woman negotiates the violent and overwhelming flashbacks of an event she cannot forget but does not want to remember.
The Underpants / Alumnae Theatre / 8:00pm / $10-$20
Funnyman Steve Martin adapted the German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim in 2002. The Underpants is just the kind of comedy you'd expect the comedian to gravitate towards — a farcical take on the restrictive and classicist aspects of bourgeois society. When a woman loses her underpants in public, she becomes an unexpected celebrity much to the chagrin of her hard-working husband.