The top live theatre shows in Toronto October 2014
Each month we profile a collection of shows opening soon in Toronto.
The Art of Building a Bunker / Factory Theatre / October 16 - November 2 / $35-$40
A revival of the 2013 SummerWorks hit, The Art of Building a Bunker profiles a week in the life an average Joe with the not so average name of Elvis. Creators Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia explore the dramatic potential of compulsory and often tedious workplace training sessions, specifically those that deal with the intricacies of "sensitivity." Gifted clown Lazarus portrays the whole cast of HR-friendly characters
The Best of Edinburgh Festival / Panasonic Theatre / October 2-19 / $25-$79
While Toronto has one of the most vibrant Fringe Festival scenes in all of North America, Edinburgh really holds the Fringe Festival crown, as the largest in size with acts from around the globe. Mirvish has mined the best of the sold-out fare and brought them across the pond to play in repertory. In The Boy with Tape on His Face, Sam Wills explores communicative possibilities with a piece of duct tape across his mouth. Julie Madly Deeply is a straight-up love letter to the incomparable Julie Andrews.
Concord Floral / Theatre Centre / October 16-26 / $15-20
How's this for an exciting contemporary adaptation of a classical text? Jordan Tannahill has re-envisioned Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, a collection of 100 tales told by a group of young people during the Black Death, in a contemporary Toronto suburb. An idyllic haven called Concord Floral, a sprawling abandoned greenhouse, is transformed when a mysterious plague is unearthed by a group of neighbourhood teens.
Helen Lawrence / Bluma Appel Theatre / October 12-15 / $30-$99
Featuring live-action filming and computer-generated simulations, Helen Lawrence continues Canadian Stage's explorations of the intersection of theatre, film, and art previously explored through work done with the Electric Theatre Company. Here, visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock deliver a vision of post-WWII Vancouver and its attempts to re-situate.
The Mountaintop / Daniels Spectrum / October 1-19 / $15-$35
Obsidian Theatre joins forces with the Shaw Festival to present Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, about civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Rather than try to encapsulate King's life, the play imagines his final night, taking place in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel on the evening of his assassination in 1968. The play is directed by Philip Akin and features Kevin Hanchard and Alana Hibbert.
The Skriker / Storefront Theatre / October 23 - November 9 / $15-25
Caryl Churchill is one of the theatre's most potent playwrights. Often challenging due to complex metaphors and surrealist techniques, her works interrogate structures of power and gesture towards better visions of humanity. In The Skriker, an ancient fairy takes on a number of different shapes in pursuit of two teenage moms, Lily and Josie.
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