Theatre Pics: October 7-14

The theatre season is underway with many original Canadian productions opening. The big three; Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and the TarragonTheatre (all dedicated to new and innovative Canadian works) are opening their season's doors this week and next. Here are some great plays to see if you want to be in touch with the theatre scene in the city.

Chekhov's Heartache - This hit show by Theatre Smith-Gilmour makes its final remount in Toronto before it travels to Russia to perform Chekhov's Shorts at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow. The deep, and often humourous, look into Anton Chekhov's short stories has dazzled and impressed audiences on numerous occassions, so expect this one to be no different. (Review to come on Wed 11) Playing October 4-22 at the Factory Theatre

Generous - This new offering from Michael Healey is described as 'A comic exposĂŠ of selflessness in people who are highly unfamiliar with the concept'. The political satire boasts the strong talents of Fiona Reid, Yanna McIntosh, Jordan Pettle, Ari Cohen and newcomer Michelle Montieth. Performances are guaranteed in this one and worth the price of admission alone. To October 29. TarragonTheatre

Here Lies Henry by Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks. The story of a liar that finally tells everyone the truth. Last chance to see the show that provides us with Theatre icon Daniel MacIvor's wit and charm, both very present in this one man powerhouse. Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm (and Oct 8 and 15 at 7 pm). Buddies in bad Times Theatre.

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