This Week in Theatre: April 22, 2008
Hey! Guess what! The TTC didn't strike! You know what that means? It means you can still get to the theatre! As always, if there is not a description with the show it has be described in a previous entry.
Listings after the jump.
Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay W.)
This show is a part of this year's World Stage festival at Harbourfront.
Welcome to Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth, a jewel of the Arab world and the crossroads of the Middle East. In a brief encounter in a hotel, a Scottish businessman finds himself grappling with language and love, meanings and misunderstandings. Laughter, romance and tragedy meet in a new play by David Greig.
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People - Mainstage (165 Front Street E)
Cranked, April 22 - May 3
Stan, a.k.a. "definition", is a rising freestyle MC who loses it all because of his meth habit. He confronts his demons as he preps for an upcoming competition without the 'fix' that has dominated his life. Using spoken word and hip hop, Cranked examines the rising epidemic of crystal meth use by teens in an uncompromising way. Freestyle hip hop by Vancouver-based musicians Kyprios & Stylust, punctuate this hard-hitting, contemporary account.
The Second City (51 Mercer St)
Tazed and Confused, February 8 - June 29
A comedy shock to the system - a social defibrillator for a city that has locked itself away in 400 square foot condos, insulating itself from the realities of foreign war, escalating crime and economic uncertainty. But the urban cocoon can also be a prison - 5 million people living together, alone. Depressed? Don't worry; The Second City is here to help you laugh your way through it with scenes, songs and a big jolt of funny.
Shakespeare In Action in association with Workman Arts
Mask and Madness in Macbeth , April 24 - May 10 (Joseph Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St. W)
Inspired by a series of Shakespeare workshops he had done with Workman Arts members, those who have received mental health services, Kelly has used his experiences to make connections between the worlds of theatre and mental illness. The world that Shakespeare so masterfully creates in Macbeth is not unlike the realities of many mental health consumers, whose worlds are very often in crisis. The show explores the themes of Macbeth using the larger-than-life theatrical technique of mask in conjunction with an edited text, movement and music.
Théâtre français de Toronto
Et si on chantait / Shall we sing, April 23 - May 10 (Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs - 26 Berkeley Street)
This production is composed of songs and stories celebrating happiness. All of our musicals tend to be accessible to a general audience. Our city is alive and full of stories to be told and sung. And, with the help of surtitles, the non-francophone audience will understand the French je ne sais quoi in the songs.
If you know of something else going on this week that you think people should know about please include it in the comments.
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