This Week in Theatre: Our Class, i think i can, The Last 15 Seconds, Our Town, Lost Voices
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.
Our Class / Canadian Stage - Berkeley / 8pm/2:00pm / $22 - $45
Poland. 1925. Our Class follows a group of school children that grow up surrounded by the violence of the Second World War. The play explores how ordinary citizens, at one time ambitious and naive youth, have the capacity to commit atrocious acts. Certainly not a light night at the theatre, but with "beside the stage" seating, it all sounds like an intriguing choice.
i think i can / Lorraine Kimsa Theatre For Young People / 10:15am/1:00pm/2:00pm/ $10-$20
If you have a soft spot for family flicks like Pixar's Up or Wall-E, what's stopping you from seeing some young people's theatre? After a sold-out run in 2007, i think i can features "urban tap" set before the backdrop of turbulent playground politics. I anticipate a tap number with bagged lunches. Grab your little niece, nephew, son, daughter, or roommate and check it out.
The Last 15 Seconds / Theatre Passe Muraille - Mainstage / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $15 - $35
The Last 15 Seconds is a multi-disciplinary conversation between a suicide bomber, the man he killed, and the family left fatherless. Inspired by the 2005 attack of three hotels in the Jordanian capital of Amman, MT Space puts each of the characters in dialogue, a feat not possible outside the confines of the stage. After international stops in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, the play arrives in Toronto to continue the conversation. Opens April 6th. PWYC Saturday.
Our Town / Young Centre for the Performing Arts / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $30-$50
When they moved to a year-round, 15+ show schedule, Soulpepper had to lean on past hits to cover the calendar. Our Town is one of those remounts placed back on the boards. Still, having garnered the 2006 Dora Award for Outstanding production, this metatheatrical treat deserves a second (or first) look. Thornton Wilder's classic is an apt choice to welcome spring theatre and after-show pints. Runs Thursday and Saturday.
Lost Voices / Theatre Centre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $15-$20
This offering from Topological Theatre explores a practice you may not know about--parentless children from the Third World turning up in Western airports. Written and directed by Ed Roy (director of Waawaate Fobister's critically-acclaimed Agokwe), Lost Voices explores what happens to teenagers Nabeela from India and Wakeed from Afghanistan when they arrive at Pearson to start a new life in Canada. PWYC Sunday.
Writing by Keith Bennie
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