Toronto Theatre 2011

This Week in Theatre: Swimmer (68), Untitled, Tightrope, Billy Elliot, And Stockings for the Ladies

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.

Swimmer (68) / Glen Morris Theatre / 8pm/2pm / $10-$20
In a 1968 film called The Swimmer, actor Burt Lancaster plays an aging suburban playboy who decides to swim home through the pools found in his wealthy neighbourhood. Ker Wells' Swimmer (68) is a multimedia show inspired by the film that combines historical and fictional events, images, and sounds with the performer's own memories of childhood. This performance boasts a strong production team and a clever diving off point.

Untitled / La La La Human Steps - Bluma Appel Theatre/ 8pm/1:30pm / $22-$109
La La La Human Steps is yet another contemporary QuĂŠbĂŠcois company to hit it big on the international stage. After touring Untitled, by choreographer Edouard Lock, to incredible success in Europe, it arrives in Toronto for a limited engagement with Canadian Stage. The dance reconsiders the classic myths of Orfeo Ed Euridice and Dido And Aeneas. This world-class dance company will thrill you with its energy and acrobatics. Closing Wednesday.

Tightrope / Buddies in Bad Times Theatre / 8pm/2:30pm / $33
International cabaret stars (Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard) present a multimedia tribute to the forgotten in Tightrope. The lament brings two sets of generations into the fold--South American citizens all but erased by governments suppressing dissent, and the forefathers of the liberalist gay movement lost to AIDS. The show features a virtual choir of singers, drag queens, and musicians.

Billy Elliot / Canon Theatre / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $25+
You can count on Mirvish for the flashiest, splashiest musicals this side of New York. And Billy Elliot is the cream of the crop. With international accolades in abundance, and high praise from the city's theatre reviewers, this musical will not disappoint. If May's endless rain is all doom and gloom, maybe an evening with Billy is just what the doctor ordered. It's on stage until September, but if you're diligent, cheap tickets can be had.

...And Stockings for the Ladies / Tarragon Theatre - Extra Space / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20-$26
RCAF squadron leader Ted Aplin of Scarborough was bestowed the title "The Angel of Belsen" for his compassionate display of humanitarian aid at the infamous Nazi concentration camp. The Montreal-based The Gesamtkunstwerk Project (try saying that three times fast) presents ...And Stockings for the Ladies as a tribute to the Canadian war hero at the Tarragon Extra Space. Written by Attila Clemann, directed Zach Fraser and performed by Brendan McMurtry-Howlett.

Lead photo of Billy Elliot by John Marcus

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