This Week in Theatre: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way, The Lawyer Show, Our Town, Reefer Madness
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.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $24-$100+
The National Ballet of Canada, in partnership with The Royal Ballet, presents their take on Lewis Carroll's classic story until June 25th. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon seeks to return Alice to the "brilliantly anarchic and unfettered evocation of the imaginative world of childhood, a world that, having lived it once, we all carry within us." It promises to be a wonderfully imaginative and modern interpretation complete with incredible technique and spectacle. The casting of Rex Harrington as "The Duchess" (June 5, 9, and 11) should be a riot.
Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way / Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $10-$20
Monique Mojica presents Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way, a play about feminine strength from a distinctly indigenous perspective. Mojica workshopped the play for over four years as part of a collective at the University of Toronto that included composer Marden Paniza, visual artists Erika Iserhoff and Oswaldo DeLe贸n Kantule, and Anthropologist Brenda Farnell. The show uses visual story-telling and physicality to explore Panama's Kuna culture.
The Lawyer Show: As You Like It / Berkeley St. Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $60
Have you heard the one about 35 lawyers all cast in a Shakespeare play? How many of those lawyer-actors does it take to convict the bard of plagarism? No joke! Nightwood Theatre presents As You Like It with a cast of barristers, solicitors, and LLPs. The performance shouldn't be such a stretch for these would-be-thespians as the interpretation is set in a high tech world where corporate takeover is the name of the game. Just call her Ganymede, Esq.
Our Town / Young Centre for the Performing Arts / Wednesday 7:30pm / $28-$65
Soulpepper's Our Town only has a few more performances on the season calendar before it's gone for good. Having garnered the 2006 Dora Award for Outstanding production, this metatheatrical treat deserves a look. Thornton Wilder's classic is an apt choice to welcome spring theatre and after-show pints. One show this Wednesday and performances on Thursday and Saturday of next week.
Reefer Madness: The Musical / Lower Ossington Theatre / 8:00pm/11:30pm / $27-$37
Reefer Madness: The Musical references the campy cult classic of the same name (minus the music) from the 1970s. The 2005 made-for-TV movie featured Alan Cumming and Ana Gasteyer. Guided along the way by a colourful cast of characters including George Washington, Lady Liberty and even Jesus himself, the production at the Lower Ossington Theatre by JR Theatre Company could be an incredible trip, but might also be half-baked. It's too bad Woody Harrelson isn't in town for this one.
Lead photo of Sonia Rodriguez in rehearsal for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Bruce Zinger
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