Billy Bishop Goes to War Toronto

This Week in Theatre: Something Red, Love Jig, Codex Nocturno, Billy Bishop Goes to War, and Green Door Cabaret

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.

Something Red / Meta Gallery / 8pm / $20/PWYC
Something Red is the story of Bobby and Christine and Alex and Elizabeth, two couples who uncover a shocking secret one evening as they dive deep into the past. Director Greg Kramer brings his stylized vision of Tom Walmsley's classic play to the intimate Meta Gallery until July 2nd. After certain performances the Red Root Collective promise to entertain with a variety of performers, musicians, and DJs.

Love Jig / Alumnae Theatre / 7:30pm / $30
A comedy about the competitive world of Irish dancing. That's right, Irish dancing. The play focuses on two dancers--one from Burnaby, B.C. and one from Belfast--and how a passion for dance spells romance for the fleet-footed pair. Eastern Canadian Region dancers from a variety of schools and 2011 World Irish Dancing Senior Ladies Champion Emily Penner grace the stage in this (self-described) Billy Elliot meets Riverdance mashup. The dance talent should be top-rate. Let's hope the script is as nimble.

Codex Nocturno / Imagefoundry / 8pm / $20-25At the Imagefoundry until July 3rd is Codex Nocturno, a "dark creation" from the Kadozuke Kollektif. Seemingly not for the faint of heart, the play follows a young couple struggling to come to terms with a failed pregnancy. The event causes dream to blur with reality, which will undoubtedly make for some visually interesting theatre. The promotional material for the piece is downright creepy and their status as an "experimental theatre group in Toronto" is indicative of some onstage risks.

Billy Bishop Goes to War / Soulpepper / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $22-$65
Returning for a third season to the Soulpepper calendar is Billy Bishop Goes to War. Creators John Gray and Eric Peterson, who originated the roles some thirty years ago, grace the stage to tell the story of the Canadian World War One flying ace. Soulpepper is certainly milking this one for all it's worth, but with fine direction by Ted Dykstra and an enduring figure at centre, it's great to see a Canadian classic continue to soar.

Green Door Cabaret / Lower Ossington Theatre / 8:00pm/10:30pm/ $20
The latest Toronto cabaret show, The Green Door, welcomes audience members to the Lower Ossington Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays throughout June. The performances showcase some of Canada's greatest cabaret performers: Michael Burgess, Charlene Santoni, Andrew Craig, Bruce Dow, Judy Marshak, Gabi Epstein and many more. This Friday features Judith Lander and Amelie Lefebvre, with Healey Willan Tribute, Toad - The Anna Russel Show, and Howl with Michels and Barrett on Saturday.

Photo of Eric Peterson in Billy Bishop Goes to War by Cylla von Tiedemann

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