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This Week in Theatre: Carrie Fisher Wishful Drinking, Dusk Dances, One Man Show, Marat/Sade, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

Carrie Fisher Wishful Drinking / Royal Alexandra Theatre / 8pm/2pm / $35+
Princess Leia lands in Toronto for an unadulterated look at a life shaped inside the Hollywood machine. Carrie Fisher rocketed to super stardom after starring in the Star Wars trilogy as the most famous intergalactic Princess. Her autobiography Wishful Drinking, on which the performance is based, is an incredibly funny look at the darker periods of her struggles with drugs and mental health. The show has received rave reviews south of the border. It plays until August 21.

Dusk Dances 2011 / Neilson Park / 7pm / PWYC
The annual summertime dance fest under the stars is back. Dusk Dances brings together incredible talent from the world of dance at a neighbourhood park near you. Featuring a lineup of professional dancers, with local dance groups programmed in at stops along the way, the festival is one of the best examples of accessible arts for the Toronto community. The festival makes a stop at Neilson Park this week, with visits to Withrow Park and Earlscourt Park later this summer.

One Man Show / Papermill Theatre Todmorden Mills / 8pm / $10-$15
Docket Theatre premieres a new comedy, One Man Show, written by Evan O'Donnell and directed by Llyandra Jones. The play is about a cynic named Doug, who puts on a show as his final statement before killing himself. Fortunately for Doug, the play takes over and the lead character has little control at the hands of theatrical omnipotence. See if Doug regains control over the meta universe (and goes through with the deed) or if the curtains and stage lights hold him hostage.

Marat/Sade / Alumnae Theatre / 8pm / $15
Peter Weiss' play, the full title of which is The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, has become fodder for theatre companies looking to present a visceral piece that blurs the line between audience, actor, and play script. Set in an insane asylum and containing multiple frames of plays-within-the-play, the Marquis de Sade who directs the action is the character to watch. If you're looking for a unique theatre experience, check out this classic.

A Midsummer Night's Dream / Carrot Common Green Roof, 348 Danforth / 6pm / $20-$35
The "green world" is the place where all of the "city world" problems become sorted out in Shakespeare's plays, like the forest of Arden in As You Like It. The Frolick Co-operative has been harnessing the ideal of the "green world" by staging the Dream, where two couples sort out their problems in the woods, at farmers markets throughout the city. This week the play sets down roots on the Carrot Common Green Roof on the Danforth.

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