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This Week in Theatre: Fringe Festival, The Winter's Tale, Hugh Jackman in Concert, The Glass Menagerie, 9 to 5

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

Toronto Fringe Festival / Various Venues and Times / $10

With over 140 shows, the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival ensures there's something for everyone's taste on offer across the city's stages. Why not pair one of the shows in our festival preview with a visit to the Fringe Club (Honest Ed's, 581 Bloor St. W.), which features music, artwork, performance, and, of course, the McAuslan Beer Tents. Plan your fringe experience with the comprehensive festival program.

The Winter's Tale / Dream in High Park / 8pm / PWYC ($20 Suggested)

Canadian Stage has taken a gamble in choosing one of Shakespeare's later works, but The Winter's Tale is an intriguing play. It straddles both tragedy and comedy, it's spread across two different locales, and has 16 years separating the two plot lines. If the summertime location in High Park isn't enough to entice you, it also features a cameo by a bear.

Hugh Jackman in Concert / Princess of Wales Theatre / 8:00pm / $49+

X-Men's Wolverine is a musical theatre superstar. In his 90 minute one-man show, Jackman does just about everything you'd hope for. He sings, dances, pops open a few buttons, takes a triptych through his previous roles, all while responding to the energy of the crowd. Above all, he exudes charm. If you're on the fence, treat yourself to a night with Hugh.

The Glass Menagerie / Young Centre for the Performing Arts / 7:30pm / $22-$65

Tennesse William's autobiographical play about the visit of a gentlemen caller gets a treatment from Toronto's best classical theatre company. Soulpepper's first play of the summer season features an all-star cast: Stuart Hughes, Jeff Lillico, Nancy Palk, and Gemma James-Smith. Ted Dykstra directs this classic "memory play."

9 to 5: The Musical / Toronto Centre for the Arts / 7:30pm / $70+

Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 lacks all the charm of the 1980 film, but if you like camp, this may be the show for you. Dee Hoty and Mamie Parris do admirably as office workers who kidnap their chauvinistic boss, while Diana DeGarmo proves her American Idol singing chops were no fluke. While most of Parton's new numbers fall flat, there are a few that delight.


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