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This Week in Theatre: A Brimful of Asha, The Double, No Exit, FOOT, Closer

This week in theatre rounds up the most noteworthy live theatre playing right now in Toronto.

A Brimful of Asha
/ Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $23

When's the last time you've seen a play featuring a mother and son playing themselves? In A Brimful of Asha, actor and director Ravi Jain performs alongside his mother for a look at a true Canadian story about generational culture clash. When Ravi takes a vacation to India, his parents decide to showcase potential brides. As a special treat, select Sunday performances take place at Dish Cooking Studio and include a cooking class with Asha.

The Double / Factory Theatre Studio / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $20-$28
TheatreRUN presents an original adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella The Double: A Petersburg Poem. The story concerns a government clerk who is obsessed with the thought that a fellow clerk has stolen his identity. The show is performed by Adam Paolozza, Arif Mirabdolbaghi, and Viktor Lukawski, an exciting and physically motivated group of theatre creators. TheatreRUN produced the award-winning Spent, for which Paolozza won a Dora Award.

No Exit / Theatre Passe Muarille Backspage / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $20-25
In Satre's hell, other people are the fire and brimstone. arts and lies productions brings us the existential philosopher's most famous play, in which three individuals, Joseph, Inès, and Estelle, consider their fate in the afterlife. Don't let the parlour setting fool you, it's eternity for this threesome. No Exit is not an easy text to make engaging — it will be interesting to see how director Rosanna Saracino approaches it.

Festival of Original Theatre / Robert Gill Theatre / Various / Free
Each year, the University of Toronto huddles up for a festival of experimental work that brings together academia and the arts for cross-disciplinary exchange. This year it celebrates its 20th anniversary and takes for its study the theme of Theatre and Learning in both theory and practice. While it may sound cerebral, there are performances to complement the discussions — Helene Vosters on Performing Peace, Checkpoint.Notes, La Maleta (The Suitcase) from Roseneath Theatre, La Danza Del Venado, and Canada Road.

Closer / Winchester Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20
Pop culture mavens will surely recall the 2004 film Closer, based on the play of the same name, in which Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen engage in all kinds of bed-hopping. The play takes a microscope to monogamy, questioning if and how infidelity can be redeemed. The irony of the play is that, while moving closer is the goal, these characters drive away from one another with their actions.

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