This Week in Theatre: Seeds, Everything Under the Moon, Long Day's Journey, Beckett/Feck It!, Dani Girl
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.
Seeds / Crow's Theatre - Young Centre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $10-$35
If you've seen the landmark documentary Food Inc., the name Monsanto may sound familiar. It's an agricultural biotechnology corporation that makes herbicide under the name Roundup. It's also the subject of Seeds from Crow's Theatre, a play that documents the four-year legal battle between the corporation and a Saskatchewan farmer named Percy Schmeiser over patented plant seeds. Eric Peterson as a Saskatchewan farmer, complete with trimmed mustache, is worth the price of admission.
Everything Under the Moon / World Stage / 7:00pm/2:00pm / $10-$15
Shadow play gets a new lease on life from artists Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows in Everything Under the Moon, the first in Harbourfront's World Stage programme. Told through hand-animated projected image and song, the fantasy focuses on two small-winged creatures on a journey to save themselves. The next two performances on the World Stage calendar feature choreographer Wayne McGregor with Entity, and the Wooster Group.
Long Day's Journey Into Night / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 7:30pm / $22-$68
The second play of Eugene O'Neill's to appear on Toronto stages this month, Long Day's Journey Into Night might very well be the playwright's best. The Soulpepper production is directed by Diana Leblanc, who struck magic with this play once before with Bill Hutt, Martha Henry, Peter Donaldson, Martha Burns, and Tom McCamus at Stratford in 1995. This time around, Joseph Ziegler, Nancy Palk, Evan Buliung, Krystin Pellerin, and Gregory Prest fill the family roles.
Beckett: Feck it! / Canadian Stage - Berkeley / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $22-$49
It's one of the more interesting titles to grace the Toronto marquee, but to describe such an influential playwright of the 20th century, it seems to fit. Billed as a celebration of music, theatre, and Irish madness, Queen of Puddings Musical Theatre presents some of Samuel Beckett's shorter plays (Act Without Words II, Come and Go, Play and Ohio Impromptu) alongside music from Irish composers inspired by Beckett's appreciation for the absurd.
Dani Girl / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $33+
It's not the the usual subject for a musical, but Dani Girl follows in the tradition of smaller and more-focused attempts to make the genre seem more human. It follows a 9 year old girl who, after suffering through leukemia, goes on a fantastical journey to get her hair back. Together with her teddy bear, Dani tries to find that which has been lost. The musical stars Gabi Epstein, Amanda Leblanc, Jonathan Logan, and Jeff Madden.
Image from Everything Under the Moon
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