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This Week in Theatre: The Game of Love and Chance, Dancing Queen, Armide, The Adaptation Project, Twelfth Night Or Whatever

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.

The Game of Love and Chance / Bluma Appel Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20-$79
Rounding out the 2011-2012 season at Canadian Stage is the 18th-century classic The Game of Love and Chance from French master Marivaux. Artistic Director Matthew Jocelyn directs Trish LindstrĂśm and Harry Judge who play Silvia and Dorante, a couple who, unbeknownst to each other, masquarades as their servants to ensure the other is worthy of marriage before taking the plunge. It's an important play for the AD, after an underwhelming launch with Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter last season.

Dancing Queen / Buddies in Bad Times Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $20-$30
It's hard to imagine a better queer theatre collaboration than Sky Gilbert and Keith Cole. In Dancing Queen, GIlbert's newest play, Cole choreographs an inter-generational love triangle between a young man who moves to the city, an older man he falls in love with, and another man who falls in love with him. The play asks questions about love, sex, monogamy, and gay culture's fear of aging.

Armide / Elgin Theatre / 7:30pm/3:00pm / $35-$100+
It's one of the more interesting and provocative posters this year, but for an opera about a doomed love affair between a Muslim and Christian in the 17th century, it seems fitting. Marshall Pynkoski directs and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg provides choreography for Jean-Baptiste Lully's Armide about the Christian knight and the Muslim warrior princess. Upcoming, Opera Atelier will explore the Romantic period for the first time in its history next season with Der FreischĂźtz (The Marksman).

The Adaptation Project / Dancemakers Centre / 8:00pm/4:00pm / $20-$25
A celebration of Dancemakers' 100-plus repertoire, works created over its 38-year history, The Adaptation Project re-imagines and responds to Mitchell Rose's 1974 Following Station Identification. Artistic Director and resident choreographer Michael Trent leads five dancers through the piece. The Dancemakers Centre for Creation is located in the Cannery building at the Distillery District.

Twelfth Night, Or, Whatever / Breakout Studios / 8:00pm / $10-$15
In a throw back to the rave culture of the 1990s (do people still go to raves?), Snobbish Theatre presents Twelfth Night, or Whatever , which sets Illyria in black light and neon. For a play about uninhibited youth run amuck, the treatment sounds fitting. It'll be interesting to see how Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek fare, although I'm sure Feste will be spinning the jams.

Photo from The Game of Love and Chance


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