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This Week in Theatre: Dance Marathon, Panamerican Routes, Home, Luba, Simply Luba, You're Fired

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.

Dance Marathon / World Stage - Enwave Theatre / 7:00pm / $35
An immersive and participatory theatre piece, bluemouth inc.'s Dance Marathon has been touring the globe seeking to connect audience members with movement, text, music, and video. Inspired by dance contests in the 1920s and 1930s, the show invites audience members to join in on the dance floor, learn a few new steps, and embrace those two left feet. If dancing isn't your thing, not to fear. Joining the dance isn't obligatory.

Panamerican Routes / Theatre Passe Muraille / Various Times / $15-$30
Panamerican Routes is an international festival of theatre for Human Rights. It features six of the most exciting national and international, intercultural and interdisciplinary theatre companies from the Latin American diaspora. Hosted by Aluna Theatre, the festival runs over two weeks and features performances, presentations, workshops, a conference, and a photography exhibit. Participating artists include Loco7, Violeta Luna, Carmen Samayoa and Edgar Flores, Aluna Theatre, Carmen Aguirre, and Rosa Laborde.

Home / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $32-$68
British playwright and once pro rugby player David Storey wrote two versions of Home in a matter of hours — 72 to be exact. It went on to star Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson, and win the Evening Standard Award for Best Play in 1971. Not bad for a weekend of work. The setting reveals itself as the story progresses, which makes this play one that has a slow but powerful build. It's a play for strong actors and there's no shortage of that at Soulpepper — Oliver Dennis, Michael Hanrahan, Brenda Robins, Andre Sills, and Maria Vacratsis.

Luba, Simply Luba / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $33
Canadian comedienne Luba Goy is best known for her portrayal of the foibles of Canadian politicians on The Royal Canadian Air Farce. Her Kim Campbell will forever be etched in my mid-90s psyche. In her one-woman show, Luba introduces us to some forty characters from her family and acquaintances, from Canadian politics, and even assorted animals. With this much talent, as well as an in on decades of Canadian comedy stories, Luba's tale is certain to be funny.

You're Fired / Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre / 6:30pm / $66-$71
If you're looking for a fun date option this week, Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre is mounting an Apprentice-themed dinner show called You're Fired, complete with characters that resemble The Donald, Lady Gaga, Joan Rivers, and Sue Sylvester. I haven't seen the television show since the days when Omarosa steamrolled through her teammates, but with 25 years of dinner theatre under their belt, this is the place to go if you're looking for dinner and a show.

Photo of Dance Marathon by Gordon Hawkins

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