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This Week in Theatre: From the Dark, Next to Normal, Chroma, Edward Bond Festival, Home

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.

From the Dark / Luminato - Hart House Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $35
First to Toronto was dinner in the dark at O.Noir, a dining experience which promises to enhance your taste buds. Playing on the same idea is a show at Luminato that explores magic in the dark. Each evening, Chilean magician Juan Esteban Varela will blindfold his audience and have them collectively create feats of magic. It's an intriguing concept that has us curious about how it's all achieved. Hint: everyone is given a box of props.

Next to Normal / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $12-$25
It's your second opportunity to see the Next to Normal, winner of three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Before the backdrop of suburbia, a mother struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect it begins to have on her family. Dancap brought the touring production with Alice Ripley to Toronto last July. In what should be a more intimate setting, Clearwater Theatre mounts their production at the Tarragon with direction from Kate Stevenson

Chroma / National Ballet - Four Seasons / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $25-$100+
If you haven't experienced National Ballet overload yet, with Hamlet and the recent CBC documentary Romeos and Juliets, the season continues with Chroma & Song of a Wayfarer & Elite Syncopations. The collection of dance pieces astounded audiences last season during its short run. Chroma is the stand-out. Set to the music of Jack White, Wayne McGregor guides his dancers through modern interpretations of the garage rock band's songs.

Edward Bond Festival / Various Locations / Various Times / $20+
The Edward Bond Festival is a celebration of acclaimed theatre artist Edward Bond and his 50th anniversary as a playwright. The 10 day event brings together twelve theatre companies and over fifty artists for eleven encounters that explore the themes and motifs of his work. The festival includes six workshop readings, a workshop presentation of Bond's Have I None with Bond himself before a live audience, a symposium featuring Bond and UK director Chris Cooper, and an acclaimed Ryerson Theatre School remount production of Bond's epic play The Bundle. Visit their website for dates and times.

Home / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $32-$68
As much as David Storey's Home is about the pace of the dialogue and the pauses in between, what you'll inevitably remember is the way the seemingly unimportant setting comes sharply into view. Soulpepper's production, from director Albert Schultz, is a picture perfect portrait of the five characters who feature in the piece. In this actor-driven play, the performances rise to the level of Storey's carefully constructed interactions. While it may not leave you with that feel-good cushioning after the lights come down, there's a lot to consider once all of the pieces fall into place.

Image Juan Esteban Varela — From the Dark


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