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This Week in Theatre: Between the Sheets, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Death of a Salesman, February, Antony and Cleopatra

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.

Between the Sheets / Tarragon Theatre Extra Space / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $13-$40
Jordi Mand sets her fast-paced play Between the Sheets in an unlikely setting for conflict driven drama — the parent teacher interview. The initial pleasantries dissolve away when two women battle over the bonds of family. One stands her ground to protect the family she has, while the other fights for what she's always desired. Nightwood's production is directed by Kelly Thornton and features Susan Coyne and Christine Horne.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead / Hart House Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $10-$25
Tom Stoppard mines gold from Shakespeare's Hamlet in his classic absurdist comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The play considers how the two somewhat minor characters feature into the world of the play, all the while getting tangled up in philosophical questions about the nature of existence. The play sets up a brilliant conceit, which is elevated through comedy and a clever playfulness with the source material.

Death of a Salesman / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 7:30pm / 1:30pm / $32-$68
Soulpepper revives their acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman, featuring Joseph Ziegler in his Dora-winning role as the struggling patriarch Willy Loman. A modern tragedy of sorts, Arthur Miller's play examines the complex relationships between Loman and his sons Biff and Happy, and his wife Linda. Helmed by Artistic Director Albert Schultz, the play was a highlight of the company's 2010 season.

February / Alumnae Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $20
After the sinking of an offshore drilling station kills her husband, a woman tries desperately to move beyond the initial grief of becoming a young widow with four children. Lisa Moore adapted the play from her book of the same title, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Shifting between 1982 and 2009, February considers the memories that shape our past and their effect on the realities of our present.

Antony and Cleopatra / Buddies in Bad Times Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:30pm / $20-$25
Sexual chemistry plays out between a number of Shakespeare's lovers, but maybe none so dynamic as historical figures Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Theatre Elusive seeks to explore the sexually-charged power dynamic between the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and the Roman general in this production at Buddies. The stakes are high when it comes to love and war.

Photo from Between the Sheets


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