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This Week in Theatre: Nijinsky, Iceland, pomme is french for apple, Lear, Bent

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.

Nijinsky / National Ballet - Four Seasons / 7:30pm / 2:00pm / $25-$100+
Celebrated for his sensational grace and informed interpretation, Vaslav Nijinsky's performances helped form the highest standards for today's contemporary male dancers. John Neumeier's ballet is an homage to the Russian master which explores the characters which were a part of his life, alongside the adulation, genius, and madness that defined his waking hours. Skylar Campbell, Guillaume C么t茅, and Alexandre Riabko share the title role.

Iceland / Factory Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $32-$42
Arguably the best new Canadian play presented at last year's Summerworks Festival, Nicolas Billon's Iceland documents the traumatic events of an afternoon in a condo for sale in Liberty Village. Peer longer and you'll find that the play is a complex drama about fear and anxiety borne out of one of the world's most disastrous financial crises. The playwright's handle on reveal in his monologues, along with Ravi Jain's subtle staging, builds the narrative to a quiet crescendo.

pomme is french for apple / Young Centre / 8:00pm / $15-$30
Returning to the Young Centre after its initial workshop is pomme is french for apple, by Liza Paul and Bahia Watson. Described as a "distinctly West Indian exploration of the absurdity of women's lives," the show features a vaudeville-inspired look at women in peril, in pleasure, and in every stage in between. The talents and charm of the two leads helped make this show a critical darling at last year's Fringe Festival.

LEAR / Harbourfront Studio Theatre / 8:00pm / 4:00pm / $15-$30
Shakespeare's King Lear is gender inverted in Philip McKee's LEAR, featuring Clare Coulter as the aging and waning monarch. Coulter is sure to command the stage in this pared down 80-minute familial struggle, having recently played the matriarch in MacIvor's Was Spring. Originally imagined at Harbourfront Centre's performing arts residency HATCH, it's now a full presentation at World Stage.

Bent / Hart House Theatre / 8:00pm / 2:00pm / $15-$25
Martin Sherman's 1979 play Bent was a significant catalyst to research and understanding of the persecution of homosexuals during the Nazi regime. The title draws its inspiration from a slang term used to refer to gays in some European countries. If you're unsure about the origin of the pink triangle as a symbol of gay pride and remembrance, Sherman's play will help fill in some context.

Photo of pomme is french for apple by Siddiqui

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