This Week in Theatre: Falsettos, A Few Brittle Leaves, Night of the Living Dead Live
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.
Falsettos / Daniels Spectrum / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $39-$55
Acting Up Stage Company has a track record of bringing the best in contemporary musicals to Toronto audiences (Caroline, or Change, Ride the Cyclone, Light in the Piazza). The newest, Falsettos, looks to continue the trend. Winner of both a Tony and Drama Desk award, the musical profiles a father who leaves his wife and son to be with another man. It is directed by Robert McQueen and features Darrin Baker, Sarah Gibbons, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Michael Levinson, Eric Morin, Stephen Patterson, and Glynis Ranney.
A Few Brittle Leaves / Buddies in Bad Times Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $20-$30
Sky Gilbert makes his return to Buddies with a new dramatic-comedy, A Few Brittle Leaves. Featuring Edward Roy and Gavin Crawford as two spinster sisters, the play ruminates on the question of how one ages gracefully. Gilbert has recently focused new projects (Dancing Queen, To Myself At 28) on aging in the queer community, an often under-discussed topic. It'll be fun to see Roy and Crawford dive head first into the roles of the sisters.
Night of the Living Dead Live / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/11:00pm / $29-$79
George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead revolutionized the American horror film in 1968, carrying along with it a biting critique of Western society. Christopher Bond, the brains behind the Toronto hit Evil Dead, The Musical, is the writer and director of a new stage version of the landmark film and it's telling that Romero himself is on board as Executive Producer. True to the original, the play is presented entirely in black and white.
Brussels/Toronto Project / Winchester Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20-$26
The ongoing continental collaboration at Toronto Dance Theatre welcomes artists from one of the most vibrant dance cities in the world, Brussels. Choreographers Thomas Hauert and Etienne Guilloteau have been tasked with creating new and exciting work for Toronto audiences and the talented performers at TDT. This is the third and most anticipated in the series of groundbreaking jams with artists from Europe.
Sterling Theatre One Act Festival / Sterling Studio Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $10-$20
Junction Triangle's newest theatre, Sterling Studio, presents a one act play festival featuring work from established playwrights, as well as the winners of its 2013 playwriting competition. Among the names you'll recognize are plays from Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, and Diana Flacks. New plays from Adam Hunter Collier and Carolyn Bennett, the best of all those submitted, also receive a full production at the Studio.
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