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This Week in Theatre: Lucia di Lammermoor, Stomp, Albertine en Cinq Temps, Young Frankenstein

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.

carried away on the crest of a wave / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $27-$53
Tarragon Theatre premieres carried away on the crest of a wave, a play set in the years following the destruction caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. David Yee, Playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre, steps into the lives of an escort in Thailand, a Catholic priest in India, and a housewife in Utah to explore the ways in which we're all connected. The play is directed by Nina Lee Aquino and features Kawa Ada, Ash Knight, Eponine Lee, Richard Lee, John Ng, Mayko Nguyen, Richard Zeppieri.

Lucia di Lammermoor / COC - Four Seasons / 7:20pm/2:00pm / $45-$100+
Kicking off the COC's spring season is Lucia di Lammermoor, a dark and gothic adaptation of The Bride of Lammermoor, from Sir Walter Scott. Set in the hills of Scotland, a large patch of land and a castle are at stake when a feud erupts between the Ashton and Ravenswood families. Director David Alden brings the opera to the stage and soprano Anna Christy, who is said to be quite a force, plays the title role.

Stomp / Royal Alex / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $25-$99
What's that you say, Stomp is still banging its way around the world? Yes, the British percussion and physical theatre extravaganza, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, continues to delight audiences with its loud and rhythmic beats. The show has enjoyed long runs in London and New York, appeared on a Sesame Street special, and most recently could be seen during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The troupe beats up the stage at the Royal Alex for one week only.

Albertine en Cinq Temps / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $28-$57
Michel Tremblay's Albertine in Five Times is a Canadian classic. The playwright has expertly pieced together a portrait of a woman at five stages of her life. The resulting narrative ruminates on the memories, struggles, and adaptations which, like a spine, give structure to one's individual journey. Théâtre français de Toronto presents the play at the Berkeley Street Theatre with surtitles at most shows.

Young Frankenstein / Al Green Theatre / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $27-$32
On the heels of the wildly successful staging of The Producers, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein received a so-so musical treatment in 2007 that followed closely to the film. Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the famous Dr., inherits the family castle in Transylvania. After meeting the dwelling's loyal inhabitants —
Frau Blucher, Igor, and Inga — Frederick cannot help but carry the torch and revisit the experiments from past days.

Photo from Lucia di Lammermoor


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