This Week in Theatre: The Book of Mormon, Salome, The Playwright Project, Life x 3, The Biographer
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.
The Book of Mormon / Princess of Wales / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $59-$100+
The smash hit musical Book of Mormon finally opens in Toronto to an eager audience of fans looking to take in the satiric religious fare from the revered comic duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It follows two Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda to help those struggling to find the light. The show amassed nine Tony awards and wide-sweeping critical acclaim on its way to becoming one of those special musicals that only comes along once a decade or so. The production is already sold out at Mirvish, but there is a lottery for extra tickets.
Salome / COC - Four Seasons / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $45-$100+
Atom Egoyan directs Salome at the Canadian Opera Company, which was adapted from an Oscar Wilde play by Richard Strauss. The opera's overt eroticism was a bold departure from conventional form when it premiered in 1905, but it was nevertheless successful. Egoyan's direction draws the best out of Wilde's original interpretation of the biblical story and Strauss' compositions, all the while giving Salome more agency.
The Playwright Project - Sam Shepard / Various Venues / 8:00pm / $15
A collection of theatre companies spread throughout seven different neighbourhoods in the city produce the work of Sam Shepard, one of our most celebrated contemporary playwrights. This inspired rotation of plays, from a number of the same companies who participated in The Tennessee Project, presents a cross section of Shepard's one acts. Plays include, Angel City, Saving Fats, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Fool for Love, Cowboy Mouth, When the World Was Green, and The Unseen Hand.
Life x 3 / Unit 102 Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20-$25
When a work colleague and his wife show up a day early for a dinner party, the hosting couple scrambles to pull together a respectable little shindig. As one can expect, it all goes downhill in the three versions of the evening dramatized in Life x 3. Playwright Yasmina Reza (Art, God of Carnage) is a master at infusing contemporary, living room banter with dark and suggestive undertones.
The Biographer/ Videofag / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $15-$23
Playwright Daniel Karasik and director Alan Dilworth offer a mysterious and poetic story about a father at an abandoned seaside carnival looking for his daughter who has disappeared. Karasik (The Crossing Guard & In Full Light, Haunted) is a CBC Literary Award winner and is an up and coming young voice on the scene. His newest play considers the ways in which we attempt to redeem ourselves in the face of guilt and grief.
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