This Week in Theatre: Stopheart, The Golden Mean, John and Beatrice, I Will Not Hatch!, The Mousetrap
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.
Stopheart / Factory Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $22-$42
Amy Lee Lavoie burst onto the scene from the National Theatre School with Rabbit Rabbit, which was a smash hit in Montreal in 2009. Her second full-length play, Stopheart, considers the psychology of small-town living. Set in a Northern Ontario crossroads called South Porcupine, Elian and his best friend July confront death, love, and everything in between the only way they know how, together.
The Golden Mean / Bluma Appel Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $24-$99
Choreographer Marie Chouinard wowed audiences with 2011's bold and daring Orpheus and Eurydice. She returns to Canadian Stage with The Golden Mean, a dance that's part poetry, part journey. With a title that references the ratio describing both balance and beauty in the cosmos, expect design and aesthetic to complement an inventive series of steps from the choreographer.
John and Beatrice / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $20
In this modern take on a classic fairytale, playwright Carole FrĂŠchette explores the more nuanced qualities of romantic relationships, what true love really means, and how expectations trip us up along the way. When John sees a poster announcing the affections of a well-to-do heiress are up for grabs to the most appropriate suitor, he climbs 33 flights to meet Beatrice and win her hand.
I Will Not Hatch! / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $15
If you aren't exactly a fan of flying you might want to avoid I Will Not Hatch! presented by the Steady State Theatre Project. The premise sees nine passengers on an ill-fated flight where oxygen bags may soon be released. If one of the characters cannot save the gang in time, a descent from thirty thousand seems imminent. The play is written and directed by Maya Rabinovitch.
The Mousetrap / Lower Ossington Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $49
Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has the distinction of being the longest running play ever, having opened in the West End of London in 1952 and never having closed. Astonishingly, the play recently celebrated its 25,000th show. The well-made murder mystery with a twist ending will play at the Lower Ossington Theatre for a much shorter time.
Photo from the Golden Mean
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