This Week in Theatre: Script-Tease Project, Empty Boxes, Dumb Waiter, InspiraTO, Thrones and Recreation
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 Script-Tease Project / Young Centre / 8:00pm / 7:00pm/9:00pm Weekend / $15-$25
The National Theatre of the World's Script-Tease Project reaches new heights this year with artists Judith Thompson, Guillermo Verdecchia, Zaib Shaikh, Richard Greenblatt, Jason Sherman, Rick Mercer, and newly announced angry, funnyman Lewis Black. Each night, an envelope containing the first two pages of a play are thrust upon brave actors tasked with improvising the rest.
The Dumb Waiter / Odyssey Studio / 8:00pm / $15-$25
Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter is a master class in precision dialogue and high stakes, conflict-driven drama. Set within the confines of a basement, two hitmen await instructions on their next target while a dumbwaiter sends food orders to the confused duo. Wordsmyth Theatre's production is directed by Melee Hutton and features Mark Wilson and David Matheson.
InspiraTO / Alumnae Theatre / Various Times / $12-$15
Every minute is bound to count when your play is ten minutes in length. That's the premise behind InspiraTO, Toronto's short play festival. The plays are organized around five premises: plays that begin with "I see a rabbit"; plays where a character must leave home; plays taking place in a tunnel; plays where a rope features prominently (curious); and plays set in sight-specific environments. The Alumnae Theatre hosts these 28 works of short fiction.
Empty Boxes / Red Sandcastle Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $15
When a young couple decides to part ways after a job offer changes everything, they must parse through the items of their relationship and determine what goes with them and what gets left behind. The occasion is a catalyst for a look back at the life cycle of their relationship. Homestead Theatre Project's production features Nicola Elbro and Michael Iliadis.
Thrones and Recreation / Tranzac / 8:30pm / $20-$25
Queen's Players Toronto presents its raucous, alcohol-fueled send up of all things pop culture at the Tranzac. This time around, they've fused together civically-engaged folk from Parks and Recreation with Game of Thrones characters from the worlds of Westeros and Essos. There are sure to be a number of clever cameos thrown in for good measure.
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