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This Week in Theatre: On the Rocks, The Best Brothers, Tick Tick...Boom, The Flood Thereafter

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.

On the Rocks / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $20-$32
Canadian musical theatre dame Louis Pitre launches Theatre Passe Muraille's 2013-2014 season with her one woman show On the Rocks, a deeply personal account of a French-Canadian girl's soujourn through life. Featuring original songs and a narrative that doesn't shy away from raw emotion, Pitre looks to reveal herself in this significant project. The performance is only on stage for a week so best to act fast if you're a Pitre fan.

The Best Brothers / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $27-$53
Daniel MacIvor's The Best Brothers, about two siblings who pick up the pieces after their mother dies in a freak accident, had a solid premiere at the Stratford Festival last year. It was about time the celebrated Canadian playwright was asked to bow a play at the Festival. It turned out his newest fit well with Stratford audiences &mdash: it is a lot more mellow and heart-warming than some of his earlier, in-your-face work. Crowd-pleaser though it may be, the writing is superb and it's always a treat to see MacIvor onstage.

Tick, Tick...Boom / Toronto Centre for the Arts / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $25-$55
Jonathan Larson moved mountains in the musical theatre world composing the music and writing the lyrics for Rent. After the composer's untimely death in 1996, another of his earlier work, Boho Days, was revisited by playwright David Auburn and turned into a three-actor musical called Tick, Tick...Boom. It's an autobiographical look at the hardships of the musical theatre industry in New York.

The Flood Thereafter
/ Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $22-$49

Quebecois playwright Sarah Berthiaume plays with the conventions of fables in The Flood Thereafter, a portrait of small-town Canada. The arrival of a stranger signals a change for June who strips everyday at the Emotions bar for the men of the town. Canadian Stage's continued partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University finds Ker Wells directing, fresh off a celebrated production of Macbeth in High Park.

Shoreditch Madonna / Storefront Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $20

Playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz is best known for her 2008 play Her Naked Skin, about a romance between two suffragettes during the struggle to obtain the vote. Shoreditch Madonna profiles a collection of visual artists making work in the East End of London. It's the first play in the Storefront Theatre's season of six plays from independent theatre companies, including Theatre Brouhaha and Red One Theatre Collective.


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