Winners and Losers

This Week in Theatre: Winners and Losers, Swan Lake, The Valley, A Room of One's Own, After Miss Julie

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.

Winners and Losers / Berkeley Street Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $22 - 49
After winning the Siminovitch Prize earlier this Fall and pushing forward on the development of a new theatre in the east end, Chris Abraham has been firmly established as one of the country's leading visionaries. His newest play, Winners and Losers, presents a wildly innovative scenario — two actors, Marcus Youssef and James Long, sit at a table and debate the merits of people and places, slotting them into intentionally reductive labels.

Swan Lake / National Ballet - Four Seasons / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $25-$100+
The beauty and grace of the most classic of ballets, Swan Lake, arrives on Toronto stages courtesy of the National Ballet. Tchaikovsky's timeless score, a fairy-tale essence, and the talented ensemble of our national dance company make this an enduring performance. It's choreographed by James Kudelka and features set and costume designs from Santo Loquasto.

The Valley / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $27-$48
Tarragon Theatre has long been producing the works of celebrated Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod (Jewel, The Shape of a Girl, Another Home Invasion). Her newest, The Valley, explores the meeting of strangers in numerous scenarios of healing. It's directed by Artistic Director Richard Rose and features Susan Coyne, Ian Lake, Colin Mercer, and Michelle Monteith.

A Room of One's Own / Campbell House / 7:00pm/2:00pm / $20
The spirit of Virginia Woolf's writings promises to come alive in A Room of One's Own, directed by Sarah Rodgers at the historic Campbell House. Woolf's original text, of the same name, was inspired by two talks she delivered at Girton College and Newnham College in Cambridge. The premise of this immersive production uses the environment of her talks, a library and recreated living quarters, to set the scene.

After Miss Julie / Storefront Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $10-$20
August Strindberg's Miss Julie was a shock to audiences for its racy portrayal of the seduction of the family's valet by the title character (or does the seduction run the other way round?) While the culmination of the dalliance takes place off stage, the sexual tension boils steadily under the charged dialogue. In Red One Theatre's updated play, set in post-WWII England, the sexuality is made more overt, making for a less ambiguous take on the classic.

Still from Winners and Losers

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