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The top live theatre shows in Toronto March 2014

Each month we round up the most noteworthy live theatre playing in Toronto.

Lungs / Tarragon Theatre / February 25 - March 30 / $27-$53
In his latest project, Lungs, British Playwright Duncan Macmillan explores an intriguing contemporary question -- is it ethical to bring children into a world that seems headed for environmental disaster? And second to that, will a child whose parents have willfully contributed to the destruction inevitably grow to judge our wasteful ways? A stripped down stage with one man and one woman, and plenty of moments to breathe, is the setting for a probing and illuminating conversation.

A Beautiful View / Volcano - Factory Theatre / February 27 - March 9 / $20-$25
Ross Manson and Volcano have paused to revisit Daniel MacIvor's A Beautiful View almost a decade after the production premiered in 2006. The play documents the decade long relationship between two women, which grows from a chance meeting into something much more deep and complex. It reflects on the organic nature of friendship and what can happen when that relationship transitions into love. Becky Johnson and Amy Rutherford bring the two characters to life.

The Wanderers / Cahoots - Buddies in Bad Times /March 1-23 / $20-$37
Displaced, transplanted, moved -- all words that hint at the complex set of actions, behaviours, and emotions that accompany immigration to a foreign land not your own. Kawa Ada's The Wanderers, directed by Nina Lee Aquino, profiles one such story of a family and its struggle in Canada after leaving their war-torn home in Afghanistan. Rather than provide a fresh start, the sudden change in setting brings forth destructive desires thought left behind.

6 Essential Questions
/ Factory Theatre / March 7-30 / $23-$45

Poet and novelist Priscila Uppal has adapted her celebrated memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother, into a play that considers the deep ties of family and questions left unanswered. In pursuit of the mother who abandoned her at age five, Renata travels to Brazil to learn the truth of her beginnings. The play is directed by Leah Cherniak and features Maggie Huculak, Mina James, Elizabeth Saunders, and Richard Zeppieri.

panamerican ROUTES Festival / February 27 - March 9 / $15-$25
Now in its second year, the panamerican ROUTES Festival features a variety of contemporary performance by Canadian, Indigenous and Latin American artists from Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Canada. Two of the highlights include In Spirit by Tara Beagan, about a young girl who goes missing on her birthday, and Antigona, a one-woman performance of Sophocles' drama by Teresa Ralli in response to a decade of violence and injustice in Peru.

The Miller and His Wife
/ Theatre Passe Muraille / March 6-15 / $20

Puppetmongers have been delighting Canadian and international audiences with world-class puppetry since 1974. One of their classics, The Miller and His Wife, tells a tale of treachery and deception with a cast of nineteen memorable puppet characters. The miller, in an attempt to raise his family into more comfortable conditions, cons his landlord with mathematical acumen. His wife then promptly finds herself immersed in a sordid plot to kill the king. The puppets move into Theatre Passe Muraille for March Break.

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