Fall has officially begun in Toronto. This also means Theatre Season continues in the city as well.
Do not miss out on some of the great shows currently on-stage and premiering soon. Check out my personal picks in this edition of In The City!
Runs October 4 – 8, 2017
Aki Studio and Artscape Daniels Spectrum
Tickets: Wed – Sun $18 (incl all programming); Sat film $13; available online or by calling 416-531-1402 ext 34
Caminos 2017 is a week of new performance proposals from some of the most exciting Pan-American, Indigenous, and Latinx voices working in theatre and dance. The festival explores the Pan-America that lives here in Toronto. Each evening features performance experiments and a lively exchange of ideas.
What Will the Neighbors Say? (WWTNS)
In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes
Written by James Clements
Directed by Wednesday Sue Derrico
Until Saturday, October 7, 2017
RED Sandcastle Theatre
Tickets: $20 – $15; available online
The Diana Tapes presents the story of Princess Diana’s secret recordings, and situates them in the context of their time and place; these tapes effectively ended her marriage and shook the monarchy to its core, forming the basis of a biography that changed British history. The play moves swiftly between the book publisher’s office, the sitting room where the Princess recorded her darkest secrets onto cassettes, and the dingy West London cafe where one of her best friends surreptitiously handed them over to journalist Andrew Morton. The subterfuge and deception are brought to a terrifying climax that changed celebrity, privacy, and the Windsor family forever. The production gives voice to a woman so often defined by images and
archetypes, and instead presents her complex and multifaceted reality.
Let’s Go! A G_Dot Prequel
Written by Robert Fothergill
Directed by Mark Cassidy
Until Sunday, October 8, 2017
Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
Tickets: Regular tickets are $25; available online or by calling 416-504-7529
Set forty years before the events of Beckett’s seminal play and inspired by this significant work, Let’s Go! follows the journey of Gogo and Didi: two young, aspiring, and struggling Vaudeville performers in 1913. They receive a call to action from an unknown source, leading them to question the world as young people figuring out their path, and changing the course of their lives forever.
The play is described as a “haunting and fiercely funny meditation on life as a state of permanent exile”. An unnamed man has recently arrived here, from an unnamed place. He is a refugee. But what is he fleeing? And what is he hoping to find, now that he’s landed… here?
Factory & Nightswimming
The Fish Eye Trilogy
Written by Anita Majumdar
Directed by Brian Quirt
Until Sunday, October 15, 2017
Factory Mainspace Theatre
Tickets: $30-$50; available online or by calling 416-504-9971
The coming-of-age plays, Fish Eyes, Boys With Cars, and Let Me Borrow That Top are told through the eyes of three different teenage girls who attend the same school in small town, BC. With sharp writing, humour and elegance, The Fish Eye Trilogy aims to showcase the many highs and devastating lows that come with the awkwardness of youth; including bullying, teenage heartache and cultural identity, interspersed with spellbinding traditional and contemporary Indian dance.