Friday is finally here and with it, the chance to take in some local theatre shows. Take a peek at this weekend’s Theatre Crawl list handpicked for you.
THE WINTER’S TALE
Directed by Graham Abbey
January 26 – February 20, 2016
Coal Mine Theatre
Tickets: $35 • Rush at the door 30 mins prior to performance $30
Sunday Pay-What-You-Want; avail online
Written near the end of his career, and considered to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces, The Winter’s Tale chronicles the descent of King of Sicilia into a world of jealousy, murder and conspiracy when he falsely accuses his queen Hermione (Michelle Giroux) of an infidelity with his oldest friend Polixenes (Patrick Galligan). Upon receiving news that his wife and young son have died under the strain of public humiliation, and believing his newborn daughter to be not his own, the vengeful King orders the child to be abandoned on the remote shores of Bohemia. When divine intervention plants the seeds of forgiveness and rebirth, the possibility of faith is reawakened.
Life in the beloved cherry orchard is threatened as Russia teeters on the brink of enormous change after the
1861 emancipation of the serfs, an event that blurred the division between the upper class and lower class. Still, there is singing and dancing, reminisces and romances, magic tricks and pratfalls. The lives of thirteen characters slip between tragedy and farce, illusion and reality, all the while being swept along by the steady thrum of time passing by.
Adapted by Severn Thompson
(from the Governor General’s Award-winning novel by Douglas Glover)
Theatre Passe Muraille
Until January 31
Tickets: $22.50 to $38; PWYC Weekend Matinee in person @ 12pm
Available online or by calling 416-504-7529
Based on a true story from the life of Marguerite de Roberval and adapted from the Governor General’s Award-winning novel by Douglas Glover; Elle chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons in 1542 at the time of France’s ill-fated third attempt to colonize Canada.
At a weekly tap dance class with a vivacious ex-pro and her vegetarian pianist, eight mismatched strangers joyfully exchange their hum-drum lives for “tap, step, ball change, cramp roll… pick up your feet”. Secrets tumble out. Conflicts arise. Friendships grow. Everyone is changed. And they dance.
**For those us who cannot make it to NYC to see The Met’s live performances…
The Met’s new production of the epic fairy tale set in China, Turandot, features Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos in the title role as the princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti, the brave prince who sings the most recognizable song from the opera, “Nessum dorma”, wins her hand.
Various options for us to choose from depending on our mood and what we like. Wishing you a fun weekend ahead!