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November 26, 2012

Category: Performing Arts

The Arsonists

Gottlieb Biedermann has a problem. Two strangers have weaseled their way into his home and he’s pretty sure they’re the arsonists who’ve already torched much of his small town.

Perhaps by turning a blind eye what he doesn’t want to see won’t happen. Or will it? Wickedly funny, Swiss playwright Max Frisch’s famous post-World War II political farce about our all-too-human ability to ignore acts of despicable evil gets its Canadian premiere in this not-to-be-missed production from the director and designer of Canadian Stage’s 2009 runaway hit ‘Art’. Stage favourites Michael Ball and Fiona Reid star as Biedermann and his wife Babette. Toronto-based songwriter/musician Justin Rutledge composes original music, performing live on stage with a full band.

www.CanadianStage.com

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Start: November 11, 2012
End: December 9, 2012
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Terminus

The hottest ticket at this year’s Summerworks Festival and the winner of the festival’s Best Production Award, TERMINUS tells three interwoven stories set in contemporary Ireland, all told in heightened language and in rhyming verse. Powerful, thought-provoking and utterly beautiful to look at and listen to, TERMINUS will be performed at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in a way never done before: the action of the play will happen at the lip of the stage, performed for an audience of only 200 seated on the theatre’s storied stage.

Tuesday – Friday 8PM
Saturday 2PM and 8PM
Sunday 2PM and 7PM
www.mirvish.com/shows/terminus

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Start: November 21, 2012
End: December 9, 2012
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Location: Royal Alexandra Theatre

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection

The Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto’s newest cultural destination, will open its doors on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with a spectacular exhibition that features never before-seen works by eight of Canada’s leading artists.

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection focuses on the Black Star Collection of approximately 292,000 historic black and white photojournalistic prints, as seen through the eyes of internationally-renowned Canadian contemporary artists Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics, David Rokeby and Michael Snow.

www.Ryerson.ca

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Start: September 29, 2012
End: December 16, 2012
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Cinderella (a RATical retelling)

Recommended for grades JK-6. The true story of Cinderella has never been told before… at least according to her friends — five rats named Ears, Teeth, Claws, Tail and Whiskers. Cinderella yearns to go to the ball to dance the way her mom and dad once taught her. But Cinderella’s stepsisters have a different plan and they don’t want any competition in their quest to marry a Prince! As the five rats tell the story in their own unique way, we discover that it takes hard work to make wishes come true for maybe Princesses, reluctant Princes, selfish sisters and wistful rats! Written by Mike Kenny (The Railway Children), Cinderella is a fun-filled romp with witty songs and inventive storytelling, sure to spark young imaginations. Tickets: $10-$20. www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

 
Start: November 12, 2012
End: December 30, 2012
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Location: Young People’s Theatre

Snow White: The Deliciously Dopey Family Musical!

2012 is shaping up to be a tumultuous year for Snow White, from the bad apple film Mirror Mirror to the scandalous affair swirling around her follow-up film Snow White and the Huntsman. Happily for fans of Robert Pattinson, Snow White will dial down her raging hormones and return to the safety of her first love, live theatre, and trod the boards this holiday season in Ross Petty Productions’ 17th annual holiday pantomime, SNOW WHITE: The Deliciously Dopey Family Musical.
In this fractured rendering of SNOW WHITE, audiences can expect a plethora of pop culture favourites. The production stars Canadian Idol winner Melissa O’Neil, who made her panto debut as Belle in Petty’s 2010 production of Beauty and the Beast. O’Neil is delighted to return to the Elgin Theatre fresh off her gig in the Broadway production of Stratford’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Stratford leading man Graham Abbey, standing in for the Seven Dwarfs, takes a cue from his portrayal of the dashing hero on CBC-TV’s The Border, and easily steps into the iconic role of super spy 007. “Abbey . . . Graham Abbey,” won the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in Ross Petty Productions’ 2001 version of Snow White And The Magnificent Seven.

November 23, 2012 – January 5, 2013 at the historic Elgin Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.rosspetty.com or by phone at 1.855.599.9090.

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Start: November 23, 2012
End: January 5, 2013
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Location: Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

War Horse

NOW ON STAGE! 1912: At the village auction, Albert’s father, Ted Narracott (a poor farmer who has had one too many beers that morning), decides to take on his brother and long-standing enemy, local bully Arthur Narracott. They set to bidding over a young hunter colt. After having driven the price up to astronomical proportions, Arthur gives up the bidding and lets Ted buy the horse.

Over the next two years Albert and Joey, as the horse is named, grow to love and to develop a profound understanding of each other.

1914: War with Germany is declared. The local yeomanry set about recruiting and Ted, unknown to Albert, decides to sell Joey to the army. Major, a local soldier, promises Albert that he will look after Joey when he goes to war: he gives him his solemn word that the horse will be safe. Albert reluctantly lets him go.

Major Nicholls is as good as his word, proving a loyal keeper and friend of Joey’s. He introduces him to Topthorn, a thoroughbred and the finest horse in the yeomanry. The two horses come to find peace and security together, for a while. After Major Nicholls is killed in action the horses are captured by the Germans. Meanwhile, back in Devon, the news of Major Nicholls’ death has reached Albert. Convinced that Joey will no longer be safe outside of his custody, Albert escapes from the farm and runs away to join the army and bring his beloved horse home safely.

www.Mirvish.com

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Start: February 10, 2012
End: January 6, 2013
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Location: Princess of Wales Theatre

Carnival: From Emancipation to Celebration

Explore the origins of Caribbean Carnival, from emancipation to celebration, highlighted by the costumes, photographs and renderings of Brian MacFarlane. Legendary in Trinidad and Tobago and respected worldwide, he is a six-time winner of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, where his dazzling creations stun the eye and spark the imagination. This exhibition is produced in collaboration with Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto.

www.rom.on.ca

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Start: November 5, 2012
End: February 24, 2013
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum