October 27, 2013
Category: Performing Arts
If this play were a personal ad, it would read: rich American women in search of nobility seeking poor British men with titles – a forerunner of Downton Abbey? When American Bessie Saunders comes to London, she is thrust into the world of women of wealth and men of status. The games, the lies, the affairs – what she hears and witnesses, particularly in the garden house of her older sister Pearl, is a mercilessly funny look at Europe’s smart set. Sexy, stylish, provocative and very funny – writer and critic Graham Greene called it “the best social comedy of this century.”
For more details: www.shawfest.com
Location: Royal George Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
A Canadian Stage production.
A young actress is determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic erotic novel Venus in Fur. During her audition, she gets caught up in an electrifying game of cat and mouse with the director, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. The hottest ticket on Broadway last year, this brilliant and unexpected showdown of the sexes was nominated for the Best Play Tony Award.
“Smart. Sexy. Hilarious.” – Vogue.
“Ninety minutes of good, kinky fun.” – New York Times.
For more details: www.canadianstage.com
Venue: Bluma Appel Theatre — 27 Front Street East
A Canadian Stage Production in co-production with the Hopscotch Collective in association with the Theatre Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.
Three unlikely roommates are enduring the harsh Whitehorse winter as the 2007 Robert Pickton murder trial plays out on the TV. One of them, Garin, must confront the mystery of his missing aboriginal mother’s identity as his father dies of liver failure and threatens to take her story with him.
Yukonstyle is a play for the new generation of Canadians who are less concerned with what it means to be “Canadian” than they are with how to get by in this country of mountains, bison, fast food, serial killers, and snow.
For more details: www.canadianstage.com
Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street
For the past 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been dazzling—and surprising—her fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist and one of music’s most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million (and 14 Grammy nominations) and has won countless awards, from a Grammy and an Emmy to numerous honors for her tireless activism.
She comes to Massey Hall on her She’s So Unusual Tour to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of her iconic debut album of the same name which spawned four Top-5 hits on the Billboard 100 (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Time After Time, She Bop and All Through the Night). She will play the album in its entirety to honor and thank her legion of fans that have stood by her since the beginning.
For more details and tickets: www.MasseyHall.com
Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street
12 Noon Brunch Matinee: EXCELSIOR DIXIELAND JAZZ. 3:30pm: FREEWAY DIXIELAND led by Len Gosling-Vocals/
Cornet. 7:00pm: SAMMY JACKSON featuring Sammy Jackson-Vocals. 9:30pm: RANDOM ACCESS: Kelly
Jefferson-Sax, Geoff Young-Guitar, Rich Brown-Bass. Led by Barry Romberg-Drums.
For more details: www.TheRex.ca
Venue: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
The 2013 Spectacular will feature rousing marches, Celtic selections, Songs That Won The War, contemporary songs and stirring favourites. All of these performed by more than 120 pipers, drummers, brass and woodwind players from 10 of Toronto’s Navy, Army and Air Force unit bands.
This tribute program will include musical selections in celebration of space as the Royal Canadian Military Institute prepares for its new space and new home. Performers will shuttle us through musical treasures that have inspired nations from 1890, when the clubs opened, to today. Fanfares, pageantry, the skirl of the pipes, and colourful uniforms make this a showcase not to be missed!
For twenty-four consecutive years, lovers of big band, military band music and pageantry have known that this annual concert is a must-see. We look forward to entertaining you in grand style!
With a very special appearance by Col. Chris Hadfield.
For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
A brilliant young cast of Bohemians takes us on an unforgettable coming-of-age journey.
Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youthful flirtation, passionate love and heartbreaking tragedy springs to life in this beautiful new COC production, capturing the romance and artistic brilliance of France’s Belle Époque.
Performance time is approximately two hours, 10 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.
For tickets: www.coc.ca
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!
It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”
For more details: www.mirvish.com/shows/ilovelucyliveonstage
Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West
Henson Alternative’s PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED featuring The Miskreant Puppets.
PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED is a wild romp in which the skilled art of puppetry and spontaneous comedy collide. Unpredictable and irreverent, it’s never the same show twice. This live uncensored show lets loose the perilous and provocative elements of comedic improvisation on stage with a bunch of puppets from the Jim Henson Company . Expert puppeteers create twisted scenes and songs on the fly, as suggestions from the audience prompt the improvised storylines unfolding on stage.
PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED boasts a cast of six world-class puppeteers in an uninhibited live puppet performance. Touring after its successful Off-Broadway run in New York, the show has drawn rave reviews and overwhelming audience response.
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street