Continuing adventUreS In SlUmberland (Frolick). This
all-ages show about a boy’s dream world is an adaptation of Winsor McCay’s comic strip Little Nemo In Slumberland. Runs to Aug 26, Wed-Sun 11 am, noon, 1 and 2 pm. $10 or pwyc. Olympic Island Lagoon Theatre, near Centre Island ferry dock. frolick.ca. aPPrentIce to mUrder (Mysteriously Yours... Dinner Theatre). This dinner-theatre whodunit features corporate back-stabbing and boardroom intrigue. Runs to Sep 15, FriSat and some Thu; dinner from 6:30 pm, show 8 pm. $66-$71. 2026 Yonge. mysteriouslyyours.com. avenUe Q by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Lower Ossington Theatre). This intimate revival of the Broadway smash delivers all the fun of puppets behaving badly. Songs about racism, porn and being in the closet are hilarious, honest and performed well by a strong cast of singers and puppeteers challenged by a few technical restraints. Runs to Oct 7, ThuSat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $45-$60. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com. nnn (Jordan Bimm) backbeat by Iain Softley, Michael Thomas and Stephen Ward (Mirvish). Hardcore Beatles fans will find lots to enjoy in this moody, slow-moving story about the forming of the Fab Four. The script doesn’t offer much insight into anyone or anything, including the bromance between John Lennon and his friend/bass player Stuart Sutcliffe, who’s also a talented artist. But once the show finds its emotional heart, it’s absorbing enough, and the music, performed entirely by the actors, is delivered with loud, brash take-no-prisoners enthusiasm. Runs to Sep 2, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $36-$130. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. nnn (GS) the beSt of frIngekIdS 2012 (Theatre Direct/Fringe Toronto). Three kids’ shows from last month’s Fringe Fest (Something From Nothing; The Tempest – A Puppet Epic; Tick) return to the stage. Runs to Aug 12, Thu 10 & 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30 & 7 pm, Sun noon, 1 & 4 pm. $12.30. Wychwood Barns Theatre, 76 Wychwood. 416-5374191, theatredirect.ca. cloUdS over t.o. by Sten Eirik (Guildwood Festival Theatre). A man struggles with urban living and debt in this adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Clouds set in present-day Toronto. Runs to Aug 12, Thu-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $20, kids under 12 free. Guild Inn Gardens, 201 Guildwood Pkwy, Greek Theatre. guildfestivaltheatre.ca.
the comPlete WorkS of WIllIam ShakeSPeare (abrIdged) (The Classical Theatre Pro-
ject). Three actors perform 37 plays in 97 minutes in this interactive show performed on the garden terrace. Runs to Aug 29, Wed 7 and 9:30 pm (no show Aug 22). $50, stu/srs $30. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. 416-915-6750, completeworksabridged.com. hello (Huge Picture Productions). The leader of a vigilante group wrestles with existential questions during an alien invasion in this multimedia musical. Runs to Aug 31, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $25. Electric Theatre, 299 Augusta. 416317-8715, hugepictureproductions.com. a hIStory of forgettIng by David Anderson and Krista Dalby (Clay & Paper Theatre). This play looks at modern hubris and our lack of humility in the face of the past. Runs to Aug 26, Wed-Sun 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc ($10 sugg). Dufferin Grove Park, Dufferin S of Bloor. clayandpapertheatre.org. hoW to traIn yoUr dragon lIve (DreamWorks). Dragons and Vikings collide in this live show featuring actors, acrobats and fullsize dragons. Runs to Aug 12, Thu-Sat 7 pm, mats Sat 11 am & 3 pm, Sun 11 am & 4 pm. $35-$160. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay. dreamworksdragonslive.com. memory In the mUd (Words In Motion). This movable drama and tour tells the stories of brick makers, POWs and Depression-era transients who spent time at the Brick Works. Runs to Sep 30, most Sat and Wed 2 pm (see website for exact schedule). $20, child $10. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. ebw. evergreen.ca/whats-on/memory-in-the-mud. a mIdSUmmer nIght’S dream by William Shakespeare (Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park). This magical outdoor theatre spectacle – celebrating its 30th summer – delivers a hilarious take on the Bard’s classic comedy about lovers who take to a forest populated by mischievous fairies.
Packed with action, comedy and eye candy, this Dream has something for everyone, young and old. Runs to Sep 2, Tue-Sun 8 pm. Pwyc ($20 sugg), 14 and under free. High Park Amphitheatre, Bloor W and Parkside. canadianstage.com. nnnn (Jordan Bimm) mInd reader (Bobby Motta). Mentalist Motta performs a weekly interactive show. Indefinite run, Wed 8 pm. $15. The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick. bobbymotta.com. odySSeo (Cavalia). This entertaining followup to 2003’s equine escapade Cavalia features some Cirque du Soleil glitz, a bit more hunky human flesh and some jaw-dropping production values. The horses are the stars, galloping, clearing fences and performing in unison, sometimes with brave riders jumping over them (and in one eye-popping case, under them). Runs to Aug 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3 pm, Sun 2 pm. $29.50-$119.50. White Big Top, 324 Cherry. 1-866-999-8111, cavalia.net. nnn (GS) Peter Pan by JM Barrie (UC Follies Theatre Company). The classic story of the boy who never grows up is performed outdoors. Bring your own blanket. Runs to Aug 19, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm. $10, stu/srs $8, Wed pwyc. Hart House Circle, 7 Hart House Circle. uofttix.ca. the royal comedIanS by Mikhail Bulgakov (Soulpepper). This play looks at the life of French dramatist Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière. Runs to Sep 21, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22, stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. SPeed-the-PloW by David Mamet (Soulpepper). It’s middling Mamet – all flash and with almost no emotional truth – but this tale of two Hollywood sharks who plan to produce an exploitative prison pic and the temp secretary who tries to bring salvation to one of them has some searing satire, razor-sharp dialogue and three fine performances by Ari Cohen, Jordan Pettle and Sarah Wilson. Runs to Sep 22, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22, stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. nnn (Susan G Cole) the SUnShIne boyS by Neil Simon (Soulpepper). Simon’s 1972 comedy about a famous vaudeville duo who grudgingly reunite for a TV special is jokey and middlebrow, but has lots of affection for show biz and a moving metaphor about friendship and working relationships. Director Ted Dykstra gets rich, deeply felt performances from veterans Kenneth Welsh and Eric Peterson, who nail most of the jokes and help suggest a lot that’s not in the script.. Runs to Sep 22, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22, stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper. ca. nnn (GS) War horSe based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford (National Theatre of Great Britain/Mirvish). The story’s familiar – boy gets horse, boy loses horse, etc – but the stagecraft on display in War Horse is like nothing else. Handspring Puppet Company’s equines come to life with Rae Smith’s spectacular design, which uses projections to convey the First World War battlefields where Albert (an excellent Alex Ferber) seeks the horse he loves. We appreciate the anti-war message, as well, but it’s the magic theatre can create that’ll make you weep. Runs to Sep 30, TueSat 7:30 pm, mats Sat-Sun and Wed 1:30 pm. $35-$130, rush $29. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish. com. nnnnn (Susan G Cole)
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Thursday, August 9 abSolUte comedy presents Brian Stollery,
Barry Kennedy and host Ward Anderson. To Aug 12, Thu 8:30 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. $10-$15. 2335 Yonge. 416-4867700, absolutecomedy.ca. bdt SUmmer blockbUSter Week Bad Dog Theatre presents an action mashup featuring Montreal troupe the Bitter End and Sex T-Rex. 9:30 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, baddogtheatre.com. eaSy actIon Bad Dog Theatre presents members of Montreal’s the Bitter End and the Bad Dog Repertory Players. Part of Summer Blockbuster Week. 10 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-5516540, baddogtheatre.com. fall 2012 maInStage revUe Second City presents a collection of sketches, songs and improvisations. To Aug 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm (plus late show Sat 10:30 pm), Sun 7 pm. $24-$29, stu $15. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity. com. gorIlla theatre Backyard Spaceship Productions presents four improv directors at the mercy of the audience. Thursdays at 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-661-6540. laUghIng lIke craZy Mood Disorders Association of Ontario presents a stand-up showcase by graduates of its Young Adult Program. 7:30 pm. Pwyc. Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor, Auditorium. mooddisorders.ca. ready, Set, laUgh! Second City presents an all-ages collection of sketches, songs and improv to benefit the SickKids Foundation. To Aug
31, Thu-Fri 1 pm. $14, family pack $48. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com. Where the hell are We? The Mary Janes of Comedy present their stand-up comedy tour, featuring Sarah Donaldson, Candice Gregoris, Shelley Kidwell and Lianne Mauladin. 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. wix.com/ maryjane2/maryjanesofcomedy. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn presents Shannon Laverty. To Aug 12, Thu and Sun 8 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:30 pm. $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. yUk yUk’S WeSt presents John Ki w/ Sarah Walsh and Ted Morris. To Aug 11, Thu 8 pm, Fri-Sat 9 pm. $12-$20. 5165 Dixie, Mississauga. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.
Friday, August 10 abSolUte comedy See Thu 9. the beSt of the Second cIty presents classic
and original sketch and trademark improvisation. 11 pm. $24, stu $15. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. I JUSt love that I’m So Into yoU The Flying Beaver Pubaret presents dialogue, monologue and interactive games with Heather Gold and Mariko Tamaki. 7:30 pm. $10$15. 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567, brownpapertickets.com/event/259803. marty toPPS hoUSe Party ShoW Isaac Winter presents a comedy show and dance party w/ Chris Locke, Mark DeBonis, Bronx Cheer, Jayvlog89, Marty Simsovic, host Marty Topps, DJ T-Bot and others. 10:30 pm. $5-$8. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. martytopps.ca. ready, Set, laUgh! See Thu 9. todd glaSS The Comedy Addict presents the comic performing live standup and the podcast show (Sat, 10:30 pm). To Aug 11, Fri-Sat 8 & 10:30 pm. $20. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn See Thu 9. yUk yUk’S vaUghan presents Chris Quigley w/ Khandi Abelson and Terry Clement. To Aug 11, Fri-Sat 9 pm. $20. 70 Interchange Way. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. yUk yUk’S WeSt See Thu 9.
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Saturday, August 11 abSolUte comedy See Thu 9. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. hUngry hUngry gameS Bad Dog Theatre
presents a sneak peak at a Hunger Gamesinspired comedic death match. Part of Summer Blockbuster Week. 7 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, baddogtheatre. com. theatreSPortS Bad Dog Theatre presents a turbocharged edition of the improv show as part of Summer Blockbuster Week. 7 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416491-3115, baddogtheatre. com.
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hIrSch by Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson (Stratford Festival). Actor Alon Nashman and director Paul Thompson’s portrait of John Hirsch, the talented, complicated director who for a time ran the Stratford Festival, pulls no punches; the show reveals Hirsch’s caustic, irascible side as well as his passion for and insight into theatre. Nashman’s performance is mesmerizing. Runs in rep to Sep 14. $30-$70. Studio Theatre, 34 George E, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. nnnn (JK) ragtIme by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Shaw Festival). Turn-of-the-century America is seen through the eyes of three very different families in this musical. Runs in rep to Oct 14. $35-$110, stu/srs mats $24-$45. Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-theLake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. 3
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todd glaSS See Fri 10. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn See Thu 9. yUk yUk’S vaUghan See Fri 10. yUk yUk’S WeSt See Thu 9.
Sunday, August 12 abSolUte comedy See Thu 9. comedy at 51 Kyra Williams presents a late-
night comedy cabaret w/ Andre Arruda, Allen Yiu, Chrissie Cunningham, Michael Harrison, Amber Harper-Young, the Panel Show and host Jim Kim. 10 pm. Pwyc. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. haPPy hoUr @ eIn-SteIn presents Kurt Jaimungal, Marty Simsovic, Kivork, Keelan Miller, Matt Collins, Lianne Mauladin, host Sam Feldman and others. 8 pm. Free. EinStein, 229 College. ein-stein.ca. SUnday nIght lIve The Sketchersons present weekly sketch w/ guest hosts and musical acts. 9 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. thesketchersons.com. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn See Thu 9.
Monday, August 13 altdot comedy loUnge Rivoli presents Ron Sparks, Alex Pavone, Rhiannon ñ Archer, Chris Locke, Amanda Brooke Perrin,
Rose Giles, MC Christophe Davidson and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. 332 Queen W. altdotcomedylounge.com. the beSt of the Second cIty presents classic and original sketch and trademark improvisation. 8 pm. $14. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416343-0011, secondcity.com. cheaP laUghS monday PJ O’Briens Irish Pub presents a show w/ Russell Roy and guests. 9 pm. Free. 39 Colborne. 416-815-7562. the lIttle comedy ShoW that coUld Jon Kane presents Arthur Simeon, Jordan Foisy, Jy Harris, Evan Desmarais and Rob Mailloux. 9 pm. $5. The Avro, 750 Queen E. jonkane.ca. the ShISha ShoW Naughty Nadz presents stand-up w/ headliner Martha O’Neill, host Blair Streeter and an open mic. 9 pm. Free. 1590 Dundas E, Mississauga. 905-232-5577.
Tuesday, August 14 fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn presents the Humber
School of Comedy at 7:30 pm, and stand-up Amateur Night at 9:30 pm. $4. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.
Wednesday, August 15 abSolUte comedy presents Pro-Am Night w/
Fraser Young, DK Phan, Kivork, Rachelle Elie, Jeff Paul, Sam Farid and host Tim Dimond. 8:30 pm. $6. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, absolutecomedy.ca. eaSt SIde rePreSentS Red Sandcastle Theatre presents a monthly comedy revue w/ Sandra Battaglini, Darla Biccum, Jeanie Calleja, Sarah Carver, Precious Chong, Todd Graham, host Fiona Carver and others. 8:30 pm. $10. 922 Queen E. redsandcastletheatre. com. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. hUmPday hUmoUr Muoi Nene Productions present weekly Afrocentric comedy w/ Raïs Muoi and others. 7 pm. Free. Hakuna Matata Sports Bar, 326 Parliament. 416-519-1569. laUghS @ Slack’S presents the weekly openmic show w/ guest host Heidi Brander and others. 8:30 pm. Free. Slack’s, 562 Church. facebook.com/LaughsAtSlacks. SIren’S comedy Celt’s Pub presents open-mic stand-up w/ Jason Schlesinger and host Hannah Hogan. 8:30 pm. Free. 2872 Dundas W. 416-767-3339. toP Sketch canada Black Swan presents a sketch and improv competition w/ Josh Bowman, Matt McCready, Joe Delfin, Joel Buxton, Alicia Douglas, Meredith Cheesbrough, Ron Sparks, Laura Bailey and host Jen Littlewood. To Aug 22, Wednesdays 8 pm. $5. 154 Danforth. email@example.com. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn presents Paul Smith. To Aug 19, Wed-Thu and Sun 8 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:30 pm. $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. 3
dance listings Planet IndIgenUS Harbourfront Centre presents dance by Australian company ñ Polytoxic, Tjimur Dance Theatre of Taiwan,
the Gitxsan troupe Dancers of Damelahamid from BC and more. Aug 11-19, Thu-Sun (see website). Free. 235 Queens Quay W. 416-9734000, harbourfrontcentre.com. 3
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