Fall 2012 Theatre Preview

10 Toronto Shows to Watch

Eddie Glen and Evan Buliung in Theatre 20's BLOODLESS. Photo by Riyad Mustapha.

As summer comes to an end, fall theatre descends upon the city like a crisp bed of leaves. Get ready to jump in! From Irish serial killers to singing nuns, this season’s lineup offers something for just about everyone. Here, we list 10 shows worth seeing in order of opening.

1) No Great Mischief (Tarragon Theatre)
Sept 11 to October 21

Richard Rose directs David Fox and R.H. Thompson in a revival of David S. Young’s No Great Mischief, adapted from the novel by Alistair MacLeod. The play follows two brothers as they make peace with their Scottish/Canadian heritage. Visit tarragontheatre.com for more information and to buy tickets.

2) Proud
September 20 to October 6
Berkeley Street Theatre

Michael Healey’s controversial satire about a certain Canadian Prime Minister finally gets a staging at the Berkeley Street Theatre. Directed by Miles Potter, Proud is the third in a trilogy of plays about Canadian values. Visit proudtheplay.com for more information and to buy tickets.

3) Sister Act (Mirvish)
October 2 – November 4

Ed Mirvish Theatre

David Mirvish brings Broadway’s Sister Act (based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg) to Toronto next month for a limited run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Featuring original music by award-winning composer Alan Menken, the musical comedy about a troubled singer who transforms a group of nuns into a top-notch choir while hiding out from the cops, is sure to bring the house down. Visit Mirvish.com for more information and to buy tickets.

4) Tear the Curtain! (Canadian Stage)
October 7 to 20

Bluma Appel Theatre

Canadian Stage resident artist Kim Collier directs Jonathon Young and Kevin Kerr’s Tear the Curtain!, an Electric Company Theatre production in association with Vancouver’s Arts Club, on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre. Set in a film noir version of 1930s Vancouver, the show follows Alex, a jaded theatre critic caught in a vicious turf war between the stage and screen, as the city’s playhouses and cinemas battle it out. Visit canadianstage.com for more information and to buy tickets.

5) Bloodless (Theatre 20)
October 9 to 28

Panasonic Theatre

Toronto’s artist-led musical theatre company Theatre 20 launches its inaugural season with the Toronto premiere of Joseph Aragon’s Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare, a new Canadian musical based on the true story of two 19th century Irish serial killers who go into business selling corpses to anatomy schools in Edinburgh. Visit mirvish.com for more information and to buy tickets.

6) The Normal Heart (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)
Oct 19 to Nov 18

Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart returns to Buddies in Bad Times next month in a remount of Studio 180′s acclaimed 2011 production. The story follows the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City from the perspective of writer/activist Ned Weeks. Visit buddiesinbadtimes.com for more information and to buy tickets.

7) Alligator Pie (Soulpepper)
October 26 to November 25

Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Soulpepper brings Dennis Lee’s beloved children’s poems to life in Alligator Pie, an original production created by ensemble members Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Ken MacKenzie, Gregory Prest and Mike Ross. Visit soulpepper.ca for more information and to buy tickets.

8) Speaking in Tongues (Company Theatre)
October 29 to November 24

Berkeley Street Theatre

Company Theatre brings Australian playwright Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues to the Berkeley Street Theatre this fall in a new co-production with Canadian Stage. Philip Riccio directs the Canadian premiere of this thriller about infidelity and the darker side of human nature. Visit canadianstage.com for more information and to buy tickets.

9) The Little Years (Tarragon Theatre)
Nov 7 to Dec 16

John Mighton’s The Little Years will play at the Tarragon Theatre this fall in a remount of the 2011 Stratford Shakespeare Festival production directed by Chris Abraham. The play follows the life of Kate, a talented but overlooked math whiz growing up in the 1950s. Visit tarragontheatre.com for more information and to buy tickets.

10) Fare Game: Life in Toronto’s Taxis (Theatre Passe Muraille)
November 16 to December 8

Created and performed by The Toronto Taxi Collective (Ruth Madoc-Jones, Marjorie Chan and Alex Williams), Fare Game: Life in Toronto’s Taxis takes the audience on a multimedia tour of Toronto’s taxis, exposing the struggles drivers face in this troubled industry. Visit passemuraille.on.ca for more information and to buy tickets.


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