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Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Week in Theatre: Rocky Horror Show, Puppet Up, Moss Park, dirty butterfly, Abduction From The Seraglio

Rocky Horror ShowThis week in theatre rounds up the most noteworthy live theatre playing right now in Toronto. It includes just-opened shows as well as productions that are about to close.

Abduction From The Seraglio / Elgin Theatre / 7:30pm / $38-$100+

Opera lovers have been singing the virtues of Toronto-based Opera Atelier, and their international profile, for decades. If the COC is the only opera in which you partake, take a chance on exploring these exciting works from the Baroque era. Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio is a master and servant tale that follows the pair on a journey to save their love interests.

The Rocky Horror Show / Lower Ossington Theatre / 8:00pm / $39-$49

A Halloween classic, not of the ghosts and ghoul variety, but for the campiness of its drag, show tunes, and outrageous science fiction plot, The Rocky Horror Show has been a crowd-pleaser since its premiere in 1973. The film version catapulted its cult status into the stratosphere. It returns to Toronto stages for the sixth year in a row.

Moss Park / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $20-$32

A follow up to Tough!, George F. Walker revisits his characters Bobby and Tina in Moss Park. This time around, the couple have a baby to take care of, which makes the struggle to survive above the poverty line all the more difficult. The play is a contemporary look at the challenges facing Canadian families when all hope seems lost. Graeme McComb and Haley McGee are the young couple looking towards an uncertain future.

Puppet Up: Uncensored / Mirvish - Panasonic Theatre / 8:00pm/4:00pm / $19-$79

Improv and puppets tend to split the deck, interest wise. Both conventions aren't exactly everyone's theatrical cup of tea. So it's even more radical to see the them paired together — puppets doing improv. If the idea frightens you, take some solace in the fact that the puppets in Puppet Up are all from the Jim Henson Company and the cast is composed of six world-class puppeteers.

dirty butterfly / Daniels Spectrum / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $15-$25

Jamaican-British playwright Debbie Tucker Green presents a raw and powerful take on domestic abuse and socio-econmic divisions in dirty butterfly. The play is featured in Obsidian Theatre's Presentation Series, which seeks to support work of Black artists from Canada and around the world. The production is directed by Jack Grinhaus and features Kaleb Alexander, Beryl Bain, and Lauren Brotman.

by Keith Bennie via blogTO

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