Stage Write: Fall Theatre Lineup

Every now and then, things get a little bit
dramatic up in hurr. With a few resident drama queens in our
midst, we’re thrilled to be working with some incredible performing
arts clients this year, like Canadian Stage  and Art of Time Ensemble (not to mention some great past shows like Potted Potter and Love Lies Bleeding) To stay on top of the season’s buzziest openings and hottest shows, we’ve enlisted
theatre-blogger-extraordinaire, Christine Gresham of Theatre Isn’t Dead for a new monthly column called Stage Write. She’ll lend some theatre expertise each month and give you the goods on the latest and greatest theatre shows in Toronto.

To start, here’s what we’re most excited about this fall on the city’s stages.

Fall is one of my fave times of year –
the leaves change colour, the weather becomes cooler, so my wardrobe options
increase, and, Halloween arrives, bringing with it the self-mutilating urge to
increase my sub-zero tolerance for scary things.

At the moment, I still can’t handle scary
movies, stories or even photos. Case in point – someone told me the plot of Paranormal
, and I couldn’t sleep that night. I hadn’t seen a trailer for the
movie, let alone ANY image from it and I woke up multiple times in the night
convinced an (spoiler alert!) invisible hoofed demon was standing over my bed
waiting to possess me.

So this year I’m looking to the theatre
(where else?!) to help me become a tougher, more down-with-the-gore, more
supernatural-loving person.

Here’s where I’m starting:

Tear The Curtain! an Electric Company production, presented by Canadian Stage.

Sunday, October 7 to Saturday, October 20 at The Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front. St. E.)

A jaded theatre critic in a gritty film noir rendition of 1930s Vancouver falls for the screen siren Mila, and is
caught dangerously between two warring mob families – one controlling the
city’s playhouses, the other its cinemas. As the action moves from screen to
stage and back again, Tear the Curtain! blurs the boundaries between film and
theatre in a stylish psychological thriller that’ll knock your socks off.

Canadian Stage’s Tear the Curtain! will knock your socks off. 
Image source.

Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare, a Theatre 20 production presented as a bonus in the Mirvish Productions subscription season.

Tuesday, October 9 to Sunday, October 28 at The Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge St.)

Watch the true story of two 19th century
Irish serial killers, who go into business selling corpses to anatomy schools
in Edinburgh. Reminiscent of Sweeney
, this eerie tale of deceit, murder, and mayhem is told in memorable song,
macabre humour, and compelling lyrics.

Bloodless: The Tale of Burke and Hare tells the story of two Irish serial killers. 

Jekyll and Hyde, a Mirvish Productions musical.

Wednesday, November 14 to Sunday, November 18 @ The Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria St.)

The classic tale of good and evil is
re-vamped and re-mounted with all of the chilling Broadway songs that first
grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed the show into a
theatrical phenomenon.
This production stars Grammy Award nominee Deborah Cox
and American Idol Star Constantine Maroulis, which, depending on your
point-of-view, could also add to the creepiness factor.

Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox star in the classic production of Jekyll & Hyde
Image source.

War of the Worlds, an Art of Time Ensemble performance.

Tuesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 4 at The Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay W.)

Aliens have landed! Again! In the return of the sold-out 2001
production of the play based on Orson Welles’s infamous radio broadcast. The
all-star cast of Sean Cullen (The Producers) joins Nicholas Campbell (Da
Vinci’s Inquest
) and Marc Bendavid (The Border) is accompanied by an
on-stage radio orchestra and remains chilling enough to cause Margaret Atwood
to tweet “Brilliant! Not 2 miss!”.


Even Margaret Atwood thinks you should see Art of Time Ensemble’s War of the Worlds

Shows that are currently running and are scary
GOOD are Nightwood Theatre’s Between The Sheets (at the Tarragon Extra Space now until October 7) and Soulpepper’s production of Arthur Miller’s faux/real witch
tale (depending on how you view Abigail), The Crucible (at the Younge Centre
for the Performing Arts until October 6). 
Wish me luck (and sound sleeps)!