Monday, March 26, 2012

Openings We're Tracking This Week, March 26-April 1, 2012

It's a rally, it's art, it's feminist, it's Queer, it's comedy and it's a party. It's Nightwood's FemCab 2012 and you can't go wrong with a host like Elvira Kurt, one of the funniest people on the continent and...well...prickly too. (Toronto)

In the same way that Phantom of The Opera used to be kidded about being the musical about the chandelier (its most notable prop), Miss Saigon was sniped at for being the musical about the helicopter. But there is more in this adaptation of Madama Butterfly than that. Boublil/Schönberg - the millionaires who gave us Les Miz - approach Vietnam and the issues of colonialism and miscegenation (a word that is, thankfully, fluttering into history). Curtain Call Players are reviving the work this week. (Toronto)

l-r Marvin Tucker, Mike Wilcox, Heather Barker,
Scott Roodvoets of Sam (Photo: Debra Tosh) 
Woody Allen may be a taboo name in your household (you know, that icky Mia/Soon-Yi business), but before he became (in)famous for that, he was a household name for being an hilarious nebbish who wrote hilarious plays including the gem of his career, Play It Again, Sam about - what else? - a nebbish taking advice about women from the phantom of Humphrey Bogart. It's a lark! (Belleville)

And, of course, there is the highly anticipated return of Performs Tom Waits. The title says all of it and none of it. Three nights only. (Calgary)

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