Acting Up Stage Picks: May 2014

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Company

See Acting Up Stage Associate Artist Jeff Lillico and Elegies star Eliza-Jane Scott in Theatre 20’s production of Company! This show, said by many to have launched the age of the modern musical, centres on Robert, a single man unable to commit to a steady relationship, the married couples who are his best friends, and his three on-again off-again girlfriends. Set in upper-middle-class Manhattan and told through a series of vignettes in no particular chronological order, each character and scene is linked by the celebration of Bobby’s 35th birthday. 

June 21 – July 13 – Berkeley Theatre, Toronto – theatre20.com or 416-368-3110


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Man of La Mancha

Robert McQueen, director of Caroline, or Change and Falsettos brings his most recent show to life with Man of La Mancha. Awaiting trial by the Inquisition, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes is assailed by his fellow prisoners, who try to seize the manuscript of his masterpiece, Don Quixote. His inspired response: a challenge to join him in staging his stirring tale of Quixote’s obsessive quest to attain an impossible dream.

Now on stage until October 11 – Avon Theatre, Stratford Festival– stratfordfestival.ca or 1-800-567-1600


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Cabaret

See Caroline, or Change star Deborah Hay and Light in the Piazza star Juan Chioran in Cabaret at the Shaw Festival. Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, the hottest nightclub in Berlin. American Cliff Bradshaw has just arrived in town. When he meets nightclub singer Sally Bowles, his life is turned upside down – just as the world is about to turn upside down, with Hitler on the rise in Weimar Germany. Another couple – Fraulein Schneider, Cliff’s landlady, and Herr Schultz, a Jewish grocer – must face the music, while the Emcee invites Cliff and Sally to forget the world around them. Hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains, it premiered on Broadway in 1966 and ran for over 1100 performances, winning numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Now on stage until October 26 – Festival Theatre, Shaw Festival – shawfest.com or 1-800-511-SHAW


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