Heads up for the Week of Oct. 25-31, 2021

by Lynn on October 24, 2021

in The Passionate Playgoer

Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. 7:30 pm. William Shakespeare’s PERICLES
From Red Bull Theatre

A poet returns from the dead to tell the tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre––the touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation about a hero whose adventures take him through the turbulent waters of both the literal seas and the tumultuous challenges of life itself. His odyssey is an epic journey of discovery, loss, and, ultimately, redemption. 
This online benefit reading of Shakespeare’s PERICLES is directed by Kent Gash and features a company of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists, including Shirine Babb, Kimberly Chatterjee, Caroline Clay, Grantham Coleman, Callie Holley, Mahira Kakkar, Jordan Mahome, Anthony Michael Martinez, Edward O’Blenis, Bhavesh Patel, Michele Shay, Timothy D. Stickney, and Craig Wallace. GET DETAILS

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

From the Almeida Theatre in London, England


On Line, streaming.

Priority booking for live streamed performances of The Tragedy of Macbeth Starring James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, click the link below.

Five performances of Yaël Farber’s production will be streamed between Wednesday 27– Saturday 30 October, with the actors performing live from the theatre each night. The film will be produced by North South Culture following their work on the acclaimed live stream run of Hymn in February.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said, “We’re delighted that so many people have booked to see The Tragedy of Macbeth in-person at the Almeida. However, there are still large numbers of audience members for whom getting to the theatre is impossible, either because they are shielding or because they can’t travel to London. Through streaming, we can take the show to them.”

Please use the link below to book.

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Wednesday, Oct. 27-Nov. 14, 2021

Kingston Grand Theatre

Live in person.

The Sylvia Effect

The Sylvia Effect is written and directed by Peter Hinton. Using Sylvia Plath and her poems as inspiration, this play speaks to the emotional confessions of four characters simply named: The Daughter, The Poet, The Mother, and The Son.

“Sylvia Plath became famous, partly because of the manner of her death. But as often the case with artistic success it was also a case of timing. Writing against time. This relationship to time makes her an ideal subject for the theatre. The challenge for me is to get past the tragic story to whatever core of experience or truth might wait on the other side.

For Plath privacy was something her death made public and something her life denied. Privacy involves time and space rather than any concept of secrecy. I think the facts of artists’ lives are misused but it can’t be helped. Maybe because we invest what we think of as the best of ourselves in our work – it’s disconcerting to think that anyone would be more interested in the lives we so often, in one way or another, neglect, in order to get the work done.
The play is intended to be played simply and directly. It is written in 5 scenes with a prologue and epilogue. A terse and precise and quick delivery is best. Pauses and breaks in the text indicate beats, not unlike stanzas in free verse. Italicized lines are quotations, and text culled from the letters, journals and poems of Sylvia Plath. The characters are isolated in a world of darkness and light, a sort of Purgatory/Inferno of a mid-century Divine Comedy.”
– Peter Hinton

Tickets: https://www.kingstongrand.ca/events/the-sylvia-effect

Thursday, Oct. 28-30, 2021

Talk Is Free Theatre


Live, in person

Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto.

Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine’s wonderful musical of fractured, intertwined fairy tales of searching for love, happiness and beans in the spooky woods.

This has been given two stellar productions in Barrie. Now Toronto gets a chance to see what the brilliance is all about.


Thursday, Oct. 28- Nov. 12, 2021.

Opera Atelier


Live Streaming


Streaming Premiere Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:00PM ET 
Streaming Tickets $30
Streaming from October 28, 2021 – November 12, 2021

In-Person Film Premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox
Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:00PM ET 
In-Person Premiere Tickets $99



Angel is a multi-disciplinary storytelling event that explores themes of creation, loss of innocence, isolation and redemption through the texts of John Milton’s Paradise Lost and the mystic poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke.

Marking the culmination of OA’s commission for new music for baroque instruments by Canadian composer Edwin HUIZINGA with Christopher BAGAN – created over the past 4 years and featured in performances in Toronto, Chicago, and Versailles – Angel will also showcase musical excerpts by Matthew Locke, William Boyce, and Max Richter’s Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons*.

Featuring Colin AINSWORTH, Mireille ASSELIN, Measha BRUEGGERGOSMAN, Jesse BLUMBERG, Meghan LINDSAY, John TIBBETTS, and Douglas WILLIAMS with the Artists of Atelier Ballet, members of Tafelmusik, (Elisa CITTERIO, Music Director) and D. Brainerd BLYDEN-TAYLOR with The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

Angel is dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Lamon, C.M., O. Ont., D. Litt. (1949 – 2021), Tafelmusik’s longtime Music Director and Music Director Emerita, and Opera Atelier’s beloved friend, treasured colleague and collaborator for more than 35 years.

Composer: Edwin HUIZINGA 
Conductor: David FALLIS
Stage Director: Marshall PYNKOSKI
Choreographer: Jeannette Lajeunesse ZINGGFilm Director / Editor / Director of Photography: Marcel CANZONA
Set Designer / Art Director: Gerard GAUCISolo Contemporary Choreographer: Tyler GLEDHILL Translator: Grace ANDREACCHI Associate Composer / Assistant Conductor: Christopher BAGANHead of Wardrobe / Costume Designer: Michael LEGOUFFE Costume Designer: Michael GIANFRANCESCO Audio Production: Matthew ANTAL Resident Photographer: Bruce ZINGERProduction Stage Manager / Script Supervisor: Melissa ROOD*“Summer 1” and “Winter 1” written by Max Richter. Published by Mute Song Ltd. and Rough Trade Publishing. By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music.

Thursday, Oct. 28-30, 2021.


Streaming at the Young Vic.

Cush Jumbo. She’s brilliant.  She’s playing HAMLET. Times will differ but don’t miss this chance.

28 Oct 2021 – 30 Oct 2021


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