Heads up for the week of April 4-10, 2022

by Lynn on April 4, 2022

in The Passionate Playgoer

Tues. April 5, 2022 at 7:00

An IMM-Permanent Resident

As part of the RISER Festival from Why Not Theatre

If love travels the seven seas, who’s an immigration officer to disagree? 

Produced by Nautanki Bazaar
Presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Toronto

A comedy infused with Bollywood elements, An IMM-Permanent Resident is a hilarious take on the mundane and tiresome bureaucracy of the Canadian Immigration process, as experienced by playwrights and real-life couple, Himanshu and Neha.

The play explores the irreverent journey to obtain Neha’s PR status, including the couple’s trials and tribulations as they put their hopes and dreams on pause (indefinitely). Through wit and creative banter, this fast-paced roller coaster transports us between Mumbai and Toronto, as Neha and Himanshu navigate the immigration system and ask themselves – is love worth it all?

This project is part of Why Not’s PROVOKE stream of activities. PROVOKE projects are about creating change in our community, city and world.



The Theatre Center, BMO Incubator
1115 Queen St W, Toronto


April 1 at 7pm (preview performance)
April 2 at 7pm
April 3 at 2pm (post-show talk-back)

April 5 at 7pm (relaxed performance)
April 6 at 7pm
April 7 at 7pm
April 8 at 7pm (post-show talk-back)
April 9 at 7pm
April 10 at 2pm


Available for purchase online
or via email at boxoffice@theatrecentre.org 



Tues. April 5—May  15th , 2022 at 7:30 pm

The Antipodes

By Annie Baker

At the Coal Mine Theatre, Toronto, Ont.

A room full of people trying to create a story is perhaps the best metaphor for theatre there is. And Annie Baker, without question one of the best playwrights alive today, examines it with her exceptional powers at their peak. She gives us real human beings and great stakes. She gives us humour that shocks and surprises. Keen intellect. Love of storytelling. Pathos. Sadness. Folly. Power dynamics. And she adds a magical realism to it all that is just tantalizingly beyond our grasp. This play comes to Toronto at exactly the right time. After two years of pandemic living, it’s time to gather and share what humans have been sharing since the first sapiens gathered around the fire – stories.

Director Ted Dykstra on The Antipodes by Annie Baker
The Antipodes Dates: Second Preview: Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 Opening Night: Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 Closing: Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Tue. April 5-May 8, 2022


Written by Emma Donoghue

Mirvish Productions.

Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, Ont.

Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel Room has now been adapted as a new play with songs by Scottish songwriters Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett. Previously adapted by Donoghue for the screen, the film won Academy Awards®, Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her five year old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.

You will not want to miss this “story that is in some ways a harrowing one, that brings many in the audience to tears. Yet is also a tremendously beautiful, vivid and uplifting show about the power of a mother’s love.” (The Scotsman)

A co-production with Covent Garden Productions and the Grand Theatre, London, Canada.


Wednesday, April 6-24, 2022

The House of Bernarda Alba

Written by Federico Garcia Lorca
Translated by David Johnston

Directed by Soheil Parsa
featuring Rhoma SpencerLara ArabianSoo GarayMonica Rodriguez KnoxNyiri KarakasElizabeth DerTheresa Cutknife,  and Beatriz Pizano as Bernarda Alba



Iron-willed matriarch Bernarda Alba decrees eight years of mourning following her husband’s death, enacting a domestic lockdown that cuts her five daughters off from the world outside the walls of their home; but her daughters are women, not children, each hungers for her own place in the world. Their repression only fuels their desires for a life beyond.

The House of Bernarda Alba is Federico Garcia Lorca’s last play. Completed in 1936, it was only months later, in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, that he would be assassinated by Franco’s Fascist militia for his homosexuality and socialist politics.

Lorca’s unique theatrical style confronts naturalism. His compelling female characters mark him as one of the most extraordinary playwrights of the 20th century.

In The House of Bernarda Alba, Lorca explores the force of oppression, the conflict between individual freedom, individual desires and societal conventions and conformity. Modernity and tradition clash, showing the destructive nature of decaying traditions.



April 6-8

Show run
April 10-24
Tue-Sat 7:30PM
Sun 2PM

Saturday/Sunday, April 9/10, 2022

From Theatre Direct.

April 9 and April 10
Earlscourt Park INDUSTRY SERIES SIGN-UP NOW OPEN This year’s FORWARD MARCH FESTIVAL kicks off a three-part online Industry Series for emerging artists.

THE DATE FOR OUR FESTIVAL SHOWS This year’s festival features five new outdoor, site-specific pieces for young audiences and special presentations in Earlscourt Park on April 9 and 10

The incredible line-up includes:


Based on the Tausug folktale, Ararabuntu In The Animal World, KWENTO follows the journey of Ara, a young Filipina, as she enters the Animal Kingdom and learns what it means to be a part of a community.

The Labyrinth Assembly
In this interactive theatre-meets-board game experience, you’re invited to join the Labyrinth Assembly and decide the fate of your community. 

Thaw Together Now
A theatrical circus promenade to exit our hibernation to rediscover home.

Why the River Sings
Through storytelling, puppetry, and choral music, audiences are invited into an immersive theatrical experience inspired and informed by the history of Toronto’s famous lost river, Garrison Creek.

A Perspective on Humanity

A selection of exciting new writing and original artwork created and performed by Theatre Direct’s dynamic Teen-in-Residence Simaiya Shirley


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