Trending in Theatre this Week: Parfumerie, Memphis, Early Retirement, Off Broadway On Stage, Other People’s Stuff
By Brianne Hogan
Patricia Fagan and Oliver Dennis in Parfumerie (Image: Cylla von Tiedemann)
Soulpepper remounts its 2009 smash hit about two clerks in a Budapest perfume shop who argue by day and unknowingly exchange anonymous love letters by night. If the plot sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve seen it remade as the James Stewart classic flick, The Shop Around the Corner, which, in turn, inspired the Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks pairing in You’ve Got Mail. (But don’t judge it based on that AOL-era clunker!)
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, 416-866-8666, Dec. 9–Dec. 31.
In this Tony-award winning musical, a white DJ falls in love with a black dance club singer in the 1950s. Inspired by real events, the production is sure to be a thrilling night of hip-gyrating music and forbidden love.
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, 416-250-3708, Dec. 6–Dec. 24.
Who hasn’t thought about this one before? A young woman, who’s fed up with life and love, moves into a retirement home to get away from it all.
Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin Street, Dec. 8–Dec. 10.
For those who wish they could listen to a variety of off-Broadway hits in one night, you’re in luck. This new musical revue features popular songs (some of which eventually made to Broadway) from The Fantasticks to Altar Boyz.
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, 416-250-3708, Dec. 7–Dec. 11.
If you’re in the mood for some holiday mirth, why not stop by this comedy benefit and help out your fellow man (or woman) via the Red Door Family Shelter? Comics Paul Bellini, Pat Thornton, Ron Sparks, Aurora Browne and more will rip off material from infamous comedians and musicians, and it’s all good because it helps the less fortunate. Copyright infringement be damned!
Comedy Bar, 945B Bloor Street West, 416-551-6540, Dec. 8 @ 8pm.