Trending in Theatre This Week: the best of this year’s Shaw Festival
By Brianne Hogan
Nicole Underhay and Benedict Campbell in His Girl Friday (Image: David Cooper)
Fans of the classic screwball comedy will love this adaptation of the Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell film about a newspaper editor who lures back his ace reporter (and former lover) with the top story of the year.
Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade. Now - Oct. 5
This Leonard Bernstein musical look at the ’50s American Dream takes place in the day of the life of Sam and Dinah, a seemingly perfect couple on the outside, but who secretly yearn for more. The jazzy music should liven the plot up a bit, at least.
Court House Theatre, 26 Queen St. Now - Oct. 7
Glowingly reviewed by our theatre critic, this sweeping musical (based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow) takes a look at three diverse groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African-Americans; upper-class suburbanites; and Eastern European immigrants, all set to the rhythm of ragtime.
Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade. Now - Oct. 14
In the play that launched William Inge’s playwriting career, another troubled couple — Lola and Doc — aren’t really happy with the life they have. Doc’s a recovering alcoholic; Lola has never gotten over her heyday as the ‘it’ girl in high school. Both have their world turned upside down when they take in a young boarder named Marie.
Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen St. Now - Oct. 19
Noël Coward takes a page out of his own life with this witty farce about a successful and self-obsessed comedy actor, Gary Essendine, as he prepares for a tour in Africa. But first, he must contend with a gaggle of women and his impending 40th birthday. Poor guy.
Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade. Now - Oct. 28
All tickets can be purchased via the Shaw Festival's website, or by calling 1-800-511-SHAW