Trending in Theatre This Week: Speed-the-Plow, Mr. Marmalade, the Best of Fringe and more
By Brianne Hogan
Ari Cohen and Jordan Pettle in Speed-the-Plow (Image: Cylla von Tiedemann)
In David Mamet’s 1988 play, the bottom line beats out artistry and idealism in Hollywood. Surprise, surprise. But, in Mamet’s hands, a trite notion becomes razor-sharp comedy with his trademark rapid-fire dialogue and, of course, swearing. Lots of swearing.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666. July 16 - Sept 22.
Once compared to an episode of Rugrats on LSD, this site-specific play takes place in a kindergarten class and centres around four-year-old Lucy and her abusive relationship with her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade.
Holy Family Catholic Church School, 1372 King St. W. July 17 - July 28.
If you couldn’t make it out to this year’s Fringe fest, don’t fret: the annual Best of the Fringe is playing this week with encores of fan favourites, such as Help Yourself, pomme is french for apple, and more.
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., 1-855-985-2787. July 18 - Aug 3.
One of the oldest forms of entertainment (it’s been around since at least the 17th century) gets a modern twist with the fifth installment of the Toronto Burlesque Festival. The (free) opening gala kicks off the titillating theatrical experience with an art reception and performances, including Naked Girls Reading.
The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., 647-213-5239. July 18.
Experience Seaton Village like never before as 15 residents of the ‘hood perform dance five creations on the porches of their own homes, reflecting their everyday lives, presented by Kaeja d’Dance.
Seaton Village, 84 London Street, 416-516-6030. July 19 - 22.