In today's Urban Planner: a solo performance by opera star Anna Christy, Write Club returns, and plenty of theatrical options.Anna Christy as Lucia in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Photo by Michael Coope...
In today's Urban Planner: a solo performance by opera star Anna Christy, Write Club returns, and plenty of theatrical options.Anna Christy as Lucia in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Photo by Michael Cooper.
Music: Soprano Anna Christy has proven to be a real ear-pleaser as title character Lucia in the Canadian Opera Company mainstage production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Witness her powerhouse voice and vivacious stage presence during a special intimate solo performance as part of the COC Vocal Series. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12 p.m., FREE. Details
Books: Eight writers go head-to-head in a literary battle for charity in this month’s edition of WRITE CLUB. How does it work? Two contestants and their story ideas will be pit against each other in a series of four, seven-minute-long rounds. Proceeds from the door will be awarded to charities of the winners’ choice. Feats of brain strength will be demonstrated by Brendan Pinto, Chris Graham, Anne Thériault, Zebulon Pike, Kimberly Huie, Jason Donovan, Sean K. Robb, and Alex Tindal. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., $10. Details
Theatre: One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 7:30 p.m., $5–$68. Details
Theatre: David Yee examines life’s interconnectivity in Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave. The play follows an escort in Thailand, a housewife in Utah, and a Catholic priest in India, and how their lives are simultaneously brought together and torn apart by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21-$53. Details
Theatre: Delve into the world of dating, love, and marriage—sans commitment—with Angelwalk Theatre’s presentation of the off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Offered as a series of vignettes set to music, the show focuses on the disastrous, hilarious, and touching aspects of love and dating. Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $25-$45. Details
Theatre: The 2012-2013 Buddies in Bad Times season goes out with a bang, and a growl, with the world premiere of Ecce Homo Theatre’s Of a Monstrous Child: a Gaga Musical. Bruce Dow plays legendary performer and master of ceremonies Leigh Bowery, with Kimberly Persona as Mother Monster herself. Using the music of Lady Gaga as a backdrop, the show is a crash course in the history of queer performance, celebrating everyone from Yoko Ono to Madonna, and Boy George. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., PWYC-$37. Details
Theatre: If you’ve been paying attention to musical theatre news over the past two years, you know that The Book of Mormon has a passionate and devout following of fans who swear it’s the long-awaited saviour of the artform. The show won nine Tonys in 2011, the cast recording reached number three on the Billboard chart, and tickets for its Broadway run are rare and expensive. Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), 8 p.m., Prices vary. Details
Theatre: The experience of watching The Charge of the Expormidable Moose is a lot like the experience of reading the play’s title. At first, it’s a little strange, a little off-putting, and very ambiguous. But eventually, its oddness becomes its appeal. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $13-$28. Details
Theatre: It becomes clear rather quickly in the first scene of BEA, Actors Repertory Company’s North American premiere of British playwright Mick Gordon’s 2010 wo