Shakuntala is an epic South Asian tale filled - as are all classic love stories - with longing, separation and other trials (Pleaides/World Stage from February 4 at Fleck Dance Theatre, 416-973-4000).
Another Asian legend, the tale of the Monkey King, weaves into the experience of Chinese railway workers in The Forbidden Phoenix (pictured right), a blend of martial arts, Peking Opera and Western musical theatre (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre/Citadel from February 2 at Lorraine Kimsa, 416-862-2222).
Expect clever comedy from Tom Stoppard's Travesties, in which James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and dadaist Tristan Tzara get caught up in a production of The Importance Of Being Earnest (Soulpepper, from February 12, 416-866-8666).
On the dance front, you can warm up by seeing Up Until Now..., influential U.S. choreographer Deborah Hay's commissioned piece for Toronto Dance Theatre (from January 29 at the Winchester, 416-967-1365). And check out Vancouver living legend Lola MacLaughlin's Provincial Essays, a timely look at society and nature (from March 6 at the Enwave, 416-973-4000).