Toronto theatre finally opens with The Stay Home Show

Mirvish Productions announces immersive theatrical experience where the spectator is the star

Mirvish Productions is opening a brand new, super duper splashy show. And you won’t even have to leave home to watch it.

This morning, the country’s largest commercial theatre producer released a press release, poster and video announcing The Stay At Home Show. It’s a fundraiser for the AFC (formerly the Actors’ Fund of Canada).

Mirvish calls it “the first of its kind to open in Toronto… an immersive new theatrical experience where the spectator is the star and where the goal is a healthier world for all.”

Tickets are $10 each, but you’ll be happy to know there are no taxes, service charges or other exorbitant fees. And according to Mirvish, “one ticket price allows you multiple viewings.” A premium package – at $100 a ticket – is also available. But, alas, there’s no meet-and-greet, unless it’s with members of your own household, or the contactless delivery person delivering your food before you enjoy the show.

The video, currently on Mirvish’s YouTube page, features a graphic that’s a gentle homage to their co-production of Fun Home, featuring a new song with parody lyrics (by Ron Jacobson) to Stephen Sondheim’s Comedy Tonight, from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Mirvish presented the Stratford production in 2010). The vocalist is terrific belter Steffi DiDomenicanto, who has co-hosted Mirvish’s Check In From Away series for over a year now and is a member of its current paused production of monster hit Come From Away.

(My one question about the video: why is the woman paying for or tipping her delivery guy – at 0:33 seconds – handing him U.S. bills?)

Courtesy of Mirvish Productions

Your admission includes a good old-fashioned paper ticket, which Mirvish says will make a great souvenir for your scrap book or to frame on the wall to remember this unprecedented time. There will be no print-at-home tickets, and you won’t be able to scan your cellphone upon entry. You’re probably tired of looking at your phone anyway.

Tickets for The Stay At Home Show go on sale today, but will only be available until May 15 (psst… Mother’s Day is May 9.)

I’m giving the show 5Ns. I hope there’s no remount this fall.

You can order tickets here.


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