Who: Performer in Amiel Gladstone's The Black Box, a trio of stories about the human fascination with flight.
Buzz: After charming us in an all-female A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stubel rejoins Victoria's Theatre SKAM (the outdoor Aerwacol) for this show. Will it also take wing?
RAE ELLEN BODIE
Who: Performer in A. Shay Hahn's Lemon Water, in which siblings open family secrets.
Buzz: Impressive in The Old Neighbourhood and Ota, the former westerner is one of Toronto's new talents.
Who: Actor in adaptation of Diane Schoemperlen's Forms Of Devotion, in which a separated couple seek a new grounding in their lives.
Buzz: Baugh, who gets to the emotional guts of a role (The Erotic Curve Of The Earth, Smoke), is reunited with director Mark Cassidy (Howl) to explore the pain of love gone sour. How wrenching can he be?
MARY FRANCIS MOORE
Who: Directs Alison Lawrence's Going For Groceries and performs in Sean Reycraft's One Good Marriage That One, That One.
Buzz: The talented bittergirl (the play, not the person) juggles two SummerWorks jobs. Can she highlight the sometimes tense links between mother and 10-year-old daughter (Going) and play up a marriage on the rocks (One Good) without one angst-ridden relationship slopping over into the other?
Who: Author of Greenland, about two bookstore workers, one who escapes life through literature and the other who hates the books he sells.
Buzz: MacLean's been absent from the Toronto stage since his 1997 Fringe hit Smoke. Let's see if this new work captures the same theatrical poetics and quirky comedy.
Who: Actor in Raven Dauda's 3 Parts Harmony, in which a woman's mind, body and spirit become characters. Buzz: A hot property since last year's yagayah, young burns up the stage whenever she appears. Will Factory's Mainspace be singed?