CHARLES ROSS ( One Man Star Wars and One Man Lord Of The Rings , April 28-30) At last summer's Fringe, you had to sell your soul to Sauron to get a ticket to Ross's high-energy, low-tech One Man Lord Of The Rings. Ditto his earlier Fringe sellout One Man Star Wars. Aided by director T. J. Dawe , he recreates the filmic trilogies (20 minutes per film) with wit, humour and a caricaturist's careful eye. No CGI tricks needed.
ALON NASHMAN ( Kafka And Son , April 14-16) As part of the HATCH series, Nashman - who's played everything from Shakespeare to kids' theatre, all of it with intelligence - dramatizes the thorny relationship between shy, haunted artist Franz Kafka and his overbearing, disapproving father.
DENISE CLARKE ( A Fabulous Disaster , April 26-May 1) Hopping back to Toronto after a recent production of One Yellow Rabbit's Dream Machine, Clarke brings her mesmerizing style of movement theatre to a show about a cowgirl who's just gone through the second lesbian divorce in history.
REBECCA NORTHAN ( The Life Game, April 28-May 1) Northan is one of the most versatile performers around, equally adept as director (The Macbeth Show) or actor (Dear Boss). But it's as a comic improvisor that she really shines, and she's joined by fellow Loose Moose Theatre Company alumni Albert Howell , Derek Flores , Christy Bruce and others in LMTC founder Keith Johnstone 's fully improvised show based on one person's life. It's about time improv comedy got taken seriously here.
MARIE BRASSARD ( The Peep Show Project , April 19-23) She surprised us with a gender-switching hairdresser in her previous solo show, Jimmy. Now this Robert Lepage collaborator (The Dragon's Trilogy, Seven Streams Of The River Ota) continues her exploration of technology as a natural extension of the body, creating a piece that gives dramatic life to the voices in her head.
THEMBI MTSHALI ( A Woman In Waiting , April 28-May 1) A hit at World Stage 2003, Mtshali's moving autobiographical look at her life under apartheid gets remounted. She slaved as a domestic for white families, and only through a tiny act of kindness was able to change her life and follow her dreams of becoming an actor, which eventually led to a meeting with Nelson Mandela. A show full of warmth and forgiveness.