The Fringe production of Aphra Zimmerman's Breaking Legs! * a satire about the troubles of creating a stage production * is off to the Big Apple in March for a run at the New York Comedy Club. Propelled by eccentric personalities and behind-the-scenes politics, sex and artistic dreams, the show was a hit here last July. The company holds a funder for the trip Sunday (January 21), featuring musicians Claire Jenkins, Allan Gillespie, Tim MacLean and Xavier MacDonald and a chance to win raffle prizes. $5. 8 pm at the Labyrinth Lounge (298 Brunswick). 416-417-6478.
Loving las vegas
Siegfried and Roy, get ready to laugh. Mary Pat Farrell's heading to Vegas. She's one of the inaugural actors for Second City's new show, kicking off at the Flamingo Hotel in early March. Ignored Udf:info box: "I'm excited, but I can't really picture myself in all that neon and sparkle," says Farrell, who performed for two years with the Second City Mainstage and is currently in Sin City and The Gavin Crawford Show on the Comedy Network.
"I'm not exactly glitzy."
Some of us would disagree, especially after watching her charismatic Bell Mobility TV spot where she plays a leather-catsuit-wearing spy. Ignored Udf:info box: Farrell, the only Canuck in the cast, says she'll be with the show for at least six months. Ignored Udf:info box: While she's gambling on the move, she hopes she won't spend too much time doing the other kind of wagering.
"God help me if I get addicted down there," she says. "My grandfather had a problem, so it's in the blood."
Caught Ballet Jörgen's mixed program last weekend, and while the mid-sized company seems to be suffering from identity issues * is it classical or modern? * one thing was clear. The program beautifully showcased the work of company dancer Aya Belsheim, ravishing in a pas de deux with artistic director Bengt Jörgen, and full of yearning, humour and pathos as a woman trying to get Drew Davidson's attention in Crystal Pite's Two Dances For Jane, danced to Ashley MacIsaac's fiddlin'.