MIXED JOY Joy is a musical that deals with depression. Written by Maja Ardal and composer Joey Miller (Outrageous), it looks at a woman approaching her 40th birthday who, despite a life of luxury and love, struggles with her frightened inner child. Patricia Vanstone directs Jayne Lewis, Avery Saltzman, Mary Ann McDonald and a cast that integrates theatre professionals and people dealing with mental illness. Produced by the Workman Theatre Project, it opens tonight (Thursday, October 5) at the Joseph Workman Auditorium (1001 Queen West). 583-4606.
NATIVE SOCIAL The Centre for Indigenous Theatre holds a fall social to raise funds for the Indigenous Theatre School, which trains aboriginal actors, writers and directors. The evening includes auctions, raffles and entertainment by traditional singers Terrence Oxebin and Daniel Neapetung. The box-social auction starts at 6 pm. Saturday (October 7) at the Native Canadian Centre (16 Spadina Road). Admission by donation. 506-9436.
COOL TEENS Vancouver teens between 15 and 18 contributed to ICE: Beyond Cool, a play by Vancouver's John Lazarus with choreography by Judith Marcuse. The DanceArts Vancouver touring production -- a blend of dance, rock music and theatre that explores the "inner landscape" of teens, with an emphasis on suicide -- plays at the Eaton Centre through Saturday (October 7). 870-8000.
COUCH POTATO The father of psychoanalysis meets the doyen of surrealism in Hysteria, a comedy by Terry Johnson. The central storyline involves Sigmund Freud, who has fled Vienna to live in London. There's no peace in his new home, though, for Freud is troubled by visits from Salvador Dali as well as a distraught woman apparently living in his closet. The Canadian Stage production, directed by Morris Panych, features Eric Peterson, David Storch, Peter Donaldson and Kristen Thomson. Hysteria begins previews Monday (October 9) and opens October 12 at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front East). 368-3110.