HALLOWEEN HIJINKS Here's some theatrical horror suited to All Hallows Eve. Orgy In The Lighthouse is director Gord Rand's modern take on Paris's Grand Guignol, a bloody type of drama aimed at inducing fright. Rand wrote the darkly comic piece involving two lighthouse keepers, a returning war vet and a pair of prostitutes.
The actors include Jeff Gruich, Bill Webster, Ryan McVittie, Marie-Josée Lefebvre and Viv Moore. Presented by Scorched Earth Society, the show begins tonight (Thursday, October 26) at the Canadia Dell'Arte Studio (186 Munro). 969-3420.
MORE BOOS Other Halloween fare? Devil's Night features storytellers Dan Yashinsky and Ben Nind offering a trio of demonic fables for adults directed by Graham Cozzubbo, beginning Friday (October 27) at the Fireside Room, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre (427 Bloor West).
Clay and Paper Theatre launches an annual outdoor spectacle called Night Of Dread, which uses music, mask and puppetry to explore different cultures' attitudes toward fear of the dark. Come dressed in black or white. Saturday (October 28, rain day October 29) in Dufferin Grove Park (Dufferin south of Bloor). 537-9105.
And for kids, Solar Stage Children's Theatre revives Tom Vandenberg's puppet show It's Halloween, Boo! Sunday (October 29) at their Madison Centre venue (4950 Yonge). 368-8031.
OPERA OVERLOAD Three evenings of opera a week too much? Not for real aficionados. The week begins tonight (Thursday, October 26) with the first of five performances by Opera Atelier of Jean Baptiste Lully's Persée, which hasn't been staged in its entirety for two centuries. Written for the marriage of Marie Antoinette and the future Louis XVI, the opera tells the story of the hero Perseus and the gorgon Medusa. Marshall Pinkoski directs, Jeannette Zingg choreographs and Hervé Niquet conducts Opera Atelier. Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge). 872-5555.
Next up is a combination concert/film presentation, with cute -- and talented -- Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky appearing in concert with the COC Orchestra and also in Don Giovanni: Leporello's Revenge, a Rhombus Media film in which he plays (and sings) Mozart's Don Giovanni as well as the don's servant, Leporello. Presented by Roy Thomson Hall and the Canadian Opera Company Friday (October 27) at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe). 872-4255.
Opera takes a modern leap with the workshop premiere of Robert W. Stevenson's Nostalgia, in which a recently widowed woman makes sense of her life when memories of her marriage and family flood back after her husband's funeral. Shari Saunders is the featured performer in a production directed by Ryan Wagner, with Henry Kucharzyk conducting the Arraymusic ensemble. Performances begin Wednesday (November 1) at the du Maurier Theatre Centre (231 Queen's Quay West). 973-4000.
TEA FOR TWO A pair of ill women on the last day of their lives are at the swirling centre of Eterna-Tea, created and performed by Dawn Obokata and Nicole Champagne. The physical-theatre piece takes the audience into the psyches of the characters, complete with surreal figures and magical transformations. Directed by Richard Nieoczym and presented by LeThal in association with Le Contre-Courant, the show runs through November 5 at the Poor Alex Theatre (296 Brunswick). 324-9863.