The snow’s (mostly) gone, the temp’s above zero and it’s time to come out of hibernation. Here are your best bets for stage.
Enough sitting at home in front of the TV. Winter’s over, the snow’s gone and it’s time to get out to see some live stage performances.
Known for its warm-hearted clowning, Theatre Columbus turns to an unusual source for Dance Of The Red Skirts; the piece is inspired by Paul Klee’s dreamlike painting of the same name. Scripted by Martha Ross and co-created with director Leah Cherniak and performers Maev Beaty, Greg Gale and Erin Shields, it opens May 3 at the Tarragon Extra Space. 416-531-1827.
Since spring is the green season, you’ll want to see The Eco Show, writer/director Daniel Brooks’s piece about the parallels between global ecology changes and an individual family’s ecology. Its central character is frustrated by his seeming inability to stop a worldwide downward spiral. Featuring Richard Clarkin, Joe Cobden, Fiona Highet, Howard Jerome and Jenny Young, The Eco Show starts May 13 at Buddies. 416-975-8555.
Or maybe you’d prefer a bit of chill in your theatre? You’ll get goosebumps at Minotaur, the remount of UnSpun Theatre’s Fringe hit, in which a troubled couple faces the more-than-lights-out darkness in an abandoned house. James Cade, Chris Hanratty and Tricia Lahde star, with direction by Christopher Stanton. From May 28 at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. www.totix.ca.
They’ve gone on to separate careers (and one of them’s no longer around, of course), but the groundbreaking funny people from Second City/SCTV reunite onstage for the first time in decades for The Benefit Of Laughter, a fundraiser for Second City alumni. Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas revisit your favourite characters, and they’re joined by Women Fully Clothed and Colin Mochrie for a sure-to-sell-out show. May 5. 416-343-0011.
Heidi Strauss gets moving in Adelheid Solos.
The magnetic Heidi Strauss has been working in Europe lately, so her upcoming show, Adelheid Solos, offers a rare opportunity to see one of the city’s best dancer/choreographers at work. She’s remounting her Joan of Arc piece, Das Martyrium, which made NOW’s Top 10 Dance list back in 2002, and is debuting Ohne in collaboration with sound/visual/video artist Jeremy Mimnagh. Begins April 24 at the Enwave. 416-973-4000.