Michael Healey's award-winning The Drawer Boy is back in town with the original cast of Tom Barnett, David Fox and Jerry Franken, again under Miles Potter's direction. We're relieved that playing a larger venue doesn't dampen the humour or the humanity of what's quickly become a Canadian classic.
Too bad about the design, though. John Ferguson's framed Christopher Pratt set cleans up what should be a working farm. We miss seeing -- and smelling -- the bales of hay that gave atmosphere to the Theatre Passe Muraille production. Runs to May 26 at the Winter Garden (189 Yonge). 416-872-1212.
round and round
Audiences can't get enough of daisy chains, scripts consisting of several two-person scenes in which a character from one episode moves on to the next, until the circle is complete. We've already seen the style in The Blue Room, David Hare's modern take on Schnitzler's La Ronde. And Jason Sherman's new version of La Ronde pops up this summer. Equity Showcase drives into the roundabout with Catalan writer Sergi Belbel's Caresses, 11 stories that don't always have the sexual subtext of the other plays but offer a kaleidoscopic view of relationships, some pretty, some not so. Opens tonight (Thursday, May 3) at Harbourfront Centre's Studio Theatre (235 Queen's Quay West). 416-533-6100.
Jennifer Tarver's supped with the devil twice and lived to tell the tale. Her two takes on Gertrude Stein's quirky version of the Faust story were hits, and now she mines world lit and philosophy for History Play, a look at western culture concocted from bits from Aristotle, philosopher J.W. Dunne, Voltaire's Candide and two dramatically different plays, Our Town and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. Designer Jan Komarek gives the intriguing assortment of texts his own unpredictable visual spin. Opens tonight (Thursday, May 3) at the Great Hall (1087 Queen West). 416-504-7529.