Haven't had a chance yet to see Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy at Theatre Passe Muraille? Here's an offer you can't refuse.
The held-over production has a free "thank you Toronto" performance on Tuesday (November 27). Tickets are only available in person beginning at 6 pm the day of the show, with a limit of two per person.
Want to see a play early in its life? You can stay really busy in the next several weeks catching readings of new works at Canadian Stage and the Tarragon.
Canadian Stage launches its second annual Raw! Raw! Raw! series on Saturday nights, beginning November 24 with works in progress by Judith Thompson, Leslie Arden, Damien Atkins, Ed Roy and Lisa Codrington. An open discussion follows the readings.
In later weeks, look for an adaptation of the Spanish classic Life Is A Dream by writer Matthew MacFadzean and director Jennifer Tarver (December 1), and Joanna McClelland-Glass's Mrs. Dexter And Her Daily (December 8). All events are free.
Up at the Tarragon, you can see free readings of works in progress, mostly by members of the 2007 Playwrights Unit and all directed by Richard Rose. First up is Erin Shields's A New Nation on Tuesday (November 27), followed on successive nights by scripts by Kate Hewlett, Joseph Jomo Pierre, John Lazarus, Jonathan Garfinkel, Edwige Jean-Pierre and Salvatore Antonio.
Hydra heads back
How about a fully staged workshop instead of readings?
Crow's Theatre offers a week-long presentation of Anton Piatigorsky's Eternal Hydra, about a legendary manuscript that's supposed to encapsulate all of human history in 999 pages. The time-travelling script is billed as a literary detective story.
You may have seen this play at Stratford, but Piatigorsky has expanded that one-act into two.
The current version, directed by Crow's Chris Abraham - who's collaborated with the playwright on some fine pieces, including The Kabbalistic Psychoanalysis Of Adam R. Tzaddik and Easy Lenny Lazmon And The Great Western Ascension - features David Ferry, Sam Malkin, Karen Robinson and Liisa Repo-Martell.