Peggy Baker's arms
Anyone who's seen the high priestess of modern dance perform has commented on her incredibly long and expressive limbs. Age hasn't slowed her down, as she'll show in Radio Play, One Yellow Rabbit member Denise Clarke's absurdist dance/theatre show starring Baker and - yet another dancer who's seemingly invincible - Larry Hahn. From November 25 at the Young Centre. youngcentre.ca.
Director Ron Jenkins
Where do you go after helming a gay hip-hop musical (Bash'd) and a cinematic-style thriller (Any Night)? Straight to the devil. Jenkins has already won awards for Black Rider, a musical by the amazing trio of Tom Waits, William Burroughs and Robert Wilson based on a folk tale about a man who bargains for seven demonic bullets to win the woman he loves. Tarragon hosts the November Theatre production from October 8. tarragontheatre.com.
Robin Williams's ramblings
Most stand-ups retire from the stage once they make it in Hollywood. But Williams, even after his Oscar win, continues to thrive in front of the mic. He loves the art form. Anyone who's seen him in person - in his last big theatre show six years ago or his ubiquitous open-mic sets around town more recently - knows that his free-associating riffs need to be seen live to be fully appreciated. He delivers two sure-to-sell-out shows at Massey Hall November 21 and 22. masseyhall.com.
Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman's mainstage debut
We knew we were seeing real talent when, as a teenager, Corbeil-Coleman co-wrote and performed in The End Of Pretending, about the close relationship and various growing pains of two young women. Since then, she's graduated from the National Theatre School and won a national playwriting award. Her play Scratch kicks off the Factory Theatre season, featuring the playwright as Anna, who has to deal not only with a dying mother but also with an infestation of lice. From October 4. factorytheatre.ca.
One Yellow Rabbit's physicality
Few companies can put a physical spin on a work as well as the Calgary troupe, whose visits to Toronto are always a reason to celebrate. For their latest outing, the company goes poetic by reviving its arresting Doing Leonard Cohen, a treatment of 50 Cohen poems and a version of his novel Beautiful Losers. The show's paired with Sylvia Plath Must Not Die - Unplugged, a look at Plath and Anne Sexton. Both shows are created and directed by Blake Brooker, with the mesmerizing Denise Clarke staging and performing with the company. From December 2 at the Young Centre. youngcentre.ca.
Andrea Lundy's lights
If you want an atmosphere that speaks as expressively as a script's words, you can't go wrong hiring the award-winning Lundy to light your show. Her work this season includes the Company Theatre's Festen, David Eldridge's stage version of the Dogme film about a family's secrets that spill out during a 60th birthday dinner party. Lundy has a starry cast to illuminate, including Eric Peterson, Rosemary Dunsmore, Tara Rosling, newcomer Alex Paxton-Beesley and company founders Allan Hawco and Philip Riccio. From November 17 at the Berkeley Street Theatre. canstage.com.
Anusree Roy's encore
What do you say to a newcomer who wins two Dora Awards her first time out? Again, please. Roy picked up both performer and new play prizes for Pyaasa, a coming-of-age tale about an 11-year-old untouchable in Calcutta. Playing all the characters, Roy was, alternately, wonderfully funny and superbly heartbreaking. Theatre Passe Muraille brings the show back as part of a four-play festival beginning October 22. passemuraille.on.ca.
Toronto Dance Theatre hits the big four-oh
How better to celebrate a milestone in the life of the city's dance institution than with the world premiere of a new work by its current artistic director? Christopher House and his dancers unveil Dis/(sol/ve)r, which is apparently about the ephemeral nature of joy. Now, what does the title mean? From November 18 at the newly renovated Premiere Dance Theatre. tdt.org.
A new home for comedy
The Comedy Bar at Ossington and Bloor has been open for a couple of months now - it was even a venue during the Fringe. But after a few more renovations helmed by the Sketchersons' Renaissance guy Gary Rideout Jr., the club officially launches in style sometime in mid-October. Look for a great alternative to the city's mainstream acts and a full-time Internet site where Rideout, Pat Kelly and a bunch of others will be producing real-time laughs for you to download. comedybar.ca.
The Sound Of Elicia
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, the CBC's underwhelming attempt to join the entertainment reality show big time, was essentially a summer-long promo for a new production of The Sound Of Music. Now we get to see if perky winner Elicia MacKenzie can carry the show on her dirndl-clad shoulders. For those of you who were rooting for the reality show's runner-up, Janna Polzin gets to perform the show twice a week. From October 3 at the Princess of Wales. mirvish.com.