At The Cultch until October 13, 2013
When everyone else’s cheering, clapping and woo-hooing had died down, I wondered what in god’s name I was going to say about Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s Penelope, produced by Rumble Theatre and The Cultch.

Alex Lazaridis Ferguson (left) and Kyle Jespersen in Penelope. Credit: Tim Matheson

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You Should Have Stayed Home: A G20 Romp!

At The Firehall Arts Centre until October 2, 2013
Toronto’s Tommy Taylor confirms what we’ve always known: all you need to make good theatre is a really good story and a really good storyteller. And, boy, does Taylor have a doozy.

Tommy Taylor in You Should Have Stayed Home

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Other Desert Cities

At The Stanley until October 20, 2013
Shades of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? American playwright Jon Robin Baitz takes a couple, Polly and Lyman Wyeth, throws in their coming-home-for-Christmas kids, Tripp and his sister Brooke, and, for good measure, adds Polly’s recovering-alcoholic sister Silda to this toxic cocktail.

Gabrielle Rose as Polly Wyeth in Other Desert Cities. Credit: David Cooper

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War Horse

At Queen Elizabeth Theatre until September 29, 2013
As spectacles go, War Horse wins by several lengths. The lighting is dynamic, the WWI battle scenes are hair-raising and the special effects – including explosions, mortar fire and a huge, thundering, armoured tank that comes lumbering out of the wings straight toward the audience – are terrifyingly re-created.

Michael Wyatt Cox as Albert (far left) with his horse, Joey

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

At Telus Studio Theatre until October 5, 2013
What do you do with Bertolt Brecht and The Caucasian Chalk Circle in the Western world in the 21st century? It’s a tough sell. Director Stephen Heatley and the BFA graduating acting class attempt to wrestle this beast to the ground with mixed results.

Sarah Roa as Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Credit: Tim Matheson

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The Foreigner

At Pacific Theatre until October 12, 2013

If the grey skies are making you feel blue, Pacific Theatre has a show for you. It’s such a sure-fire winner that this is the third time the company’s artistic director Ron Reed has included it in Pacific Theatre’s season.

John Voth in The Foreigner. Credit: Emily Cooper

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The Habit of Art

At Jericho Arts Centre until September 29
What happens when artists who were once considered avant-garde grow old and begin to look passé? Amongst a plethora of themes, that’s a big one at the heart of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art.

John Prowse and Murray Price in The Habit of Art. Credit: Nancy Caldwell

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