JANUARY 4 TO 15 Top independent playwrights, directors and performers step into the spotlight at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Celebrating its fifth season, the event features a lineup ranging from something-for-everyone spectacles to intimately focused relationship stories. Anticipated shows include The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A Go-Go!—a hyper-enthusiastic parody of 1960’s beach party movies—and Tomasso’s Party, a close-up look at a young couple that explores what it means to be in a relationship. Plus, comedy troupe Uncalled For presents its energetic trip through the subconscious in Hypnogogic Logic. Factory Theatre, $10 to $15; for showtimes and tickets, call 416-966-1062 or visit here.
And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for a full rundown of festival productions!