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Albert Schultz

Hot Date: A Perfectly Odd Couple

photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

OPENS SEPTEMBER 22 Soulpepper Theatre Company reprises a famous comedic balancing act with its production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, starring Albert Schultz as sloppy Oscar Madison and Diego Matamoros as uptight Felix Unger. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, $28 to $65; call 416-866-8666 or click here for showtimes and to buy.

Hot Date: Thornton Wilder’s Welcome Tale

Albert Schultz in Thornton Wilder's Our Town (photo by Sandy Nicholson)

OPENS APRIL 13 Make the most of life’s blessings—that’s the message of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 masterpiece, Our Town. Soulpepper Theatre Company reiterates that adage as its talented troupe of actors brings life to the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. As one of the first plays to break the “fourth wall” through its narration by the stage manager, played by Soulpepper co-founder Albert Schultz, this esteemed stage piece proves both inspiring and innovative. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, $28 to $60; call 416-866-8666 or navigate here for tickets and times.

Hot Date: Wartime Follies

MARCH 11 TO APRIL 10 Armed conflict is no laughing matter but the dry humour in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Oh What a Lovely War elicits some well-earned chuckles. The stage musical, written by Joan Littlewood and directed by Albert Schultz, is a satirical take on World War I and features such historical songs as “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” “Pack Up Your Troubles” and “Keep the Home Fires Burning.” Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Monday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 1:30 p.m., $29 to $70; call 416-866-8666 or click here for tickets.