DECEMBER 13 TO MARCH 3 At some point we all wish we could ditch the day-to-day grind and go back to college. That common desire is central to Avenue Q, a coming-of-age story about a young man’s search for a job, an apartment and a purpose in life. Of course that’s not the only conceit: the Tony Award-winning play is performed by both human actors and puppets. It’s also gut-bustingly funny, taking audiences on a journey of self-discovery through politically incorrect, adult-oriented humour. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave., $49 to $60; call 416-915-6747 or visit Ticketwise for showtimes and to buy. —Eva Voinigescu
Friday: Clarinetist James Campbell performs with Sinfonia Toronto (photo by Tim Leyes)
Friday, January 20
Start your weekend with a touch of class at Sinfonia Toronto’s Black and White performance at the Glenn Gould Studio. Featuring the talents of Canadian clarinetist James Campbell and Russian pianist Dmitry Gordin, the recital—of chamber works by Shostakovich and Mozart—promises to weave these two exquisite soloists together in a musical dialogue you won’t soon forget.
You won’t be able to sit still as Harbourfront Centre reprises its Dance Ontario Weekend, a three-day extravaganza with dozens of local dancers, choreographers and musicians. Enjoy a heart-pounding spectrum of musical styles—from ballet, to flamenco, to Middle Eastern—both live and on film.
Our beloved Sesame Street muppets are all grown up, and foul-mouthed to boot. Tony Award-winning Avenue Q, the riotous coming-of-age musical comes to the Lower Ossington Theatre, and explores coming-of-age anxieties through such tongue-in-cheek numbers as “What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.”