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Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park is Featured in the Off-Mirvish Theatre Series

A scene from Clybourne Park (photo: Mirvish Productions)

FEBRUARY 12 TO MARCH 3 You’ve heard of the edgier shows performed at New York’s “Off-Broadway” playhouses; Mirvish Productions is doing its best to foster that vibe in Toronto. The company recently began presenting its Off-Mirvish second-stage series of acclaimed indie-theatre favourites, including Bruce Norris’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park. Loosely based on historical events, this response to the famed 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun uses humour to tackle tough questions of race and real estate. Panasonic Theatre, $29 to $79; call 416-872-1212 or visit TicketKing for showtimes and to buy.  —Ana Taveira

Weekend Roundup: April 6 to 8

Friday: See Hudson the polar bear, then enjoy some Easter-themed family fun (photo courtesy of the Toronto Zoo)

Friday, April 6
Treat the kids this long weekend with a trip to the Toronto Zoo. In addition to admiring animals from around the world, including a brand new baby polar bear named Hudson, kids can take part in the annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza, which offers a lineup of fun activities as well as the Beary-Bunny Easter Parade at noon and 2 p.m.

Hilarious comedy troupe The National Theatre of the World brings back its side-splitting Carnegie Hall Show to The Second City. The award-winning improv production features four of Toronto’s best comics acting out scenes based on mundane everyday activities. Also enjoy special performances of dance, Burlesque and even acrobatics.

Calling all music lovers! Grammy-nominated British duo The Ting Tings are set to rock the Phoenix Concert Theatre tonight, in promotion of their latest album, Sounds from Nowheresville. Perhaps you’ve heard of their hit, “Shut Up and Let Me Go”?

Saturday: Examine the patterned works of Marlis Saunders at the Design Exchange

Saturday, April 7
There are more than 100 colourful works to view in Marlis Saunders’ exhibition, entitled Stop, Drop, Repeat, at the Design Exchange. The German-Canadian artist is recognized as a pioneer of the Bauhaus school, and her patterned works are exemplars of that style.

A response to the classic play A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park is a story of race and real estate set in a Chicago neighbourhood and spanning two generations. The dark comedy starts out in 1959, as a black family looks to move into an all-white neighbourhood, then fast-forwards to 2009, when a white family moves into the same house in what has become an all-black area.

Enjoy homegrown drama as renowned Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor brings Was Spring to the Tarragon Theatre. It’s a story of three generations of women who confront each other about a tragic event from their past.

Sunday: Ajax and Little Iliad is on stage at Harbourfront Centre

Sunday, April 8
The latest production in Harbourfront Centre’s popular World Stage series, Ajax & Little Iliad sets out to define the “theatre of war” for civilian audiences. Only 30 seats are available for each performance of this intimate show; each audience member listens through a pair of headphones for a truly personal experience.

The end is near! The end of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Maya exhibition, that is. After calling the institution home for the past four months, the Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World mega-show moves on Monday. Take advantage of your last chance to discover priceless Mayan artifacts, learn about their sophisticated rituals and explore the mysterious end-of-days legend.

And if you don’t feel like venturing into the kitchen this Easter weekend, Toronto has plenty o’ places that’ll do the work for you, especially for that most comforting of meals—brunch. Check out some of the restaurants offering a holiday-Sunday repast here.

Hot Date: Housing Crisis in Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park plays the Berkeley Street Theatre this month

APRIL 2 TO 28 Inspired by A Raisin in the Sun, the Pulitzer prize-winning Clybourne Park modernizes that classic drama’s themes of race and conflict. The setting is Chicago, where in 1959 a black family wants to move into an all-white neighbourhood; 50 years later, a white family tries to purchase the same house on what has become an all-black block. A joint production by Studio 180 Theatre and the Canadian Stage Company, this dark comedy promises to provoke equal parts thought and laughter. Berkeley Street Theatre, Monday to Friday 8 p.m., Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8 p.m., $22 to $49; call 416-368-3110 or click here to buy.