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game of thrones

The Next Stage Theatre Festival Brings Fringe Hits Back to Toronto

Next Stage Theatre Festival 2013

Throne of Games spoofs George R.R. Martin’s popular “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy books at the Next Stage Theatre Festival

JANUARY 2 TO 13  Some of Canada’s best independent theatre artists come together for a dozen days of dramatic and comedic revelry at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Among the event’s 10 must-see original productions are Bad Dog Theatre Company’s Throne of Games, an unscripted take on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series that’s sure to inspire big laughs, while the thought-provoking 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival hit Awake examines the effect violence can have on a community. Factory Theatre, $10 to $88; call 416-966-1062 or visit here for a full schedule and tickets.  —Eva Voinigescu

Weekend Roundup: March 9 to 11

Friday: The piano at Hugh's Room is sure to get a workout

Friday, March 9
Be at Hugh’s Room when an all-star cast of musicians perform the work of songwriting great Randy Newman. The wit and lyrical brilliance that infused songs by Etta James, Tom Jones and Joe Cocker will be in full force at this tribute.

It’s bound to be an evening chocful of blonde hair and pink accessories at the Lower Ossington Theatre when Legally Blonde: The Musical struts onstage. You’ll cheer as Elle Woods, sorority-girl extraordinaire, enrolls in law school and silences naysayers.

Ballet Jorgen unites the lyricism and innovation of ballet throughout the ages in this weekend’s production of classical and contemporary ballet. This two-show run by one of Canada’s leading modern dance companies is sure to inspire and delight as it glides across the Betty Oliphant Theatre stage. (more…)