A lighthearted musical with dark undertones, Matchstick chronicles the life of a woman who is married to a very notorious man.
JAN. 21 TO 31 A girl from a poor country meets a boy from the land of opportunity. They fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after. That’s how the story always goes, right? In the case of Matchstick, not so much. Told through music, the play unravels the true-life tale of a woman who discovers she has married “one of the most hated men in the world.” As for the man’s identity? You’ll just have to see the play to find out. Part romance, part musical, part dark historical drama, Matchstick deftly walks the tightrope between comedy and tragedy. —By Amy Allen
•Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W., 613-236-5196. gctc.ca
Off-Broadway pop-rock musical hit Bat Boy: The Musical is coming to The Gladstone Theatre next week. Dave Dawson directs and Zach Counsil stars as the eponymous Bat Boy, a mysterious bat-like boy (or boy-like bat?) found in a West Virginia cave. The play recounts the attempt to civilize him and the inevitable foibles that go along with such a project. Adding to the absurdity and hilarity, the whole thing is based on a series of tabloid stories published by the Weekly World News in 1992. The show will be in preview the evening of Jan. 15 and will run until Feb. 2.
The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave. www.thegladstone.ca