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Paul Reddick plays at the Dakota Tavern on Nov. 20.
Paul Reddick plays at the Dakota Tavern on Nov. 20.

What to do in Toronto, Nov. 17 - 23: Paul Reddick at the Dakota and more (Santa Claus!) Add to ...

Oh Susanna, Kevin Kane, David Celia and others (with an eight-piece string section) celebrate the phantom-like singer-songwriter Nick Drake (1948-74), a gentle guitarist and whispering singer of British voodoo folk. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. $35 to $40 (at Soundscapes, Sonic Boom and Rotate This). Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St., ticketbreak.com.

 

Neil Young, with Crazy Horse

 

“Ten silver saxes, a bass with a bow/the drummer relaxes, and waits between shows.” Thankfully Neil Young chose not to tour with such an inappropriate orchestra. He arrives instead with his grunge-rock posse, who will perform new material (from albums Americana and Psychedelic Pill) and old FM classics (Powderfinger and Cinnamon Girl). Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. $68.25 to $273.25. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000.

 

The Who

 

The protagonist in the 1973 conceptual album Quadrophenia was supposed to have four personalities, one representing each of the parts of the Who quartet. Only two of the original players are still alive – singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend – but the rock opera must go on. The legendary outfit performs the classic album in its entirety, from The Real Me to Love Reign, O’er Me. Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. $53.25 to $143.25. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000.

 

CLUBS

 

C.R. Avery

 

The charming beat poet and bluesy mouth-harp player has collaborated with everyone from the Prague Symphony Orchestra to the Madison 22 Review burlesque troupe. Here he appears with the latter, no oboists involved. Nov. 17, 7 p.m. $16. Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., 416-850-4579.

 

Sloan

 

After the release of its 1994 album Twice Removed, the Canadian power-pop quartet was removed from their U.S. label’s roster. But what did David Geffen know? The still-strong Sloan revisits early days by performing its sophomore disc song by song and with bonus tracks thrown in for good measure. Nov. 22, 8 p.m. $26.50. Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne St., 1-855-985-5000.

 

THEATRE

 

Spank

 

An unauthorized musical parody of the risque novel Fifty Shades of Grey might have you in 50 shades of red. Nov. 17 (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) and Nov. 18 (2 p.m.). $48.25 to $58.25 Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 416-872-1212.

 

Fare Game: Life in Toronto’s Taxis

 

We once had a cabbie who warned us that in case of a collision his moustache would inflate! A multimedia play explores the travails of urban-carriage professionals. To Dec. 8. $30 to $35. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529.

 

Endgame

 

The Endgame, a play about co-dependency and the strategy of life, was not written by Mayan doom-setters, but by Samuel Beckett. Regardless, the winning Soulpepper remount ends after two performances today. Nov. 17 (1:30 and 7:30 p.m.). $32 to $68. Young Centre, 55 Mill St. 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666 or soulpepper.ca.

 

Speaking in Tongues

 

Written for four actors (each of whom plays a minimum of two characters), the tense Australian drama involves a missing woman, four marriages, interweaving plot points and an irregular structure that critics have found clever and provocative. In 2001, it was adapted into the film Lantana, starring Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, and Barbara Hershey. To Nov. 24. $22 to $47. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 416-368-3110.

 

The Arsonists

 

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire? Max Frisch’s classic farce serves as a morality play, involving the all-too-human ability to ignore the evil we strongly suspect. Michael Ball, Sheila McCarthy and Fiona Reid star, with new incidental music from local singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge. To Dec. 9. $24 to $99. Bluma Appel, 27 Front St. E., 416-368-3110 or canstage.com.

 

Boblo

 

A troupe of musicians and theatre people pay tribute to an amusement park that operated on an island in the Detroit River for nearly a century, but which now lies in ruins. Perhaps a cautionary tale for fans of the fun at Centre Island. Nov. 22 to Dec. 2. $20 to $25. Great Hall Black Box Theatre, 1087 Queen St. W., 416-538-0988.

 

DANCE

 

Alchemy

 

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