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The production of Terminus is being presented in an nontraditional manner, with 200 patrons seated on the stage.
The production of Terminus is being presented in an nontraditional manner, with 200 patrons seated on the stage.

The week in events By Brad Wheeler

What to do in Toronto, Nov. 24 - 30: Terminus, Kid Koala, A Brimful of Asha and more Add to ...

THEATRE

 

Terminus

 

Lauded by Globe theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck as a “dark, violent and fantastical rhyming play,” the hit from last year’s SummerWorks Festival by Ireland’s Mark O’Rowe involves three intense intertwining monologues staged on a tiny gangplank for an onstage audience of 200. To Dec. 9. $69. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., 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 mustache would inflate! A multimedia play explores the travails of urban-carriage professionals. To Dec. 8. $25 to $35. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529.

 

A Brimful of Asha

 

When an Indo-Canadian mother offers to take care of the wedding arrangements, she’s not talking about flowers and reception details. Real-life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain share the stage (and samosas) for a culture-clashing true story involving a bride-scouting trip to India. Nov. 27 to Dec. 16 (previews begin Nov. 25). $27 to $53. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827.

 

The 501: Toronto in Transit

 

Though it runs on Queen Street, it’s the king of all trolley lines when it comes to length. A new play provides the 411 on the 501. Nov. 29 to Dec. 8 (now in previews). $20 to $30. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529.

 

DANCE

 

Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah

 

They put the “jah” in “hallelujah.” Employing elements of African-Caribbean dance and other forms, the local troupe moves to Handel’s Messiah, as imagined by R&B guru Quincy Jones. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. $20 to $45. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay, 416-973-4000.

LITERARY & LECTURE

 

Munk Debate on Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

 

On hand to hash out the issue of what Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls his nation’s “inalienable right” to nuclear technology are former Israeli Air Force general Amos Yadlin, Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator Charles Krauthammer, CNN host Fareed Zakaria and Vali Nasr, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Nov. 26, 7 p.m. $25 to $90. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255.

 

Douglas Coupland

 

Putting on his cultural-commentator hat, the novelist and visual artist speaks on the notion of public vs. private and fiction vs. non-fiction. Nov. 28, 7 p.m. $12. Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949.

 

COMEDY

 

Laughstache

 

Is that a mustache, or should we shoo that squirrel off your face? He just flew in from Furville, and boy is that mustache tired! We’ve got a million of them, folks, and so do Darrin Rose, Ben Miner, Deb DiGiovanni and Rob Baker, the comedians who will yuck it up in benefit of the Movember Foundation for prostate health and awareness. Nov. 28, 9:30 p.m. $15. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., 416-551-6540.

 

FILM

 

Ping Pong

 

Pensioners from across the world recently met in Inner Mongolia to compete in the over-80s table tennis championships, where most of the games were back-and-forth affairs, as you might imagine. A light-footed, affecting documentary screens at the Bloor Cinema. To Dec. 2. 506 Bloor St. W., 416-637-3123.

 

FOOD & DRINK

 

Colonel Tom Parker’s Beer Barrel Bingo

 

Though the combination of chicken and waffles seems as random a call as “B-7” or “F-9,” a weekly event of honky-tonk music and game-of-chance communal fun also features plates of white meat and batter-based brunch food. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Free. Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., 416-850-4579.

 

Sideshow Bob’s Crazy Carnie Cookhouse

 

It’s not uptown, but it is upstairs. Take in the Grey Cup at the second-floor Monarch Tavern, where guest caterer Bob St. Pierre serves fairground fare and deep-fried Oreos. Free. 12 Clinton St., 416-531-5833.

 

Psychic Brunch

 

Hey swami, can you look at your crystal ball and tell me if there are any eggs Benedict in our near future? Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $29 (includes tarot or clairvoyant reading). Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament St., 647-347-6567.

 

The 12 Beers of Christmas

 

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