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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of March 13

Monday, 13 March 2017 11:06

It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


Toronto’s most beloved sketch troupe, The Second City, returns with a new cast and a new show on Tuesday. It is the 79th Mainstage revue for the company. As they say in the press release, “Everything is Great Again” examines a world where Prime Ministers keep "sunny ways" and Presidents can't keep their cool. The show lampoons everything from politics to live-tweeting millennials. Once again, the cast features the hilarious Ann Pornel, Brandon Hackett and Lindsay Mullan, and welcomes new mainstagers Paloma Nuñez (who you may have seen on the CBC comedy show Baroness Von Sketch), Devon Hyland and Colin Munch. The fall/winter revue set the bar pretty high, so these comedians have their work cut out for them. Everything Is Great Again opens Tuesday. Click here for information.


Blood Weddings was the talk of the Toronto theatre scene in 2015, and its back. It won 6 Doras, 2 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, and was named one of the Top 10 Shows of the year by Now Magazine. The story follows a bride to be that runs away with the married son of her fiancé’s enemies. It’s a new take on the 20th century classic by Frederico Garcia Lorca.

Soulpepper did a decent version of this play last year, but the Buddies in Bad Times version is artistically and visually more inventive, funnier where it should be and interpreted with a lot more style. Blood Weddings continues through Sunday. Click here for more information.


And all that’s old is new again, 1990s edition! Not only do we get a live action take on Beauty and the Beast on cinema screens this week, but North America gets its first look at Trainspotting 2.

It’s the return of the Scottish bad boys; Mark, Spud, Franco and Sick Boy. Who would have guessed that this Irvine Welsh cult classic would ever see a reunion? The original Trainspotting was directed by Oscar Award winner Danny Boyle to much acclaim. His vision of youth and drug culture in the mid-1990s is still recognized as a true original. The dark comedy followed a rag tag group of heroin addicted hoods in Edinburgh Scotland, and featured a punk/electronica soundtrack that became equally as famous as the film. T2 catches up with our anti heroes, now in their 40s. It’s a bit grim in spots, bittersweet in that it tracks how time and excess do catch up with you. But it’s still packed with laughs, and inventive filmmaking. Trainspotting 2 opens on select screens Thursday and wide on Friday.

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