Five must-see plays and musicals in February

(By:  Sherina Harris)

Being a student in downtown Toronto, there is no shortage of things to do on a night off from studying; skating at Nathan Phillips Square, shopping at the Eaton Centre, checking out the lights at the Distillery District. The problem isn’t finding one fun thing to do — it’s narrowing down your list to only one thing. If you’re into theatre, here are five plays or musicals worth checking out this month.

If you want to laugh:

Kim’s Convenience

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You may have heard of the television show Kim’s Convenience on CBC, but did you know that it started off as a play? The story is centered around a Korean-Canadian family, the Kims, who run a convenience store in Toronto. Kim’s Convenience is “funny, but also quite poignant and dramatic,” writes Ron Johnson in an article for Post City Toronto. Tickets start at $32, but Soulpepper offers a discount with a valid student ID. Catch Kim’s Convenience in Toronto from Feb. 8 to 25 at Soulpepper Theatre Company.


If you love Cirque du Soleil:


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Circus, music, dance – what more could you want from a theatre experience? Cirkopolis, a Cirque Éloize show, tells the story of people trying to “rebel against the monotony of a dark, mechanical city,” which strips people of their individuality. Tickets start at $30, and the show runs from March 1-18 at the Bluma Appel theatre.


If you’re obsessed with all things royal:

The Audience

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Can’t get enough of The Crown on Netflix? The show’s writer, Peter Morgan, is also the playwright of The Audience. The Audience tells the story of the secret weekly meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers of Britain, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron. Ticket prices range but start at $35. The show runs until Feb. 26 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.


If you want to sing along:

The Bodyguard

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Superstar Rachel Marron gets a bodyguard to protect her from a stalker, resulting in the two falling in love. The Bodyguard features Whitney Houston classics including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Saving All My Love, and I Will Always Love You. Ticket prices range, starting at $38. Catch The Bodyguard from Feb. 11-April 9 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.


If you’re still looking for a laugh:

The Book of Mormon

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The Book of Mormon, a musical comedy, “follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.” It was the brainchild of two South Park creators. In a review of the show’s 2013 run, a Now Magazine writer called it “the smartest and funniest show to come out of Broadway in years.” Ticket prices vary, starting at $49. The Book of Mormon is running at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Feb. 28 to April 16.


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