As the Toronto fall season gets up to speed, theater festivals fill in the gaps, often offering special fall deals.
The Shaw Festival continues through Nov. 28. A recent performance of Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue" caught the company up to its usual tricks -- using high acting standards. Set in a sumptuous drawing room -- as a Coward play should be -- the cast made the best use of talent and body language to bring the 1926 comedy of manners to life. Call (800) 511-SHAW.
The Stratford Festival wraps Nov. 7. Recently Shakespeare's "The Tempest," with Canadian veteran William Hutt brilliantly playing Prospero, enchanted a near-capacity audience in the Festival Theater. If the somewhat overdrawn characters offend Shakespeare purists, they will make general theatergoers come back for more. At the same venue, Sheridan's 18th century comedy of manners, "The School for Scandal," brought its appraisal of mores and marriage in a timely manner to the late 20th century. Call (800) 567-1600.