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The Top Ticket: three shows to take in Aug. 15 to 21

One Direction

Watch this if: You want to witness the end of an era.

And so the circle of life and boy bands continues. This could be one of the last times to see a live concert by One Direction, the British fivesome (now foursome) that flew from The X Factor to stadium-filling pop kings on the wings of their beautiful-because-they-don’t-know-they’re-beautiful female fan base. Their next album is widely considered to be their last for several reasons, including the departure of Zayn Malik and their lacklustre latest single, “Drag Me Down.” The downfall of 1D is imminent folks, so don’t miss seeing Harry Styles’ luscious locks in the flesh before it’s too late.

Aug. 20, Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way

Full House! The Musical!

Watch this if: You’re a glutton for ’90s sitcom revivals.

Cut it out guys; we’ve hit peak Full House nostalgia. Right before Lifetime airs its TV movie The Unauthorized Full House Story, and as Netflix shoots its own sequel Fuller House, starring much of the original cast, Toronto has the delight of hosting Full House! The Musical! before it hits New York this fall. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton stars in this send-up as Tanner patriarch Danny, who mysteriously loses his “dad speech” powers and must get them back with the help of his family in time to save the day with a thoughtful moral. If you fall within this show’s clearly defined target audience, you probably already have your tickets.

Aug. 18-Sept. 6, Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St.

Porch View Dances

Watch this if:Rear Window isn’t your preferred way to get to know your neighbours.

Now in its 25th year, Kaeja d’Dance presents Porch View Dances in the Annex neighbourhood of Seaton Village. Audiences travel from street to street and stumble upon choreographed routines on the front porches of their neighbours’ homes, by the neighbours themselves. To celebrate the dance company’s anniversary, this year’s theme is “family” and real-life professional dancer couples (Allen and Karen Kaeja, Michael Caldwell and Louis Laberge-Côté, and Ofilio Sinbadinho and Apolonia Velasquez) are working with real families. And if that is not the cutest thing you’ve ever heard, then I can’t help you.

Aug. 19-23, 84 London St.


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