Two Dora Mavor
Moore Awards

Outstanding Production
and Outstanding Set Design

and was also nominated for

Outstanding Direction, Costume Design, Sound Design, Lighting Design

THE UGLY ONE is credited in the

Globe and Mail
Top 11 of 2011 List lists THE UGLY ONE as one of the

Best Productions of 2011

Two nominations in the 2011 My Theatre Awards for

Best Ensemble and
Best Supporting Actor

(Jesse Dwyre)

THE UGLY ONE was generously supported by


supported by the Goethe-Institut

by Marius von Mayenburg
Translated by Maja Zade

Performances are in the Extra Space at Tarragon Theatre
January 8 - February 16, 2014
(Opens Tuesday, January 14, 2014)

"Your face is unacceptable."

THE UGLY ONE Returns in 2014!

After our successful, Dora-Award winning run in 2011, THE UGLY ONE is being remounted as a co-production with Tarragon Theatre this winter!

THE UGLY ONE was the fifth main-stage production by Theatre Smash and we couldn't be happier to remount this production as a co-production with Tarragon Theatre. The work brilliantly pairs content (an exploration of projection and judgment), with dramaturgical form (a highly theatrical structure that depends upon audience imagination and participation).

Quite simply, it is a painfully funny play about image, identity, and getting ahead in today's consumer culture. Using a precisely paired-down form where four actors play eight roles with no traditional scene breaks, the play tells the story of Lette, a successful engineer who is also unspeakably ugly. When a plastic surgeon restructures his face, Lette emerges from the operation an Adonis. His life changes overnight: women lust after him and men want to be him. But this dream life soon becomes a nightmare, as Lette's surgeon begins to offer his face to anyone who will pay.

Featuring Jesse Aaron Dwyre, David Jansen, Hardee T. Lineham
and Naomi Wright
Directed by Ashlie Corcoran
Produced by Stacey Norton

Set & Costume Designer: Camellia Koo
Lighting Designer: Jason Hand
Sound Designer: John Gzowski
Stage Manager: Natasha Bean-Smith


"THE UGLY ONE is a brilliant comedy given a stunningly smart production by Theatre Smash....If you only have one hour to spend in the theatre this year, spend it here."
5/5 stars

"Director Ashlie Corcoran creates a production that permeates the entire theatre and fairly crackles with life."
4/5 stars
Toronto Sun

"THE UGLY ONE is very attractive theatre, an inventive send-up of a society in which individuality is lost when everyone wants the same thing."
NOW Magazine

"Ashlie Corcoran's production is brisk and often very funny."
Globe and Mail

For more reviews, please click on: classical96.3FM,, Mooney on Theatre, Toronto Star, Theatromania, My Entertainment World


Facing the Ugly Truth - NOW Magazine
Leslieville Resident Directing Dark Comedy - Inside Toronto


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Photography by James Heaslip