When and Where

Friday, April 28, 2023 7:30 pm to Sunday, April 30, 2023 8:45 pm
The Playhouse
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3L8


The CDTPS presents Crab Mentality written by Molly Dunn, Chloë Rose Flowers, Raquel Ravivo and directed by Molly Dunn as its 2023 Alumni Performance Project show. There will be four performances running from April 28 to 30.


Five people find themselves on an unusual island with no memory of themselves or each other. With no purpose and no plans, they find meaning in a crab that sits immobile at the centre of the beach. Things quickly spiral out of control as their devotion to Crab grows to cult worship. Crab Mentality is a new dark comedy that explores how belief systems develop and evolve around the individuals who create them.

Join us between April 28th to 30th for what the Varsity describes as a "fast-paced play that sucks the audience into its tumultuous world."


The approximate runtime is 75 minutes without an intermission. This show contains mature content and is not suitable for patrons under the age of 16. Detailed content warnings can be found in the FAQ section on the Eventbrite page

Show Dates:

April 28th at 7:30 PM (Talk-back included after the show)
April 29th at 2:00 PM
April 29th at 7:30 PM
April 30th at 2:00 PM

Tickets are $15 for general admission. They are also available for purchase at the door on a first-come, first-served basis via cash only. It is recommended that you reserve your tickets online. CDTPS students can email chloeroseflowers@gmail.com for a discount code that gives them $10 tickets.

The Crab Mentality team is still looking for FOH volunteers who will be offered a free ticket to see the show. Contact chloeroseflowers@gmail.com if interested. 

Written by: Molly Dunn, Chloë Rose Flowers, Raquel Ravivo
Directed by: Molly Dunn
Produced: Chloë Rose Flowers
Associate Produced by: Molly Dunn, Raquel Ravivo
Stage Managed by: Avery McMillan
Fight Choreographed by: Graham Banville
Lighting Designed by: Tara Costello
Dramaturgy by: Ryan Borochovitz

Starring (in alphabetical order):
Nick Cikoja as Prophet
Chloë Rose Flowers as Leader
Alexa Higgins as Hermit
Andrea Perez as Goody
Ethan Verderber as Dreamer
Clawdia as Crab

This production is in partnership with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto as the 2023 CDTPS Alumni Performance Project. This Alumni Project is an exciting and privileged platform to develop and present innovative theatre performances targeted at recent alumni who want to establish careers in the professional theatre world.

The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (Second Floor, UC Union Building) is currently only accessible by stairs as the elevator is being repaired. If you have any questions, please contact dramacentrecommunications.cdtps@utoronto.ca. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3L8