Stage Door Reviews 2019


Sunday, March 31, 2019


by August Wilson, directed by Djanet Sears

Grand Theatre, Spriet Stage, London

March 22-April 6, 2019

Bono: “Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in”

A Doll's House, Part 2

Thursday, March 28, 2019


by Lucas Hnath, directed by Krista Jackson  

David Mirvish & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, CAA Theatre, Toronto

March 27-April 14, 2019

Nora: “Marriage says, ‘I own you’”

The title of Lucas...

Isitwendam (An Understanding)

Friday, March 22, 2019


by Meegwun Fairbrother and Jack Grinhaus, directed by Jack Grinhaus 

Bound to Create Theatre, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto

March 20-30, 2019

“Healing comes from listening”

Meegwun Fairbrother’s...

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Saturday, March 16, 2019


by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Nina Lee Aquino 

Obsidian Theatre with Nightwood Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

March 8-24, 2019

Ericka to Paulina: “You don’t even like yourself”


Wednesday, March 13, 2019


written & directed by Matthew MacKenzie 

Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre, Factory Theatre, Toronto

February 28-March 17, 2019

Mama: “No one can frighten us. We frighten ourselves.”


Friday, March 8, 2019


written by Jonathon Young, directed and choreographed by Crystal Pite 

Kidd Pivot, Bluma Appel Theatre, Toronto

March 7-17, 2019

Narrator: “I am within this even as I contain this”

The successor...

Little Menace: Pinter Plays

Thursday, March 7, 2019


by Harold Pinter, directed by Thomas Moschopoulos

Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre, Toronto

February 21-March 17, 2019

“I mean, apart from all, that how are you, really?

Little Menace...

The Last Ship

Thursday, February 21, 2019


music & lyrics by Sting, book by Lorne Campbell, directed by Lorne Campbell 

David Mirvish, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto

February 19-March 24, 2019

“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”...

(La) voix humaine

Sunday, February 17, 2019


by Francis Poulenc, directed by Aria Umezawa

Against the Grain Theatre, Gallery 345, 345 Soraunen Avenue, Toronto

February 16, 2019

Lui: “J’ai ta voix autour de mon cou”

Against the Grain...


Friday, February 15, 2019


by J.T. Rogers, directed by Joel Greenberg

Studio 180, CAA Theatre, Toronto

February 14-March 3, 2019

“Waffles and cigarettes”

Many people will remember the historic handshake between Israeli...

The Father

Thursday, February 14, 2019


by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Ted Dykstra

Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

February 13-March 3, 2019

André: “I’m losing all my leaves”


We Are All Treaty People

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


by the Original Artists of Making Treaty 7, directed by Troy Emery Twigg & Nikki Loach

Quest Theatre & Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, Young People’s Theatre, Toronto

February 11-22, 2019

“To be or...

Così fan tutte

Thursday, February 7, 2019


by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Atom Egoyan

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto

February 5-23, 2019

Despina: “L’aure incostanti

Han più degli uomini


The Tashme Project: The Living Archives

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


by Julie Tamiko Manning & Matt Miwa, directed by Mike Payette 

Tashme Productions, Factory Theatre Mainspace, Toronto

January 29-February 10, 2019

“They assimilate so well they disappear”



Monday, February 4, 2019


by Franz Schubert, directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin 

VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Jane Mallett Theatre, Toronto

February 3, 2019

Chorus: “Nach langer Leiden Qualen

Erwacht die reine Lust”

Hook Up

Friday, February 1, 2019


music by Chris Thornborrow, book & lyrics by Julie Tepperman, directed by Richard Greenblatt  

Tapestry Opera & Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, Toronto

January 30-February 9, 2019


Monday, January 28, 2019


by Richard Strauss, directed by James Robinson

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto

January 26-February 22, 2019

Elektra: “Wir sind bei den Göttern, wir Vollbringenden”


Rose: A New Musical

Friday, January 25, 2019


music and book by Mike Ross, lyrics and book by Sarah Wilson, directed by Gregory Prest 

Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre, Toronto

January 23-February 24, 2019

“Once upon a time the world was...

The Scavenger’s Daughter

Sunday, January 20, 2019


by Susanna Fournier, directed by ted witzel

PARADIGM Productions, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

January 17-27, 2019

Webb to Sarah: “You speak and speak and say nothing”

Susanna Fournier’s...

The Raven / Futari Shizuka

Sunday, January 20, 2019


by Toshio Hosokawa, directed by Paramita Nath

Toronto New Music Projects and Wallace Halladay, Walter Hall, University of Toronto, Toronto

January 17, 2019

“Take thy beak from out my heart, and take...

After the Fire

Thursday, January 17, 2019


by Matthew MacKenzie, directed by Brendan McMurtry-Howlett 

Punctuate! Theatre and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts

in Association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre, The Theatre Centre,...


Tuesday, January 15, 2019


by Michael Healey, directed by Miles Potter 

The 1979 Group, Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs, Toronto

January 10-27, 2019

Joe Clark: “We’ve earned a moral right to govern”

1979, Michael...

Raising Stanley / Life with Tulia

Monday, January 14, 2019


by Kim Kilpatrick, Karen Bailey & Bronwyn Steinberg, directed by Bronwyn Steinberg, 

• Raising Stanley / Life with Tulia Collective, Next Stage Festival, Factory Theatre, Toronto

January 11-20, 2019;