Stage Door Reviews 2019

Fool for Love

Thursday, July 18, 2019


by Sam Shepard, directed by Frank Cox-O’Connell

Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre, Toronto

July 18-August 11, 2019

Eddie: “I’m not goin’ anywhere. See? I’m right here. I’m not gone”


Hilda’s Yard

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


by Norm Foster, directed by Jim Mezon

Norm Foster Theatre Festival, FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines

July 12-26, 2019

Mrs. Lindstrom: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of...

The Road to Damascus

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


by Dominique Ziegler, translated and directed by David Eden

To Hell and Back Company, Toronto Fringe Festival, Tarragon Extraspace, Toronto

July 5-13, 2019

Swiss playwright Dominque Ziegler’s The Road...

The Ashes of Forgotten Rain

Monday, July 8, 2019


written and directed by Norman Hussey

Missed Metaphor Productions, Toronto Fringe Festival, Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto

July 5-14, 2019

Norman Hussey’s backstage comedy The Ashes of Forgotten Rain would...


Monday, July 8, 2019


by Susan Freedman, directed by Alan Silverman

GoodSide Productions, Toronto Fringe Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Toronto

July 5-13, 2019

Susan Freedman’s solo play Old-ish is a joy. The...

Above & Beyond

Monday, July 8, 2019


by Jaclyn Toledano, directed by Rebecca Ballarin

JackieTol Productions, Toronto Fringe Festival, Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto

July 4-13, 2019

Jaclyn Toledano’s Above & Beyond is a comedy about office...

My Dad’s Deaths (A Comedy)

Sunday, July 7, 2019


written and directed by Jon Bennett

A Mulled Whine, Toronto Fringe Festival, Guloien Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest, Toronto

July 4-14, 2019

Australian comic Jon Bennett is probably best known in Toronto...

Off the Island

Sunday, July 7, 2019


music by Mike Poisson & Connor Young, book, lyrics and direction by Brian Gibson

Gazebo Productions, Toronto Fringe Festival, Guloien Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest, Toronto

July 4-14, 2019

Off the Island...

The Peers

Sunday, July 7, 2019


written and directed by Kate Hammer

INFEMOUS, Toronto Fringe Festival, Annex Theatre, Toronto

July 3-13, 2019

INFEMOUS, the Montreal company led by Kate Hammer, states in its publicity material, “Representing...

Molly Bloom

Saturday, July 6, 2019


by James Joyce, adapted and directed by Jocelyn Adema

Fourth Gorgon Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, Toronto

July 5-13, 2019

Jocelyn Adema has taken on the seemingly...


Saturday, July 6, 2019


music, book, lyrics and direction by Andrew Seok

Chaos & Light, Toronto Fringe Festival, Grace Toronto Church, 383 Jarvis St., Toronto

July 5-13, 2019

Composer, lyricist and director Andrew Seok’s semi-staged...

Boy Falls From The Sky: Jake Epstein Live at Supermarket

Saturday, July 6, 2019


by Jake Epstein, directed by Robert McQueen

• Past Future Productions, Toronto Fringe Festival, Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto

July 4-13, 2019;

• TO Live presents Best of Fringe, Toronto Centre...

Dungee the Dragon & The Just-Okay Juggler

Friday, July 5, 2019


written and directed by Dan Boyer

• Stories by Dan, Toronto Fringe Festival, George Ignatieff Theatre, Toronto

July 4-14, 2019;

• North(519)KIDS, Jungle Oasis, Orangeville

July 21;

Spend Your Kids' Inheritance

Friday, July 5, 2019


music by Frank Horvat, book & lyrics by Catherine Frid, directed by Andrew Lamb

Watercourse Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, Toronto

July 4-14, 2019

While it’s good...

Cyrano de Bergerac

Friday, July 5, 2019


by Sean Jacklin & Jack Rennie, directed by Jack Rennie

The Leslieville Players, Toronto Fringe Festival, 74 Jones Ave., Toronto

July 4-14, 2019

If you’re looking for 50 minutes of very silly fun, then...

The Taming of the Shrew

Thursday, July 4, 2019


by William Shakespeare, directed by Nicole Arends

Aquarius Players, Toronto Fringe Festival, St. George the Martyr Courtyard, 197 John St., Toronto

July 3-14, 2019

St. George the Martyr’s courtyard,...

The Horse and His Boy

Friday, June 28, 2019


by Anna Chatterton, directed by Christine Brubaker

Shaw Festival, Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake

May 26-July 21, 2019

Fisherman: “Natural affection is stronger than soup”

For those...

The Writer

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


by Norm Foster, directed by Patricia Vanstone

Norm Foster Theatre Festival, FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines

June 21-July 5, 2019

“A Kind Heart”

The Norm Foster Theatre Festival has opened...


Monday, June 10, 2019


by Mikhail Lermontov, directed by Rimas Tuminas

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia

• Luminato & Show One, John Basset Theatre, Toronto

June 9-10, 2019;

• Cherry Orchard Festival,...


Monday, June 3, 2019


by Christopher House & Jordan Tannahill

Toronto Dance Theatre, Winchester Street Theatre, Toronto

May 23-June 1, 2019

“Le long des allées rectilignes,... en train de vous perdre, pour toujours, dans...

August: Osage County

Sunday, June 2, 2019


by Tracy Letts, directed by Jackie Maxwell

Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre, Toronto

May 24-June 30, 2019

Barbara: “Thank God we can't tell the future, we'd never get out of bed”


The Brothers Size

Sunday, May 12, 2019


by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu

Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre, Toronto

May 10-June 1, 2019

“Try a little tenderness” (Otis Redding, 1966)

The Brothers...


Friday, May 10, 2019


by Michel Marc Bouchard, translated by Linda Gaboriau, directed by Cole Alvis

lemonTree creations, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Why Not Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

May 9-26, 2019



Monday, May 6, 2019


by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by David Alden

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto

April 27, 30, May 3, 9, 12, 15, 18 & 21, 2019

Iago: “L’alvo frenetico del mar sia la sua tomba!”

Next to Normal

Saturday, May 4, 2019


music by Tom Kitt, book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Philip Akin

The Musical Stage Company, CAA Theatre, Toronto

May 1-19, 2019

Diana: “Maybe I’ve lost it at last.

Maybe my last lucid...

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)

Friday, May 3, 2019


by Rose Napoli, directed by Eric Coates

Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa

May 2-17, 2019

“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (from...

Drunk Girl

Monday, April 29, 2019


by Thea Fitz-James, directed by Shanda Bezic

TMI Productions, Fringe Encore, Arts Club Theatre, Ottawa

April 26-27, 2019

“You don’t bro ice a friend”

The poster for Thea Fitz-James’s play...

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Sunday, April 28, 2019


created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan & Christian Barry, directed by Christian Barry

Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

April 24-May 26, 2019

Caplan: “Those that keep their eyes upon the heavens


Hand to God

Saturday, April 27, 2019


by Robert Askins, directed by Mitchell Cushman

Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

April 24-May 12, 2019

“Dr. Jekyll and Miss Piggy”

The adventurous Coal Mine Theatre closes its...


Wednesday, April 24, 2019


music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb & book by Joe Masteroff, directed by Dennis Garnhum

Grand Theatre, McManus Stage, London

April 11-May 18, 2019

Emcee: “In here life is beautiful”


La Bohème

Thursday, April 18, 2019


by Giacomo Puccini, directed by John Caird

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto

April 17, 26, 28, May 2, 4, 5, 7, 11 & 22, 2019

Rodolfo: “In cener la carta si sfaldi e l'estro rivoli...


Monday, April 15, 2019


by Michael Frayn, directed by Katrina Darychuk

Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre, Toronto

April 12-May 4, 2019

Heisenberg: “Before we can glimpse who or what we are, we’re gone and laid to dust”


Saturday, April 13, 2019


by Pierre Guillois, Agathe L'Huillier & Olivier Martin Salvan, directed by Pierre Guillois

Compagnie le Fils du Grand Réseau, Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto

April 11-28, 2019

“The Play That Really...

Four Chords and a Gun

Thursday, April 11, 2019


by John Ross Bowie, directed by Richard Ouzounian

• Starvox Entertainment, Fleck Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto

April 10-28, 2019;

• Broadway Playhouse, Chicago, IL

May 18-June 2, 2019


Monday, April 8, 2019


by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Marshall Pynkoski

Opera Atelier, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto

April 4-13, 2019

“Con danze e con suoni

Convien festeggiar” (Coro, Act 1)



Sunday, April 7, 2019


by Claude Vivier, directed by Joel Ivany

Against the Grain Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto

April 4, 5, 6 ,11, 12 & 13, 2019

“L’avenir veut te parler”

Against the Grain Theatre’s production...

Shove It Down My Throat

Thursday, April 4, 2019


by Johnnie Walker, directed by Tom Arthur Davis

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Pandemic Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

April 3-14, 2019

“It’s the journey”

Johnnie Walker’s...


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”

The Gamblers

Saturday, March 30, 2019


by Nikolai Gogol, translated & adapted by Selma Dimitrijevic, directed by Esther Jun

Talk Is Free Theatre, Five Points Theatre, Barrie

March 29-April 6, 2019

Ikharev: “Everyone uses a little deceit”

Dear Evan Hansen

Friday, March 29, 2019


music & lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson, directed by Michael Greif

Stacey Mindich with David Mirvish, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto

March 28-July 21, 2019

“Waving through...

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”

New Magic Valley Fun Town

Thursday, March 14, 2019


by Daniel MacIvor, directed by Richard Rose

• Tarragon Theatre & Prairie Theatre Exchange, Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, Toronto

February 27-March 31, 2019;

• Neptune Theatre, Halifax



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;