Stage Door Reviews

2021: The Year in Review

Friday, December 31, 2021
2021: The Year in Review

If  the year 2020 will go down as the worst year for the theatre industry in living memory due to the global pandemic, 2021 at least saw a respite from the harshest restrictions in public gatherings and the return, albeit in altered form of theatre...

Jesus Christ Superstar

Friday, December 10, 2021
Jesus Christ Superstar

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music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book & lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Timothy Sheader
David Mirvish, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto
December 2-23, 2021
Chorus: “Do you think you're what they say you are?”
For most Torontonians...

The Judas Kiss

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
The Judas Kiss

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by David Hare, directed by Billy Lake
Talk Is Free Theatre, Five Points Theatre, Barrie
December 3-12, 2021
Wilde: “Everything I have done has been done for love”
I recently had cause to praise Barrie-based theatre company...

rihannaboi95

Sunday, November 28, 2021
rihannaboi95

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by Jordan Tannahill, directed by Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
Young People’s Theatre, Toronto
November 22-December 18, 2021 online
“When the sun shines, we'll shine together” (“Umbrella”, Rihanna, 2007)
Young People’s Theatre opens...

A Christmas Carol

Sunday, November 21, 2021
A Christmas Carol

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by Tim Carroll, directed by Molly Atkinson
Shaw Festival, Royal George Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake
November 20-December 21, 20121
Scrooge: “Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends”
This is the fourth year beginning...

Holiday Inn

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Holiday Inn

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music by Irving Berlin, directed by Kate Hennig
Shaw Festival, Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake
November 23-December 22, 2019; 
November 20-December 19, 2021
Jim: ”Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw...

Desire Under the Elms

Monday, November 15, 2021
Desire Under the Elms

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by Eugene O'Neill, directed by Tim Carroll
Shaw Festival, Studio Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake
October 23-December 12, 2021
Abbie: “I hain't bad nor mean – ‘ceptin’ fur an enemy – but I got t' fight fur what's due me out o'...

I Am William

Saturday, August 21, 2021
I Am William

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by Rébecca Déraspe, music by Chloé Lacasse & Benoît Landry, translated by Leanna Brodie, directed by Esther Jun
Stratford Festival, Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy, Stratford
August 14-September 12, 2021 in person;
October 21-December...

The Rez Sisters

Friday, August 20, 2021
The Rez Sisters

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by Tomson Highway, directed by Jessica Carmichael
Stratford Festival, Tom Patterson Canopy Theatre, Stratford
July 23-August 15, 2021 in person;
September 30-November 21, 2021 online;
January 10-September 30, 2022 online

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday, July 23, 2021
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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by William Shakespeare, directed by Peter Pasyk
Stratford Festival, Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy, Stratford
July 21-August 1, 2021 in person;
September 16-December 4, 2021 online;
January 17-September 16, 2022 online

21 Black Futures, Season 3

Friday, March 12, 2021
21 Black Futures, Season 3

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conceived by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Obsidian Theatre Company, Toronto
streaming from February 26, 2021
“You cannot make me regret this rage” (Cavities)
The 21 short plays are presented in the form of three “seasons” of seven...

21 Black Futures, Season 2

Thursday, February 25, 2021
21 Black Futures, Season 2

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conceived by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Obsidian Theatre Company, Toronto
streaming from February 19, 2021
“I’m not special because I’m Black. I’m special because I’m me” (Special)
The Obsidian Theatre Company’s video play anthology...

21 Black Futures, Season 1

Thursday, February 18, 2021
21 Black Futures, Season 1

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conceived by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Obsidian Theatre Company, Toronto
streaming from February 12, 2021
“What is my authentic voice?” (The Death News)
Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Artistic Director of the Obsidian Theatre Company,...

Wild Magic

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Wild Magic

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by Greg Frewin
Greg Frewin Theatre, 5781 Ellen Avenue, Niagara Falls
May 2005-March 17, 2020;
July 30, 2020-December 19, 2020;
July 16, 2021, booking to September 30, 2022
“He deals cards to find the answer
The...