Stage Door Listings

April 2019

Opera Atelier presents Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, April 4 to 13.

Photo: Measha Brueggergosman as Elletra in Idomeneo. © 2008 Bruce Zinger.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

La Bohème (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. The lives and loves of starving artists in 19th-century Paris. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Apr 17, runs to May 22. Four Seasons Centre, 1-800-250-4653, www.coc.ca. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✭✩  

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (musical) by Douglas McGrath. King's rise to fame as a songwriter and her second rise to fame as a singer-songwriter. Runs Apr 9 to May 5, Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Opened Feb 13, 2018, booking to Sep 29, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

Dear Evan Hansen (musical) by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. A high school senior with social anxiety fabricates a lie after the death of a classmate. Opened Mar 28, runs to Sep 29. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 2h35m. ✭✭✭✭✩

A Doll's House, Part 2 (comedy) by Lucas Hnath. Nora returns to her husband in this modern sequel to Ibsen's 1879 play. Runs Mar 23 to Apr 14. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 90m. ✭✭✩✩✩

Giselle (ballet) by Marius Petipa to music by Adolphe Adam. The Great Russian Ballet recreates this 1884 classic of the repertoire. Opens Apr 27, runs to Apr 28. Bluma Appel Theatre, https://www.ticketmaster.ca/giselle.

Hot Brown Honey (variety). A neo-burlesque collective of indigenous women make noise and defiantly smash stereotypes. Opens Apr 5, runs to Apr 7. Bluma Appel Theatre, 1-855-985-2787, www.ticketmaster.ca.

Idomeneo (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To be saved from shipwreck Idomeneo vows to sacrifice the first living thing he meets on shore – it turns out to be his son. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 13. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, operaatelier.com. Runtime: 3h. ✭✭✭✭✩

Otello (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Iago tires to destroy his commander by instilling him with jealousy. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Apr 27, runs to May 21. Four Seasons Centre, 1-800-250-4653, www.coc.ca.

Next to Normal (musical) by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey. A mother's struggle with bipolar disorder and its effect on her family. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 1, runs to May 19. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Venezuela (dance) by Ohad Naharin. The Batsheva Dance Company explores the conflict between movement and its content. Apr 9 only. Sony Centre, www.sonycentre.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Angélique (drama) by Lorena Gale. The story of an enslaved Black woman who was hanged for setting fire to Montreal in 1734. Preview Apr 3, opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 21. Factory Theatre, 416-504-9971, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Antigone: 方 (children) by Jeff Ho. A new adaptation of the Greek tragedy inspired by the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising. For ages 12+. Runs Apr 29 to May 16. Young People's Theatre, 416-862-2222, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Becoming Dr. Ruth (comedy) by Mark St. Germain. The story of Dr. Ruth from fleeing Germany to fighting in Israel to surviving in America. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 2, runs to May 16. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 1-855-985-2787, www.hgjewishtheatre.com/index.html.

Le Bibliothcaire (performance) by Marie-Hélène d'Amours. A physical theatre representation of the love of reading. Apr 28 only. Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Rd, 416-534-6604, theatrefrancais.com.

Bigre (comedy) by Pierre Guillois et al. A silent comedy about two men, a neat-freak and a slob, who fall for the same woman. Opens Apr 11, runs to Apr 21. Berkeley Street Theatre, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.  Runtime: 85m. ✭✭✩✩✩

A Blow in the Face (comedy) by Lisa Ryder. Alice experiences postpartum depression and the extreme places the mind can go. Opened Mar 28, runs to Apr 14. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, 416-534-9261, tickets.theatrecentre.org/TheatreManager/1/login?event=253

C'mon Angie! (drama) by Amy Lee Lavoie. After a one-night stand, Angie and Reed confront questions related to intimacy, consent and sexual assault. Preview Apr 11, opens Apr 12, runs to Apr 27. Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St West, www.leroystreettheatre.com.

The Chemical Valley Project (drama) by Kevin Matthew Wong. A documentary theatre work on environmental racism and reconciliation against the backdrop of Canada's petrochemical industry. Previews from Apr 4, opens Apr 9, runs to Apr 20. Theatre Passe Muraille, 416-504-7529, www.passemuraille.ca.

The Cherry Orchard (drama) by Anton Chekhov. A family love their orchard for sentimental reasons but do nothing to save it. Opened Mar 29, runs to Apr 13. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave., www.crowstheatre.com.

Copenhagen (drama) by Michael Frayn. In 1941, as nations race to perfect The Bomb, two scientists meet in occupied Denmark for a conversation that will change the course of history. Previews from Apr 6, Opens Apr 12, runs to May 1. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca. Runtime: 2h40m. ✭✭✭✭✩  

Così fan tutte (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Two men are encouraged to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. In concert. Apr 5 only. College St. United Church, 452 College St, 416-455-2365, operabyrequest.ca.

Dry Powder (comedy) by Sarah Burgess. After a publicity nightmare Rick’s two partners have different ideas about how to rescue Rick’s company. Preview Apr 4, opens Apr 5, runs to Apr 20. Toronto Centre for the Arts, www.ticketmaster.ca.

Four Chords and a Gun (play) by John Ross Bowie. A view of the clash between the Ramones and producer Phil Spector in a recording studio in 1979. Previews from Apr 2, opens Apr 10, runs to Apr 28. Fleck Theatre, 207 Queen's Quay West, www.4chordsplay.com. Runtime: 90m. ✭✭✭✩✩

Four Old Legs (dance) by James Kudelka. Evelyn Hart and Zhenya Cerneacov celebrate time, memory and experience. Opens Apr 12, runs to Apr 20. The Citadel, 304 Parliament St, 416-364-8011 x1, http://citadelcie.com.

Guarded Girls (drama) by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman. A complicated relationship formed between two female prisoners and their guard. Previews from Mar 26, opens Apr 3, runs to May 5. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Hand to God (comedy) by Robert Askins. At a church puppet club one of the puppets suddenly turns satanic. Previews from Apr 21, opens Apr 24, runs to May 12. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave., www.coalminetheatre.com. Runtime: 1h50m. ✭✭✭✩✩  

How To Beat Up Any Man (comedy) by Carol Zoccoli. A woman who defines for herself what it means to be a woman in spite of all societal pressures to "act like a lady". Opens Apr 5, runs to May 4. JCB Theatre, The Second City, 99 Blue Jays Way, https://www.secondcity.com/shows/toronto.

Kopernikus (opera) by Claude Vivier. Agni travels to an unknown space suspended in time wherein she meets the fragmented embodiment of figures from history and fiction. Opens Apr 4, runs Apr 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave, 416-504-7529, www.passemuraille.ca. Runtime: 70m. ✭✭✭✭✭

Lies and Consequences (drama) by Carol Libman. A troubling secret emerges when Peter arrives at the university where his cousin is a professor. Opens Apr 30, runs to May 5. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East, http://redsandcastletheatre.com.  

The Little Prince: Reimagined (children) by Richard Lam. An adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupry's story places it in the 21st century. For ages 7+. Opened Mar 23, runs to Apr 13. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave., www.crowstheatre.com.

Magic Tonight (magic). James Alan presents a weekly live magic show with guest magicians. Every Sunday. The Cage, 292 College St., 416-995-1736, www.magictonight.ca.

Mary Poppins (musical) by RM Sherman & RB Sherman. A magical nanny comes to take care of the two Banks children. Opens Apr 5, runs to May 12. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St, https://tickets.ticketwise.com.

Merry Munsch Pyjama Party (children). Some favourite Robert Munsch stories acted out by actor in pyjamas. For ages 4+. Runs Feb 9 to May 5. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 416-368-8031, solarstage.on.ca.

The Merry Widow (operetta) by Franz Lehár. A rich widow's countrymen try to find her a local husband to keep her money inside the country. Opens Apr 23, runs Apr 24, 26, 27 & 28. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.torontooperetta.com.

Million Dollar Quartet (musical) by Floyd Mutrux. A recreation of an historic jam session on December 4, 1956, that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Opened Mar 29, runs to Apr 14. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave, https://tickets.ticketwise.com.

The Most Humorous and Tragic Tale of William Shakespeare’s Shakespeare (comedy) by Liam Grunté. William Shakespeare looks back at his life. Opens Apr 1, runs to Apr 6. The Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St East, https://www.eventbrite.ca.

9 to 5: The Musical (musical) by Dolly Parton. Three female coworkers pushed to the boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Opened Mar 28, runs to May 26. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave, https://tickets.ticketwise.com.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (comedy) by Hannah Moscovitch. A Cape Bretoner visits his old childhood pal after an absence of 25 years. Previews from Apr 16, opens Apr 24, runs to May 26. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com. Runtime: 80m. ✭✭✭✩✩  

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (drama) by Makambe K. Simamba. The last moments in the life of a Black teen who is pulled over by the police. Opens Apr 11, runs to Apr 18. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St, 416-975-8555, http://buddiesinbadtimes.com.

OUT (comedy) by Greg Campbell. Campbell plays 22 characters to tell a hilarious story about coming out of the closet in 1970’s Montreal. Runs Apr 24 to May 5. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Reluctant Adventurers (Авантюристы поневоле) by Alexander Korovkin. A Russian adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace. In Russian. Apr 2 only. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St, https://showoneproductions.ca.

The Sad Blisters (comedy) by Andrew Batten. Serial monogamist Joanne is getting married AGAIN and she wants her sisters to wear their bridesmaid dresses from her previous weddings. Opens April 12, runs to Apr 27, The Commons, 587A College St, https://sadblisters.brownpapertickets.com.

Shakespeare's Criminal (opera) by Dustin Peters & Sky Gilbert. A man named Shakespeare is encouraged to act on his attraction to a young man. In concert. Opens Apr 26, runs to Apr 28. Factory Theatre, 416-504-9971, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4193813.com.

Shove It Down My Throat (drama) by Johnnie Walker. In 2013 a gay man was arrested for knife fight – was it his aggression or a queer bashing? Previews from Mar 30, opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 21. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✩✩✩  

The Things I Carry (drama) by Lee Su-Feh. A performance/storytelling hybrid about what happens as people spread across our planet. Preview Apr 23, opens Apr 24, runs to Apr 28. Theatre Passe Muraille, 416-504-7529, www.passemuraille.ca.

Too Good To Be True (comedy) by Cliff Cardinal. Maria flees the police with her son and pregnant daughter. Previews from Apr 24, opens Apr 27, runs to May 19. 10 Busy Street, https://www.brownpapertickets.com.

Traversée (drama) by Khadija Baker. Nour contemplates leaving her nurse who taught her sign language. In French with English surtitles. Apr 26 only. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley St., 416-534-6604, theatrefrancais.com.

Under the Stairs (children) by Kevin Dyer. Tim asks other children to help find his parents when they go missing. For ages 8+. Previews from Apr 1, opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 16. Young People's Theatre, 416-862-2222, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Virgin. (comedy) by Alyson Renaldo. A woman examines her relationship to God, sex, purity and love. Opens Apr 9, runs to Apr 14. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East, tacheproductions.com.

Walking on Bombshells (revue) by The Second City. An hilarious, fast-paced take on the minefield we’re all living in. Opened Mar 19, runs to Aug 11. The Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011, https://www.secondcity.com. Runtime: 90m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Wedding at Aulis (drama) by Sina Gilani. In order for his fleet to sail for Troy, Agamemnon must sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. Opened Mar 28, runs to Apr 14. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca.

Who Killed Spalding Gray? (drama) by Daniel MacIvor. MacIvor links the Spalding Gray's suicide with the story of how a man saved MacIvor's life. Opens Apr 25, runs to Apr 28. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, 416-538-0988, http://theatrecentre.org. -cancelled-

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

Caught in the Net (comedy) by Ray Cooney. Two teens are attracted to each other but discover their fathers have the same name, age and occupation. Opens Apr 5, runs to Apr 20. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.

Impressionism (comedy) by Michael Jacobs. A romantic comedy about a gallery owner and a photojournalist. Opens Apr 12, runs to Apr 27. [community] Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St., 416-364-4170, www.alumnaetheatre.com.

Monsieur d'Eon is a Woman (drama) by Mark Brownell. At the height of his political career an 18th-century courtier thought male admits to being a woman. Opens Apr 10, runs to Apr 20. [student] Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www1.youngcentre.ca.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (drama) by Neil Bartlett. A stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story of a young man who never grows older. Opens Apr 9, runs to Apr 20. [student] Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www1.youngcentre.ca.


BARRIE

The Gamblers (comedy) by Nikolai Gogol. A game between gamblers becomes an intricate trail of deceits within deceits within deceits. Opened Mar 29, runs to Apr 6. Five Points Theatre, 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca. Runtime: 75m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Music for the Changing Voice / Newfie Electra (plays) by Alyssa Wright / Allison Basha. A double bill – one show about growing up in Don Wright's shadow, one resetting Sophocles' tragedy in a Newfoundland outport. Preview Apr 25, opens Apr 26, runs to May 4. Five Points Theatre, 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

American Icons (revue). A survey of the greatest hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and The Four Seasons. Apr 4 only. Hamilton Family Theatre, www.draytonentertainment.com.

The Elixir of Love (opera) by Gaetano Donizetti. To make a wealthy woman love him, Nemorino buys a love-potion from a charlatan. Apr 5 only. Cambridge Centre for the Arts, www.vcopera.ca.


COLLINGWOOD

One Step at a Time (musical) by Andrew Prashad. Prashad uses monologues, songs and dance to tell about caring for a son with spina bifida. Opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 5. Simcoe Street Theatre, 705-445-2200, https://theatrecollingwood.ca/one-step-at-a-time.

True Confessions from the Ninth Concession (comedy) by Dan Needles. Needles and folksinger Ian Bell take you on a ramble through the back roads of rural Ontario. Opens Apr 25, runs to Apr 26. Theatre Collingwood, 1-866-382-2200, www.theatrecollingwood.ca.


GRAND BEND

American Icons (revue). A survey of the greatest hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and The Four Seasons. Apr 7 only. Huron Country Playhouse, www.draytonentertainment.com.

The Elixir of Love (opera) by Gaetano Donizetti. To make a wealthy woman love him, Nemorino buys a love-potion from a charlatan. Apr 7 only. Harcourt Memorial United Church, www.vcopera.ca.


GUELPH

The Elixir of Love (opera) by Gaetano Donizetti. To make a wealthy woman love him, Nemorino buys a love-potion from a charlatan. Apr 7 only. Harcourt Memorial United Church, www.vcopera.ca.


HAMILTON

Freaky Friday (musical) by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey. A mother and daughter magically swap bodies for a day. Previews from Apr 24, opens Apr 26, runs to May 18. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, www.theatreaquarius.org.


KITCHENER / WATERLOO

The Elixir of Love (opera) by Gaetano Donizetti. To make a wealthy woman love him, Nemorino buys a love-potion from a charlatan. Apr 6 only. Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St W, Waterloo, www.vcopera.ca.


LONDON

Cabaret (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. The McManus Stage becomes the Kit Kat Club in Berlin in the 1930s where an American writer meets a British cabaret star. Previews from Apr 9, opens Apr 12, runs to May 18. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Fences (drama) by August Wilson. In the 1950s, a former Negro League baseball star now works as a trash collector. Runs Mar 19 to Apr 6. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. Runtime: 2h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

The Laramie Project (drama) by Moisés Kaufman. A commentary drawn from real interviews of people from Laramie, WY, about the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998. Opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 13. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, 519-642-2767, artsproject.ca.

Mamma Mia! Musical) by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. A girl invites her three possible fathers to her wedding on a Greek island. Previews from Apr 23, opens Apr 26, runs to May 18. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.


MISSISSAUGA

The Big “What Now?” (comedy) by Sandra Shamas. A comic look at life on the other side of 50. Opens Apr 2, runs to Apr 14. Living Arts Centre, 905-306-6000, www.livingartscentre.ca.

Gardish Mein Taare (drama) by Summama Ahmed. The relationship of two mavericks of Indian cinema in the 1950s – Guru Dutt and his wife Geeta Dutt. In Hindi with English surtitles. Apr 26 only. Living Arts Centre, 905-306-6000, www.livingartscentre.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Broadway Showstoppers (revue) by Lee Siegel. An all-new tribute to Broadways greatest musicals. Runs Feb 22 to Apr 15. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy's Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). Two hours of all-Canadian music; from Maritime folk songs to modern pop. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 19. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy's Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2, 2019, to Mar 26, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2019:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 6-Dec 22 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two hours south from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-511-7429 or visit the website at www.shawfest.com.

At the Festival Theatre

The Horse and His Boy (children) by Anna Chatterton. Shasta and his talking horse flee a life of servitude and fight to save Narnia. Previews from Apr 6, opens May 26, runs to Jul 21

At the Royal George Theatre

Rope (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. Two college students commit murder and host a party for the victim's friends. Previews from Apr 12, opens May 24, runs to Oct 12.


OAKVILLE

Cheslea Sunrise (musical) by Murray Fostrer & Mike Ford. In the 1960s The Cocksure Lads lead by Dusty Fosterboard head off from Toronto to London in hopes of stardom. Opens Apr 11, runs to Apr 21 . [student] Studio Theatre, Sheridan College, tickets.sheridancollege.ca.

The House of Martin Guerre (musical) by Leslie Arden. In the 16th century Martin Guerre returns from an eight-year absence, but is he really who he says he is? Opens Apr 9, runs to Apr 21. [student] Macdonald Heaslip Hall, Sheridan College, tickets.sheridancollege.ca.


ORANGEVILLE

Off the Grid (comedy) by John Spurway. A couple agree to spend a week off the grid to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary. Opened Mar 29, runs to Apr 14. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.  


OSHAWA

Evil Dead: The Musical (musical) by Frank Cipolla, George Reinblatt et al. A pleasant stay in a cabin in the woods turns into a battle between Ash and Candarian demons. Fridays & Saturdays, opened Feb 1, runs to Apr 27. Mansfield's Cabaret, https://www.brownpapertickets.com.


OTTAWA

Al Connors: DJ Detective (comedy) by Al Connors. A DJ reveals the highs and lows of playing music for money. Opens Apr 26, runs to Apr 27. Arts Court Theatre, https://artscourt.ca.

AmericanDream.ca, parties 1, 2 & 3 (drama) by Claude Guilmain. The lives of the Cardinal family intersect with famous events in American history from the Kennedy assassination to 9/11 to the war in Afghanistan. In French. Opens Apr 24, runs to Apr 27. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Blink (comedy) by Phil Porter. The lives of two shy individuals collide and a charming, delicate and darkly funny story unfolds. Previews from Apr 4, opens Apr 5, runs to Apr 14. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, 519-672-8800, www.thegladstone.ca.

Dief the Chief (drama) by Pierre Brault. Diefenbaker deals with the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. Preview Apr 15, opens Apr 16, runs to Apr 20. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

The Doll's House (children) by Rag & Bone. The arrival of a new doll wreaks havoc on the two dolls that already live in a doll's house. For ages 4+. Apr 28 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, www.ragandbone.ca.

Drunk Girl (comedy) by Thea Fitz-James. The intimacy, tenacity, celebration and terror of women who drink. Opens Apr 26, runs to Apr 127. Arts Court Theatre, https://artscourt.ca.

Giselle (ballet) by Ivan Cavallari. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens presents this ballet masterpiece. Opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 6. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Heroes (comedy) by Gérard Sibleyras. Two men in a home for retired French military men plan their escape. Opens Apr 5, runs to Apr 13. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) (drama) by Rose Napoli. Laura is writing a memoir about the time when she was an underage student sexually involved with her teacher. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 2, runs to May 17. Great Canadian Theatre Company, 613-236-5196, www.gctc.ca.

Marco bleu (children) by Larry Tremblay. Marco meets his mirror image except that he's all blue. In French. For ages 5-10. Opens Apr 13, runs to Apr 14. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Marvin's Room (comedy) by Scott McPherson. Bessie has been caring for her ailing aunt and father, but now it's her turn to seek help. Runs Mar 20 to Apr 6. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

A Murder Is Announced (drama) by Leslie Darbon. When an announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur, Miss Marple is there. Runs Apr 24 to May 11. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

The Pigeon King (drama) by Rebecca Auerbach at al. The fact-based story of how Arlan Galbraith, intentionally or not, created a Ponzi scheme among pigeon-breeders throughout the world. Previews from Apr 24, opens Apr 26, runs to May 5. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Princess de personne (drama) by Pascale Renaud-Hébert & Danielle Le Saux-Farmer. Two princesses have opposing views on whether to wait for a Prince Charming. In French with English surtitles. For ages 13+. Opens Apr 6, runs Apr 12 & 13. La Nouvelle Scène, 1-866-850-2787, www.nouvellescene.com.

Scary Poppins (musical) by Brett Kelly & Trevor Payer. There is something strange and supernatural about the new nanny. Opens Apr 24, runs to May 4. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Swedish Furniture (comedy) by Matt Hertendy. As a millennial couple try to assemble an IKEA bed, all their frustrations come out. Opens Apr 5, runs to Apr 13. Arts Court Theatre, https://artscourt.ca.

who are we in the dark (dance) by Peggy Baker. An exploration of shifting identities, betrayals, secrets, and intimacies. Opens Apr 12, runs to Apr 13. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.


PENETANGUISHENE

American Icons (revue). A survey of the greatest hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and The Four Seasons. Apr 10 only. King's Wharf Theatre, www.draytonentertainment.com.


PETROLIA

You've Got a Friend (revue by Mark Payne & David Rogers. A celebration of the music of James Taylor and Carole King. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 4, runs to May 18. Victoria Playhouse, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

Do Not Disturb (comedy) by Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore. A sex comedy set in a hotel suite featuring illicit meetings, an imperfect wedding and a Viking porn star. Opened Mar 29, runs to May 11. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.


PORT HOPE

Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been (revue) by Jesse Collins. A tribute to the songs and comedy routines of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Opens Apr 4, runs to Apr 14. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.

Guys and Dolls (musical) by Frank Loesser. A gambler falls in love with a Salvation Army girl. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 4, runs to May 18. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.


RICHMOND HILL

Reluctant Adventurers (Авантюристы поневоле) by Alexander Korovkin. A Russian adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace. In Russian. Apr 1 only. Richmond Hill Centre, https://showoneproductions.ca.

Carmen (opera) by Georges Bizet. A poor soldier falls under the spell of a passionate gypsy. Runs Apr 4 & 6. Richmond Hill Centre, www.rhcentre.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (children) by Tomson Highway. Mary Jane is teased by the other mosquitos because she has no wings. Apr 14 only. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 905-688-0722, www.firstontariopac.ca.


ST. JACOBS

The Miracle Worker (comedy) by William Gibson. A tutor tries to help a young girl blind, deaf and mute since infancy. Previews from Apr 24, opens Apr 26, runs to May 12. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (musical) by Stephan Elliott & Allan Scott. Three drag queens set out on a journey into the Australian outback. Opened Mar 15, runs to Apr 7. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STRATFORD

Infinite Sequels (performance) by David Stones. The Poet reviews a life lived to the sounds of a violin. Apr 26 only. Revival House, https://www.ticketscene.ca.

Odissi (dance) by Enakshi Sinha. An exploration of classical Indian dance in the Odissi tradition. Apr 28 only. Factory 163, www.innerchamber.ca.

Tainted Cabaret (burlesque). Campy and theatrical entertainment that celebrates sensuality and  sexuality. Apr 26 only. Molly Bloom's, www.eventbrite.ca.  


THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 3 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre

Billy Elliot (musical) by Elton John & Lee Hall. A young boy in a coal mining town discovers he has a talent for dancing ballet. Previews from Apr 16, opens May 28, runs to Nov 3.

At the Avon Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A meek florist raises a plant that feeds on human flesh. Preview from Apr 29, opens May 31, runs to Nov 2.

Private Lives (comedy) by Noel Coward. Ex-spouses discover they have booked adjacent honeymoon suites with their new spouse. Previews from Apr 24, opens May 30, runs to Oct 26.


SUDBURY

The Birds and the Bees (comedy) by Mark Crawford. When her marriage fails Sarah returns home to her mother and the two have to learn to live with each other again. Opens Apr 11, runs to Apr 27. Sudbury Theatre Centre, 705-674-8381, www.sudburytheatre.com.

Traversée (children) by Esther Savasta. Two friends, one who can speak and one who can sign, go on a journey. For ages 9+. In French. Opens Apr 10, runs to Apr 13. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, 705-525-5606 x 4, letno.ca/en.


THUNDER BAY

Boeing Boeing (comedy) by Marc Camoletti. A Parisian Lothario has three fiancées who work as stewardesses for three different airlines. Opens Apr 25, runs to May 11. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com.


TWEED

Ghost Light (comedy) by Shawn Wright. Wright tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of his relationship with his late mother. Opens Apr 13, runs to Apr 14. The Marble Arts Centre, https://tweedandcompany.com.  


TOURS IN ONTARIO

PJ Masks Live! Save the Day (children). Catboy, Owlette and Gekko save the day from super-villains. pjmaskslive.com.

Apr 7: Peterborough Memorial Centre, Peterborough

Apr 8: Sudbury Arena, Sudbury

Apr 9: Centre in the Square, Kitchener