Stage Door Listings

April 2022

The musical Damn Yankees begins previews at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake on April 23.

Photo: The cover of the cast recording of the 1994 Broadway revival of Damn Yankees. © 1994 Verve.


☞ Entry to theatres in Ontario requires photo ID and proof of double vaccination

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Bluebeard’s Castle (opera) by Béla Bartók. Bluebeard’s new wife asks to look behind each of the seven doors of his mysterious castle. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Runs Feb 26 to Jul 27. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Boy Falls from the Sky (comedy) by Jake Epstein. Former Degrassi star Epstein tells of his rough time in the Spider-Man musical on Broadway. Runs Apr/May, dates TBA. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

An Evening of Exceptional Silliness (comedy) by John Cleese. Cleese shares hilarious insights from his life and career. Runs Apr 26 only. Roy Thomson Hall, www.uniquelives.com.

Gianni Schicchi (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. A greedy family gets the trickster Gianni Schicchi to impersonate their rich recently deceased relative. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Oct 30, 2021, to April 30, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In his curio cabinet an ambitious inventor defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Runs Apr 14 to May 23. Grand Chaptiteau, Ontario Place, www.cirquedusoleil.com. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (musical) by Peter Gabriel & Genesis. The legendary rock opera performed by The Musical Box. In concert. Runs Apr 22 only. Danforth Music Hall, thedanforth.com.

Pressure (drama) by David Haig. The launch of D-Day in 1944 depends on the most important weather forecast of all time.  Runs Apr 19 to May 29. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Requiem (concert) by WA Mozart. This version of Mozart’s masterpiece incorporates interviews with front-line medical workers and community members affected by the pandemic. Runs from Nov 26, 2021, to May 27, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Room (drama) by Emma Donaghue. Kidnapped as a teenager, Ma has been locked inside a room in her captor’s garden for seven years and now has a 5-year-old son.  Runs Apr 5 to May 8. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Shen Yun 2022 (dance).  A celebration of 5000 years of Chinese culture before Communism. Runs Apr 1 to Apr 10. Four Seasons Centre, www.shenyun.com.

La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father attempts to stop his son’s love affair with a courtesan. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Apr 23, May 1, 3, 7, 12, 18 & 20. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

2 Pianos 4 Hands (comedy) by Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt. A story of aspiring talents, piano teachers, lessons and competitions. Runs Mar 19 to May 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ‑postponed to Jun 7‑

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

among men (drama) by David Yee. A  portrait of the friendship of two male poets whose work will change Canadian literature forever. Runs Apr 23 to May 15. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

The Antipodes (drama) by Annie Baker. A group of people sit around a table telling, cataloging and theorizing stories. Runs Apr 6 to May 15. Coal Mine Theatre, www.coalminetheatre.com.

Le Club des éphémères (comedy) by Alain Doom. Five residents of a seniors’ home want to speak to a documentary filmmaker about their own lives rather than the topic of shadflies. In French with English surtitles. Runs Mar 30 to Apr 8. Théâtre français de Toronto, theatrefrancais.com.

CoMotion (festival). An international Deaf and disability arts festival. Runs Apr 20 to May 1. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

Detroit (drama) by Lisa D’Amour. In a suburb of Detroit Ben and Mary invite their new neighbours, about whom they know nothing, over for a barbecue. Previews from Ap 10, opens Apr 13, runs to May 22. Coal Mine Theatre, www.coalminetheatre.com. ‑postponed to Jul 2022‑

The Great Divide (drama) by Alix Sobler. The story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which killed 146 workers, most of them recent female immigrants. Runs Apr 30 to May 15. Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, hgjewishtheatre.com.

The House of Bernarda Alba (drama) by Federico Garcia Lorca. Matriarch Bernarda Alba decrees eight years of mourning following her husband’s death that cuts her five daughters off from the world outside. Previews from Apr 6, opens Apr 10, runs Apr 24. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Orphan Song (drama) by Sean Morley Dixon. In pre-history a grief-stricken Homo sapiens couple adopts a Neanderthal child. Runs Mar 23 to Apr 24. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Orphans for the Czar (comedy) by George F. Walker. A hapless double agent in Russia tries to stay on the right side of both the revolutionaries and the czarists. Runs Mar 29 to Apr 17. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.

Other People (drama) by Daniel Brooks. An account of Brooks’s time at a silent retreat following a terminal cancer diagnosis. Runs Mar 20 to Apr 3. Baillie Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (drama) by Makambe K. Simamba. A 17-year-old Black boy finds himself in the first moments of the afterlife. Runs Mar 8 to Apr 10. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Our Place (drama) by Kanika Ambrose. Undocumented Caribbean women go to desperate lengths to get their citizenship. Opened Mar 18, runs to Apr 2. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

Petit bout de bois (children) by Patricia Gomis. A puppet show about the daily life of street children in Dakar, Senegal. In French. Runs Apr 24 to Apr 27. Théâtre français de Toronto, theatrefrancais.com.

Pipeline (drama) by Dominique Morisseau. The story of a single mother’s fight to give her son a better future. Previews from Apr 7, opens Apr 14, runs to May 8. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Sweeney Todd (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. A barber seeks vengeance on society by killing select customers whose bodies are made into meat pies.. Runs Mar 14 to Apr 10. Venue TBA, www.tift.ca.

Toka (drama) by Indrit Kasapi. A story about modern-day blood feuds in post-Communist Albania. Runs Apr 20 to Apr 23. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca. online

Torque (festival). An international contemporary dance series offering dynamic performances and singular choreographic voices from some of the world’s most celebrated companies and artists. Runs Feb 4 to May 23. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

Engaged  (comedy) by W.S. Gilbert. Eloping Belinda and Belvawney attempt to flee Belinda’s previous fiancé. Runs Apr 12 to Apr 23. [student] Young Centre, www.georgebrown.ca.

Gloria’s Guy (comedy) by Meg Gibson. Old high school friends play matchmaker when Gloria meets Guy for the first time in 20 years. Runs Apr 29 to May 21. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net. ‑postponed‑

The Impossibility of Now (drama) by Y. York. Carl’s wife has to help him overcome amnesia just when she was planning to leave him. Runs Mar 11 to Apr 2. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (comedy) by Sarah Ruhl. In 19th-century America an young physician takes advantage of a new invention to cure women of “hysteria”. Runs Apr 8 to Apr 23. [community] Alumnae Theatre, www.alumnaetheatre.com.

A Red Plaid Shirt (comedy) by Michael G. Wilmot. Two couples try to find ways to cope with retirement. Runs Apr 8 to Apr 23. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com.

The Sorcerer (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & W.S. Gilbert. A happy young couple hires a sorcerer to make their entire village fall in love. Runs Apr 1 to Apr 10. [community] St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society, www.stannesmads.com.

The 39 Steps (comedy) by Patrick Barlow. Four actors play all the characters in this stage adaptation of the Hitchcock spy film. Runs Apr 29 to May 21. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.


BARRIE

The Archive of Missing Things  (performance) by Zuppa Theatre. The audience embarks on an adventure to uncover clues and discover the secret within the Archive. Runs Mar 21 to Apr 2. Library TBA in Barrie, www.tift.ca.

The Niceties (drama) by Eleanor Burgess. A meeting between professor and student explodes into a debate about race, privilege and the generational divide. Runs Mar 24 to Apr 1. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca.


BRAMPTON

Bromance (circus) by BMT. A fusion of dance and circus exploring male companionship. Runs Apr 14 only. Rose Theatre, tickets.brampton.ca.

The Mush Hole (dance) by Santee Smith. An examination of life in Canada’s first Indian residential school, The Mohawk Institute. Runs Apr 19 only. Rose Theatre, tickets.brampton.ca.


FERGUS

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. Runs Apr 23 only. Fergus Grand Theatre, www.cashtributeshow.com.  


HAMILTON

The Hours That Remain (drama) by Keith Barker. Denise has spent the last five years investigating the disappearance of her sister. Runs Apr 20 to May 7. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (drama) by Makambe K. Simamba. A 17-year-old Black boy finds himself in the first moments of the afterlife. Runs Apr 26 to May 7. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Bromance (circus) by BMT. A fusion of dance and circus exploring male companionship. Runs Apr 12 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

An Evening of Exceptional Silliness (comedy) by John Cleese. Cleese shares hilarious insights from his life and career. Runs Apr 27 only. Centre in the Square, www.uniquelives.com.


LONDON

Grow (musical) by Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal. Twin Mennonite sisters go on Rumspringa to explore the modern world. Runs Apr, dates TBA. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs July 16, 2021, booking to Sep 30, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2022:

The plays run in repertory from Feb 9-Dec 23 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

Damn Yankees (musical) by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. A man makes a deal with the Devil to save his beloved baseball team, the Washington Senators. Previews from Apr 23, opens May 19, runs to Oct 9.

At the Royal George Theatre

Cyrano de Bergerac (drama) by Edmond Rostand. A swordsman and poet with a large nose helps a handsome young man woo the woman he secretly loves. Opened Mar 26, runs to May 8.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Anastasia (musical) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. A young woman suspects she may the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Runs Apr 26 to May 1. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Calpurnia (comedy) by Audrey Dwyer. A young woman attempts to rewrite To Kill a Mockingbird from the point of view of Atticus Finch’s Black maid. Runs Apr 27 to May 7. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

La Chambre des enfants (children) by Anne-Marie Ouellet. In a magical room seven children conjure up a world of their own. In French. For ages 6-11. Runs Apr 9 to Apr 10. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

The Columnist (drama) by David Auburn. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop, the nation's most influential journalist, is courted by the Washington world. Runs Mar 30 to Apr 16. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Durant des années (drama) by Louis-Philippe Roy et al. The inhabinants of an isolated village are unwilling to help when the case of a murder from the 1990s is reopened. In French. Runs Apr 21 to Apr 23. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

The Guitrys (comedy) by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt. The play that Sacha Guitry ought to have written about his life with Yvonne Printemps. In French. Runs Mar 16 to Apr 10. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

Les Hardings (drama) by Alexia Bürger. A Québécois, an American and a New Zealander all named Thomas Harding are involved in a major rail accident. Runs Apr 15 to Ap 16. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Heartlines (drama) by Sarah Waisvisz. The lives of two secretly Jewish, lesbian life partners active in the French Resistance during World War II. Runs Mar 22 to Apr 3. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Mille mauvais choix (comedy) by Louis-José Houde. A treatise on the deceptions and waywardness of choices of the heart. Runs Apr 12, 13 & 29. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

White Out (drama) by Anne-Marie Ouellet. A woman takes refuge in a room that has recorded all the events that have occurred there. In French. Runs Apr 6 to Apr 9. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


PICKERING

Broken Up (comedy) by Nick Hall. Meg moves into her new apartment and out of her old marriage. Runs Apr 1 to May 14. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com.


PORT COLBORNE

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. Runs Apr 30 only. Showboat Theatre, www.cashtributeshow.com.  


ST. CATHARINES

Carousel Players 50th Anniversary Festival (children). Three in person shows, screenings of two digital plays, free drop-in activities, drama workshops and more. Runs Apr 16 &  17. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

They’re Found in Trees/A Pack of Thieves (comedies) by Norm Foster. Readings. Runs April 10 & 24. Norm Foster Theatre Festival, fosterfestival.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run from Apr 6 to Oct 29, 2022, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome.

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. In the Roaring Twenties an aspiring chorus girl and a fading vaudeville star each face trial for murder. Previews from Apr 6, opens Jun 3, runs to Oct 28.

On Stratfest@Home

Finally There’s a Sun: A Cabaret of Resilience (cabaret) by Sara Farb & Steve Ross. A musical journey through a year of enormous change and growth. Ran Sep 12 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Mar 7 to Nov 4, 2022: online

Freedom: Spirit and Legacy of Black Music (cabaret) by Beau Dixon. How Black music became the basis for much of the popular music we hear today. Ran Aug 21 to Sep 5, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Oct 14, 2022: online

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; runs Jan 10 to Sep 16, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Ran Jul 31 to Aug 15, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Sep 23, 2022 on: online

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26; runs Feb 28 to Oct 7, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Ran Jul 28 to Aug 21, 2021; runs Jan 10 to Sep 30, 2022: online ★★★★☆

Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenyan-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Feb 7 to Oct 28, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

Why We Tell The Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13 to Jul 21, 2021; runs Jan 31 to Sep 2, 2022: online

You Can’t Stop the Beat (cabaret) by Thom Allison. A celebration of the power of musical theatre in troubled times. Ran Jul 18 to Jul 31, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Sep 9, 2022: online


SUDBURY

Le Club des éphémères (comedy) by Alain Doom. Five residents of a seniors’ home want to speak to a documentary filmmaker about their own lives rather than the topic of shadflies. In French. Runs Apr 20 to Apr 23. Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.

Le Problème avec le rose (comedy) by Érika Tremblay-Roy. Four boys like the colour pink but people tell them pink is a colour for girls. In French. Runs Apr 9 only. Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.

This One (comedy) by Denise Mader. For her niece’s birthday, Denise has challenged herself to make a pie from scratch for the first time. Runs Apr 21 to May 7. Sudbury Theatre Centre, sudburytheatre.com.


THUNDER BAY

Man of La Mancha (musical) by Dale Wasserman & Mitch Leigh. Don Quixote tells the story of his adventures while in prison. Runs Apr 21 to May 14. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Menopause The Musical (musical) by Jeanie Linders. Four women at a lingerie sale sing about the “change” to tunes from the ’60s to ’80s. menopausethemusical.com

• Apr 2: Algonquin Commons Theatre, Nepean

• Apr 8:  Imperial Theatre, Sarnia

• Apr 9-10: Regent Theatre, Oshawa

• Apr 12: Stocky Centre, Parry Sound