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.


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TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

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, reopened Dec 15, 2021, booking into 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

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. ✭✭✭✭✩

Pressure (drama) by David Haig. The launch of D-Day in 1944 depends on the most important weather forecast of all time.  Runs Apr 20 to Jun 26. CAA 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 26, 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 Feb 6 to Apr 10. CAA 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Orphan Song (drama) by Sean Morley Dixon. In pre-history a grief-stricken Homo sapiens couple adopts a Neanderthal child. Runs in Mar & Apr, dates TBA. 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


LONDON

Grow (musical) by Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal. Twin Mennonite sisters go on Rumspringa to explore the modern world. Previews from Mar 29, opens Apr 1, runs to Apr 20. 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 12, 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.

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.

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.


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 in April, dates TBA. Norm Foster Theatre Festival, fosterfestival.com.


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.