Stage Door Listings

August 2019

The Norm Foster Theatre Festival in St. Catharines presents the world premiere of the musical Beside Myself opening August 2 and running to August 17.

Photo: Jonathan Whttaker, Gabrielle Jones, Griffin Hewitt and Breton Lalama in Beside Myself. © 2019 Alex Heidbuechel.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

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 Dec 1, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

Duan Jin (断金) (drama) by Zou Jingzhi. Three brothers run a business together in Beijing during the Qing Dynasty. In Chinese. Opens Aug 17, runs to Aug 18. Sony Centre, www.sonycentre.ca.

The Lion King (musical) by Elton John & Tim Rice. A stage adaptation of the 1994 animated movie. Runs Jun 13 to Aug 4. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.  

The Michael Jackson HIStory Show (revue). A spectacular tribute to Michael Jackson's music. Aug 10 only. Sony Centre, www.sonycentre.ca.

The Office! A Musical Parody (musical) by Tobly & Bob McSmith & Assaf Gleizner. A documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of a paper factory. Runs Jul 30-Aug 25. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Waitress (musical) by Sara Bareilles & Jessie Nelson. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Opened Jul 10, runs to Aug 18. Ed Mirvish Theatre,1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✭✩✩

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

All's Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helena is in love with Bertram but none of her achievements attract his attention. Opens Aug 2, runs to Aug 25. Berczy Park at Front & Church, www.dauntlesscitytheatre.com.

Anne (comedy) by Paul Ledoux. A stage version of Anne of Green Gables. Runs Jul 18 to Aug 10. Greek Theatre, Guild Park, Scarborough, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca.

Anne of Green Gables (musical) by Norman Campbell & Don Harron. A musical version of the beloved book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. For ages 4+. Opens Aug 16, runs to Oct 6. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave, 1-888-324-6282, lowerossingtontheatre.com.

Art (comedy) by Yasmina Reza. The friendship of three buddies is tested when one of them buys an all-white painting. Previews from Aug 9, opens Aug 15, runs to Sep 1. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.

Betrayal (drama) by Harold Pinter. A seven-year romance is told in reverse chonological order. Previews from Aug 28, opens Sep 4, runs to Sep 18. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.

Capriccio (opera) by Richard Strauss. A singer is asked to decide what is more important in opera – the words or the music. In concert. Aug 24 only. College St. United Church, 452 College St., 416-455-2365, operabyrequest.ca

dance: made in canada / fait au canada (festival). Five world premieres and eight Toronto premieres are featured in this festival of odern dance. Opens Aug 14, runs to Aug 18. Betty Oliphant Theatre & The Blake House, dancemadeincanada.ca.

Earnest, The Importance of Being (operetta) by Victor Davies & Eugene Benson. A musical version of the famous comedy by Oscar Wilde. Opened Jul 27, runs Jul 30, Aug 2 & 4. Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto, 416-366-7723, 214 College St, www.solt.ca.

The Ends of the Earth (comedy) by Morris Panych. Two men try to flee each other but wind up at the same strange hotel. Preview Aug 22, opens Aug 23, runs to Sep 1. Alumnae Studio Theatre, 70 Berkeley  St, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4245131.

Fool for Love (drama) by Sam Shepard. On the edge of the desert Eddie has come to bring out of hiding why a strange looks on. Opened Jul 18, runs to Aug 11. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. Runtime: 1h15m. ✭✭✭✩✩

Gianni Schicchi / Riders to the Sea (operas) by Giacomo Puccini / Ralph Vaughan Williams. Two operas -one a comedy and one a tragedy about death. Opened  Jul 27, runs Jul 31, Aug 2 & 3. Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto, 416-366-7723, 214 College St, www.solt.ca.

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.  

Measure for Measure (comedy) by William Shakespeare. A hypocrite enforces strict morality in Vienna. Opened Jul 11, runs Aug 10. High Park Amphitheatre, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.

Much Ado About Nothing (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick argue so much it could be they're really in love. Opened Jul 5, runs to Aug 11. High Park Amphitheatre, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.

Jillian Jiggs (children). Phoebe Gilman's stories about an enterprising troublemaker. For ages 4+. Runs Jul 6 to Sep 1. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 416-368-8031, solarstage.on.ca.  

Opera Pub (revue). A selection of opera arias and scenes from Mozart to John adams. Free. Aug 15 only. Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, www.facebook.com/events.

Peter Pan The Musical (musical) by Piers Chater Robinson. A new musical based on the J.M. Barrie's famous play. For ages 4+. Opens Aug 23, runs to Sep 22. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St, tickets.ticketwise.com.

Puffs (comedy) by Matt Cox. A story about a boy at Hogwarts who is on the sidelines of Harry Potter's adventures. Opened Jun 7, runs to Aug 4. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave, tickets.ticketwise.com.

Reprint (musicals) by Anton Lipovetsky, Anika Johnson & Barbara Johnston & Colleen Dauncey. Three musicals inspired by stories from the archives of The Globe and Mail. Opens Aug 19, runs to Aug 22. The Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King St East, musicalstagecompany.com.

She The People: The Resistance Continues (revue) by The Second City. A sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the women of The Second City. Opened May 4, runs weekends to Sep 15. The Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011, www.secondcity.com. Runtime: 100m. ✭✭✭✭✩

SLANG: A Solo Sketch Comedy Show (comedy) by Tom Hearn. Parody songs, dancing, a live band and drag. Runs Aug 1 & 8. Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor St West, https://baddogtheatre.com/show-page.

SummerWorks Performance Festival (festival). A curated festival of over 50 productions of theatre, dance, music and interdisciplinary forms. Opens Aug 8, runs to Aug 18. Various venues, summerworks.ca.

The Tape Escape (performance) by Vanessa Smythe et al. A theatre/game hybrid experience. Wed-Sun, opened Jul 4, runs to Aug 25. Queen , 480 Bloor St West, outsidethemarch.ca

Toronto International BuskerFest (festival). Over 100 buskers from Canada and around the world show off their amazing talents. Opens Aug 30, runs to Sep 2. Woodbine Park, torontobuskerfest.com.

La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father disapproves of his son's relationship with an elegant courtesan. Opened Jul 26, runs Jul 28, 31 & Aug 3. Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto, 416-366-7723, 214 College St, www.solt.ca.  

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 Sep 8. The Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011, www.secondcity.com. Runtime: 90m. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Winter's Tale (drama) by William Shakespeare. Leontes' sudden fit of jealousy kills his wife and young son. Previews from Aug 14, opens Aug 16, runs to Sep 2. Withrow Park, http://shakespeareintheruff.com.  

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

This is Prophetic! (opera). An evening of staged contemporary opera scenes from Menotti to John Adams and more. Opens Aug 21, runs to Aug 22. [student] MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, https://againstthegraintheatre.ticketleap.com.


BLYTH

Cakewalk (comedy) by Colleen Curran. A Canada Day cake-baking competition brings out the worst in the competitors. Opened Jun 28, runs to Aug 10. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

In the Wake of Wettlaufer (drama) by Kelly McIntosh et al. The home where a family has placed their aged father turns out to be the one where Elizabth Wettlaufer committed multiple murders. Previews from Aug 7, opens Aug 9, runs to Sep 6. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

Jumbo (drama) by Sean Dixon. In 1885 a train speeding through St. Thomas killed the most famous pachyderm in the world. Opened Jun 14, runs to Aug 10. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✭✩✩

Rocko and Nakota (drama) by Josh Languedoc. Nakota's grandfather Rocko visits the boy in hosptial and whisks him away to a land of stories. Opens Aug 27, runs to Aug 31. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

Sink or Swim (comedy) by Beverley Elliott. Elliott tells tales of her childhood growing up in Listowell, ON. Opens Aug 20, runs to Aug 24. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

The Team on the Hill (comedy) by Dan Needles. Austin's grandson, fresh from agricultural college, has very different ideas about how to manage the family farm than Austin does. Previews begin Jul 31, opens Aug 2, runs to Sep 5. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.


BOBCAYGEON

Kama Sutra (comedy) by Sarah Quick. Opens Aug 14, runs to Aug 24. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, lakeviewartsbarn.com.

Opry Gold (revue) by Leisa Way. Opened Jul 30, runs to Aug 10. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, lakeviewartsbarn.com.


CAMBRIDGE

Grease (musical) by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey. In 1959 popular tough guy Danny Zuko has a secret romance with sweet new girl Sandy Dumbrowski. Opened Jul 12, runs to Aug 3. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

12 Angry Men (drama) by Reginald Rose. A jury is ready to rule a youth guilty of murder, but one juror tries to convince the other 11 that there is reasonable doubt. Previews from Aug 7, opens Aug 9, runs to Aug 24. Playhouse II, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. Runtime: 2h25m. ✭✭✭✭✭


COLLINGWOOD

Beside Myself (musical) by Steve Thomas & Norm Foster. Paula and Steve are planning to divorce and wonder what would have happened if they had never met. Opens Aug 20, runs to Aug 24. Theatre Collingwood, 1-866-382-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✭✭✩


DRAYTON

Beauty and the Beast (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A stage version of the 1991 Disney animated musical. Preview Aug 15, opens Aug 16, runs to Aug 31. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Fiddler on the Loose (revue) by David Rogers. Fiddler Jesse Grandmont and his band play over 60 songs running from country and bluegrass to Celtic, classical and pop. Opened Jul 25, runs to Aug 10. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GANANOQUE

The Boy in the Moon (drama) by Emil Sher. A couple raises a child with disabilities caused by a rare genetic disorder. Preview Aug 7, opens Aug 8, runs to Sep 1. Firehall Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

Glory (comedy) by Tracey Power. In 1933, four women set out to show the nation that Canada’s favourite pastime isn’t just a sport for men. Opened Jul 25, runs to Aug 17. Springer Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com

Ring of Fire (revue) by Richard Maltby Jr. & William Meade. A salute to the life and music of Johnny Cash. Preview Aug 23, opens Aug 24, runs to Sep 15. Springer Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GRAND BEND

Grease (musical) by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey. In 1959 popular tough guy Danny Zuko has a secret romance with sweet new girl Sandy Dumbrowski. Previews from Aug 8, opens Aug 11, runs to Aug 31. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Jack and the Beanstalk (panto) by Caroline Smith. A pantomime version of the well-known children's fairy tale. Opens Aug 8, runs to Aug 31. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Rocky: The Musical (musical) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. A musical based on the 1976 movie. Opened Jul 18, runs to Aug 3. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

12 Angry Men (drama) by Reginald Rose. A jury is ready to rule a youth guilty of murder, but one juror tries to convince the other 11 that there is reasonable doubt. Opened Jul 19, runs to Aug 3. Playhouse II, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. Runtime: 2h25m. ✭✭✭✭✭


GRAVENHURST

Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been (revue) by Jesse Collins. A tribute to the songs and comedy routines of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Opened Jul 24, runs to Aug 16. Gravenhurst Opera House, www.gravenhurst.ca.


HALIBURTON

Ariadne auf Naxos (opera) by Richard Strauss. A commedia dell'arte troupe and a serious opera company are forced to perform at the same time. In German with English surtitles. Opens Aug 22, runs Aug 24, 26 & 25. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-455-5533, www.highlandsoperastudio.com.  

The Ladies Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. After the funeral of their golf partner, three women head out for a memorial round with a new fourth. Opened Jul 29, runs to Aug 8. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-457-9933, www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.  

Women in Opera: Then and Now (operas). A fully staged production of Puccini's Suor Angelica followed by a selection of new operas by female Canadian composers. Aug 15 only. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-455-5533, www.highlandsoperastudio.com.


KINCARDINE

Buying the Farm (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. Magnus's niece decides to sell the family farm when Magnus's health declines. Opens Aug 13, runs to Aug 24. Bluewater Summer Playhouse, www.bluewatersummerplayhouse.com.

Midnight Hour: The Magic of Motown (revue) by Colin Stewart & Chris McHarge. A survey of the greatest hits of Motown. Opens Jul 30, runs to Aug 1. Bluewater Summer Playhouse, www.bluewatersummerplayhouse.com.


MILLBROOK

Carmel (musical) by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow. The struggles of a family in Cavan Township to hold on to the farm during the Great Depression. Previews from Aug 6, opens Aug 8, runs to Aug 31. Winslow Farm, 1-800-814-0055, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca.


MORRISBURG

Lunenburg (comedy) by Norm Foster. An American widow inherits a house in Nova Scotia she didn't know existed. Previews from Aug 1, opens Aug 3, runs to Aug 25. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Beauty and the Beast (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A stage version of the well-known Disney animated feature film. Wed, Sat & Sun, opened Jul 3, runs to Aug 31. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.

Mystify (magic) by Ken McCreedy & George Marchionda. An evening of up-close magic and guitar music for only 40 patrons at a time. Opened Jun 27, runs to Aug 31. Champlain Room, Radisson Hotel, www.niagarafallsmagic.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

Brigadoon (musical) by Frederick Loewe & Alan J. Lerner. Tommy meets a girl who lives in a magical village that appears only once every century. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h20m. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Ladykillers (comedy) by Graham Linehan. Five oddball crooks pose as an amateur string quintet to rent a room for a heist from a little old lady. Opened Jul 6, runs to Oct. 12. Runtime: 2h20m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Man and Superman (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Anne Whitefield is left as the ward of a venerable old man and a wild-eyed revolutionary. Previews from Aug 17, opens Aug 24, runs to Oct 5.  

At the Royal George Theatre

Cyrano de Bergerac (drama) by Edmond Rostand. The large-nosed Cyrano helps a handsome young man woo the woman Cyrano really loves. Previews from Jul 27, opens Aug 11, runs to Oct 20. Runtime: 2h40m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Getting Married (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Edith and Cecil call off their wedding after they read a pamphlet about the dangers of marriage. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h20m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Rope (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. Two college students commit murder and host a party for the victim's friends. Opened May 24, runs to Oct 12. Runtime: 2h10m. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Russian Play (comedy) by Hannah Moscovitch. A small-town flower girl falls for a gravedigger in Stalinist Russia. Opened Jul 6, runs to Oct 12. Runtime: 45m. ✭✭✭✩✩

At the Studio Theatre

The Glass Menagerie (drama) by Tennessee Williams. Tom is asked to find a boyfriend for his painfully shy sister so that she won't end up dependent on their mother. Opened Jul 7, runs to Oct 22. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Sex (comedy) by Mae West. A prostitute fleeing her pimp in Montreal meets a rich young lover, but he does not know about her past. Opened Jul 5, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✩✩✩

Victory (drama) by Howard Barker. After the Restoration a widow fights to give her Puritan husband a proper burial. Previews begin Jul 14, opens Aug 10, runs to Oct 12. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✩✩✩


NORTH BAY

ON THE EDGE fringe festival (festival). A festival of independent theatre. Opens Aug 13, runs to Aug 17. Various venues, https://fringenorth.com.


ORANGEVILLE

A Midsummer Night's Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Two couples get lost in an enchanted forest. Opens Aug 22, runs to Aug 25. Waterfront Stage at Island Lake, 519-924-3423, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA

Alegría (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In the classic power struggle of old meets new, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order. Runs Aug 1 to Sep 1. Big Top at Zibi Site, Gatineau, www.cirquedusoleil.com.

The Bonds of Interest (comedy) by Jacinto Benevente. Two penniless con artists arrive in a town of pretenders and concoct a devious scheme to get rich. Runs Jul 25 to Aug 25. Strathcona Park, www.odysseytheatre.ca.

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. Opens Aug 20, runs to Sep 8. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). Two hours of all-Canadian music; from Maritime folk songs to modern pop. Runs Jun 28 to Sep 14. RA Centre, 877-497-7124, http://ohcanadaehottawa.com.

2 Pianos 4 Hands (comedy) by Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt. The story of two whiz kids who want to become concert pianists. Opened Jul 19, runs to Aug 3. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.  


NORTH BAY

On the Edge (festival). A festival of new work. Opens Aug 13, runs to Aug 17. Various venues, fringenorth.com.


ORILLIA

The Gentleman Clothier (comedy) by Norm Foster. No sooner an experienced tailor open the doors of his new shop in Halifax when two people come by looking for jobs. Runs Jul 24-Aug 9. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.  

Same Time, Next Year (comedy) by Bernard Slade. Two people ditch their spouses once a year over 24 years for a romantic tryst. Runs Aug 14-30. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.  


OTTAWA

Notre Dame de Paris (musical) by Richard Cocciante & Luc Plamondon. The 20th anniversary run of the celebrated musical based on Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In French. Opens Aug 4, runs to Aug 7. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.  


PENETANGUISHENE

Beauty and the Beast (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A stage version of the 1991 Disney animated musical. Previews from Jul 11, opens Jul 14, runs to Aug 10. King's Wharf  Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Sheer Madness (comedy) by Paul Pörtner. A murder occurs in the apartment above a beauty salon and everyone's a suspect. Preview Aug 14, opens Aug 15, runs to Aug 31. King's Wharf  Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.  


PERTH

Androcles and the Lion (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A satire on the Roman Empire as seen through the eyes of a Christian slave. Tuesdays, Jun 4 to August 27. [student] Michael's Table, Classic Theatre Festival, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.

Death Trap (drama) by Ira Levin. A formerly successful playwright plans to steal the script for a thriller from his protégé. Runs Aug 16 to Sep 7. Classic Theatre Festival, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.  

The Forgotten Ones (performance) by Laurel Smith. An historical theatrical walking play returns in 2019 with a new play set during Depression-era Perth. Opened Jun 26, runs to Aug 25.  Matheson House Museum, 11 Gore St. East, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.

Pygmalion (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A linguistics professor bets he can make a common flower girl pass for an upper-class lady. Runs Jul 19 to Aug 11. Classic Theatre Festival, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.


PETROLIA

The New Canadian Curling Club (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A bigited old-timer has to teach curling to a group of recent immigrants to Canada. Previews from Aug 6, opens Aug 10, runs to Aug 25. Victoria Playhouse, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

Wrong Window (comedy) by Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore. A tribute to Alfred Hitchcock that asks, "Who killed Lila Laswald and if she’s not dead…then who is?" Opened Jul 12, runs to Sep 14. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.


PORT COLBORNE

Hurry Hard (comedy) by Kristin Da Silva. The men's and women's curling teams will have to unite to win the Regional Bonspiel. Opens Jul 24, runs to Aug 4. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca.

Prairie Nurse (comedy) by Marie Beath Badian. Two Filipino nurses come to work in small town Saskatchewan in the 1960s but the locals can't tell them apart. Opens Aug 14, runs to Aug 25. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca  


PORT DOVER

Lunenburg (comedy) by Norm Foster. An American widow inherits a house in Nova Scotia she didn't know existed. Preview Aug 21, opens Aug 22, runs to Sep 7. Festival Theatre, 1-888-779-7703, lighthousetheatre.com.

Prairie Nurse (comedy) by Marie Beath Badian. Two Filipino nurses come to work in small town Saskatchewan in the 1960s but the locals can't tell them apart. Opened Jul 25, runs to Aug 10. Festival Theatre, 1-888-779-7703, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

Million Dollar Quartet (musical) by Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott. A recreation of the legendary 1956 jam session involving Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl perkins and Elvis Presley. Previews from Aug 6, opens Aug 8, runs to Sep 1. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT PARRY

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. A young impernates his best friend's imaginary brother on a visit to the country. Preview Jul 31, opens Aug 1, runs to Aug 10. Town Hall, www.theatreontheridge.ca.

The Valley (drama) by Joan MacLeod. Four lives intersect and collide in this examination of the complex issue of police interaction with the mentally ill. Opened Jul 25, runs to Aug 3. Town Hall, www.theatreontheridge.ca.

Venus in Fur (drama) by David Ives. An unorganized actress auditions for a role in a writer/director's play but soon shows surprising power. Preview Aug 7, opens Aug 8, runs to Aug 16. Town Hall, www.theatreontheridge.ca.  


PORT STANLEY

Ed’s Garage (comedy) by Dan Needles. Ed used to run a farm, but now he runs a garage and seems to do therapy on the side. Opened Jul 25, runs to Aug 10. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 1-855-782-4353, www.psft.ca.

It’s Your Funeral (comedy) by Jamie Williams. A new farce with shifting coffins, secret passageways and mysterious millions. Preview Aug 14, opens Aug 15, runs to Sep 7. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 1-855-782-4353, www.psft.ca.


PRESCOTT

Cyrano de Bergerac (drama) by Edmond Rostand. The large-nosed Cyrano helps a handsome young man woo the woman Cyrano really loves. Opened Jul 17, runs to Aug 17. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, 613-925-5788, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca.

The Winter’s Tale (drama) by William Shakespeare. Leontes' sudden fit of jealousy against his wife causes a tragedy only time can heal. Opened Jul 13, runs to Aug 17. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, 613-925-5788, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca.


SAULT STE. MARIE

Fringe North (festival). A festival of independent theatre plus buskers, dancers and storytellers. Opens Aug 8, runs to Aug 18. Various venues, https://fringenorth.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

At the Table (magic) by Alex Kazam. The finest in tabletop magic. Wednesdays from Jul 11 at St. Louis Bar & Grill; Thursdays from Jul 12 at Johnny Rocco's, https://thealexkazam.com.

Beside Myself (musical) by Steve Thomas & Norm Foster. Paula and Steve are planning to divorce and wonder what would have happened if they had never met. Previews from Jul 31, opens Aug 2, runs to Aug 17. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 1-855-515-0722, www.fosterfestival.com. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✭✭✩


ST. JACOBS

Newsies (musical) by Alan Menken & Jack Feldman. In old New York teenaged newsboys strike against unfair conditions. Preview Jul 18, opens Jul 19, runs to Aug 3. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STRATFORD

Every Silver Lining (musical) by Laura Piccinin & Allison Wither. Clara finds romance just as she learns her brother is dying of cancer. Aug 25 only. City Hall Auditorium, www.brownpapertickets.com.


THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 10 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. Opened May 28, runs to Nov 10. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✭✭✭

The Front Page (comedy) by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur. Star reporter Hildy Johnson has to choose between the scoop of a lifetime and the love of his life. Previews from Jul 30, opens Aug 15, runs to Oct 25. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✩✩✩

The Merry Wives of Windsor (comedy) by William Shakespeare. The fat knight Falstaff tries to woo two married women at the same time. Opened Jun 1, runs to Oct 26. Runtime: 2h55m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Othello (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Spurred on by Iago, Othello starts to believe his wife is unfaithful. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 27. Runtime: 3h. ✭✭✩✩✩

At the Avon Theatre

The Crucible (drama) by Arthur Miller. In 17th-century Salem, MA, young girls feels they have the power to discover witches. Previews from Aug 1, opens Aug 16, runs to Oct 25.

Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A meek florist raises a plant that feeds on human flesh. Opened May 31, runs to Nov 2. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Neverending Story (children) by David S. Craig. A stage adaptation of Michael Ende's book about a boy who literally gets drawn into the adventure novel he's reading. Opened Jun 15, runs to Nov 3. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩

Private Lives (comedy) by Noel Coward. Ex-spouses discover they have booked adjacent honeymoon suites with their new spouse. Opened May 30, runs to Oct 26. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✩✩✩

At the Studio Theatre

Birds of a Kind (drama) by Wajdi Mouawad. An Arab-American woman and a German-Jewish geneticist fall in love and travel to Israel. Previews from Jul 30, opens Aug 14, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 3h10m. ✭✭✭✩✩

Henry VIII (history play) by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher. England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 27. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✩✩

Mother's Daughter (drama) by Kate Hennig. Henry VIII's daughter Mary is haunted by the ghost of her mother, Katherine of Aragon. Opened Jun 14, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h15m ✭✭✭✭✩

Nathan the Wise (drama) by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. In 12th-century Jerusalem, a wealthy Jew whose daughter loves a Christian faces a dangerous question from the Muslim sultan. Opened Jun 15, runs to Oct 19. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✭✩✩


WELLINGTON

Every Brilliant Thing (performance) by Duncan MacMillian. An actor requires the participation of the audience to tell his story. Opens Aug 2, runs to Aug 17. Studio Theatre, festivalplayers.ca.

Person of Interest (comedy) by Melody A. Johnson. The mostly true stroy of an actor driven to the brink. Opens Aug 28, runs to Sep 1. Studio Theatre, festivalplayers.ca.


TOURS IN ONTARIO IN AUGUST

The Michael Jackson HIStory Show (revue). A spectacular tribute to Michael Jackson's music. https://mjhistoryshow.com

• Aug 7: The Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay

• Aug 9: Centre in the Square, Kitchener

• Aug 10: Sony Centre, Toronto

• Aug 14: Shenkamn Arts Centre, Ottawa

• Aug 16: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• Aug 17: Chrysler Theatre, Windsor


A (musical) Midsummer Night's Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. music and song infuse this production of the familiar tale of four lovers who seek shelter in an enchanted forest. www.driftwoodtheatre.com

• Thursday, August 1 - Civic Centre – Kitchener

• Friday, August 2 - Kawartha Settlers Village – Bobcaygeon

• Saturday, August 3 - Memorial Park – Marmora

• Sunday, August 4 - Peterborough Museum - Peterborough

• Tuesday, August 6 - Battery Park - Kingston

• Wednesday, August 7 - Lennox & Addington Museum - Napanee

• Thursday, August 8 - Trent Port Marina - Trenton

• Friday, August 9 - Millpond Park - Bloomfield

• Saturday, August 10 - Victoria Park - Cobourg

• Sunday, August 11- Scugog Shores Historical Museum – Port Perry

• Tuesday, August 13 - Leacock Museum and Historical Site - Orillia

• Wednesday, August 14 - Visual Arts Centre of Clarington - Bowmanville

• Thursday, August 15 - Daniel's Spectrum Courtyard - Toronto

• Friday, August 16 - Ingersoll Museum - Ingersoll

• Saturday, August 17 - Silver Lake Park – Port Dover

• Sunday, August 18 - Mann Raceway Plaza (FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre) – St. Catharines


Royal Canadian Family Circus (circus). High-flying acrobatics, death-defying tricks, clowning and towering feats of strength. www.royalcanadiancircus.ca.

• Aug 1-5: Sheridan Centre, Mississauga

• Aug 9-11: Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School, Burlington

• Aug 15-18: Milton Fairgrounds, Milton