Stage Door Listings

August 2020

4th Line Theatre in Millbrook has postponed Wishful Seeing by Maja Ardal which it was to present August 4-29, 2020

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

There are no performances in larger theatres on offer in August.


Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Alice in Wonderland (comedy) by David Savoy. A stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous novel. Runs Jul 22 to Aug 8. Greek Theatre, Guild Park, Scarborough, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca. cancelled

Alphonse (children) by Wadji Mouawad. Lost, Alphonse tells himself stories while everyone is looking for him. Runs Aug 20 to Aug 23, Memorial Park, 22 Little Ave; runs Aug 27 to Aug 30, Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St, www.theaturtle.com.

Back on the Stage (variety). A mix of music, dance, and puppetry inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Salt-Water Moon. Opens Aug 21, runs to Aug 22. Greek Theatre, Guild Park, 201 Guildwood Parkway, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca.  

The Comedy of Errors (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Identitical twins separated at birth arrive in the same town with their identical twin servants. Runs Jul 4 to Sep 6. Amphitheatre in High Park, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

M. Butterfly (drama) by David Henry Hwang. A French diplomat falls in love with a Chinese opera performer.  Previews Aug 13, opens Aug 20, runs to Sep 9. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca. cancelled

Sizwe Bansi is Dead (drama) by Athol Fugard et al. In apartheid-era South Africa Bansi can survive only be faking his own death. Opened Jul 16, runs to Aug 5. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca. cancelled

SummerWorks Performance Festival (festival). A curated festival of over 50 productions of theatre, dance, music and interdisciplinary forms. Opens Aug 6, runs to Aug 16. Various venues, summerworks.ca. postponed

We Were, We Are, We Will Be (anthology) by Daniele Bartolini & Luke Reece. An anthology of 10 digital and analogue pieces reflecting on our past, present and future. Opens Aug 18, runs to Aug 23. Various venues, www.canadianstage.com.

We Will Rock You (musical) by Queen & Ben Elton. Bohemians struggle to reassert individuality in a future world of conformity. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 13. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St, lowerossingtontheatre.com. cancelled


BLYTH

The 2020 Blyth Festival has been cancelled.


BOBCAYGEON

The Ladies Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. Three women celebrate the life of their deceased fourth by playing golf with a new woman. Runs Aug 19 to Aug 29. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, arts-barn.squarespace.com.

Murder on Main Street (comedy) by Sarah Quick. Murder shakes up an idyllic town in cottage country. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 8. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, arts-barn.squarespace.com.

Three Men on a Bike (comedy) by Mark Brownell. Three Victorian gentlemen attempt to tour Europe on a bicycle. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 15. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, arts-barn.squarespace.com.


CAMBRIDGE

The Dixie Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women who met years ago on their college swim team spend a long weekend reminiscing. Preview Aug 12, opens Aug 13, runs to Aug 29. South Huron Stage, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

Fiddler on the Loose (revue) by David Rogers. A blend of music, dance, comedy and fiddling featuring over 60 songs. Opened Jul 2, runs to Jul 18. Hamilton Family Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


DRAYTON

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (revue) by Dean Regan. A celebration of the life and music of Patsy Cline. Opened Jul 30, runs to Aug 15. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


ELORA

The Missing Pages (performance) by Tom Allen. A recreation of what might have happened in 1825 when Theodore Molt became the only Canadian to meet Beethoven. Online August 8 only. Elora Festival, https://elorafestival.ca.


GANANOQUE

Every Brilliant Thing (performance) by Duncan Macmillan. As her mother battles depression, a child makes a list of everything that makes life worth living. Opened Jul 18, runs to Aug 9. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled

The Music Man (musical) by Meredith Willson. A con man convinces a town he can create a children's band. Previews from Jun 30, opened Jul 3, runs to Aug 1. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled

New Magic Valley Fun Town (drama) by Daniel MacIvor. Dougie’s best childhood friend comes to visit after 25 years and the two must face painful facts from the past. Preview Aug 21, opens Aug 22, runs to Sep 6. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled

Perfect Wedding (comedy) by Robin Hawdon. A groom wakes up on his wedding day with a strange woman in his bed. Preview Aug 7, opens Aug 8, runs to Aug 29. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled


GRAND BEND

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (revue) by Dean Regan. A celebration of the life and music of Patsy Cline. Preview Aug 19, opens Aug 20, runs to Sep 5. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

The Dixie Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women who met years ago on their college swim team spend a long weekend reminiscing. Preview Jul 22, opened Jul 23, runs to Aug 8. South Huron Stage, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

Kinky Boots (musical) by Cyndi Lauper. A struggling men’s shoe factory turns its business around by making footwear for drag queens. Previews from Aug 19, opens Aug 23, runs to Sep 5. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D’Arienzo. In 1987 an aspiring rocker falls in love with a Midwestern girl newly moved to LA. Opened Jul 24, runs to Aug 15. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


GRAVENHURST

Citronella: The Musical (panto) by Autumn Smith. Cintronella’s step-sisters have convince the Muskoka girl that life is better in the big city. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 28. Gravenhurst Opera House, 1-888-495-8888, www.gravenhurst.ca. cancelled


HAMILTON

Ring of Fire (musical) by William Meade. A survey of the life and music of Johnny Cash. Runs Aug 19 to Sep 5. Dofaco Centre, https://theatreaquarius.org. postponed


LAKE OF BAYS

For the Love of a Good Woman (comedy) by Jan Jacklin. What’s best for a marriage where even ‘love’ has become a questionable ideal? Staged reading. Opens Aug 10, runs to Aug 15. 2371 Limberlost Road, dotthetpro.ca.

An Homage to Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life (comedy) by Jane Wagner. Insights into class struggles, social inequalities, and gender politics. Staged reading. Opens Aug 16, runs to Aug 19. 2371 Limberlost Road, dotthetpro.ca.

Shakespeare: A Most Rare Vision (performance) by Bill Colgate. Colgate tries to make some of the Bard's best-known speeches more accessible. Opens Aug 24, runs to Aug 29. 2371 Limberlost Road, dotthetpro.ca.

You Fancy Yourself (comedy) by Maja Ardal. A girl from Iceland encounters playground politics at the new school in Scotland. Opens Aug 20, runs to Aug 22. 2371 Limberlost Road, dotthetpro.ca.  


MILLBROOK

Wishful Seeing (drama) by Maja Ardal. In 1853 a travelling preacher stumbles upon a murder mystery on the shores of Rice Lake. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 29. Winslow Farm, 1-800-814-0055, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca. postponed


MORRISBURG

Ned Durango Comes to Big Oak (comedy) by Norm Foster. A small town invites a TV cowboy to lead its annual Tomato Queen parade. Runs Aug 6-30. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com. postponed to 2021

Sugar Road (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Hannah encounters an old flame who has now become a country music star. Runs Jul 9 to Aug 2. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com. postponed to 2021


NIAGARA FALLS

Dance with the Daredevil Murder Mystery (comedy). Daredevil Vic Devine gives a press conference about his latest case. Runs Aug 21 & Sep 18. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com. All performances suspended.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 24. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com. All performances suspended.

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2, 2019, to Dec 30, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 8-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

The Devil’s Disciple (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Dick Dudgeon is the local outcast in colonial New England but when the British attack, he proves to be a hero. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 9. cancelled

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 23, runs to Oct 11. cancelled

Mahabharata (drama) A stage adaptation of the great Sanskrit epic poem. Runs from Aug 15 to Sep 19. cancelled

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of a favourite uncle under mysterious circumstances. Previews from Jun 21, opened Jul 25, runs to Oct 18. cancelled

At the Royal George Theatre

Assassins (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Successful and would-be US presidential assassins tell their tales. Previews from Jul 11, opens Jul 24, runs to Oct 10. cancelled

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Runs Sep 16 to Oct 17.

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Runs Sep 16 to Oct 10.

Prince Caspian (children) by Damien Atkins. Prince Caspian of Narnia needs the four Pevensie children to help him defeat his wicked uncle. For ages 6+. Opened May 23, runs to Sep 5. cancelled

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. A son hates his father’s new wife, but she is passionately in love with him, not her husband. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 10. cancelled

The Playboy of the Western World (comedy) by J.M. Synge. A young man who has murdered his father is treated as a hero. Opened May 24, runs to Sep 6. cancelled

Trouble in Mind (drama) by Alice Childress. A play about white people putting on plays about black people, and the compromises that black artists have to make. Previews from Jul 19, opened Jul 26, runs to Oct 10. cancelled


ORILLIA

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A wealthy White widow and her Black chaufeur form a bond through changing times. Runs Jul 24-Aug 9. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. cancelled

On a First Name Basis (comedy) by Norm Foster. A novelist realizes that he knows nothing about his housekeeper of 28 years. Runs Aug 19 to Sep 4. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. audience of only 50


OTTAWA

Dief the Chief (drama) by Pierre Brault. A portrait of John Diefenbaker during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Runs Aug 10 to Aug 15. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca. cancelled

Midsummer (a play with music) by David Grieg & Gordon McIntyre. Can romance really last between an upscale lawyer and a petty conman in Edinburgh? Opened Jul 30, runs to Aug 8. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca. for only 20 patrons per show

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs Jun 30 to Oct 3. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 1-877-497-7124, 2451 Riverside Dr, ohcanadaehottawa.com. cancelled

She Kills Monsters (comedy) by Qui Nguyen. Agnes becomes involved in the Dungeons & Dragons game of her dead sister. Preview Aug 27, opens Aug 28, runs to Sep 5. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca. postponed

Wicked (musical) by Stephen Schwartz & Winnie Holzman.  The story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived. Opens Aug 26, runs to Sep 6. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled


PENETANGUISHENE

Fiddler on the Loose (revue) by David Rogers. A blend of music, dance, comedy and fiddling featuring over 60 songs. Opened Jul 23, runs to Aug 15. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D’Arienzo. In 1987 an aspiring rocker falls in love with a Midwestern girl newly moved to LA. Previews from Aug 20, opens Aug 23, runs to Sep 5. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


PERTH

Productions at the Classic Theatre Festival have been postponed to 2021.


PICKERING

Performances at the Herrongate Barn Theatre for 2020 have been cancelled.


PORT COLBORNE

The Cemetery Club (comedy) by Ivan Menchell. When one of a group of widows finds a man, the others don’t like it. Opened Jul 29, runs to Aug 9. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca. cancelled

Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters can’t convince their mother to go into a nursing home. Preview Aug 5, runs to Aug 22. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca. postponed


PORT DOVER

Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters can’t convince their mother to go into a nursing home. Preview Aug 5, runs to Aug 22. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. postponed

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (comedy) by Ron Clark & Sam Bobrick. Arlene and her lover plot to kill Arlene's used car salesman husband. Preview Aug 26, runs to Sep 12. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. cancelled


PORT HOPE

The Wizard of Oz (musical) by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg. A stage adaptation of the famous 1939 motion picture. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 30. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT PARRY

The 2020 Theatre on the Ridge Festival has been cancelled.


PORT STANLEY

Hurry Hard (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. The beleaguered Stayner Curling Club needs to defeat and destroy its arch nemesis. Opened Jul 22, runs to Aug 15. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.

Perils of Persephone (comedy) by Dan Needles. A truck carrying toxic waste crashes on the farm of the township reeve. Opens Aug 19, runs to Sep 12. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.  


PRESCOTT

The Fantasticks (musical) by Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones. Neighbouring fathers tricks their children into falling in love. Runs Jul 10 to Aug 15. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, 613-925-5788, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca. cancelled

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Two pairs of lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Runs Jul 10 to Aug 15. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, 613-925-5788, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca. cancelled


SAULT STE. MARIE

ON THE EDGE fringe festival (festival). A festival of independent theatre. Opens Aug 13, runs to Aug 17. Various venues, fringenorth.ca. cancelled


ST. CATHARINES

The 2020 Norm Foster Theatre Festival has been cancelled.


ST. JACOBS

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A wealthy White widow and her Black chauffeur form a bond through changing times. Previews from Jul 29, opened Jul 30, runs to Aug 16. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


STRATFORD

Blank Stage: Performances from the Porch (vaiety). Voices from the community gather deliver theatre and music in its innumerable forms. Opens Aug 15, runs to Aug 16. Stratford Perth Museum,4275 Huron Road, www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca.  

Here For Now Open-Air Theatre Festival (festival). Here For Now presents six socially distanced plays performed outdoors in the back lawns of The Bruce Hotel. Opened Jul 17, runs to Sep 6, Fri-Mon. The Bruce Hotel, 89 Parkview Dr, www.herefornowtheatre.com.

A Hundred Words for Snow (comedy) by Tatty Hennessy. A 15-year-old girl takes a journey to scatter her father's ashes at the North Pole. ★★★★☆

I See the Crimson Wave (drama) by Roy Lewis. The life of the West's most famous Black cowboy, Nat Love (1854–1921), as told through poetry. ★★★★☆

Infinite Possibilities (comedy) by Mark Weatherley. Shakespeare, Cleopatra and a host of other historical figures uses a time portal to visit the present and tell what really happened to them. ★★★☆☆

Whack! (drama) by Mark Weatherley. The true story of Angelina Napolitano, who in 1911 became the first woman in Canada to use the battered wife defence for killing her husband. ★★★★☆  

Romeo and Juliet (comedy) by William Shakespeare. The Parkade Players adapt Shakespeare's tragedy as a comedy set in present-dat Stratford, Ont. View the action from the privacy of your car. Runs Thursdays, Jul 9 to Aug 29. Parkade of The Bruce Hotel, 89 Parkview Dr., www.thebruce.ca. ★★★★☆


THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 11-Nov 1 in in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

Performances suspended for the 2020 season

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Two murderesses compete for the skills of a shady lawyer. Opened May 26, runs to Nov 1.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to kill his uncle in revenge. Opened May 28, runs to Oct 25.

Much Ado About Nothing (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick argue so often that people think they must be in love. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 23.

At the Avon Theatre

Monty Python’s Spamalot (musical) by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. A musical version of the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 25.

Wendy & Peter Pan (children) by Ella Hickson. Wendy looks for lost brother in Neverland. Opened May 27, runs to Nov 1.

Wolf Hall (drama) by Mike Poulton. As adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novel, Thomas Cromwell becomes Henry VIII’s trusted confidante. Previews from Jul 28, opens Aug 13, runs to Oct 24.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helena cures the King of France to win her belovded Betram but he does not love her. Opened Jul 11, runs to Oct 24.

Here’s What It Takes (musical) by Steven Page & Daniel MacIvor. A chronicle of the rise of a fictional rock duo from children's entertainters to stardom to decline and breakup. Opened Jun 30, runs to Oct 24.

Lessons in Temperament (performance) by James Smith. Smith tunes a piano while exploring the concept of equal temperament as well as his three older brothers’ mental illnesses. Jul 19 & Aug 23 only.

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to murder his way to become king of England. Opened May 30, runs to Oct 23.

An Undiscovered Shakespeare (performance) by Rebecca Northan. An audience member shares a real-life love story and Northan and her troupe turn it into a five-act Shakespearean comedy. Previews from Jun 30, opened Jul 13, runs to Sep 18.

At the Studio Theatre

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven indigenous women are all determined to win "the biggest bingo in the world". Previews from Jul 21, opens Aug 14, runs to Sep 26.

Three Tall Women (drama) by Edward Albee. An older woman reminisces about her past to two younger companions. Opened Jun 12, runs to Oct 4.


WELLINGTON

The Festival Players of Prince Edward County have cancelled their 2020 season.