Stage Door Listings

August 2021

4th Line Theatre presents Wishful Seeing by Maja Ardal based on the novel by Janet Kellough August 3-29, 2021.

Illustration: Cover of Wishful Seeing by Janet Kellough. © 2016 Dundurn Press..


TORONTO

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Three Ordinary Men (drama) by Steven Elliott Jackson. The final day in the lives of three civil rights workers in 1964 Mississippi. Begins Jun 24. Venue TBA, www.cahoots.ca.

21 Black Futures (plays). A collection of 21 monodramas written, directed and acted by Black Canadian artists. Season 1 from Feb 12; Season 2 from Feb 19; Season 3 from Feb 26. Obsidian Theatre Company, www.cbc.ca. ★★★★☆ online


BOBCAYGEON

The Great Cottage Catastrophe (comedy) by Sarah Quick. Bidding wars are turning cottage country into a battleground and then a body is found. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 7. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Shirley Valentine (comedy) by Willy Russell. A bored middle-class English housewife takes a sudden holiday in Greece. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 28. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. Covid safety procedures in place


GANANOQUE

Sexy Laundry (opera) by Michelle Riml. A couple try to jump-start their marriage with a copy of Sex for Dummies. Runs Aug 5 to Aug 29. 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. Covid safety procedures in place


MEAFORD

Jonas and Barry in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In an assisted living facility, Jonas makes friends with Barry, who spends his time wooing the female residents. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 13. Meaford Hall, www.meaford.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


MILLBROOK

Wishful Seeing (comedy) by Maja Ardal. A saddlebag preacher stumbles upon a murder mystery on the shores of Rice Lake in 1853. Runs Aug 3 to Aug 28. 4th Line Theatre, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Apr 23, 2021, booking to Nov 9, 2021. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run in repertory from May 1-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. Covid safety procedures in place

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 Jul 17, runs to Oct 9.

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 10. postponed

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of his much-loved uncle. Opened Jul 24, runs to Oct 10.  

At the Royal George Theatre

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 10.

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Opened Jun 13, runs to Oct 2.

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O’Neill. A son can see that his father’s new young wife plans to push him out. Opened Jul 25, runs to Oct 8.

Trouble in Mind (drama) by Alice Childress. A play about the compromises Black people make in putting on a play for a White audience. Preview from Aug 6, opens Aug Aug 21, runs to Oct 8.


NORTH BAY

On the Edge Fringe Festival (festival). North Bay’s own fringe festival. Runs Aug 10 to Aug 14. Capitol Centre, fringenorth.com.


ORILLIA

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A wealthy white widow and her black chauffeur develop a powerful bond through times of change. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 13. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.

Jonas and Barry in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In an assisted living facility, Jonas makes friends with Barry, who spends his time wooing the female residents. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 3. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.


SAULT STE. MARIE

Fringe North International Theatre Festival (festival). A festival with a strong focus on local artists within Northern Ontario. Runs Aug 12 to Aug 22. Various venues, fringenorth.ca.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run from Jun 22-Sep 26 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

At the Festival Theatre Canopy

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. Previews from Aug 19, opens Aug 21, runs to Sep 5.

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare's influence on pop music hits. Previews from Jul 29, opens Jul 31, runs to Aug 15.

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Previews from Aug 12, opens Aug 15, runs to Sep 26.  

At the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Previews from Aug 4, opens Aug 8, runs to Sep 5.  

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Previews from Jul 13, opens Jul 17, runs to Aug 15.

Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenya-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Previews from Aug 24, opens Aug 28, runs to Sep 26.