Stage Door Listings

August 2021

The Shaw Festival present Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress from August 8 to October 9 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Illustration: Poster for Trouble in Mind. © 2020 Shaw Festival.


TORONTO

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Blackout (musical) by Anton Lipovetsky & Steven Gallagher. Three stories about strangers connecting during the 2003 blackout in Toronto. Runs Jul 23 to Aug 15. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Blindness (performance) by Simon Stephens. A light and sound installation based on the novel by José Saramago about a global plague of blindness. Begins Aug 4. Princess of Wales Theatre, www.mirvish.com. Covid safety procedures in place

A New Work (dance) by Casimiro Nhussi & Pulga Muchochomo. NAfro Dance presents a new 60-minute dancework. Runs Aug 17 to Aug 22. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

nowhen (performance) by Alison Wong. A two-part, auditory and nature-based experience. Runs Aug 5 to Aug 12. [student] High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Story Fusion Cabaret! (storytelling) by Storytelling Toronto. 90 minutes of storytelling by some of Toronto's best raconteurs. Runs Aug 21 to Aug 22. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place  

Stupidhead! (musical) by Britta Johnson & Katherine Cullen. An autobiographical musical about Cullen's growing up with dyslexia. Outside the March, outsidethemarch.ca. Runs July 20 to Aug 1 in your own yard. Covid safety procedures in place

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

You Can’t Get There From Here (plays). A collection of five new audio mini-dramas by Anusree Roy, Matthew MacKenzie, Yvette Nolan, Keith Barker and Luke Reece. Runs Mar 25 to Sep 25. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online audio


BARRIE

THE BEES IN THE BUSH FESTIVAL:

An outdoor festival of 12 productions of plays, cabarets, musicals and dance. Runs Aug 3 to Oct 3. Various venues, www.tift.ca. Covid safety procedures in place   


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


HUNTSVILLE

Les Moutons (performance) by David Danzon. Watch the behaviour of three healthy ewes and a young ram. Aug 1 only. Huntsville Festival of the Arts, www.corpus.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


KINGSTON

Storefront Fringe Festival (festival). Six shows in eight days. Opens Aug 2, runs to Aug 15. Baby Grand Theatre, www.theatrekingston.com. postponed to August 2021


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Orpheus in the Underworld (operetta) by Jacques Offenbach. Orpheus seeks to charm the King of Hades into releasing his recently deceased wife. Aug 14 only. [community] Waterloo Collegiate Institute, 300 Hazel St, www.vcopera.ca. online


LAKE OF BAYS

FUNeral For A friEND (comedy) by Jan Jacklin. Jayne and Michelle attend an unconventional funeral for their close friend Annie. Run begins Aug 9. Dot the T Productions, dotthetpro.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


LONDON

The Great Grand Road Trip (musical) coordinated by Andrew Tribe. The High School Project communally creates a musical love-letter to London, Ontario in the summer. Aug 27 only. [student] Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. online


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. postponed to 2022


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs  Jun 15, 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 Jul 7-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 outdoor stage by the Studio 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 23, runs to Oct 9.

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

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of his much-loved uncle. Runs Jul 23  to Oct 10.  

At a stage in the Shaw Festival Gardens

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Opened Jul 25, 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 Jul 24, runs to Oct 2.

At the Studio Theatre

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

In the Shaw Festival Gardens

A Short History of Niagara (drama) by Alexandra Montaghese & Mike Petersen. A 30-minute-long wordless history of the Niagara region from from Laura Secord to the founding of the Shaw Festival as enacted by puppets. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 13.


NORTH BAY

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


ORANGEVILLE

Chase the Ace (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A big city radio host is forced to take a job managing a small-town station. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 22. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


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.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Les Nonnes (musical) by Dan Goggin. Six nuns put on a variety show to raise funds to bury four of their deceased sisters. In French. Opens Aug 2, runs to Aug 3. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.


PORT PERRY

To the Ends of the Earth (comedy) by Morris Panych. The story of two men, each of whom is convinced that the other is following him. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 14. Theatre on the Ridge, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place  


PRESCOTT

A Midsummer Night's Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Runs Jul 24 to Aug 28. St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca. cancelled


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

HERE FOR NOW THEATRE COMPANY 2021 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL:

A festival running from Jul 6-Sep 26 of eight world premiere one-act plays and a reading series outdoors at The Bruce Hotel. Here For Now Theatre Company, www.herefornowtheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place

In Seach of Catharsis (drama) by Jessica B. Hill. An old world god returns to the modern world to try to save humanity. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 15.

Janet and Louise (comedy) by Deanna Kruger. Jamet takes doctor-prescribed art lessons with Louise who can't affford to lose another student. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 15.

Pegeen and the Pilgrim (reading) by Brigit Wilson. A 12-year-old girl dreams of becoming an actress – and then the Stratford Festival is founded. Runs weekends in August.  

Post Alice (comedy) by Taylor Marie Graham. Four iconic characters from Alice Munro stories tell ghost stories. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 15.

So how's it been? (musical) by Liza Balkan & Paul Shilton. A song cycle based on interviews conducted with a wide range of people during the pandemic. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 5.

The Wonder of It All (comedy) by Mark Weatherley. Can a couple rediscover the wonder of love after 25 years of marriage? Runs Aug 17 to Sep 5.


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.  


WELLINGTON

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (musical) by Beau Dixon. A Black Canadian saves the lives of his co-workers after a mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia, in 1958. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 1. The Eddie Hotel and Farm, www.festivalplayers.ca. ★★★★★ Covid safety procedures in place

Chase the Ace (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A big city radio host is forced to take a job managing a small-town station. Runs Aug 24 to Aug 29. The Eddie Hotel and Farm, www.festivalplayers.ca. Covid safety procedures in place