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)

Alice in Wonderland (comedy) by David Savoy. A face-paced adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Preview Aug 18, opens Aug 19, runs to Aug 29. Guild Festival Theatre, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

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 (installation) by Simon Stephens. A light and sound installation based on the novel by José Saramago about a global plague of blindness. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 29, Sep 24 to Oct 24. Princess of Wales Theatre, www.mirvish.com. ★★★★★ Covid safety procedures in place

The Csárdás Princess (operetta) by Imre Kálmán. A prince falls in love with a cabaret star but his parents oppose the match. Runs Jul 9 to Aug 8. Toronto Operetta Theatre, torontooperetta.com. online

Digital Toronto Fringe Festival (festival). Fringe companies will present pre-recorded video, audio, and written pieces as part the Fringe On-Demand series. Opens Jul 21, runs to Aug 22. Toronto Fringe Festival, fringetoronto.com. online

The Gondoliers (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & WS Gilbert. One of two humble gondoliers may really be the lost Prince of Barataria. Runs Jul 23 to Aug 8. Toronto Operetta Theatre, torontooperetta.com. online

Great Expectations (drama) by Eddie Izzard. A one-man performance of the well-known novel by Charles Dickens. Aug 7, 8, 28 & 29. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, www.mirvish.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Eddie Izzard The Remix: 1988-2018 (comedy) by Eddie Izzard. Highlights from Izzard’s 30-year comedy career. Aug 7, 8, 28 & 29. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, www.mirvish.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Illusionarium (installation) by Jamie Allan. An immersive journey through the evolution of magic using holograms and live magicians. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 29. 1 Yonge Street, www.illusionarium.ca. 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

The Resurrection (opera) by George Frideric Handel. Handel’s 1708 oratorio about the events between Good Friday and Easter Sunday fully staged. In Italian with English subtitles. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 12. Opera Atelier, www.operaatelier.com. online

Salt-Water Moon (drama) by David French. A young man has one evening to win back his sweetheart. Preview Aug 4, opens Aug 5, runs to Aug 15. Guild Festival Theatre, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Stillwater School for Mosquitos (musical) by The Mulligans. Dinn is the only mosquito in his family for 400 who doesn’t like to fly. In concert. Runs Aug 10 to Aug 13. 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. In concert. 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

SummerWorks (festival). Works exploring collaboration over distance, renegotiating our relationship to time, renegotiation of intimacy, interrogation of capitalist and colonial systems, and Indigenous, Queer and BIPOC visions for the future. Runs Aug 1 to Aug 31. Various venues and platforms, summerworks.ca. online and live with 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   

The Ghost Watchers (performance) by Emily Adams et al. A walking tour of Barrie that uses augmented reality to find seven ghosts still trapped in the city. Runs Jul 7 to Aug 28. Theatre by the Bay, theatrebythebay.com.


BLYTH

Café Daughter (drama) by Kenneth T. Williams. The true story of a Chinese-Cree girl growing up in Saskatchewan in the 1950s. Runs Aug 25 to Sep 5. Blyth Festival Amphitheatre, blythfestival.com. Covid safety procedures in place

The Downs (drama) by Sheryl Scott. Scott tells the life-affirming story of life on her family’s farm in New Brunswick in the 1950s. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 22. Blyth Festival Amphitheatre, blythfestival.com. ★★★★☆ 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


BRAMPTON

Smitten and Starstruck (festival). A festival of Indian classical dance featuring 2 artists from Canada and India. Aug 8 only. Nautanki Creations, www.eventbrite.com. online


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 Sep 4. 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.


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. postponed

WE COULD BE (drama) by Intisar Awisse et al. A cluster of playlet by five artists tied together by the themes of hope and resilience. Runs Aug 16 to Aug 25. The Kitchener Market, Green Light Arts, www.greenlight-arts.com. Covid safety procedures in place


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 Bicycle Play  (drama) by Dan Ebbs et al. A history of London’s relationship with the bicycle from 1869 to the present. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 25. AlvegoRoot Theatre, www.alvegoroottheatre.com. online

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

Pirates of Long Point  (comedy) by Adam Corrigan Holowitz. Local youth are lure unsuspecting ships to the shore of Long Point to loot them. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 25. AlvegoRoot Theatre, www.alvegoroottheatre.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 July 16, 2021, booking to Sep 12, 2022. 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

Assassins in Concert (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. The story of the nine people (four successful) who have tried to kill an American president. Runs Jul 18 to Sep 29. cancelled

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. ★★★★☆

Gatsby’s Jazz, Sonny’s Blues (cabaret). Words from F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Baldwin mingle with jazz and blues songs. Runs Jul 10 to Oct 8.

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. ★★★☆☆

The Duke and Two Irenes (cabaret). A revue the music of Duke Ellington and songs by his contemporaries Irene Higginbotham and Irene Kitchings. Runs Jul 14 to Oct 7.

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; online, Aug 18 to Sep 7.

Clue (comedy) by Jonathan Lynn & Sandy Rustin. Based on the popular board game six colourful guests investigate who killed the host of the dinner party. Runs Aug 27 to Aug 29. [student] 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. cancelled

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. cancelled

Old Love (comedy) by Norm Foster. Bud tries to win back his old love Molly now that she’s newly widowed. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 3. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Animal – Histoire de Ferme (performance) by Cirque Alphonse. A gentleman farmer is surrounded by familiar animals with fantastic abilities. Runs Aug 15 to Aug 16. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Béatrice et Marie-Josée en Mots Dits (performance) by Béatrice Picard et Marie-Josée Longchamps. The two famous actors read their favourite passages of Québécois literaure accompanied by the music of Jean-Jacques Bourdeau. Aug 29 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

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. Covid safety procedures in place


PARRY SOUND

Peter Mennie: That Magic Guy (magic) by Peter Mennie. An hysterically funny, family-friendly, festival of foolin’. Aug 30 only. Stockley Centre, www.stockeycentre.com. Covid safety procedures in place


PORT DOVER

Beyond the Sea (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. On a pier in a small town Theo and Gwen explore love, loss and the importance of looking forward. Runs Aug 24 to Sep 12. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. 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 Jul 23 to Aug 8. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


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


PORT STANLEY

A Legal Alien (comedy) by Chris Gibbs. Gibbs describes his journey from the land of William Shakespeare to the land of William Shatner. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 4. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.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

Salt-Water Moon (drama) by David French. A young man has one evening to win back his sweetheart. Runs Aug 18 to Aug 22. St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


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.


ST. CATHARINES

#EmancipationDaySTC (festival). An annual celebration set to reawaken old traditions and foster greater solidarity and pride among the Black Canadian community. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 1. FirstOntario PAC, www.facebook.com. online


STIRLING

Busker Festival (festival). Music, comedy, juggling, magic and lots more. Runs Aug 13 to Aug 15. Kings Mill Cider, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Drive-In! The Drive-In Musical (musical) by Ken MacDougall. A young couple meets at a drive-in to rekindle a romance that began there the previous year – featuring hits of the 1960s. Runs Jul 16 to Aug 1. Stirling Fairgrounds, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com. drive-in theatre format

Marie Botrell – Rock of Ages (revue) by Marie Botrell. Botrell and her band perform a selection of gospel hits by country music’s biggest stars. Aug 28 only. Burrell Hall, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place


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 afford 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. ★★★★☆


PUPPETWORKS! MIN-FEST 2021:

A festival running from Aug 19 to Aug 22 featuring four well-known Canadian puppet troupes.  www.springworksfestival.ca Covid safety procedures in place


STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC 2021:

Being Lost (performance) by Tom Allen. A show inspired by the time in 1965 when American composer John Cage was lost for 15 hours near Emma Lake, SK. Part I, 10am, Aug 7 only; Part II, 7pm, Aug 7 only. Stratford Summer Music, stratfordsummermusic.


THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run from Jul 10-Oct 9 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. Opened 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 10, opens Aug 14, runs to Sep 12. ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Opened Jul 22, runs to Aug 1. ★★☆☆☆  

One Step at a Time (drama) by Andrew Prashad. Prashad shares his and his wife's journey of caring for a son with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Inside the Tom Patterson Theatre. Aug 10 to Aug 14.

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Opened Jul 28, runs to Aug 21. ★★★★☆

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 28, opens Sep 2, runs to Sep 26.  

At the Studio Theatre

Three Tall Women (comedy) by Edward Albee. An older woman lays bare her inner life to a middle-aged woman and a young woman. Previews from Aug 10, opens Aug 19, runs to Oct 9. ★★★★☆  


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


☛ TOURS IN ONTARIO ✭ AUGUST 2021 ☚

Alphonse (children) by Wadji Mouawad. Lost, young Alphonse tells himself stories while everyone is looking for him. Theaturtle on tour. www.theaturtle.com ★★★★★ Covid safety procedures in place

Aug 1: Memorial-York Park, Toronto

Aug 5-8 & 11: 801 Big Bay Point Road, Barrie

Aug 18-19: River Mill Park, Huntsville

Aug 21: Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

Aug 25-29: Chinguacousy Park, Brampton