Stage Door Listings

February 2020

David Mirvish presents the musical Hamilton at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, from February 11 to May 17.

Illustration: Poster for Hamilton.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

The Barber of Seville (opera) by Gioacchino Rossini. Count Almaviva uses the talents of a wily barber to help woo his beloved Rosina. In Italian with English surtitles. Opened Jan 19, runs to Feb 7. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Caroline, or Change (musical) by Jeanine Tesori & Tony Kushner. Set in the 1960s, a story about ordinary people facing extraordinary change. Opened Feb 4, runs to Feb 15. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St, 416-872-1212, web.ticketking.com.

Chroma/Marguerite and Armand (ballets) by Wayne McGregor/Frederick Ashton. A study of choreographed movement and the story of La Dame aux camélias. Opens Feb 29, runs to Mar 7. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.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. Runs Dec 13, 2019, to May 31, 2020, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man. Runs Feb 11 to May 17. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Hansel und Gretel (opera) by Engelbert Humperdinck. A brother and sister get lost in a forest and meet a hungry witch. Opens Feb 6, runs to Feb 21. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.  

The Phantom of the Opera (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A new production of the 1986 musical. Runs Jan 8 to Feb 2. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Radical Vitality: Solos and Duets (dance) by Marie Chouinard. Edgy, experimental and boundary-pushing dance miniatures. Opens Feb 5, runs to Feb 8. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com

Riverdance 25 (dance) by Bill Whelan & Moya Doherty. The 25th anniversary of this celebration of Irish step-dancing. Runs February 25 to Mar 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Romeo and Juliet (ballet) by Alexei Ratmansky to music by Prokofiev. A belletic version of Shakespeare's tragedy. Opens Mar 11, runs to Mar 22. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

She The People (revue) by The Second City. A remount of The Second City's first all-female created and performed sketch comedy show. Runs Feb 4 to Feb 9. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Us/Them (drama) by Carly Wijs. Two youngsters are taken hostage in the 2004 Beslan school siege in Russia. Runs Feb 27 to Mar 15. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

We Will Rock You (musical) by Queen & Ben Elton. Two revolutionaries strive to save rock ’n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world. Opens Feb 7, runs to Feb 8. Meridian Hall, www.meridianhall.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

AF (dance) by Sandra Laronde & Neil Coppen. A version of Orwell's Animal Farm seen from an indigenous point of view. Previews from Feb 18, opens Feb 20, runs to Mar 1. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

Box 4901 (comedy) by Brian Francis. In 1992 a gay author placed a personal ad in the newspaper: here are his responses to 13 of them. Runs Feb 27 to Mar 8. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

bug (drama) by Yolanda Bonnell. As a girl grows to adulthood so do the bugs devouring her inside. Runs Feb 7 to Feb 22. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.nativeearth.ca.

Casimir and Caroline (drama) by Ödön von Horváth. Star-crossed lovers live in a world where evryone longs for something more. Opened Jan 16, runs to Feb. 9. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Cymbeline (drama) by William Shakespeare. Cymbeline banishes the husband of his only daughter, Imogen. Opens Feb 4, runs to Feb 9. Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St West, www.shakespearebashd.com.

Grounded (drama) by George Brant. A woman hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. Preview Feb 13, opens Feb 14, runs to Feb 29. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

How to Fail as a Popstar (comedy) by Vivek Shraya. A reflection on the power of pop culture, dreams, disappointments, and self-determination. Preview Feb 18, opens Feb 19, runs to Mar 1. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com

Jacqueline (opera) by Luna Pearl Woolf. The story of cellist Jacqueline du Pré and her struggle with multiple sclerosis. Opens Feb 19, runs to Feb 23. Betty Oliphant Theatre, tapestryopera.com.  

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (drama) by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Two inmates await murder charges – one who killed a cult leader, the other a serial killer turned born-again Christian. Runs Jan 23 to Feb 23. Yonge Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia version of the Rudyard Kipling novel. For ages 5+. Runs Feb 10 to Mar 21. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Kamouraska (opera) by Charles Wilson. While attending her second husband at his deathbed, Mme Rolland recalls the events that led to the murder of her first husband. In concert. Feb 16 only. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.operainconcert.com.

Lady Sunrise (drama) by Marjorie Chan. The tale of six Asian Canadian women affected by the hyper-consumerist society of Vancouver. Previews from Feb 15, opens Feb 20, runs to Mar 8. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Lagrime di San Pietro (madrigal cycle) by Orlando di Lasso. Lasso’s 1594 madrigal cycle is sung by 21 singers and staged by Peter Sellars. Opens Feb 1, closes Feb 2. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St West, www.rcmusic.com.

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.

Marjorie Prime (drama) by Jordan Harrison. 85-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new robotic companion. Opened Jan 29, runs to Feb 16. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com.

Mother's Daughter (drama) by Kate Hennig. Henry VIII's daughter Mary is haunted by the ghost of her mother, Katherine of Aragon. Runs Jan 14 to February 9. Yonge Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

The Negroes are Congregating (drama) by Natasha Adiyana Morris. An unapologetic and impolite perspective about the ongoing effects of racism in Canada. Previews from Feb 29, opens Mar 3, runs to Mar 15. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

Progress (festival). The fifth annual international festival of performance and ideas. Opened Jan 30, runs to Feb 16. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, 416-538-0988, progressfestival.org.

Rhubarb Festival (festival). The 41th annual festival of new queer works in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. Opens Feb 12, runs to Feb 22. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Der Ring der Nibelungen (operas) by Richard Wagner. All four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle presented in sequence. In concert. Opens Feb 14, runs to Feb 17. College Street United Church, 452 College St, operabyrequest.wixsite.com.

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman instead of the soldier she may have killed. Previews from Feb 25, opens Mar 4, runs to Mar 29. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com  

Secret Life of a Mother (drama) by Hannah Moscovitch. The raw, transcendent and untold secrets of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth and mothering. Previews from Feb 5, opens Feb 7, runs to Feb 23. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (drama) by Hannah Moscovitch. A newly divorced male professor finds himself admiring a female student. Opened Jan 8, runs to Feb. 2. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Suitcase/Adrenaline (dramas) by Ahmad Meree. Two one-act plays about a Syrian immigrant – one about leaving all behind, one about being reminded of the past. In Arabic with English surtitles. Opened Jan 21, runs to Feb 1. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

Sweat (drama) by Lynn Nottage. Planned layoffs at a local steel mill affect friendships among the workers. Opened Jan 16, runs to Feb 2. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

This Is How We Got Here (comedy) by Keith Barker. A mysterious fox appears to four grieving friends. Opened Jan 29, runs to Feb 16. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East, www.nativeearth.ca.

This Was the World (drama) by Ellie Moon. An old White law professor draws a student into his conflict with the Dean's office. Previews from Jan 28, opens Feb 5, runs to Mar 1. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

You and I (children) by Maja Ardal. A multi-sensory, playfully interactive adventure for “walking babies”. For ages 12-30 months. Runs Feb 11 to Feb 23. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org


Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A meek florist raises a plant that feeds on human flesh. Preview Feb 6, opens Feb 7, runs to Feb 22. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.

Patience (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & WS Gilbert. Two poets vie for the pure love a milkmaid. Opened Jan 24, runs to Feb 2. [community] Parish Hall Auditorium, 651 Dufferin St., 416-922-4415, www.saintanne.ca.


BARRIE

Herringone / The Yalta Game (musical / drama) by Tom Cone / Brian Friel. A vaudevillian tries to provide for his family and two Russian stangers seek adventure. Runs Jan 23 to Feb 1. Five Points Theatre, 705-792-1949,  www.tift.ca.


BRAMPTON

MILF Life Crisis (comedy) by Anne Marie Scheffler. A woman with children takes on the challenge of midlife dating after divorce. Opens Feb 13, runs to Feb 14. Rose Theatre, www.brampton.ca.


BURLINGTON

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter (comedy) by Alison Wearing. A solo show about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Opens Feb 21, runs to Feb 22. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa dances its version of the Prokofiev ballet. Feb 14 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

The Dino Opera / Rapunzel (operas) by Dylan Langan & Michaela Chiste. Two short operas for children. Feb 15 only. Cambridge Centre for the Arts, www.vcopera.ca.


GUELPH

The Dino Opera / Rapunzel (operas) by Dylan Langan & Michaela Chiste. Two short operas for children. Feb 15 only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.


HAMILTON

Frost Bites (festival). A site-specific winter performance festival. Opened Jan 30, runs to Feb 2. Various venues, hamiltonfringe.ca.

Sweat (drama) by Lynn Nottage. Planned layoffs at a local steel mill affect friendships among the workers. Runs Jan 29 to Feb 15. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Peggy’s Song (drama) by Jim Garrard. When Peggy’s devoted husband dies in a plane crash, Peggy pauses to rethink her entire 30 year marriage. Runs Jan 23 to Feb 9. Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050, www.kingstongrand.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

The Dino Opera / Rapunzel (operas) by Dylan Langan & Michaela Chiste. Two short operas for children. Feb 16 only. 16 William St West, Waterloo, www.vcopera.ca.

The Llandovery Castle (opera) by Stephanie Martin. The lives of 14 Canadian Nursing Sisters who died when the hospital ship Llandovery Castle was sunk in 1918. Opens Feb 28, runs to Mar 1. [student] Wilfrid Laurier Theatre Auditorium, Wilfrid Laurier University, www.ticketscene.ca.


LONDON

Between Breaths (drama) by Robert Chafe. The story of Dr. Jon Lien, who pioneered techniques of rescuing whales trapped in fishing nets. Preview Feb 25, opens Feb 26, runs to Mar 7. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

Every Brilliant Thing (performance) by Duncan Macmillan. A  mother battles chronic depression, so a child creates a list of everything that makes life worth living with the help of the audience. Opened Jan 23, runs to Feb 2. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

Honour Beat (drama) by Tara Beagan. As two sisters keep vigil by their mother’s deathbed, they recall the past. Previews from Feb 4, opens Feb 7, runs to Feb 22. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

The Mikado (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & W.S. Gilbert. The heir to the throne of Japan flees an arranged marriage and falls in love with a young commoner. Opened Jan 31, runs to Feb 9. [student] Paul Davenport Theatre, Western University, music.uwo.ca.

Pterodactyls (comedy) by Nicky Silver. The Duncans’ two grown children return home with unwelcome news. Opens Feb 12, runs to Feb 15. TAP Centrefor Creativity, www.tapcreativity.org.


NIAGARA FALLS

All Night Long  Hitz of the 80s (revue. )Each night the students of “Westernvale High” will battle for the title of prom king and queen of the 80s prom of your dreams. Runs Feb 6 to Apr 11. 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.


ORANGEVILLE

Early Morning Rain (revue) by Leisa Way. A celebration of the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Preview Feb 13, opens Feb 14, runs to Mar 1. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA

The Assembly (performance) by Alex Ivanovici et al. Four strangers are brought together, each with opposing political, social, cultural and religious views, to hash out their differences. Previews from Feb 25, opens Feb 27, runs to Mar 7. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Bare (musical) by Damien Intrabartolo & Jon Hartmere. Two gay high school students struggle with their sexuality and Catholicism. Preview Feb 26, opens Feb 27, runs to Mar 7. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Big Bang Festival (festival). A festival about sound and colour for children and their families. Opens Feb 17, runs to Feb 18. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Un conte d’apocalypse (drama) by Robert Marinier. In the future a tyrannical Green Party imposes the death penalty of climate change deniers. In French. Opened Jan 28, runs to Feb 1. La Nouvelle Scène, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Le désert mauve (drama) by Nicole Brossard & Simon Dumas. Mélanie drives through the Arizona desert beset by existential question as she circles the motel where she lives with her mother. In French. Feb 28 only. Maison du Citoyen, Gatineau, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Don Giovanni Trionfante (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A new version of Mozart's opera influenced by the writings of Søren Kierkegaard. In concert. Feb 23 only. First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave West, ottawa.eventful.com.

5 O’Clock Bells! (drama) by Pierre Brault. The life and untimely death of Winnipeg guitarist Lenny Breau. Preview Feb 10, opens Feb 11, runs to Feb 22. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Frontera (dance) by Dana Gingras to music by Fly Pan Am. A fusion of dance and light investigates the meaning of progress. Opens Feb 19, runs to Feb 20. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (comedy) by Todd Kreidler. A stage adaptation of the well-known 1968 movie. Opens Feb 12, runs to Feb 29. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools (performance) by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. Two women, one White and one Greenlandic, describe the same trip from Iqaluit to Greenland from their different viewpoints. Opened Jan 22, runs to Feb 9. GCTC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.  

The Neverending Story (children) by 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 Jan 31, runs to Feb 15. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩

Pakman (children) by Stijn Grupping et al. The stage is the size of a truck and inside, anything can (and does!) become a drum. For ages 5-12. Opens Feb 15, runs ro Feb 17. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Redefining Wonder (magic) by Chris Funk. A magic show with live music. Feb 22 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, 1-866-752-5231, shenkmanarts.ca.  

undercurrents (festival). A festival of eight plays by emerging artists from Ottawa and the rest of Canada. Opens Feb 5, runs to Feb 15. Various venues, undercurrentsfestival.ca.

The Wizard of Oz (ballet) by Septime Webre to music by Matthew Pierce. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's version of the classic story. Opened Jan 23, runs to Feb 1. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

The Wolves (drama) by Sarah Delappe. Nine teenage girls on a soccer team express their hopes and concerns throughout the season. Opened Jan 30, runs to Feb 8. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.  


RICHMOND HILL

The Merry Widow (opera) by Franz Lehár. A penniless count must marry a wealthy widow to save his country from ruin. Runs Feb 28 & Mar 1. Richmond Hill Centre, 905-787-8811, www.rhcentre.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

An Evening of Adult Puppetry (comedy) by Frank Meschkuleit. Part circus, part theatre, part stand up comedy, all fun. Opens Feb 16, runs to Feb 17. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.  

The Archivist (drama) by Shaista Latif. Using childhood mementos, music, videos and found objects, Latif boldly questions who has the right of preserving a history. Opens Feb 27, runs to Feb 29. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

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, thealexkazam.com.

John School (drama) by Stephanie Jones. An examination of sex work in the Niagara region. Runs Feb 6 to Feb 14. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


SUDBURY

Dreamland (performance) Théâtre Rude Ingéniere. Miniatures and multidisciplinary performers conjure up an abandoned amusement park. In French. Opens Feb 13, runs to Feb 15. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.

From Judy to Bette (revue) by Rebecca Perry. Stories and music from Hollywood in the 1930s. Opens Feb 20, runs to Feb 29. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com.

Gym Tonic (comedy) by Bruno Marquis. A depressed 50 year old divorcee hopes a gym membership will get her life back on track. In French. Opened Jan 23, runs to Feb 1. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.  


THUNDER BAY

The Birds and the Bees (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A daughter moves back with her beekeeping mother after a failed marriage. Runs Jan 30 to Feb 15. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.