Stage Door Listings

February 2022

The Great Canadian Theatre Company presents The Blissful State of Surrender by Sanita Fejzić starting February 22 in Ottawa.

Photo: Dana Užarević and John Koensgen. © 2019 Lyon Smith.


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TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Bluebeard’s Castle (opera) by Béla Bartók. Bluebeard’s new wife asks to look behind each of the seven doors of his mysterious castle. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Runs Feb 26 to Jul 27. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Opened Feb 13, 2018, reopened Dec 15, 2021, booking to Mar 13, 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ★★★★★ ‑cancelled‑

Gianni Schicchi (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. A greedy family gets the trickster Gianni Schicchi to impersonate their rich recently deceased relative. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Oct 30, 2021, to April 30, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Leopoldstadt (drama) by Tom Stoppard. The fortunes of a Jewish manufacturer and his Catholic wife in Austria from the Annexation through the Holocaust and beyond.  Runs Jan 22 to Mar 13. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ‑cancelled‑

Madama Butterfly (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. A young Japanese woman is abandoned by her American husband. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Feb 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22 & 25. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. ‑cancelled‑

Requiem (concert) by WA Mozart. This version of Mozart’s masterpiece incorporates interviews with front-line medical workers and community members affected by the pandemic. Runs from Nov 26, 2021, to May 27, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Room (drama) by Emma Donaghue. Kidnapped as a teenager, Ma has been locked inside a room in her captor’s garden for seven years and now has a 5-year-old son.  Runs Feb 6 to Apr 10. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ‑postponed to Apr 2022‑

Solaris (drama) by David Greig. A stage adaptation of the novel by Stanisław Lem about astronauts obiting a planet whose ocean seems conscious. Runs Jan 25 to Feb 5. Bluma Apple Theatre, www.canadianstage.com. ‑cancelled‑

Story, story, die (dance) by Alan Lucien Øyen. An examination of how we lie about ourselves to create a more desirable reality for each other. Runs Feb 4 to Feb 5. Fleck Dance Theatre, https://harbourfrontcentre.com. ‑postponed to Jun 2022‑

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

The Antipodes (drama) by Annie Baker. A group of people sit around a table telling, cataloging and theorizing stories. Opened Jan 26, runs to Mar 6. Coal Mine Theatre, www.coalminetheatre.com. ‑postponed to Apr 2022‑

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (comedy) by Rajiv Joseph. During the US occupation of Iraq two American Marines and one Iraqi gardener search through the rubble for a toilet seat made of gold. Runs Feb 3 to Feb 20. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com. ‑cancelled‑

The Butterfly Project: The Ballade of Chō-Chō San (opera) by Teiya Kasahara. An attempt to reimagine and re-instill the original Japanese cultural inspiration appropriated for Puccini’s opera. Runs Feb 11 to Feb 24. Confluence Concerts, www.amplifiedopera.com. online

Dollhouse of Deadly Sins (drama) by Eric Woolfe. An evening of demented puppetry and feats of dark parlour magic. Runs Feb 4 to Feb 6. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, redsandcastletheatre.com.

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (comedy) by Haley McGee. McGee promises to pay off Visa with a yard sale of gifts from her exes. Previews from Feb 11, opens Feb 15, runs to Mar 6. Runs Feb 9 to Feb 27. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Festival of Cool (festival). A festival of our globe’s Northern cultures. Runs Jan 19 to Feb 13. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

Fifteen Dogs (comedy) by Marie Farsi. A stage adaptation of the novel by André Alexis about the gods granting human intelligence to a pack of dogs. Workshop presentation. Runs from Feb 10 to Feb 19. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.

The Golden Record  (concert). A concert is inspired by The Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph message that NASA sent into space. Runs Feb 9 to Feb 27. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

The Gull the Raccoon and the Last Maple (opera) by Abigail Richardson-Schulte. Two of nature's scavengers fight over the last maple on the last piece of dry land. Runs Feb 17 to Feb 21. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, www.tafelmusik.org. online

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) (drama) by Ho Ka Kei. Iphigenia, thought to have been sacrificed by her father, is now a priestess of Artemis in Tauris. Runs Feb 23 to Feb 26. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca. online

Kuumba (festival). Music, dance, theatre, educational workshops and literary events strengthening Toronto’s Black community. Runs Feb 1 to Feb 28. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

Light (drama) by Rosa Labordé. Seekers come from far and wide to discover “the truth” of their existence at an ashram devoted to meditation. Runs Feb 1 to Mar 6. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. ‑postponed‑

Miigis (dance) by Sandra Laronde. An exploration of the catalysts for movement, memory, water trade routes, ancestral forces, and the cycle of life. Runs Jan 29 to Feb 6. Baillie Theatre, www.canadianstage.com. ‑cancelled‑

Orpheus in the Underworld (operetta) by Jacques Offenbach. Orpheus tries to rescue his unloved Eurydice from death. Runs Feb 16, 18, 19 & 20. St. Lawrence Centre, www.stlc.com.

The Rhubarb Festival (festival). Andrea Shin Ling will create a large-scale installation to which artists will respond. Runs Feb 9 to Feb 13. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Solstice d’hiver (comedy) by Roland Schimmelpfennig. A look at a society obsessed with comfort, success and stability. In French with English surtitles. Runs Feb 4 to Feb 12. Théâtre français de Toronto, theatrefrancais.com.

Three Women of Swatow (comedy) by Chloé Hung. Grandmother’s a butcher, her daughter’s a vegetarian, her granddaughter’s already killed a chicken. Runs Jan 18 to Feb 20. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. ‑postponed to Apr 2022‑

Torque (festival). An international contemporary dance series offering dynamic performances and singular choreographic voices from some of the world’s most celebrated companies and artists. Runs Feb 4 to May 23. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

Travelling Tales (children) by Hélène Ducharme. Three stories – one West African, one Mohawk, one French-Canadian – are told through puppetry, masks and song. For ages 5-9. Runs Feb 1 to Feb 21. Young People's Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org. online

Welcome Back to the Future (revue) by The Second City. Join actual humans in an actual theatre having actual fun as we toast being all together again. Runs Dec 3, 2021, to Mar 1, 2022. Comedy Bar, 2800 Danforth Ave, comedybar.ca.

Year of the Rat (plays) by Augusto Bitter et al. Four connected monodramas about how the pandemic impacted four different people in the same house. Runs Feb 24 to Mar 5. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

Brave New World  (drama). A stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s famous sci-fi novel. Runs Feb 9 to Feb 19. [student] Young Centre, www.georgebrown.ca.

The Impossibility of Now (drama) by Y. York. Carl’s wife has to help him overcome amnesia just when she was planning to leave him. Runs Jan 21 to Feb 12. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.

Nested (comedy) by Liz Best. Elaine and David have sold the family home but one wants to move more than the other. Runs Jan 28 to Feb 8. [community] Alumnae Theatre, www.alumnaetheatre.com.


BARRIE

Orlando (comedy) by Sarah Ruhl. A stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel about a woman who changes sexes as she lives through many eras. Runs Feb 20 to Feb 27. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca.


BRANTFORD  

Raven (circus). Women grapple with the challenges of motherhood through acrobatics and dance, movement and language. Runs Feb 3 only. Sanderson Centre, www.sandersoncentre.ca.


BURLINGTON

Across the Pond: The British Invasion (revue) by Leisa Way. A celebration of 50 years of British pop and rock music. Runs Feb 11 to Feb 13. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.

Flip-Fabrique: Sixº (circus) by Jamie Adkins. An acrobatic comedy in which five strangers spend a stormy night in a mysterious abandoned house. Runs Feb 25 & 26. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


HAMILTON

Made in Italy (comedy) by Farren Timoteo. A second-generation Italian teen comes of age in 1970s Jasper, Alberta. Runs Feb 23 to Mar 12. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

Pat & Skee (comedy) by Sky Gilbert. Gilbert plays himself in this play about his parents’ divorce when he was young. Runs Feb 25 to Mar 12. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (opera) by Nkeiru Okoye. The story of how a young girl born in slavery becomes the legendary Underground Railroad conductor. Runs Feb 10 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.

Mercy (drama) by Drew Carnwath. A female lawyer and a high end prostitute square off in a battle of wills, wit and intelligence.  Runs Feb 10 to Feb 27. Baby Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca. ‑postponed to Mar 2022‑


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Champions of Magic (magic) by Drew Carnwath. Five magicians present amazing illusions and spectacular effects. Runs Feb 18 to Feb 19. Centre in the Square, Kitchener, centreinthesquare.com.


LONDON

Controlled Damage (drama) by Andrea Scott. Black business woman Viola Desmond challenges segregation rules in Nova Scotia in 1946.  Previews from Feb 22, opens Feb 25, runs to Mar 12. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. ‑postponed to 2022/23‑

L’Elisir d’amore (opera) by Gaitano Donizetti. Nemorino buys a fake love potion from the charlatan Dulcamara hoping that the wealthy Adina will fall for him. Runs Jan 28 to Feb 6. [student] Paul Davenport Theatre, Western University, music.uwo.ca. ‑postponed to Mar 2022‑

Rubaboo – Songs and Stories with Andrea Menard (performance) by Andrea Menard. Métis performer Menard takes the audience on a journey through words and music.  Previews from Feb 1, opens Feb 4, runs to Feb 12. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. ‑postponed to 2022/23‑


MARKHAM

Masters of Illusion (magic). The world’s greatest magicians perform a 21st-century magic show unlike anything you have seen before. Runs Feb 19 only. Flato Markham Theatre, flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.

MILF Life Crisis (comedy) by Anne Marie Scheffler. What happens when you’re back in the dating market after having been married and had kids? Runs Feb 18 only. Flato Markham Theatre, flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.


MISSISSAUGA

Fefu and Her Friends (drama) by María Irene Fornés. Fefu and her seven female friends rehearse presentation for a charity benefit.  Runs Feb 17 to Mar 6. [student] Theatre Erindale, www.utm.utoronto.ca. online


NIAGARA FALLS

The Choir of Man (revue) by Andrew Kay & Nic Doodson. Nine guys sing and dance to everything from pub songs to classic rock. Runs Feb 9 to Feb 13. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com.

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 30, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2022:

The plays run in repertory from Feb 9-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 Studio Theatre

This Is How We Got Here (drama) by Keith Barker. Four friends and relations struggle with a tragic loss until a mysterious fox appears. Previews from Feb 9, opens Feb 11, runs to Feb 19.


OAKVILLE

Dance Shows (dance) by Shakeil Rollock & Natasha Powell. Two new original dance pieces. Runs Feb 21 to Feb 28. [student] Theatre Sheridan, www.sheridancollege.ca. online

Masters of Illusion (magic). The world’s greatest magicians perform a 21st-century magic show unlike anything you have seen before. Runs Feb 18 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.

Raven (circus). Women grapple with the challenges of motherhood through acrobatics and dance, movement and language. Runs Feb 4 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman (drama) by Leslie McCurdy. A portrait of the famous Underground Railroad conductor. Runs Feb 2 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.


OSHAWA

Richard Forget’s Variety Show Spectacular (variety) by Richard Forget. A magic and variety show featuring some of Canada’s finest performers. Runs Feb 21 only. Regent Theatre, regenttheatre.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Big Bang Festival (festival). Concerts and sound-making of all kinds for the whole family. Runs Feb 19 to Feb 20. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Blissful State of Surrender (comedy) by Santia Fejzić. Cultures clash in a Bosnian-Canadian family between the parents and their three daughters. Runs Feb 22 to Mar 6. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Burn (drama) by John Muggleton. Three longtime friends are brought together by the daughter of the now deceased fourth member of the group. Runs Feb 23 to Mar 12. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Crepsuscular/Soul/After the Rain/Angels’ Atlas (ballet). A quadruple bill of modern ballets presented by the National Ballet of Canada. Feb 3 to Feb 5. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. ‑cancelled‑

Five Seasons: Circus & Symphony  (circus) by Claudel Doucet. Artists from the École nationale de cirque perform to live music by Vivaldi and Piazzolla. Runs Feb 19 only. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. ‑postponed‑

Guide d’éducation sexuelle (comedy) by Olivier Sylvestre. In 1999 three young adults rush to discover their sexuality. In French. Runs Feb 17 to Feb 19. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Huit femmes (drama) by Robert Thomas. Eight women are staying in a chalet on Christmas Eve, but one of them has killed the master of the house. In French. Runs Feb 18 to Feb 19. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

HUSH: La boîte à rêves de Henry Purcell (children) by Zonzo Children’s Theatre. A journey through the magical worlds conjured up by Purcell’s music. For ages 6 to 12. Runs Feb 19 to Feb 20. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. ‑postponed‑

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. Algernon pretends to be his friend Jack’s wicked brother Ernest when he visits the country. Runs Feb 4 to Feb 12. [student] Glebe St. James, socknbuskin.com.

Intrusions (drama) by Joan MacLeod. While a woman waits to be transferred from her home to a seniors’ residence, a drug addict lurks on her doorstep. In French. Runs Feb 2 to Feb 12. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

J’aime Hydro (drama) by Christine Beaulieu. A documentary drama about the relations between Hydro-Québec and the Québécois. In French. Runs Feb 5 to Feb 6. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time (drama) by Walter Borden. An exploration of male homosexuality from a Black Canadian perspective. Runs Feb 1 to Feb 12. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

On va tous mourrir (comedy) by Laurent Paquin & Simon Boudreault. 20 comic sketches on the theme of death. In French. Runs Feb 11 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

Peau d’ours (comedies) by Rébecca Déraspe. Félix and Élodie hope to rekindle their love at the family cottage, but they are interrupted by Félix’s brother and his girlfriend. In French. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 20. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman rather than the soldier she may have killed. Runs Feb 24 to Mar 6. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca. ‑cancelled‑

The Secrets of Primrose Square (drama) by Claudia Carroll. The lives of three female neighbours explode when one reveals news she's been keeping to herself. Previews from Feb 16, opens Feb 17, runs to Mar 5. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.


PETERBOROUGH

Champions of Magic (magic). Five magicians present amazing illusions and spectacular effects. Runs Feb 20 only. Peterborough Memorial Centre, tickets.memorialcentre.ca.


PICKERING

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (comedy) by Ron Clark & Sam Bobrick. Caught in a love triangle, three characters attempt to commit the perfect crime. Runs Feb 11 to Mar 16. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com.


RICHMOND HILL

Africville Stories (variety). Song, narration and music paint a picture of Africville, Canada’s oldest Black community, destroyed by urban development in the 1960s. Runs Feb 16 only. Richmond Hill Centre, tickets.rhcentre.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

Flip-Fabrique: Sixº (circus) by Jamie Adkins. An acrobatic comedy in which five strangers spend a stormy night in a mysterious abandoned house. Runs Feb 21 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (opera) by Nkeiru Okoye. The story of how a young girl born in slavery becomes the legendary Underground Railroad conductor. Runs Feb 12 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca. ‑cancelled‑

Wildly Romantic (comedy) by Norm Foster. A radio station manager discovers that her romantic partner has been canoodling with the “all-night girl”. Runs from Feb 14, fosterfestival.com. online


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays ran live from Jul 10 to Oct 9, 2021, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome.

On Stratfest@Home

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. Ran Aug 21 to Sep 5, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Oct 14, 2022: online

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; runs Jan 10 to Sep 16, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Ran Jul 31 to Aug 15, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Sep 23, 2022 on: online

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26; runs Feb 28 to Oct 7, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Ran Jul 28 to Aug 21, 2021; runs Jan 10 to Sep 30, 2022: online ★★★★☆

Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenyan-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Feb 7 to Oct 28, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

Why We Tell The Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13 to Jul 21, 2021; runs Jan 31 to Sep 2, 2022: online

You Can’t Stop the Beat (cabaret) by Thom Allison. A celebration of the power of musical theatre in troubled times. Ran Jul 18 to Jul 31, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Sep 9, 2022: online


SUDBURY

Aéroportée (comedy) by Matthew Heiti. An adaptation of Heiti’s Ever Falling Light focussing on a woman who wants to recreate Amelia Earhart’s final flight – with a different ending. In French. Runs Feb 16 to Feb 19. Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.

Ever Falling Light (comedy) by Matthew Heiti. Dashing through increasingly strange ports-of-call Amelia Earhart races against time and the spectre of a demonic red plane. Runs Feb 17 to Mar 5. Sudbury Theatre Centre, sudburytheatre.com.

Ti-jean de partout (children) by Marie-Thé Morin. Morin tells stories about Ti-jean, a character of traditional French-Canadian folklore. In French. Runs Saturdays, Nov 1, 2021, to Mar 12, 2022. Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.


THUNDER BAY

Salt Baby (drama) by Falen Johnson. A young Indigenous woman’s light skin sets her apart both in her small community and in the city. Runs Jan 27 to Feb 12. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com. ‑cancelled‑


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Friends!: The Musical Parody (musical) by Assaf Gleizner & Bob & Tobly McSmith. A new musical that lovingly lampoons the TV series Friends. friendsparodyontour.com

• Feb 23: Algonquin Theatre, Ottawa

• Feb 24: Centennial Hall, London

• Feb 25: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

• Feb 26: Grand Theatre, Kingston