Stage Door Listings

February 2022

Andrea Scott’s play Controlled Damage about civil  rights leader Viola Desmond runs at the Grand Theatre, London, February 22 to March 12, 2022.

Photo: Viola Desmond.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

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. Opened Feb 13, 2018, reopened Dec 15, 2021, booking into 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭ Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required  

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 26, 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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

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. online

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. Proof of vaccination required

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 in Feb, dates TBA. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

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 in Feb, dates TBA. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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


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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required


KINGSTON

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.grandtheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


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. Proof of vaccination required


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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required


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. ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required


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. Proof of vaccination required

At the Studio Theatre

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


OTTAWA

Blissful State of Surrender (comedy) by Santia Fejzić. Cultures clash in a Bosnian-Canadian family between the parents and their three daughters. Runs Feb 1 to Feb 13. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required


PETERBOROUGH

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


SUDBURY

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. Proof of vaccination required


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. Proof of vaccination required