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.


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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. ✭✭✭✭✭

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

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. An immigrant from the West Indies rises to become George Washington’s right-hand man. Begins in Feb, dates TBA. Princess of Wales, www.mirvish.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 in Feb, dates TBA. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

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.

Mixed Doubles (comedy) by Kate Jaimet. A mixed doubles tournament that turns into a contest of gender-bending disguises. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 6. [community] Alumnae Theatre, www.alumnaetheatre.com.


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

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.


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.

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.

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.


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

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. ★★★★☆


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

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.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

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.

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.

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.


PETERBOROUGH

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


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.


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