Stage Door Listings

February 2023

Mirvish Productions presents Lin-Manuel Miranda's multi-award-winning musical Hamilton February 22 to May 14 at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.

Illustration: Poster for Hamilton.


TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Are we not drawn onward to new erA (performance) by Ontroerend Goed. A visual metaphor for this crucial moment in our future history – incredibly inventive, playful and surprising. Runs Feb 9 to Feb 11. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Fall on Your Knees Part One: Family Tree (drama) by Hannah Moscovitch. The story of three generations of the Piper family that moves from Cape Breton to the battlefields of WWI to New York City.  Runs Jan 20 to Feb 4. Bluma Appel Theatre, de.canadianstage.com.

Fall on Your Knees Part Two: The Diary (drama) by by Hannah Moscovitch. The story of three generations of the Piper family that moves from Cape Breton to the battlefields of WWI to New York City. Runs Jan 21 to Feb 5. Bluma Appel Theatre, de.canadianstage.com.

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story of Washington’s right-hand man who died in a duel with Aaron Burr. Runs from Feb 22 to May 14. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (drama) by Jack Thorne. 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a new generation arrives at Hogwarts and a new menace threatens the world. Opened Jun 19, 2022, booking to Jun 4, 2023. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ★★★★☆

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice. A rock musical retelling of the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. Runs Dec 11, 2022, to Feb 18, 2023. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Marriage of Figaro (opera) by WA Mozart. Count Almaviva wants to sleep with Figaro’s fiancée before she marries Figaro. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Jan 27 to Feb 18. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Pressure (drama) by David Haig. The launch of D-Day, June 1944, depends on the most important weather forecast of all time. Runs Jan 24 to Mar 5. Royal Alexandra Theatre,  1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D’Arienzo. An ambitious young rocker meets a country girl in LA. Runs Feb 23 to May 20. Elgin Theatre, moreentertainmentgroup.com.

Salome (opera) by Richard Strauss. Herod’s degenerate daughter Salome lusts after his prisoner, John the Baptist. In German with English surtitles. Runs Feb 3 to Feb 24.Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Things I Know to Be True (drama) by Andrew Bovell. A couple in their 60s find that they still have to parent their four children. Runs Feb 1 to Feb 19. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Behind the Moon (comedy) by Anosh Irani. A visit from a stranger forces a Toronto Mughlai restaurant owner to face the family he’s left behind, and the dreams he’s abandoned. Runs Feb 21 to Mar 19. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Cabaret Noir (cabaret) by Mélanie Demers. Movement, dialogue and music reconstruct emblematic scenes from popular culture. Runs Feb 9 to Feb 11. Berkeley Street Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

The Darkest Dark (children) by Jim Millan & Ian MacIntyre. A stage version of Chris Hadfield’s children’s book about a boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut. For ages 6-12. Runs Feb 20 to Apr 2. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Don Giovanni (opera) by WA Mozart. A opera gets involved in political inrigue in Rome. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Feb 23, 25 & 26. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave, www.torontocityopera.com.

The Effect (drama) by Lucy Prebble. Tristan and Connie fall in love during a drug trial, but is it love or just the drug? Runs Feb 5 to Feb 28. Coal Mine Theatre, 2076 Danforth Avenue, www.coalminetheatre.com.

English (comedy) by Sanaz Toossi. In Iran as four adult students prepare for the language exam that will unlock their futures. Previews from Feb 9, opens Feb 16, runs to Mar 5. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Fair Ladies Valentine (cabaret).  Runs Feb 11 only. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.torontooperetta.com.

Fifteen Dogs (comedy) by André Alexis. Hermes and Apollo grant 15 dogs human consciousness and watch what happens. Runs Jan 13 to Feb 5. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com.

Flush (comedy) by Marie-Claire Marcotte. A small girl lost in the prairies shows up on the doorstep of an odd family. In French with English surtitles. Runs Feb 1 to Feb 5. Berkeley Street Theatre, theatrefrancais.com.

Identity: a Song Cycle (song cycle) by Dinuk Wijeratne & Shauntay Grant. Biracial baritone Elliot Madore expresses his struggles with his identity a song cycle written specifically for him. Runs Oct 23, 2022, to Apr 23, 2023. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

Médée (opera) by Luigi Cherubini. Media vows to take revenge on her faithless husband Jason. In concert. In French with English surtitles. Runs Feb 19 only. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.operainconcert.com.

Okay, you can stop now (performance) by Shakeil Rollock. A physical theatre experience that explores how we deal with and come to terms with information. Runs Feb 5 to Feb 12. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

Prodigal (drama) by Paolo Sanatalucia. The gay, alcoholic son of a prominent Toronto family returns home after he is cut off from the family trust. Runs Feb 21 to Mar 12. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com.

Redbone Coonhound (comedy) by Amy Lee Lavoie & Omari Newton. When an interracial couple meets the title dog, it sets off a discussion about subtle and overt polemics of race. Runs Feb 7 to Mar 5. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Rhubarb Festival 2023 (festival). A festival of new LGBTQ+ works. Runs Feb 8 to Feb 18. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Rubble (drama) by Suvendrini Lena. A play asking the question, “What is the meaning of poetry in the midst of war?” Runs Feb 25 to Mar 19. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

You Can’t Get There from Here, Vol. 3 (plays) by Majorie Chan et al. Five new audiodramas offering listeners fresh perspectives on Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Runs from Feb 16. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Fighting Days (drama) by Wendy Lill. Famous Canadian women help win women’s right to vote. Runs Jan 13 to Feb 4. [community] The Village Players, villageplayers.net.


BARRIE

La Bête (comedy) by David Hilton. A 17th-century acting troupe is asked to bring in an outrageous new actor. Preview Feb 2, opens Feb 3, runs to Feb 11. Five Points Theatres, www.tift.ca.


BURLINGTON

Rhinestone Cowgirl: The Music of Dolly Parton (revue) by Leisa Way. A survey of the life and music of Dolly Parton. Runs Feb 23 to Feb 26. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


HAMILTON

The Extinction Therapist (variety) by Clem Martini. Dr. Marshall offers unconventional group therapy to those animals threatened with imminent extinction. Runs Jan 25 to Feb 11. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Are we not drawn onward to new erA (performance) by Ontroerend Goed. A visual metaphor for this crucial moment in our future history – incredibly inventive, playful and surprising. Runs Feb 17 only. Grand Theatre,  www.kingstongrand.ca.

Cliff Cardinal’s “CBC” Special (comedy) by Cliff Cardinal. Cardinal performs original, dark and catchy folk songs; miraculous stories of familial resilience;  and legends of Turtle Island survival. Runs Feb 8 to Feb 26. Tett Centre, www.theatrekingston.com.

Harriet Tubman - When I crossed that line to freedom (opera) by Nkeiro Okoye. A young girl born into slavery becomes a famed Underground Railwoad conductor. Feb 23 only. Grand Theatre,  www.kingstongrand.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father attempts to stop his son’s love affair with a courtesan. In Italian with English surtitles. In concert. Runs Feb 11 to Feb 12, Centre in the Square, centreinthesquare.com.


LONDON

Boom X (performance) by Rick Miller. The music, culture and politics of Generation X. over the course of 100 minutes. Runs Feb 7 to Feb 25. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.

Homes: A Refugee Story (drama) by Winnie Yeung & Haysam Kadri. From Iraq to Syria to Canada, the Al Rabeeah family search for a place to call home. Runs Feb 21 to Mar 5. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


MARKHAM

Miigis: Underwater Panther (dance) by Sandra Laronde. A journey through dance from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Runs Feb 1 only. Flato Markham Theatre, www.flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.


MISSISSAUGA

The Barber of Seville (opera) by Gioacchino Rossini. The barber Figaro helps the Count Almaviva win the fair Rosina. [In concert] Runs Feb 11 only. Living Arts Centre, www.mississauga.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs new large-scale illusions. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Apr 29, 2023. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2023:

The plays run in repertory from Feb 28-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 Festival Theatre

Mahabharata (drama) by Ravi Jain & Mirian Fernandes. A two-part stage adaptation of the the 4000-year-old Sanskrit epic about the battle of Kaurava and the Pandava princes and the the philosophical concepts surrounding their war. Previews from Feb 28, opens Mar 9, runs to Mar 26.


OAKVILLE

Freedom! The Spirit and Legacy of Black Music (cabaret) by Beau Dixon. A survey of the contribution of Black music from church hymnals to the blues, from jazz to rock ’n’ roll, R&B and rap. Runs Feb 3 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.

Hyprov (performance) by Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci. Mochrie improvizes with audience members who are under hypnosis. Runs Feb 17 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.

The Knitting Pilgrim (performnce) by Kirk Dunn. Dunn has knit three tapestries – one for each Abrahamic faith – and discusses his life as an actor, writer, knitter and preacher’s kid. Runs Feb 9 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.


ORANGEVILLE

Beneath Springhill (musical) by Beau Dixon. African-Canadian miner Maurice Ruddick survives 9 days underground in the 1958 Springhill mining disaster. Runs Feb 8 to Feb 26. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Cabaret Noir (cabaret) by Mélanie Demers. Movement, dialogue and music reconstruct emblematic scenes from popular culture. Runs Feb 2 to Feb 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Coucou Passe-Partout (children). Passe-Partout and friends travel through Quebec and meet all kinds of children. In French. For ages 3+. Runs Feb 19 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Dans le bleu (drama) by Magali Lemèle. Lemèle tells the true story of her sailing across the Atlantic with her husband and daughter. In French. Runs Feb 1 to Feb 12. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, reseau.ovation.ca.

Fête Frissons (festival). A free event with performances, artmaking, workshops, storytelling, dancing and outdoor fun. Runs Feb 11 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

Hyprov (performance) by Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci. Mochrie improvizes with audience members who are under hypnosis. Runs Feb 25 only. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Is God Is (drama) by Aleshea Harris. On her deathbed a mother demands that her twin daughters kill their father. Preview Feb 9, opens Feb 10, runs to Feb 18. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Palermo Palermo  (ballet) by Pina Bausch. After a massive brick wall collapses dancers deal with this broken environment in a series of struggles and triumphs. Runs Feb 16 to Feb 18. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Romeo and Juliet (ballet) by James Kudelka to music by Prokofiev. The National Ballet of Canada performs its version of this classic ballet. Runs Feb 2 to Feb 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

The Unplugging (drama) by Yvette Nolan. In a post apocalyptic future, two women venture into a frozen world after being exiled from their village. Runs Feb 28 to Mar 12. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Le Vrai Monde? (drama) by Michel Tremblay. Claude writes a play based on his family but the characters seem to take on their roles their own way. In French. Runs Feb 17 to Feb 18. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.


PETERBOROUGH

Omaagomaan (performance) by Waawaate Fobister. Using dance, movement, sound and storytelling, Fobister tells how the Grassy Meadows are coming back after mercury poisoning. Runs Feb 2 only. Market Hall Performance Centre, publicenergy.ca.

Sex Dalmatian (performance) by Alyssa Martin. This dance theatre glam drama focusses on a fiercely careerist anthropomorphized talking dog. Runs Feb 17 only. Market Hall Performance Centre, publicenergy.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

Freedom! The Spirit and Legacy of Black Music (cabaret) by Beau Dixon. A survey of the contribution of Black music from church hymnals to the blues, from jazz to rock ’n’ roll, R&B and rap. Runs Feb 1 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


THUNDER BAY

Dock Spider (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two men of opposite personalities find themselves on a dock on an island in a lake. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 11. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Paddington Get in a Jam (children) by Jonathan Rockefeller. Paddington tries to help his neighbour with repairs but almost everything goes wrong. paddingtongetsinajam.com.

• Feb 4: Chrysler Theatre, Windsor

• Feb 5: River Run Centre, Guelph

• Feb 7: Rose Theatre, Brampton

• Feb 9: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• Feb 10-11: Meridian Theatres, Ottawa

• Feb 12: Richmond Hill Centre, Richmond Hill

• Feb 15: Capitol Centre, North Bay


Prophecy Fog (drama) by Jani Lauzon. An investigation into whether a site can still be sacred if it has been desecrated.

• Feb 1-4: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• Feb 10: Registry Theatre Kitchener

• Feb 12: Waterford Old Town Hall, Waterford

• Feb TBA: Big Medicine Studio, Nipissing First Nations