Stage Door Listings

January 2020

The Canadian Opera Company presents Rossini's The Barber of Seville from January 19 to February 7, 2020, at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.

Photo: Renato Girolami as Doctor Bartolo and Joshua Hopkins as Figaro in the COC's 2015 production. © 2015 Michael Cooper.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Anastasia (musica) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. An amnesiac street-sweeper wants to dicover if she is really the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Runs Dec 3, 2019, to Jan 12, 2020. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

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. Opens 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. Runs Jan 30 to Feb 15. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St, 416-872-1212, web.ticketking.com.

Cats (musical) By Andrew Lloyd Webber. T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems about cats are presented in music and dance. Runs Nov 27, 2019, to Jan 5, 2020. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

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 Mar 1, 2020, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

Hyprov – Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci (magic) by Asad Mecci. Subjects put under hypnosis are directed to improvise a show. Jan 24 only. Meridian Arts Centre, www.tocentre.com.

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays (magic). A showcase for the jaw-dropping talent of seven of the world's greatest magicians. Opens Jan 1, runs to Jan 5. Meridian Hall, 1 Front St East, 1-855-872-7669, www.mirvish.com.

Lil' Red Robin Hood (panto) by Matt Murray. Lil' Red helps Robin Hood and Maid Marion defeat the evil Sheriff of Naughtyham. Runs Nov 29, 2019-Jan 4, 2020. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.rosspetty.com.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by James Kudelka to music by Tchaikovsky. A brother and sister discover a magic world beneath the Christmas tree. Opened Dec 12, 2019, runs to Jan 4, 2020. Four Seasons Centre, 1-866-345-9595, national.ballet.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.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Ayre (song cycle) by Osvaldo Golijov. A staged version of Golijov’s 2004 song cycle beased on Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian and Sephardic folk melodies. Jan 11 only. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St West, againstthegraintheatre.com.

Casimir and Caroline (drama) by Ödön von Horváth. Star-crossed lovers live in a world where evryone longs for something more. Preview from Jan 14, opens Jan 16, runs to Feb. 9. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

The Gypsy Baron (operetta) by Johann Strauss, Jr. The new owner of a great castle wishes to marry a commoner but she loves someone else. Opened Dec 28, 2019, runs to Jan 5, 2020. Jane Mallet Theatre, www.torontooperetta.com

If I Could #Throwback Time (revue) by The Second City. The troupe sends audiences through a virtual time machine, mining comedy gold from ancient treasures like old school video games and Canada’s history of social injustices. Opened Oct 10, 2019, runs to Jan 19, 2020. The Second City, 99 Blue Jays Way, www.secondcity.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. Previews from Jan 23, opens Jan 30, runs Jan 23 to Feb 23. Yonge Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Julius Caesar (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Conspirators plot to stop Caesar from becoming a tyrant. Previews from Jan 7, opens Jan 10, runs to Jan 26. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.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. Previews from Jan 26, opens Jan 29, runs to Feb 16. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Two couples get lost in an enchanted forest. Previews from Jan 14, opens Jan 16, runs to Jan 26. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Mother's Daughter (drama) by Kate Hennig. Henry VIII's daughter Mary is haunted by the ghost of her mother, Katherine of Aragon. Previews from Jan 14, opens Jan 16, runs to February 9. Yonge Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Next Stage Theatre Festival (festival). A juried selection of 11 shows from indie theatre-makers. Opens Jan 8, runs to Jan 19. Factory Theatre, fringetoronto.com.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. Ballet Jörgen gives a Canadian twist to the familiar Christmas ballet. Opens Jan 3, runs to Jan 4. Betty Oliphant Theatre, canadasballetjorgen.ca.

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

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (drama) by Hannah Moscovitch. A newly divorced male professor finds himself admiring a female student. Previews from Dec 31, 2019, opens Jan 8, 2020, runs to Feb. 2. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Sweat (drama) by Lynn Nottage. Planned layoffs at a local steel mill affect friendships among the workers. Previews from Jan 14, opens 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. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 16. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East, www.nativeearth.ca.

This Was the World (drama) by Ellie Moon. Four writers struggle to get their new cop show approved for production. Previews from Jan 28, opens Feb 5, runs to Mar 1. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Winterreise (song cycle) by Franz Schubert. Schubert's 1828 song cycle is arranged for klezmer ensemble and staged by Le Chimera Project. Jan 17 only. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St West, www.rcmusic.com.

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

The Cripple of Inishmaan (drama) by Martin McDonagh. A physically handicapped boy wants to escape the dullness of an island off the coast of Ireland. Opens Jan 10, runs to Jan 25. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.

Maid and Master: The Massey Murder (opera) by the Opera Student Composer Collective. In 1915 Toronto a British maid shoots her master to protect herself from his sexual advances. Jan 19 only. Free. [student] MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, uoftopera.ca.

Patience (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & WS Gilbert. Two poets vie for the pure love a milkmaid. Opens 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.


GUELPH

Anne of Green Gables (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen to music by Norman Campbell. A ballet based on the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel. Jan 12, only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories of a boy who grew up in the jungles of India. For ages 6+. Jan 5 only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.


HAMILTON

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.


LONDON

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. Previews from Jan 21, opens Jan 23, runs to Feb 2. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

Fully Committed (comedy) by Becky Mode. Sam, a reservationist, has to keep 40 potential clients happy who wish to dine at a super-trendy restaurant. Previews from Jan 14, opens Jan 17, runs to Jan 26. 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. Opens Jan 31, runs to Feb 9. [student] Paul Davenport Theatre, Western University, music.uwo.ca.


MISSISSAUGA

A Brimful of Asha (comedy) by Ravi Jain. Jain's real mother tries to convince him to accept an arranged marriage. Opens Jan 9, runs to Jan 12. Living Arts Centre, 905-306-6000, www.livingartscentre.ca.

La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father tries to prevent his son's love for a courtesan. Jan 25 & 28. Living Arts Centre, 905-306-6000, www.livingartscentre.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Broadway Showstoppers (revue) by Lee Siegel. A tribute to Broadway’s greatest musicals from the Golden Age to the present. Runs Dec 27, 2019, to Jan 25, 2020. 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.


OAKVILLE

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories of a boy who grew up in the jungles if India. For ages 6+. Jan 4 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.


OTTAWA

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. Opens Jan 28, runs to Feb 1. La Nouvelle Scène, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

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. Opens Jan 22, runs to Feb 9. GCTC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

The Last Polars Bears (children) by Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre. A grandfather takes a trip tio the arctic with his opinionated dog Roo. Jan 26 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, 1-866-752-5231, shenkmanarts.ca.  

Mille Battailles (dance) by Louise Lecavalier. Two eccentric characters confront the real and the imagined. Opens Jan 15, runs to Jan 16. NAC, 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. Previews from  Jan 29, opens Jan 31, runs to Feb 15. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩

Robin Hood (panto) by Mark Allan. A panto version of the story of Robin Hood and the vilainous Prince John. Opened Dec 28, 2019, runs to Jan 5, 2020. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

The Roommate (comedy) by Jen Silverman. Newly divorced and lonely, a 50-something Midwestern woman takes on a roommate from New York City. Opens Jan 8, runs to Jan 25. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Take d Milk, Nah? (comedy) by Jiv Parasram. An Indo-Caribbean-Hindu- Canadian's search for identity. Previews from Jan 14, opens Jan 16, runs to Jan 25. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Waitress (musical) by Sara Bareilles & Jessie Nelson. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Opened Dec 31, 2019, runs to Jan 5, 2020. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Will Somers: Last Will and Testament! (comedy) by Pierre Brault. The court fool looks at the reigns of Edward VI, Bloody mary and Elizabeth I. Previews from Jan 7, opens Jan 9, runs to Jan 25. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.  

The Wizard of Oz (ballet) by Septime Webre to music by Matthew Pierce. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's version of the classic story. Opens 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. Preview Jan 29, opens Jan 30 to Feb 5. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.  


PETERBOROUGH

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. Runs Jan 16-25. The Theatre on King, www.newstages.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

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.

Humans (circus) by C!RCA. 10 acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human. Jan 16 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

Hyprov – Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci (magic) by Asad Mecci. Subjects put under hypnosis are directed to improvise a show. Jan 23 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

The 26 Letter Dance (children) by Bouge de là. The letters of the alphabet embody a plethora of words, meanings and emotions. For ages 4+. Jan 26 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


SUDBURY

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. Opens Jan 23, runs to Feb 1. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.

The Wall (concert) by Affordably Numb. Sudbury musicians play the entire Pink Floyd album in a multimedia presentation. Runs Jan 22 to Jan 25. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com.


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.