Stage Door Listings

January 2021

Outside the March presents “The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries: Power Hour” telephonic experience January 18-23.

Photo: Sebatien "Inspector" Heins. © 2020 Dasha Peregoudova.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Carmen (opera) by Georges Bizet. An innocent soldier falls in love with a fiery gypsy woman who spurns him for a proud toreador. In French with English surtitles. Opens Jan 23, runs to Feb 19. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. cancelled

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (musical) by Dave Molloy. A contemporary adaptation of a section of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 14. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Something Rich and Strange (opera/ballet). Fully staged Baroque theatre music exploring dreams, visions and the supernatural. Opened Dec 12, 2020, runs through Jun 1, 2021. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. online

A Song by Mahler (opera) by Marc Neikrug. A famed Mahler singer develops early onset Alzheimer’s. Jan 16 only. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. Postponed to 2022

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Birds of a Kind (drama) by Wajdi Mouawad. An Arab-American woman, and Eitan, a Jewish geneticist, fall in love and travel to Israel to find out about Eitan’s past. Previews from Jan 5, opens Jan 8, runs to Jan 30. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Alex Eddington. A new adaptation of the favourite Dickens story for narrator and string quartet. Runs Dec 23, 2020, to Jan 3, 2021. Guild Festival Theatre, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca. online

Democracy (comedy) by John Murrell. Opens Jan 31, runs to Feb 14. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Fronteras Americanas (comedy) by Guillermo Verdecchia. One person’s struggle to construct a home between two cultures Opens Dec 27, 2020, runs to Jan 10, 2021. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

It’s All True (comedy) by Jason Sherman. A look at Orson Welles's definace when his production of The Cradle Will Rock was shuttered. Opens Jan 14, runs to Jan 28. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

A Joke Before the Gallows (performance) by Adam Sherkin.Sherkin performs Chopin’s four masterpiece scherzi alongside monologues by David James Brock. Jan 30 only. Tapestry Opera, tapestryopera.com. livestreamed

Messiah/Complex (oratorio) by Geroge Frideric Handel. Handel’s oratorio is filmed using soloists and choirs representing every province and territory across Canada. Runs Dec 13,2020, to Jan 31, 2021. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

Ministry of Mundane Mysteries: Power Hour (performance). The MMM will investigate any personal micro-mystery in the space of five phone calls in hour. Opens Jan 18, runs through Jan 23. Outside the March, www.mundanemysteries.com. telephonic

Next Stage Community Booster (festival). Digital performances, livestreamed conversations, online workshops and gatherings. Opens Jan 21, runs to Jan 24. Toronto Fringe Festival, fringetoronto.com. online  

Public Enemy (comedy) by Olivier Choinière. The dinner party Elizabeth hosts for her three children and two grandchildren takes a surreal turn. Runs Jan 9 to Jan 31. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

The Twelve Days of Christmas (revue). TOT favourites sing a song for each of the days of Christmas. Runs Dec 26, 2020, to Jan 6, 2021. Toronto Operetta Theatre, www.youtube.com. online

La Voix humaine (play/opera) by Jean Cocteau/Francis Poulenc. A woman’s lover breaks up with her over the phone – first in Cocteau’s play, then in Poulenc musical setting of Cocteau’s play. Opens Jan 15, runs to Jan 29, VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, www.operainconcert.com. online

Weesageechak Begins to Dance (festival). The 33rd annual celebration of new indigenous theatre, dance, and multidisciplinary creations. Opened Nov 25, 2020, runs to Jan 2, 2021. Native Earth Performing Arts, www.nativeearth.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Christmas Story 2020: A Pandemic Pageant (drama). The 83rd annual retelling of the biblical Christmas story through carols and anarration. From Dec 11, 2020, to Jan 6, 2021. [community] Church of the Holy Trinity, www.thechristmasstory.ca. online

Escape Room (opera) by Opera Student Composer Collective. Characters trapped in a darkened room with no memory of how they got there. Nov 17 only. [student] University of Toronto Opera, music.utoronto.ca. online

The Mary Magdalene Project  (drama) by Jenna McKellips. A modern retelling of the medieval Digby Mary Magdalene play. Runs Jan 9 to Jan 10. [student] Poculi Ludique Societas, www.marymagdaleneproject.com. Zoom

The Seven Deadly Sins / Lucrezia (operas) by Kurt Weill / William Bolcom. The story of two sisters – one a cynical singer, the other an emotional dancer – and an opera about a seducress to takes charge of her destiny. Jan 8 only. [student] Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. online


COLLINGWOOD

Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree (revue) by Leisa Way. A re-creation of the days of family televion Christmas specials. Opened Dec 19, 2020, runs through Jan 3, 2021. Theatre Collingwood, 705-445-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca. online


HAMILTON

Admissions (drama) by Joshua Harmon. A liberal mother faces conflict when her son is not admitted to his university of choice. Runs Jan 27 to Feb 13. Dofasco Centre, 1‑800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. cancelled


LONDON

In the Wake of Wettlaufer (drama) by Kelly McIntosh & Gil Garatt. A family realizes that they are placing their father in the same care home where multiple murders had happened. Previews from Jan 19, opens Jan 22, runs to Jan 31. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled


MARKHAM

MILF Life Crisis (comedy) by Anne Marie Scheffler. A wry look at re-entering the world of dating after having children and a divorce. Jan 15 only. Flato Markham Theatre, 905-305-7469, flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs July 30, 2020, booking to May 12, 2021, on hiatus Dec 21, 2020, to Jan 20, 2021. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


ORANGEVILLE

Brave New Works (festival). A festival of new theatre works. Runs Jan 29 to Feb 11. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online

Broadway Bound (cabaret). Cabaret-style music theatre performances from TO's Youth Alumnae. Runs Jan 15 to Jan 28. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online

A Christmas Carol (storytelling) by Charles Dickens. A reading of Dickens's seasonal classic. Runs Dec 4, 2020, to Jan 1, 2021. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online

Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree (revue) by Leisa Way. A re-creation of the days of family televion Christmas specials. Runs Dec 18, 2020, to Jan 3, 2021. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Le Dernier Sacrement (comedy) by Denis Bouchard. An atheist with terminal cancer is attended by two firm believers. Opens Jan 30, runs to Feb 1. In French. Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Fiddler on the Roof (musical) by Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick. In Ukraine in 1905 Tevye tries to maintain tradition while raising five daughters. Opens Dec 29, 2020, runs to Jan 3, 2021. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled

Shakespeare’s Will (comedy) by Vern Thiessen. The story of Shakespeare’s marriage as told by his wife, Anne Hathaway.  Preview Jan 13, opens Jan 14, runs to Jan 23. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.


PICTON

Broadway and Beyond (revue) by Chilina Kennedy. Kennedy gives a concert of her favourite Broadway and non-Broadway songs. Jan 30 only. Regent Theatre, www.theregenttheatre.org. cancelled


PORT HOPE

The Wizard of Oz (musical) by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. A tornado drops Dorothy Gale into a magical world. Runs Jan 3 to Jan 31. Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, 905-885-1071, capitoltheatre.com. cancelled


ST. CATHARINES

JimiBill and Me (drama) by Genevieve Jones. A daughter grapples with her abandoment by her father. Jan 29 only. Suitcase in Point, https://suitcaseinpoint.com. online


STRATFORD

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The Adventures of Pericles (romance) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2015. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Antony and Cleopatra (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Caesar and Cleopatra (drama) by George Bernard Shaw. Production from 2000. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

Coriolanus (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2019. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Elizabeth Rex (drama) by Timothy Findley. Production from 2000. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

King John (history play) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

King Lear (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Long Day’s Journey into Night (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. Production from 1995. Runs from Oct 19 to Apr 19.

Love’s Labour’s Lost (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2017. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Macbeth (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2017. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 1992. Runs Oct 22 to Apr 19.

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2018. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

The Taming of the Shrew (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 1988. Runs Oct 26 to Apr 19.

The Taming of the Shrew (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2010. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2019. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Timon of Athens (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2018. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2011. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.