Stage Door Listings

January 2021

Koerner Hall will present the Canadian premiere of the chamber opera A Song by Mahler by Marc Neikrug on January 16.

Photo: The first page of the score for A Song by Mahler. © 2018 G. Schirmer Inc.

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

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. Covid safety procedures in place


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

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. Opened Dec 27, 2020, runs to Jan 10, 2021. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

It's All True (comedy) by Jason Sherman. Opens Jan 14, runs to Jan 28. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Next Stage Community Booster (festival). Digital performances, livestreamed conversations, online workshops and (if permitted) socially distanced outdoor 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

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


Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

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


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. 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 (revue). 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. Jan 30 only. In French. Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

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.


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.


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.