Stage Door Listings

January 2022

The musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda plays at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from January 4 to 23, 2022.

Illustration: Poster for Hamilton.


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TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Boy Falls from the Sky (comedy) by Jake Epstein. Former Degrassi star Epstein tells of his rough time in the Spider-Man musical on Broadway. Runs Jan 8 to Jan 30. CAA 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. 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

Jesus Christ Superstar (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The 50th anniversary tour of the musical about Jesus’s last days on earth. Runs Nov 30, 2021, to Jan 2, 2021. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, 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.

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

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. Previews from Jan 23, opens 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. Previews from Jan 11, opens Jan 14, runs to Jan 30. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.

Dollhouse of Deadly Sins (drama) by Eric Woolfe. An evening of demented puppetry and feats of dark parlour magic. Runs Jan 7 & 8. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, redsandcastletheatre.com.

The Fast & Furiously Festive! (cabaret) The Second City. The Second City’s best, brightest and funniest roast the chestnuts out of all the things we love to loath about the holiday season. Runs Dec 4, 2021, to Jan 9, 2022. Comedy Bar, 2800 Danforth Ave, comedybar.ca.

Fronteras Americanas (drama) by Guillermo Verdecchia. One person’s struggle to construct a home between two cultures. Runs Dec 27, 2021, to Jan 10, 2022. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

Gould’s Wall  (opera) by Brian Current. Glenn Gould guides a young musician striving for perfection. Runs Jan 12 to Jan 16. Royal Conservatory of Music Atrium, tapestryopera.com.

Manman la mer (comedy) by Djennie Laguerre. An exploration of Haitian spirituality and mother-daughter relations. In French with English surtitles. Runs Jan 20 to Jan 23. Théâtre français de Toronto, theatrefrancais.com.

Messiah/Complex (oratorio) by George Frideric Handel. Handel’s oratorio is filmed using soloists and choirs representing every province and territory across Canada. Runs Dec 12, 2021, to Jan 9, 2022. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

Miigis (dance) by Sandra Laronde. An exploration of the catalysts for movement, memory, water trade routes, ancestral forces, and the cycle of life. Runs Jan 29 to Feb 6. Baillie Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Next Stage Theatre Festival (festival). A hybrid festival of in-person and online shows. Runs Jan 19 to Jan 30. Daniels Spectrum, fringetoronto.com. online +  in person

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman rather than the soldier she may have killed. Runs in Jan, dates TBA. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

A Song by Mahler (opera) by Marc Neikrug. A celebrated soprano, famous for her rendition of Mahler, develops early onset Alzheimer’s. Runs Jan 15 only. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com.

A Waltz Dream (operetta) by Oscar Straus. A soldier and a princess married in haste and now the soldier has second thoughts. Runs Jan 2 & 4. St. Lawrence Centre, www.stlc.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.

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

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.

A Red Plaid Shirt (comedy) by Michael G. Wilmot. Two couples try to find ways to cope with retirement. Runs Jan 14 to Jan 29. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com.


BURLINGTON

Piaf! The Show (revue) by Gil Marsalla. An account of the life and music of Edith Piaf. Runs Jan 23 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


HAMILTON

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (musical) by Hannah Moscovitch & Christian Barry. The story of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. Runs Jan 12 to Jan 29. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


LONDON

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.

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.  Previews from Jan 11, opens Jan 14, runs to Jan 29. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


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. ★★★★☆


NORTH BAY

Piaf! The Show (revue) by Gil Marsalla. An account of the life and music of Edith Piaf. Runs Jan 18 only. Capitol Centre, capitolcentre.org.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Le Bibliothécaire (children) by Paul-Émile Dumoulin. A librarian turns into the characters of whatever book he is reading. In French. For ages 5-12. Runs Jan 23 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. An immigrant from the West Indies rises to become George Washington’s right-hand man. Runs Jan 4 to Jan 23. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.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.

Transparent (comedy) by Mario Tessier. Tessier asks, “If everything were to stop tomorrow, would we still be as patient with others?” Runs Jan 14 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

Piaf! The Show (revue) by Gil Marsalla. An account of the life and music of Edith Piaf. Runs Jan 19 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


SUDBURY

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.