Stage Door Listings

January 2022

Outside the March’s improvised, individualized telephonic dramas – The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries – runs January 10-31, 2022.


☞ Entry to theatres in Ontario requires photo ID and proof of double vaccination. Theatres closed from Jan 5 to Jan 26, 2022

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Angel (performance) by Edward Huizinga. A lasting testament to the uncrushable spirit of creativity involving music, dance and song. Runs Dec 7, 2021, to Jan 3, 2022. Opera Atelier, www.operaatelier.com. online

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. ‑postponed‑

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Opened Feb 13, 2018, reopened Dec 15, 2021, booking to Mar 13, 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ★★★★★ ‑cancelled‑

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. ★★★★☆ ‑cancelled from Dec 24, 2021, onward‑

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. ‑cancelled‑

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 27, 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. ‑cancelled‑

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. ‑postponed to Apr 2022‑

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. ‑cancelled‑

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. Tom Allen reads Dickens’s famous Christmas tale accompanied by string quartet. Runs Dec 27, 2021, to Jan 1, 2022. Guild Festival Theatre, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca. online

Cinderella in Muddy York  (children) by Puppetmongers. A puppet version of the Cinderella story set  in 1834 in Toronto (when Toronto was called “Muddy York”). For ages 5+. Runs Dec 18, 2021, to Jan 17, 2022. Puppetmongers, puppetmongers.com. online

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. ‑postponed to Feb‑

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.

Festival of Cool (festival). A festival of our globe’s Northern cultures. Runs Jan 19 to Feb 13. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.  

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. ‑postponed‑

I Cannot Lie to the Stars That Made Me (musical) by Catherine Hernandez. A grieving young mother sings, commiserates and shares stories with her fellow women of colour. Runs Jan 7 to Jan 16. The Frank Theatre Co., www.thefranktheatre.com. audio online

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) (drama) by Ho Ka Kei. Iphigenia, thought to have been sacrificed by her father, is now a priestess of Artemis in Tauris. Previews from Jan 8, opens Jan 12, runs to Jan 29. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca. ‑postponed to Feb 2022‑

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. ‑cancelled‑

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. ‑cancelled‑

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries (performance). Investigators helps callers with misplaced keepsakes, striking conicidences, missed connections and paranormal activity. Runs Jan 10 to Jan 31. Outside the March, www.mundanemysteries.com. telephonic  

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

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman rather than the soldier she may have killed. Opens Jan 4, runs to Jan 23. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. ‑cancelled‑

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. ‑postponed to May 2022‑

Three Women of Swatow (comedy) by Chloé Hung. Grandmother’s a butcher, her daughter’s a vegetarian, her granddaughter’s already killed a chicken. Previews from Jan 18, opens Jan 26, runs to Feb 20. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Two Minutes to Midnight (comedy) by Michael Ross Albert. A couple’s all-inclusive vacation may include an inbound nuclear missile. Runs Jan 11 to Jan 30. Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St West, www.theassemblytheatre.com. ‑postponed‑

Vanessa (opera) by Samuel Barber. Vanessa awaits the arrival of the man who had been her lover 20 years before. In concert. Runs Jan 23 only. St. Lawrence Centre, www.operainconcert.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. ‑postponed‑

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. ‑cancelled through Jan 25‑

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

The Christmas Story: A Pandemic Pageant (drama). An enactmant of the biblical Christmas story filmed in downtown Toronto. Runs Dec 1, 2021, to Jan 6, 2022. [community] www.thechristmasstory.ca. online

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. ‑postponed to Mar 2022‑

Nested (comedy) by Liz Best. Elaine and David have sold the family home but one wants to move more than the other. Runs Jan 28 to Feb 8. [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. ‑postponed to April 2022‑


BARRIE

Sin and Sorrow are Common to All (drama) by Alexander Ostrovsky. Conflict between workers and the nobility leads to tragedy. Runs Jan 20 to Jan 29. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca. ‑cancelled‑


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. ‑postponed‑


GUELPH

Romeo and Juliet (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet version of the tragedy by William Shakespeare. Runs Jan 16. River Run Centre, canadasballetjorgen.ca. ‑postponed‑


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. ‑postponed‑


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. ‑postponed to Mar 2022‑


MILLBROOK

The Digital Festival of Light and Dark (festival). 10 regional artists create five-minute digital showcases of their work. Runs from Jan 24. 4th Line Theatre, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca. online


NIAGARA FALLS

Forever Plaid (musical) by Stuart Ross. A 1950s guy group returns from the dead to give the final concert they were meant to give. Runs Jan 6 to Jan 13. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com. ‑cancelled‑

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 30, 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. ‑postponed‑


OAKVILLE

Casimir and Caroline (drama) by Ödön von Horváth. At an office party employees and bosses engage in absurd and toxic behaviours. Runs Jan 26 to Jan 30. [student] Theatre Sheridan, www.sheridancollege.ca. online

Concord Floral (drama) by Jordan Tannahill. Ten students have  connection to a dead girl in an abandoned greenhouse. Runs Jan 12 to Jan 18. [student] Theatre Sheridan, www.sheridancollege.ca. online


ORANGEVILLE

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Rod Beattie. A one-man adaptation of Dickens’s seasonal favourite. Runs Dec 22, 2021, to Jan 9, 2022. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online


OSHAWA

Evil Dead The Musical (musical) by George Reinblatt et al. Based on the Evil Dead movies, five college students in an isolated cabin accidentally unleash Kandarian demons. Runs Jan 27 to Jan 30. Regent Theatre, regenttheatre.ca. ‑postponed‑


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. ‑cancelled‑

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. ‑postponed to Jul 2022‑

Inner Elder  (comedy) by Michelle Thrush. One woman’s transformation from a young girl navigating the shambles of her family life to an award-winning actor. Runs Jan 11 to Jan 15. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.  ‑postponed‑

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. ‑cancelled‑

Through My Eyes (dance) by Bouge de là. Dancers create a topsy-turvy playground where dance continually shifts with the context, Runs Jan 29 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.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. ‑cancelled‑

Voices from the Front (drama) by John Cook & Teri Loretto. Letters written by actual soldiers and family members, reenactments of famous political speeches and retelling of some of the pivotal events of the two World Wars. Preview Jan 19, opens Jan 20, runs to Jan 23. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca. ‑postponed to Nov 2022‑


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. ‑postponed‑


STRATFORD

Widget (drama) by Arlene Thomas & Nike Abbot. A shadow puppet play with live music by Vivaldi about a robot who befriends a flower. Runs Jan 23 only. Gallery Stratford, stratfordsummermusic.ca. ‑cancelled‑

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays ran live from Jul 10 to Oct 9, 2021, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome.

On Stratfest@Home

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; runs Jan 10 to Sep 16, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Ran Jul 31 to Aug 15, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Sep 23, 2022 on: online

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Ran Jul 28 to Aug 21, 2021; runs Jan 10 to Sep 30, 2022: online ★★★★☆

Why We Tell The Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13 to Jul 21, 2021; runs Jan 31 to Sep 2, 2022: online


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. ‑cancelled‑