Stage Door Listings

July 2020

The Toronto Fringe Festival runs July 1-12.


TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Les Misérables (musical) by by Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil. Escaped prisoner Jean Valjean makes a new life for himself but the obsessive Javert wants to bring him to justice. Runs Jun 16 to Aug 23. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Alice in Wonderland (comedy) by David Savoy. A stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's famous novel. Runs Jul 22 to Aug 8. Greek Theatre, Guild Park, Scarborough, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca.

The Comedy of Errors (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Identitical twins separated at birth arrive in the same town with their identical twin servants. Runs Jul 4 to Sep 6. Amphitheatre in High Park, www.canadianstage.com.

Draw Me Close (drama) by Jordan Tannahill. The story of a son and his mother told through live performance and virtual reality.  Opened Jun 23, runs to Jul 12. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

88 Keys (revue) by Tom Allen & Mike Ross. An exploration of the "King of Instruments" from Beethoven and Chopin to Ray Charles and Billy Joel. Opened Jun 20, runs to Jul 26. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

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.

Sizwe Bansi is Dead (drama) by Athol Fugard et al. In apartheid-era South Africa Bansi can survive only be faking his own death. Previews from Jul 9, opens Jul 16, runs to Aug 5. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Toronto Burlesque Festival (festival). A sizzling four-day extravaganza of performances and parties.  Opens Jul 23, runs to Jul 26.  Revival Bar & The Virgin Mobile MOD Club, torontoburlesquefestival.weebly.com.

Toronto Fringe Festival  (festival).  A festival of over 150 shows at more than 30 venues.  Opens Jul 1, runs to Jul 12.  Various venues, fringetoronto.com.

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

Innocence Lost: A play about Steven Truscott (drama) by Beverley Cooper. Truscott is convicted and imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit. Opened Jun 26, runs to Jul 11.  [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.


BLYTH

Airborne: The Life and Legacy of Lorna Bray (drama) by Gil Garratt et al. A documentary drama about a local Blyth girl born 1931 who became a renowned air pilot. Opened Jun 12, runs to Aug 8. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

Fair Play (comedy) by Dan Needles. Larry's cattle farm is a success, but his married life is not. Previews from Jul 15, opens Jul 17, runs to Sep 3. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

How I Met My Husband (comedy) by Alice Munro. The life of Edie, a servant to the local vet, changes when a handsome pilot crashes his plane nearby. Previews from Jul 29, opens Jul 31, runs to Sep 3. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

Liars at a Funeral (comedy) by Sophia Fabiilli. Mavis fakes her own death in order to get her fractured family together. Opened Jun 26, runs to Aug 18. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.


BOBCAYGEON

Meet My Sister (revue) by Bonnie Green. Runs July 15 to Jul 25. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, arts-barn.squarespace.com.

Murder on Main Street (comedy) by Sarah Quick. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 8. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, arts-barn.squarespace.com.


CAMBRIDGE

Fiddler on the Loose (revue) by David Rogers. A blend of music, dance, comedy and fiddling featuring over 60 songs. Opens Jul 2, runs to Jul 18. Hamilton Family Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


COLLINGWOOD

Rock n’ Roll Is Here To Stay (revue) by Leisa Way. A survey of the greatest hits of rock n’ roll. Opens Jul 21, runs to Jul 25. Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg, 1-866-382-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca.


DRAYTON

Buying the Farm (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. A young real estate agent is determined to get an aging bachelor to sell his farm. Preview Jul 8, opens Jul 9, runs to Jul 25. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GANANOQUE

Every Brilliant Thing (performance) by Duncan Macmillan. As her mother battles depression, a child makes a list of everything that makes life worth living. Preview Jul 17, opens Jul 18, runs to Aug 9. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

The Music Man (musical) by Meredith Willson. A con man convinces a town he can create a children's band. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 3, runs to Aug 1. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GRAND BEND

The Dixie Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women who met years ago on their college swim team spend a long weekend reminiscing. Preview Jul 22, opens Jul 23, runs to Aug 8. Playhouse II, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

42nd Street (musical) by Harry Warren & Al Dubin. A chorus girl has her big chance at stardom when the leading lady breaks her leg. Previews from Jul 2, opens Jul 5, runs to Jul 18. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D'Arienzo. In 1987 an aspiring rocker falls in love with a Midwestern girl newly moved to LA. Previews from Jul 22, opens Jul 24, runs to Aug 15. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Sleeping Beauty: The Panto (panto) by Caroline Smith. A panto version of the well-known fairy tale. Opens Jul 2, runs to Jul 18. Playhouse II, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GRAVENHURST

Citronella: The Musical (panto) by Autumn Smith. Cintronella’s step-sisters have convince the Muskoka girl that life is better in the big city. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 28. Gravenhurst Opera House, 1-888-495-8888, www.gravenhurst.ca.

The Fly Fisher’s Companion (comedy) by Michael Melski. Two old friends go one last fishing trip together. Runs Jun 24 to Jul 17. Gravenhurst Opera House, 1-888-495-8888, www.gravenhurst.ca.


HALIBURTON

Every Brilliant Thing (performance) by Duncan Macmillan. As her mother battles depression, a child makes a list of everything that makes life worth living. Opens Jul 27, runs to Jul 31. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-457-9933, www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. Algernon pretends to be his best friend’s brother in order to visit his friend's young ward. Opens Jul 13, runs to Jul 21. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-457-9933, www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.

Lucien (comedy) by Marshall Button. A New Brunswick mill worker skewers contemporary issues. Opens Jul 22, runs to Jul 24. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-457-9933, www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein. A young woman leaves a convent to become the governess of seven children. Opened Jun 29, runs to Jul 9. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-457-9933, www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.


HAMILTON

Hamilton Fringe Festival (festival). More than 50 companies offering musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas and family entertainment. Opens Jul 15, runs to Jul 26. Various venues, hamiltonfringe.ca.


KINGSTON

Storefront Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of 18 productions of new, independent theatre. Opens Jul 17, runs to Jul 26. Various venues, www.theatrekingston.com.


MILLBROOK

Bloom: A Rock ’n’ Roll Fable (musical) by Beau Dixon. Two small-town best friends share a lifelong love affair with rock ’n' roll music from 1950s to the 1970s. Previews from Jul 2, opens Jul 4, runs to Jul 25. Winslow Farm, 1-800-814-0055, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca.


MORRISBURG

Sugar Road (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Hannah encounters an old flame who has now become a country music star. Runs Jul 9 to Aug 2. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


NEWMARKET

Newmarket National 10-Minute Play Festival (festival). Readings of 24 new plays and more. Opens Jul 20, runs to Jul 26. Main Street and Riverwalk Commons, 905-535-5122, www.nationalplayfestival.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 24. 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 Dec 30, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 8-Dec 23 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two hours south from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-511-7429 or visit the website at www.shawfest.com.

At the Festival Theatre

The Devil’s Disciple (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Dick Dudgeon is the local outcast in colonial New England but when the British attack, he proves to be a hero. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 9.

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 23, runs to Oct 11.

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of a favourite uncle under mysterious circumstances. Previews from Jun 21, opens Jul 25, runs to Oct 18.

At the Royal George Theatre

Assassins (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Successful and would-be US presidential assassins tell their tales. Previews from Jul 11, opens Jul 24, runs to Oct 10.

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Opened May 22, runs to Oct 17.

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 10.

Prince Caspian (children) by Damien Atkins. Prince Caspian of Narnia needs the four Pevensie children to help him defeat his wicked uncle. For ages 6+. Opened May 23, runs to Sep 5.

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. A son hates his father’s new wife, but she is passionately in love with him, not her husband. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 10.

The Playboy of the Western World (comedy) by J.M. Synge. A young man who has murdered his father is treated as a hero. Opened May 24, runs to Sep 6.

Trouble in Mind (drama) by Alice Childress. A play about white people putting on plays about black people, and the compromises that black artists have to make. Previews from Jul 19, opens Jul 26, runs to Oct 10.

At Various Locations

Shaw Not Shaw (plays). Plays with unannounced titles are held at locations kept secret until the last minute. Opens Jul 17, runs to Jul 19.


ORILLIA

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A wealthy White widow and her Black chaufeur form a bond through changing times. Runs Jul 24-Aug 9. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.

Renovations for Six (comedy) by Norm Foster. Three couples at a dinner party are all doing home renovations, but their relationships could a little work too. Runs Jul 2-Jul 17. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.


OTTAWA

American Story 2 (revue) by Rick Hughes et al. A survey of the music of Woodstack and the years that followed. Opens Jul 17, runs to Jun 18. Salle Odyssée, Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Francostalgie (revue). A survey of the greatest francophone hits of the period 1965-1995. Opens Jul 13, runs Jul 24 & 25. Salle Odyssée, Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs May 8 to Oct 3. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 1-877-497-7124, 2451 Riverside Dr, ohcanadaehottawa.com.

Stag and Doe (comedy) by Mark Crawford. One couple books the same community hall for their stag and doe that another books for their wedding reception. Runs Jul 8-25. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.


PENETANGUISHENE

The Dixie Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women who met years ago on their college swim team spend a long weekend reminiscing. Opens Jul 2, runs to Jul 18. King’s Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


PERTH

Affairs of State (comedy) by Louis Verneuil. A school teacher is persuaded to marry an ex-Secretary of State to help cover up his affair. Runs from Jun 26 to Jul 19. Classic Theatre Festival, classictheatre.ca.

The Philanderer (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A young woman falls in love with a self-confessed philanderer who is still in a relationship with another woman. Runs Jul 24 to Aug 16. Classic Theatre Festival, classictheatre.ca.


PETROLIA

Dynamic Duos (comedy) by Adam Proulx & Jennifer Wells. A tribute of famous male-female duos from Adam and Eve to George and Gracie, Lucy and Desi, Sonny and Cher. Previews from Jul 7, opens Jul 11, runs to Jul 26. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

Quartet (comedy) by Ronald Harwood. Three seniors in a home for aging opera singers plan to give a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday when the wife of one of them arrives and causes a disturbance. Runs Jul 10 to Sep 19. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.


PORT COLBORNE

The Cemetery Club (comedy) by Ivan Menchell. When one of a group of widows finds a man, the others don’t like it. Opens Jul 29, runs to Aug 9. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca.

Halfway There (comedy) by Norm Foster. Newly dumped Sean Merrit falls in love with a waitress in a diner in Stewiacke, NS, but must find approval from the diner’s regular clientèle. Opens Jul 8, runs to Jul 19. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca.


PORT DOVER

The Cemetery Club (comedy) by Ivan Menchell. When one of a group of widows finds a man, the others don’t like it. Previews from Jul 8, opens Jul 10, runs to Jul 25. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.

Halfway There (comedy) by Norm Foster. Newly dumped Sean Merrit falls in love with a waitress in a diner in Stewiacke, NS, but must find approval from the diner’s regular clientèle. Previews from Jun 10, opened Jun 12, runs to Jul 4. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

Shirley Valentine (comedy) by Willy Russell. A bored middle-class English housewife takes a sudden holiday in Greece. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 2, runs to Jul 18. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT STANLEY

Hurry Hard (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. The beleaguered Stayner Curling Club needs to defeat and destroy its arch nemesis. Opens Jul 22, runs to Aug 15. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.

Our House (comedy) by Murray Furrow. A bored retired couple takes in an actor for a local summer theatre. Opens Jul 1, runs to Jul 18. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

Doris and Ivy in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In the home a retired prison guard befriends a former world champion skier. Previews from Jul 15, opens Jul 17, runs to Jul 31. FirstOntario PAC, www.fosterfestival.com.

The Melville Boys (comedy) by Norm Foster. Lee and his brother Owen plan a quiet fishing weekend but it is interrupted by the arrival of two sisters. Opened Jun 26, runs to Jul 10. FirstOntario PAC, www.fosterfestival.com.


ST. JACOBS

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A wealthy White widow and her Black chaufeur form a bond through changing times. Previews from Jul 29, opens Jul 30, runs to Aug 16. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D'Arienzo. In 1987 an aspiring rocker falls in love with a Midwestern girl newly moved to LA. Preview Jul 2, opens Jul 3, runs to Jul 18. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 11-Nov 1 in in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Two murderesses compete for the skills of a shady lawyer. Opened May 26, runs to Nov 1.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to kill his uncle in revenge. Opened May 28, runs to Oct 25.

Much Ado About Nothing (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick argue so often that people think they must be in love. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 23.

At the Avon Theatre

Monty Python’s Spamalot (musical) by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. A musical version of the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 25.

Wendy & Peter Pan (children) by Ella Hickson. Wendy looks for lost brother in Neverland. Opened May 27, runs to Nov 1.

Wolf Hall (drama) by Mike Poulton. As adapted from Hilary Mantel's novel, Thomas Cromwell becomes Henry VIII’s trusted confidante. Previews from Jul 28, opens Aug 13, runs to Oct 24.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helena cures the King of France to win her belovded Betram but he does not love her. Opened Jul 11, runs to Oct 24.

Here’s What It Takes (musical) by Steven Page & Daniel MacIvor. A chronicle of the rise of a fictional rock duo from children's entertainters to stardom to decline and breakup. Opened Jun 30, runs to Oct 24.

Lessons in Temperament (performance) by James Smith. Smith tunes a piano while exploring the concept of equal temperament as well as his three older brothers’ mental illnesses. Jul 19 & Aug 23 only.

Only Love (cabaret) by Richard Ouzounian. A selection of songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Jul 11 &  Jul 23 only.

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to murder his way to become king of England. Opened May 30, runs to Oct 23.

An Undiscovered Shakespeare (performance) by Rebecca Northan. An audience member shares a real-life love story and Northan and her troupe turn it into a five-act Shakespearean comedy. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 13, runs to Sep 18.

At the Studio Theatre

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven indigenous women are all determined to win "the biggest bingo in the world". Previews from Jul 21, opens Aug 14, runs to Sep 26.

Three Tall Women (drama) by Edward Albee. An older woman reminisces about her past to two younger companions. Opened Jun 12, runs to Oct 4.


TWEED

Boy Falls From The Sky (revue) by Jake Epstein. Epstein tells us about his career from Degrassi to Broadway and after. Opens Jul 24, runs to Jul 16. The Marble arts Centre, tweedandcompany.com.