Stage Door Listings

July 2021

The Musical Stage Company presents the premiere of Blackout July 23 to August 15 at High Park in Toronto.

Photo: Steven Gallagher and Anton Lipovetsky. © 2020 McKenzie James.

TORONTO

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Adriana Lecouvreur (opera) by Francesco Cilea. A renowned actress, a married princess and a rakish lover careen toward their destiny. In concert. In italian with English subtitles. Runs Jun 18- Jul 2, Jul 12 to Jul 25. Voicebox: Opera in Concert, www.operainconcert.com. online

Blackout (musical) by Anton Lipovetsky & Steven Gallagher. Three stories about strangers connecting during the 2003 blackout in Toronto. Runs Jul 23 to Aug 15. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Box Concerts (opera). 40 minutes of excerpts of family-friendly modern opera. Runs Jul 10 to Jul 11 & Jul 17 to Jul 18. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

The Csárdás Princess (operetta) by Imre Kálmán. A prince falls in love with a cabaret star but his parents oppose the match. Runs Jul 9 to Jul 23. Toronto Operetta Theatre, torontooperetta.com. online

Digital Toronto Fringe Festival (festival). Fringe companies will present pre-recorded video, audio, and written pieces as part the Fringe On-Demand series. Opens Jul 21, runs to Jul 31. Toronto Fringe Festival, fringetoronto.com. online

Illusionarium (installation) by Jamie Allan. An immersive journey through the evolution of magic using holograms and live magicians. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 29. 1 Yonge Street, www.illusionarium.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (drama) by Dave Deveau. 9-year-old Fiona comes out as a boy and wants to be called Fin. Runs Jul 17 to Jul 18. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Maggie & Me: A Healing Dance (dance) by Christine Friday. A dancer takes a  journey to heal and revitalize Anishinaabe culture. Runs Jul 15 to Jul 18. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

The Resurrection (opera) by George Frideric Handel. Handel’s 1708 oratorio about the events between Good Friday and Easter Sunday fully staged. In Italian with English subtitles. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 12. Opera Atelier, www.operaatelier.com. online

Sāvitri (opera) by Gustav Holst. A woman tries to save her husband from the god of Death. Runs Jun 23 to Jul 18. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

Story Fusion Cabaret! (storytelling) by Storytelling Toronto. 90 minutes of storytelling by some of Toronto’s best raconteurs. Runs July 7 & Aug 21 to Aug 22. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Stupidhead! (musical) by Britta Johnson & Katherine Cullen. An autobiographical musical about Cullen’s growing up with dyslexia. Outside the March, outsidethemarch.ca. Runs July 7to Jul 16 on online audio; July 20 to Aug 1 in your own yard. Covid safety procedures in place

21 Black Futures (plays). A collection of 21 monodramas written, directed and acted by Black Canadian artists. Season 1 from Feb 12; Season 2 from Feb 19; Season 3 from Feb 26. Obsidian Theatre Company, www.cbc.ca. ★★★★☆ online

You Can’t Get There From Here (plays). A collection of five new audio mini-dramas by Anusree Roy, Matthew MacKenzie, Yvette Nolan, Keith Barker and Luke Reece. Runs Mar 25 to Sep 25. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online audio


BARRIE

The Ghost Watchers (performance) by Emily Adams et al. A walking tour of Barrie that uses augmented reality to find seven ghosts still trapped in the city. Runs Jul 7 to Aug 28. Theatre by the Bay, theatrebythebay.com.


BOBCAYGEON

Broken Glass (drama) by Armon Ghaeinizadeh & Justine Christensen. A modern re-imaging of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie with live music. Reading. Runs Jul 8 to Jul 9. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. Covid safety procedures in place

The Great Cottage Catastrophe (comedy) by Sarah Quick. Bidding wars are turning cottage country into a battleground and then a body is found. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 7. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Happy Days Are Here Again (revue) by Leisa Way. A selection of songs from the Great American Songbook. Runs Jul 15 to Jul 17. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Here on the Flight Path (comedy) by Norm Foster. Over the course of three and half years a would-be writer interacts with three different female naighbours. Reading. Runs Jul 2 to Jul 3. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Three Men on a Bike (comedy) by Mark Brownell. Three Victorian gentlemen embark on a calamitous bicycling trip to the continent. Runs Jul 6 to Jul 17. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. cancelled


COLLINGWOOD

Porchside Festival (festival). An outdoor festival of 8 shows featuring poetry, music and theatre  Jul 5 to Jul 26. Various venues, theatrecollingwood.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


DEEP RIVER

Camping Royale (performance) by Carolin Lindner & David Danzon. Two queens from the 18th century attempt to connect withe "common people". Jul 25 only. THEOP, www.corpus.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


GANANOQUE

Miss Caledonia (comedy) by Melody A. Johnson. In 1955 Peggy Ann joins the pageant circuit hoping it will lead her on a path to Hollywood. Runs Jul 8 to Jul 31. 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. postponed to November 2021


HAMILTON

Così fan tutte (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Two men are encouraged to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. Jul 15 only. Brott Music Festival, brottmusic.com. drive-in theatre format

Hamilton Fringe Festival (festival). A collection of new plays happening live, online, indoors and outdoors. Runs Jul 14 to Jul 25. Various venues, hamiltonfringe.ca. online


KINGSTON

The Kick and Push Festival (festival). Four shows in eight days. Opens Jul 19, runs to Jul 31. Baby Grand Theatre, www.theatrekingston.com. postponed to August 2021

Storefront Fringe Festival (festival). Six shows in eight days. Opens Jul 8, runs to Jul 18. Baby Grand Theatre, www.theatrekingston.com. postponed to August 2021

Whose Live Anyway? (comedy). 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Opens Jul 6, runs to Jul 7. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


MEAFORD

Midnight Hour: Memphis to Motown (revue). A celebration of the greatest R&B music to hit the airwaves. Runs Jul 28 to Jul 31. Meaford Hall, www.meaford.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Rockin’ All Night (revue). A celebration of the lives and music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Runs Jul 14 to Jul 17. Meaford Hall, www.meaford.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


MILLBROOK

The Great Shadow (comedy) by Alex Poch-Goldin. In the 1920s Hollywood stars come to Trenton where they collide with the locals. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 2, runs to Jul 25. 4th Line Theatre, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca. postponed to 2022


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 Nov 9, 2021. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.  Covid safety procedures in place


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run in repertory from Jul 7-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. Covid safety procedures in place

At the outdoor stage by the Studio Theatre

Assassins in Concert (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. The story of the nine people (four successful) who have tried to kill an American president. Runs Jul 18 to Sep 29.

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. Previews from Jul 6, opens Jul 23, runs to Oct 9.

Gatsby’s Jazz, Sonny’s Blues (cabaret). Words from F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Baldwin mingle with jazz and blues songs. Runs Jul 10 to Oct 8.

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 10. cancelled

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of his much-loved uncle. Runs Jul 23  to Oct 10.

At a stage in the Shaw Festival Gardens

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Previews from Jul 7, opens Jul 25, runs to Oct 10.

The Duke and Two Irenes (cabaret). A revue the music of Duke Ellington and songs by his contemporaries Irene Higginbotham and Irene Kitchings. Runs Jul 14 to Oct 7.

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Previews from Jul 8, opens Jul 24, runs to Oct 2.

In the Shaw Festival Gardens

A Short History of Niagara (drama) by Alexandra Montaghese & Mike Petersen. A 30-minute-long wordless history of the Niagara region from from Laura Secord to the founding of the Shaw Festival as enacted by puppets. Runs Jul 29 to Aug 13.

At a stage by the Royal George Theatre

Chitra (drama) by Rabindranath Tagore. Chitra, a warrior princess, is determined to win the heart of Prince Arjuna. Runa Jul 15 to Jul 31.


ORILLIA

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A wealthy white widow and her black chauffeur develop a powerful bond through times of change. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 13. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. cancelled

Renovations for Six (comedy) by Norm Foster. Three couples are involved not only in renovating their home but their relationships. Runs Jun 30 to Jul 16. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. cancelled


PORT DOVER

Chase the Ace (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A big city radio host is forced to take a job managing a small-town station. Runs Jul 23 to Aug 8. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place


PORT PERRY

Cottagers and Indians (comedy) by Drew Hayden Taylor. An Indigenous man and a female cottage owner argue over his plan to repopulate the lake with wild rice. Runs Jul 13 to Jul 24. Theatre on the Ridge, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Plays from the Past (plays). Four Edwardian one-act plays by Stanley Houghton, Charles Lee, JM Barrie and GB Shaw. Staged reading. Runs Jul 6, 8 & 11. Theatre on the Ridge, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Something From Nothing (comedy) by Trudee Romanek. Runs Jul 28 to Jul 31. Theatre on the Ridge, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

PRESCOTT

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Runs Jul 24 to Aug 28. St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca. cancelled


STIRLING

Drive-In! The Drive-In Musical (musical) by Ken MacDougall. A young couple meets at a drive-in to rekindle a romance that began there the previous year – featuring hits of the 1960s. Runs Jul 16 to Aug 1. Stirling Fairgrounds, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com. drive-in theatre format


STRATFORD

Fire... Stones... & Stories (children) by Isabelle Payant. The audience helps the storyteller to choose the story that a variety of stones will enact. For ages 3-6. Runs Jul 5 to Jul 11. Gallery Stratford, www.springworksfestival.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


HERE FOR NOW THEATRE COMPANY 2021 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL:

A festival running from Jul 6-Sep 26 of eight world premiere one-act plays and a reading series outdoors at The Bruce Hotel. Here For Now Theatre Company, www.herefornowtheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place

goldfish (comedy) by Steve Ross. A friendship develops between a male retiree and a busy woman who runs a daycare. Runs Jul 6 to Jul 25. ★★★★☆

In Seach of Catharsis (drama) by Jessica B. Hill. An old world god returns to the modern world to try to save humanity. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 15.

Janet and Louise (comedy) by Deanna Kruger. Jamet takes doctor-prescribed art lessons with Louise who can’t afford to lose another student. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 15.

Moments with You (poetry) by Roy Lewis. A poetic journey chronicling the death of love and the struggle for understanding. Reading. Weekends in July.

Post Alice (comedy) by Taylor Marie Graham. Four iconic characters from Alice Munro stories tell ghost stories. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 15.

The Tracks (musical) by Kale Penny and Mark Weatherley. A street busker tries to persuade a former classical violinist not to give up. Runs Jul 6 to Jul 25. ★★★★☆


THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run from Jul 10-Oct 9 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

At the Festival Theatre Canopy

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Previews from Jul 29, opens Jul 31, runs to Aug 15.

Why We Tell the Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Previews from Jul 10, opens on Jul 13, runs to Jul 21.

You Can’t Stop the Beat (cabaret) by Thom Allison. A celebration of the power of musical theatre in troubled times. Previews from Jul 15, opens Jul 18, runs to Jul 31.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Previews from Jul 16, opens Jul 22, runs to Aug 1.  

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Previews from Jul 13, opens Jul 28, runs to Aug 21.


WELLINGTON

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (musical) by Beau Dixon. A Black Canadian saves the lives of his co-workers after a mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia, in 1958. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 1. The Eddie Hotel and Farm, www.festivalplayers.ca. ★★★★★ Covid safety procedures in place