Stage Door Listings

June 2021

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, the first-ever fringe festival devoted solely to indigenous performance groups, opens on June 23 in Peterborough.


TORONTO

Larger Theatres

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 May 27 to Jun 10. Koerner Hall, www.operaatelier.com. ★★★☆☆ online

Something Rich and Strange (opera/ballet). Fully staged Baroque theatre music exploring dreams, visions and the supernatural. Opened Dec 12, 2020, runs through Jun 1, 2021. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. online

Swan Lake (ballet) by Karen Kain to music by Tchaikovsky. An evil magician has curse Odette to exist as a swan by day and a woman by night. Opens Jun 11, runs to Jun 27. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca. postponed to 2021/22

TESSEL (dance) by Esie Mensah.14 Black dancemakers explore the complexities of movement and voice as a form of resilience. Jun 1 only. Fall For Dance North, www.tessel.film. 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

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. Voicebox: Opera in Concert, www.operainconcert.com. online

Blackout (musical) by Anton Lipovetsky & Steven Gallagher. Three stories of connection that unfolded during the blackout in Toronto in August 2003. Runs May 14 to Jun 6. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. postponed to July 23

Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall (drama) by Audry Dwyer. When John Hall is awakened by the ghosts of his ancestors, he is forced to revisit the story of his life. Opened May 30, runs to Jun 13. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Death and the King’s Horseman (drama) by Wole Soyinka. When a Yoruba King dies, the King’s horseman is required to accompany him into the afterlife – but this sacred ritual is interrupted. Runs Jun 9 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

Dragon’s Tale (opera) by Chan Ka Nin & Mark Brownell. The story of the poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into a river when the Chu dynasty was overthrown in 299bc. Free. Opens Jun 17, runs to Jun 18. Harbourfront, tapestryopera.com. postponed

The Great Divide (drama) by Alix Sobler. A play about a fire in 1911 in Manhattan that killed 146 workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Runs May 29 to Jun 13. Meridian Arts Centre, www.meridianartscentre.com. postponed

Hayavadana (drama) by Girish Karnad. Padmini is in love with two friends – a poet and a blacksmith – but then the men’s bodies are switched. Runs May 19 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

Lost Together (performance) by Shira Leuchter and Michaela Washburn. Audience members share a story about something they've lost and Leuchter and Washburn create an object to embody it. Runs May 25 to Jun 5. Nightwood Theatre, www.nightwoodtheatre.net. online

Luminato (festival). An international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts. Runs Jun 16 to Jun 27. Various venues, luminatofestival.com. postponed to fall 2021

MH370 (performance). An immersive, interactive audio installation inspired by the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 on March 8, 2014. Runs May 31 to Jun 15. fu-GEN THeatre, mh370.online. online audio

Moonlodge (drama) by Margo Kane. Agnes follows the voice inside her, journeying across America to where the women gather, helping her find herself, her history and her family. Runs Apr 21 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

Paprika Theatre Festival (festival). A festival of new work by young artists. Runs Jun 1 to Jun 13. Paprika Festival, paprikafestival.com. online  

The Parliament of the Birds (drama) by Guillermo Verdecchia. An adaptation of the Persian poem by Farid al-Din Attar about the world’s birds’ search for enlightenment. Runs May 26 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

Queer Pride Festival (festival). A celebration of queer theatre, comedy, art, music and parties. Runs Jun 15 to Jun 27. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com. online

Sāvitri (opera) by Gustav Holst. A woman tries to save her husband from the god of Death. Runs Jun 23 to Jul 11. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

The Seagull (drama) by Anton Chekhov. A faded actress and her lover arrive at an estate to see an experimental play written by her son. Runs May 12 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

She Mami Wata & the PxssyWitch Hunt (drama) by d’bi.young anitafrika. The story of four friends and their entangled lives in Jamaica explores the intersection of identity, sexuality, gender, religion and (de)colonization. Runs Jun 2 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

Six Characters in Search of an Author (drama) by Luigi Pirandello. Six characters demand that a director stage a play about their lives. Runs May 5 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

The Stars of Mars (musical) by Ashley Botting & Daniel Abrahamson. In the first human colony on Mars, the inhabitants put on a show about life on Earth. Opens Jun 12, runs to Jun 30. [community] Nightwood Theatre, www.nightwoodtheatre.net. online

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

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders (magic) by Vitaly Beckman. Vitaly combines the art of illusion with stories of growing up in Israel. Runs Jun 15 to Jun 29. Meridian Arts Centre, www.meridianartscentre.com. postponed

The Walls (drama) by Griselda Gambaro. In Argentina a young man is placed in a room without trial and interrogated by mysterious figures. Runs Apr 28 to Jun 30. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio


BOBCAYGEON

Early Morning Rain (revue) by Leisa Way. A tribute to the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Runs Jun 15 to Jun 26. 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. Runs Jun 16 to Jul 3. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com. cancelled


HAMILTON

Così fan tutte (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Two men are encouraged to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. Runs Jun 24 to Jul 15. Brott Music Festival, brottmusic.com.

Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival (festival). A festival of three new plays by female BIPOC playwrights. Stages reading. Runs Jun 24 to Jun 26. Red Betty Theatre, www.redbettytheatre.org.


KINGSTON

Festival of Live Digital Art (festival). A festival on online workshops, panels, artist talks and performances. Runs Jun 9 to Jun 13. FoLDA, www.folda.ca. online


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Orpheus in the Underworld (operetta) by Jacques Offenbach. Orpheus seeks to charm the King of Hades into releasing his recently deceased wife. Jun 19 only. [community] Waterloo Collegiate Institute, 300 Hazel St, www.vcopera.ca. postponed to August 14


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 Jun 15, 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 May 1-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 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. Previews from Jun 11, opens Jul 17, runs to Oct 9. postponed to July

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

At the Royal George Theatre

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Previews from May 16, opens Jun 11, runs to Oct 10. postponed to July

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Previews from Jun 3, opens Jun 13, runs to Oct 2. postponed to July


ORANGEVILLE

Max the Magnificent (children) by Chandra Pepper. For grades 3+. How does Max get his new step-brother to stop bullying thim? Runs Jun 11 to Jun 20. Theatre Orangeville, tickets.theatreorangeville.ca. online

The Rules of Playing Risk (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. An unsociable retiree's estranged 14-year-old grandson comes to live with him. Opened Apr 16, runs to Jun 13. Theatre Orangeville, tickets.theatreorangeville.ca. online

The Third Life of Eddie Mann (comedy) by John Spurway. Eddie, a former teacher, a former financial advisor, finds himself on a sixth floor ledge planning to jump. Begins Jun 11. Theatre Orangeville, tickets.theatreorangeville.ca. online


ORILLIA

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.


OTTAWA

The Case of the Careless Client / The Case of the Big Top Murders (dramas). The GCTC Lawyer Play for 2021 is a double bill of two old-time radio plays – pne with Hercule Poirot and the other with Dick Tracy. Runs May 31 to Jun 11. [community] GCTC, www.gctc.ca. online audio

Mean Girls (musical) by Jeff Richmond & Nell Benjamin. The story of a naïve newbie who falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies. Opens Jun 8, runs to Jun 13. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled

Ottawa Fringe Festival (festival). A celebration of independent theatre. Runs Jun 17 to Jun 27. Arts Court Theatre, ottawafringe.com. online


PETERBOROUGH

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (festival). The first-ever fringe festival devoted to solely indigenous performance groups. Opens Jun 23 , runs to Jun 27. Various venues, www.indigenousfringefest.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

1812 (comedy) by Norm Foster. When the War of 1812 breaks out, the border towns of St. Stephen, NB, and Calais, ME, are reluctant to fight each other. Reading. Jun 6 only. Norm Foster Theatre Festival, fosterfestival.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run from Jun 22-Sep 26 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

Three Tall Women (comedy) by Edward Albee. An older woman lays bare her inner life to a middle-aged woman and a young woman. Previews from Jun 24, opens Jul 3, runs to Jul 25.  

Why We Tell the Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Previews from Jun 24, opens on Jun 26, runs to Jul 11.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Previews from Jun 22, opens Jun 26, runs to Jul 25.