Stage Door Listings

June 2021

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, the first-ever fringe festival devoted to solely indigenous performance groups, opens on June 21 in Peterborough.

Photo: Hillary Wear, one of the organizers of the NIFF, rehearsing. © 2013 Clifford Skarstedt.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

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

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

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.

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. Covid safety procedures in place

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.

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

Three Ordinary Men (drama) by Steven Elliott Jackson. The final day in the lives of three civil rights workers in 1964 Mississippi. Begins Jun 24. Venue TBA, www.cahoots.ca.

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.


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.


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.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Mar 1, 2021, booking to Jul 20, 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.

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

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. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 10.

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.


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

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.


PETERBOROUGH

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (festival). The first-ever fringe festival devoted to solely indigenous performance groups. Opens Jun 21 , runs to Jun 27. Various venues, www.indigenousfringefest.ca.


PORT HOPE

Shirley Valentine (comedy) by Willy Russell.  A bored British housewife wins a trip to Greece. Runs Jun 29 to Jul 18. Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, 905-885-1071, capitoltheatre.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

To subscribe to the Stratford Festival’s streaming channel, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome. Now streaming:

The Adventures of Pericles (romance) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2015. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Antony and Cleopatra (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Coriolanus (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2019. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

King John (history play) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

King Lear (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Love’s Labour’s Lost (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2017. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Macbeth (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2017. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2018. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

The Taming of the Shrew (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2019. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Timon of Athens (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2018. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.