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.


TORONTO

Larger Theatres

The Resurrection (opera) by George Frideric Handel. Fully staged early oratorio about the events between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Runs May 27 to Jun 2. 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

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.

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. Begins Jun 9. 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. 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.

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. Begins Jun 2. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

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.


BOBCAYGEON

Early Morning Rain (revue) by Leisa Way. A tribute to the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Runs May 25 to Jun 5. 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. Covid safety procedures in place


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.


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 Apr 23, 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.

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. Previews from May 16, opens Jun 11, 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.


ORANGEVILLE

Sunshine Sketches (musical) by Jim Betts. A musical based on the famous stories of Stephen Leacock. Opens Jun 11, runs to Jun 27. 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

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.


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.


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.