Stage Door Listings

June 2024

The Stratford Festival presents La Cage aux Folles May 31 to October 26.

Photo: Steve Ross as Albin and Sean Arbuckle as Renato in La Cage aux Folles. © 2023 Ted Belton.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Dog Man: The Musical (musical) by Kevin Del Aguila & Brad Alexander. Can Dog Man save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army? Runs May 9 to Jun 9. CAA  Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Don Quixote (ballet) by Carlos Acosta to music by Minkus. Don Quixote saves Kitri from marrying the man she doesn’t love. Runs Jun 1 to Jun 9. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

Echo (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. The girl Future discovers that her choices can influence the world as it evolves. Runs May 8 to Aug 4. Big Top, 2150 Lake Shore Blvd West, www.cirquedusoleil.com. ★★★☆☆

Jewels (ballet) by George Ballanchine to music by Fauré, Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky. A plotless work evoking the radiance of Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds. Runs Jun 15 to Jun 22. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

The Last Timbit (musical) by Anika Johnson & Britta Johnson. When a snowstorm hits Sarnia in 2010, people seek shelter in the local Tim Hortons. Runs Jun 26 to Jun 30. Elgin Theatre, www.ticketmaster.ca.

Les Misérables (musical) by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg. A policeman will not stop hunting an escaped convict even after the man has become a respected citizen. Runs Mar 26 to Jun 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Mini Pop Kids Live - The Good Vibes Tour (performance). Kids aged 9-15 sing and dance to today’s hits in a high-energy show for kids. Runs Jun 1 only. Danforth Music Hall, thedanforth.com.

R.A.V.E. (performance) by Me Time & !Kona. Part dance party, part theatrical experience, part self-help parody. Previews from Jun 9, opens Jun 13, runs to Jun 16. The R.A.V.E. Institute, Downsview Airport Lands, rave.institute.

Royal Canadian International Circus  (circus). A traditional one-ring circus but without exotic animals. Runs Jun 27 to Jul 1. Etobicoke, www.royalcanadiancircus.ca.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical (musical) by Katori Hall. The story of the woman who broke brarriers and became the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll. Runs Jun 18 to Jul 28. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

To Kill a Mockingbird (drama) by Aaron Sorkin. A white lawyer defends a falsely accused black man in court. Runs May 28 to Jun 2. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Wicked  (musical) by Stephen Schwartz. The story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived. Runs Jun 5 to Jul 21. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Age is a Feeling (drama) by Haley McGee. A gripping story about how our relationship with mortality shapes the way we live. Runs May 31 to to Jun 23. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Alice By Heart (musical) by Duncan Sheik & Steven Sater. Alice and her friend Alfred escape from the London Blitz through the book Alice in Wonderland. Runs May 31 to Jun 1. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.thaumatropetheatre.com.

Aportia Chryptych (opera) by Sean Mayes. The story of Portia White (1911-68), the first Black Canadian concert performer to achieve international fame. Runs Jun 14 to Jun 16. Canadian Opera Company Theatre, 227 Front St East, www.coc.ca.

The Babysitter (puppetry) by Eric Woolfe. A slasher horror puppet play. Staged reading. Runs Jun 10 only. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, eldritchtheatre.ca.

La Bulle (performance) by CORPUS. Audiences watch Pierrot live his life inside a large transparent bubble. Runs Jun 26 to Jul 1. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

The Caged Bird Sings (drama) by Rouvan Silogix et al. An adaptation of Rumi's Masnavi in which prisoners are haunted by ghosts and demons of their own making. Runs Jun 10- to Jun 26. Aga Khan Museum, www.agakhanmuseum.org.

Carmen (opera) by Georges Bizet. A poor soldier abandons his fiancée for the love of a flirtatious gypsy. In French with English surtitles. Runs Jun 19 to Jun 23. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave, www.torontocityopera.com.

Come Home: The Legend of Daddy Hall (drama) by Audrey Dwyer. When John Hall is confronted by his ancestors, he is forced to revisit his entire life. Runs May 14 to Jun 9. Tarragon Theatre, tarragontheatre.com.

Discovering Allan Sherman (comedy) by Avery Saltzman. A survey of the life and comedy of Allan Sherman. Runs May 30 to Jun 9. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, hgjewishtheatre.com.

Fresh Ideas in Puppetry (festival). A showcase for artists taking new and ground-breaking directions in puppetry. Runs Jun 1 to Jun 2. Puppetmongers Studio, 388 Carlaw Ave, puppetmongers.com.

Hedda Gabler (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. After her honeymoon Hedda is already bored with her husband and the respectable life he represents. Runs May 9 to Jun 9. Coal Mine Theatre, 2076 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com. ★★★☆☆

The Hobbit (opera) by Dean Burry. An opera for youth based on JRR Tolkien's famous book. Runs May 31 to Jun 2. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, www.canadianchildrensopera.com.

Luminato (festival). A city-wide multidisciplinary arts festival. Runs Jun 5 to Jun 16. Various venues, luminatofestival.com.

Many Voices Tell A Story (festival). The 45th annual edition of the Toronto International Storytelling Festival. Runs Jun 9 to Jun 17. Various venues, storytellingtoronto.org.

Mind Over Matter (magic) by Beyond Mental Borders. The mentalism team presents its all-new show of mind-reading games. Runs Jun 23 only. The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd, www.beyondmentalborders.com.

Queer Pride 2024 (festival). A festival of queer theatre, comedy, cabaret, art, music and parties. Runs May 24 to Jun 30. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner (comedy) by Jasmine Lee-Jones. Close friends Cleo and Kara grapple with the pervasive influence of social media and celebrity culture in their lives. Runs May 12 to Jun 2. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. ★★★★☆

Speaking of Hilary (drama) by Elias Campbell. Following a traumatic incident, Hilary becomes obsessed with health issues. Runs Jun 5 to Jun 9. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, www.ticketscene.ca.

A Steetcar Named Desire (drama) by Tennessee Williams. Fragile Blanche DuBois seeks safety with her sister but instead confronts a brutal reality. Previews from Jun 13, opens Jun 18, runs to Jul 7. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Tee Time for Murder (comedy). Characters mingle with guests and then someone you’ve just met dies and a detective is called in to investigate. Runs Jun 1, 8, 15 & 22. Cheslea Hotel, mysteriouslyyours.ca.

The Toronto Magician Open Mic (magic). An evening of magic and illusions with Toronto's up-and-coming magicians. Runs Wednesdays, May 8 to Aug 28. The Ace of Spades Lounge, 536 Manning Ave, www.eventbrite.ca.

The Turn of the Screw (opera) by Benjamin Britten. A governess fears the children in her care are threatened by a malevolent force. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 15. Theatre Passe Muraille, opera5.ca.

Two Left Feet (musical) by Shreya Jha & Nick Duarte. Joanie’s family is full of successes but Joanie faces main rivals opposing her success. Runs Jun 27 to Jun 29. Palmerston Library Muraille, www.thaumatropetheatre.com.

The Wrong Bashir (comedy) by Zahida Rahemtulla. A young philosophy major moves back home and is unwittingly chosen to serve in a prestigious religious position in his Ismaili community. Runs May 21 to Jun 16. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

WeeFestival (festival). The 7th edition of an arts festival for children in their early years. Runs May 9 to Jun 9. Various venues, weefestival.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Infatuated and the Ravishing (puppetry) by Muḥammad ibn Dāniyāl. A middle-aged man from Syria falls in love with a young man in Cairo in the Medieval shadow puppet play. Reading. [student] Runs May 31 to Jun 1. Jackman Humanities Bldg., premodernity.net.

Shakespeare in Love (comedy) by Lee Hall. Plagued by debt and consumed by writer’s block, young Will Shakespeare needs a hit. Runs Jun 7 to Jun 22. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com.


BANCROFT

Dear Rita (revue) by Linday Kyte & Mike Ross. A celebration of the life and music of Rita MacNeil. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 16. Bancroft Village Playhouse, www.tweedandcompany.com.


BLYTH

The Farm Show: Then and Now (drama) by the Ensemble. A remount of the original play from 1972 plus a look at how it led to the creation of the Blyth Festival. Previews from Jun 12, opens Jun 14, runs to Aug 4. Harvest Stage, blythfestival.com.

Saving Graceland (comedy) by Gil Garratt. It’s 2019 and a couple has never missed the Collingwood Elvis Festival in 25 years, but the arrival of their grandchild upends their plans. Previews from Jun 19, opens Jun 21, runs to Aug 3. Memorial Hall, blythfestival.com.


BOBCAYGEON

The Dating Game (comedy) by Peter Quilter. Recently divorced Richard and Julia begin to look for new partners.  Runs May 29 to Jun 8. Globus Theatre, globustheatre.com.

This Day in Sports (performance) by Sandy Jobin-Bevans, Mike Shara and Matt Kippen. One of Canada’s most popular sports podcasts becomes a stage show as the three funnymen look over the past years. Runs Jun 14 to Jun 16. Globus Theatre, globustheatre.com.


CAMBRIDGE

Steel Magnolias (comedy) by Robert Harling. In a small-town Louisiana beauty parlour six southern women learn to embrace the future. Runs Jun 19 to Jul 6. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


CAMPBELLFORD

The Selfish Giant’s Garden (musical) by Brian Finley & Ken Tizzard. A giant walls off his beautiful garden from the children who used to play there. Runs Jun 4 to Jun 23. Westben Music Festival, www.westben.ca.


COLLINGWOOD

How We Got to Jersey - A Tale of Two Frankies (performance) by Adrian Marchuk & Jeff Madden. Marchuk and Madden tell their stories of how they came to play Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway. Runs Jun 11 to Jun 14. The John Saunders Centre, theatrecollingwood.ca.

Splash ’N Boots (children) by Nick Adams & Taes Leavitt. The couple entertain children through their signature songs, music, dancing and skits. For ages 4-10.  Runs Jun 29 only. Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, kidsdaycollingwood.com.


DRAYTON

Beehive - The 60s Musical (musical) by Larry Gallagher. Six women come of age to the music of the 1960s. Runs Jun 5 to Jun 23. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GANANOQUE

Liars at a Funeral (comedy) by Sophia Fabiili. Grandma fakes her own death in order to hash out her family’s problems once and for all. Runs May 31 to Jun 22. Springer Theatre, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GRAND BEND

Fiddler on the Roof (musical) by Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick. A Jewish milkman tries to maintain his traditions despite opposition from his strong-willed daughters. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 30. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream (musical) by Roger Bean. In the 1950s a male vocal quartet is ready for fame but trouble coms in the form of Lois. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 30. South Huron Stage, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


HAMILTON

An American Hymnal (musical) by Stephen Cochrane. The story of a priest and a jazz singer in Chicago as they live through the music of the ’50s and ’60s. Runs Jun 21 to Jun 23. Theatre Aquarius, tickets.theatreaquarius.org.

Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour (children) by Clayton Grimm. A stage show based on the YouTube character and his fun friends. For ages 2-7. Runs Jun 29 only. FirstOntario Concert Hall, www.eventbrite.ca.

Brave New Works (festival). Three days of new plays, works-in-progress, readings, panels and gatherings. Runs Jun 6 to Jun 8. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

Constellations (comedy) by Nick Payne. The romance of Roland and Marianne as it plays out across multiple universes. Runs Jun 14 to Jun 22. The Staircase, www.eventbrite.ca.

How We Got to Jersey - A Tale of Two Frankies (performance) by Adrian Marchuk & Jeff Madden. Marchuk and Madden tell their stories of how they came to play Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway. Runs Jun 6 only. Theatre Aquarius, tickets.theatreaquarius.org.

Staircase Magic & Variety (magic) by Nick Wallace. A monthly show featuring a rotating cast of some of Canada’s best magicians, variety and oddity entertainers. Runs Jun 19 only. The Staircase, www.eventbrite.ca.


HANOVER

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. Runs Jun 15 only. Hanover Civic Centre, tproontario.ticketpro.ca.

KINGSTON

Divine Interventions (performance) by Corpus Dance Projects. Singing goddesses arrive by bicycle to bless the place where the audience is gathered. Runs Jun 25 to Jun 27. Downtown Kingston, www.thekickandpush.com.

FOLDA 2024 (festival). The 7th annual Festival of Live Digital Art presenting live performances integrated with digital technologies. Runs Jun 13 to Jun 15. Isalbel Bader Centre, Queen's University, www.folda.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Dimitri Goes to Hollywood (comedy) by Jimmy Chimarios. A 40-year-old olive harvester from Corfu sets off to become a soap opera star in LA. Runs Jun 28 to Jun 29. Registry Theatre, Kitchener, registrytheatre.com.


LONDON

Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour (children) by Clayton Grimm. A stage show based on the YouTube character and his fun friends. For ages 2-7. Runs Jun 7 only. Budweiser Gardens, budweisergardens.evenue.net.

London Children’s Festival (festival). A festival featuring plays, magic, crafts, rides, food and more. Runs Jun 17 to Jun 19. Victoria Park, www.downtownlondon.ca.


MORRISBURG

Perfect Wedding (comedy) by Robin Hawdon. The groom awakes to find a strange girl in bed beside him. Runs Jun 6 to Jun 30. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Canadiana (revue). A celebration of Canadian music through the years. Runs May 28, 2024, booking to Dec 19, 2024. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.

The Clairvoyants (magic) by Thommy Ten & Amélie van Tass. A full-length show that features magic, mentalism, illusions and much more. Runs Jun 25 to Jun 27. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com.

Magic Rocks! (magic) by Leon Etienne. Magic from sleight-of-hand to jaw-dropping grand illusions set to high energy rock n’ roll. Runs Jun 8 to Jul 28. Niagara Arts and Cultural Centre, www.magicrocks.com.

Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Christian Mascia performs new large-scale illusions designed by Greg Frewin. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Jan 4, 2025. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 6 to Dec 22 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

My Fair Lady (musical) by Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner. The famous musical version of GB Shaw’s Pygmalion. Previews from May 4, opens May 25, runs to Dec 22.

One Man, Two Guvnors (comedy) by Richard Bean. Goldoni’s 1746 Venetian farce A Servant of Two Masters updated to Brighton in the 1950s. Previews from Jun 6, opens Jun 22, runs to Oct 13.

At the Royal George Theatre

The Orphan of Chao  (drama) by Michael Man. A doctor sacrifices his own son to keep an orphan alive so he can avenge his family when he comes of age. Previews from Jun 13, opens Jun 22, runs to October 5.

The Secret Garden (drama) by Jay Turvey & Paul Sportelli. An orphaned girl is unhappy until she finds a secret garden on her uncle’s estate. Previews from May 31, opens Jun 23, runs to Oct 13.

Witness for the Prosecution (drama) by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy older woman is found murdered, her handsome younger lover is the only suspect. Runs Apr 25 to Oct 13. ★★★☆☆

At the Studio Theatre

The House That Will Not Stand (variety) by Marcus Gardley. In 19th-century New Orleans a wealthy free Black woman risks losing everything after the death of her affluent white lover. Previews from Jun 12, opens Jun 21, runs to Oct 12.

At the Spiegeltent

Kabarett  (variety) by the Ensemble. A night in Berlin during the Weimar era. Runs Jun 14 to Oct 12.

The Shaw Variety Show (variety) by the Ensemble. An old-fashioned variety show packed with comedy, music and magic. Runs May 17 to Oct 6.


NORTH BAY

Jimbo’s Drag Circus (variety) by James Insell. Jimbo plays six drag characters in a show featuring singing, dancing and clown. Runs Jun 2 only. Capitol Theatre, www.dragfans.com.

Tom Thomson’s Wake (musical) by Jason Murphy & John Eaton. Two years after renowned painter Tom Thomson’s mysterious death, his friend, his mentor and his lover gather to share memories. Runs Jun 21 only. Capitol Centre, capitolcentre.org.

OSHAWA

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. Runs Jun 22 only. Oshawa Little Theatre, ci.ovationtix.com.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

An Act of Grace (drama) by John Muggleton. The mysterious Grace invites two men to her mansion where her dying wish forces them to unexpected extremes. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 29. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Le Dîner de cons (comedy) by Francis Veber. Every week Pierre Brochant holds a dinner party where every guests must bring someone they consider an idiot. In French. Runs Jun 6 to Jun 8. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Jay du Temple: La tournée canadienne (comedy) by Jay du Temple. Jay relates his adventures during his 76-day cross-country tour.  In French. Runs Jun 16 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Oh Canada Eh?! (revue). Archtypal Canadian characters sing over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists. Booking to Dec 28, 2024. Oh Canada Eh?!, 330 Kent St, ohcanadaehottawa.com.

Ottawa Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of 45 new theatre works at six venues. Runs Jun 13 to Jun 23. Various venues, ottawafringe.com.

Scoooootch! (children) by Amélie Poirier. An exploration of the limits of sticky tape in movement, theatre, music and visual arts. For ages 2-8. Runs Jun 1 to Jun 2. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Une voix pour être aimée: Maria Callas (drama) by Sophie Faucher & Anne Bryan. In 1977 Callas recounts her life to her accompanist and her friend Giuseppe Di Stefano. In French. Runs Jun 4 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Veillée funèbre (comedy) by Guy Foissy. A wake where none of the guests follow the rules of decorum. In French. Runs May 15 to Jun 9. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

You used to call me Marie... (drama) by Tai Amy Grauman. We follow Iskwewo, Napew, and Mistatim through eight intertwined stories of love, loss, and the fight of the Métis people. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 22. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


OWEN SOUND

Smarty Pants (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. When Linda's ex becomes a millionaire, her oldest friends break into his hous to steal a gift for her. Runs Jun 13 to Jun 29. Roxy Theatre, www.brucecountyplayhouse.com.


PARIS

Brant Theatre Festival (festival). A celebration of local theatre, playwrights and creativity in Paris, Brant and beyond. Runs Jun 21 to Jun 23. Various venues, allevents.in.


PENETANGUISHENE

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D’Arienzo. In 1987 L.A. an aspiring rocker and a wanna-be movie star fall in love. Runs Jun 6 to Jun 30. King’s Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


PETERBOROUGH

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of Indigenous performance from many nations. Runs Jun 20 to Jun 23. Various venues, www.indigenousfringefest.ca.


PETROLIA

Rainy Day People (revue) by D2 Entertainment. A celebration of the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Previews from Jun 4, opens Jun 8, runs to Jun 23. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca.


PORT COLBORNE

Doris and Ivy in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In a retirement home Doris, a former prison guard, befriends Ivy, a former champion skier. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 23. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT DOVER

Doris and Ivy in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In a retirement home Doris, a former prison guard, befriends Ivy, a former champion skier. Runs May 22 to Jun 8. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.

Murder at Ackerton Manor (comedy) by Steven Gallagher. Three actors play seven roles in this Agatha Christie murder mystery spoof. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 29. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

Bed and Breakfast (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A gay couple from the big city try to start a B&B in a small town. Runs Jun 14 to Jun 30. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.

A Year with Frog and Toad (musical) by Robert Reale & Willie Reale. The story of two friends through four fun-filled seasons. Runs May 17 to Jun 2. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT PERRY

Punch Up (comedy) by Kat Sandler. The world’s funniest man helps the world’s dullest man save the world’s saddest woman. Runs Jun 12 to Jun 29. Scugog Shores Museum Village, theatreontheridge.ca.


PORT STANLEY

The Beaver Club (comedy) by Barb Scheffler. Four women take road trip from Toronto to Newfoundland. Runs May 21 to Jun 1. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.

Funny Valentine: A Michael Bublé Tribute (revue) by Jay Davis. Runs Jun 4 to Jun 15. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.

They're Found in Trees (comedy) by Norm Foster. Birders, William, and Mitchell, sit under the same tree every Saturday, and then along comes Paula. Runs Jun 19 to Jul 13. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


RAMA

Lord of the Dance (dance) by Michael Flatley. A unique combination of high-energy Irish dancing, original music and storytelling. Runs Jun 22 only. Casino Rama, www.casinorama.com. ‑cancelled‑


SPENCERVILLE

The Diablo Manor an Evening of Enchantment (magic) by Scott McClelland. A sumptuous meal followed by an intimate Victorian production of mystifying wonders and a séance. Runs May 24 to Jul 28. Diablo Manor, www.diablomanor.com.


ST. CATHARINES

Kimiko’s Pearl (ballet) by Yosuke Mino. Young Kimiko reflects on the tragedies and triumphs of Japanese Canadian families before, during, and after World War II. Runs Jun 22 to Jun 23. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


ST. JACOBS

Doris and Ivy in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In a retirement home Doris, a former prison guard, befriends Ivy, a former champion skier. Runs Jun 19 to Jul 6. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STIRLING

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli (comedy). An interactive murder mystery set at an Italian wedding reception. Runs May 31 to Jun 1. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


STRATFORD

THE HERE FOR NOW THEATRE FESTIVAL:

A festival of one-act plays of 60 to 90 minutes, including 5 world premieres. Runs Jun 19 to Sep 28. Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Rd, www.herefornowtheatre.com.

Paul and Linda Plan a Threesome (comedy) by Jane Cooper Ford. An uptight Rosedale couple encounter a hilariously disastrous night when they try to open-mindedly plan a threesome to save their marriage. Previews from Jun 19, opens Jun 21, runs to Jul 6.

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16 to Oct 27 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-567-1600 or visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The famous tale of star-crossed lovers. Runs Jun 1 to Oct 26.

Something Rotten! (musical) by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick. In Renaissance England the Bottom brothers write a musical to compete with Shakespeare’s plays. Runs May 28 to Oct 27. ★★☆☆☆

Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Viola loves Orsino who loves Olivia who loves Viola. Runs May 27 to Oct 26. ★★★★

At the Avon Theatre

La Cage aux Folles (musical) by Jerry Herman & Harvey Fierstein. The manager of a drag club in St. Tropez decides to “play it straight” when his son arrives with his fiancée. Runs May 31 to to Oct 26. ★★★★

Wendy and Peter Pan (musical) by Ella Hickson. Wendy Darling is centre stage in this adaptation of Peter Pan. Previews from May 21, opens Jun 15, runs to Oct 27.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

Cymbeline (drama) by William Shakespeare. Imogen tries to do good in a world full of evil. Runs May 29 to Sep 28. ★★☆☆☆

Hedda Gabler (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. After her honeymoon Hedda is already bored with her husband and the respectable life he represents. Runs May 30 to Sep 28. ★★★☆☆

At the Studio Theatre

The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? (drama) by Edward Albee. Martin Gray’s wife suspects he is having an affair, but the object of his affection tests everyone’s tolerance. Previews from Jun 26, opens Aug 9, runs to Sep 29.


SUDBURY

Tom Thomson’s Wake (musical) by Jason Murphy & John Eaton. Two years after renowned painter Tom Thomson’s mysterious death, his friend, his mentor and his lover gather to share memories. Runs Jun 22 only. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.showpass.com.


THUNDER BAY

Jimbo’s Drag Circus (variety) by James Insell. Jimbo plays six drag characters in a show featuring singing, dancing and clown. Runs Jun 4 only. Community Auditorium, www.dragfans.com.


TWEED

Dear Rita (revue) by Linday Kyte & Mike Ross. A celebration of the life and music of Rita MacNeil. Runs Jun 5 to Jun 8. Marble Arts Theatre, www.tweedandcompany.com.

ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

American Crown Circus (circus). A traditional circus with high wire acts, acrobats, jugglers and clowns but without animals. www.americancrowncircus.com.

• May 30-Jun 3: Westmount Shopping Centre, London

• Jun 7-17: Shoppers World Brampton, Brampton

• Jun 20-23: Pacific Mall, Markham


Stories of Scotland (comedy) by Bruce Fummey. Fummey wraps Scottish history and comedy into one hilarious and informative package. www.brucefummey.co.uk.

• Jun 1: Studio Theatre, Perth

• Jun 7: The Gladstone, Ottawa

• Jun 20: The Westdale, Hamilton

• Jun 22: Seaforth Golf Club, Seaforth

• Jun 28: Grand Theatre, Fergus


Water Circus Gold (circus) by Cirque Italia. A aquatic spectacular featuring a tank holding 35,000 gallons of water. gold.cirqueitalia.com.

• Jun 6-9: Tillsonburg Town Centre, Tillsonburg

• Jun 13-16: Dixie Outlet Mall, Mississauga

• Jun 20-24: Cambridge Centre, Cambridge

• Jun 27-Jul 7: Saint Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa