Stage Door Listings

March 2020

In Ottawa the National Arts Centre English Theatre presents Copenhagen by Michael Frayn from March 25 to April 5.

Illustration: Poster for Copenhagen.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (ballet). All-male dance troupe parodies classical ballet. Opens Mar 7, runs to Mar 8. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St, www.ticketking.com.

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Runs Dec 13, 2019, to Mar 1, 2020, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

God is a Scottish Drag Queen (comedy) by Mike Delamont. God comes down to set the record straight about everything from Adam and Eve to Star Wars. Opens Mar 20, runs to Mar 22. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man. Runs Feb 11 to May 17. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Hello, Dolly! (musical) by Jerry Herman. A matchmaker for a miserly millionaire has a match in mind for herself. Runs Mar 24 to May 3. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Riverdance 25 (dance) by Bill Whelan & Moya Doherty. The 25th anniversary of this celebration of Irish step-dancing. Runs February 25 to Mar 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

6 Guitars (performance). Chase Padgett perfoms six guitar playing characters each with his own style. Runs Mar 24 to Mar 29. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (musical) by Colman Domingo & Robert Cary. The life and music of disco diva Donna Summer. Runs Mar 10 to Mar 22. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Us/Them (drama) by Carly Wijs. Two youngsters are taken hostage in the 2004 Beslan school siege in Russia. Runs Feb 27 to Mar 15. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

AF (dance) by Sandra Laronde & Neil Coppen. A version of Orwell's Animal Farm seen from an indigenous point of view. Opened Feb 20, runs to Mar 1. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (comedy) by Karen Hines. A harrowing life of a server in an extraordinarily modern bistro. Runs Mar 24 to Apr 12. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Blacktop Sky (drama) by Christina Anderson. A homeless Black man and a girl in a housing project develop a precarious bond. Previews from Mar 24, opens Mar 27, runs to Apr 12. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Box 4901 (comedy) by Brian Francis. In 1992 a gay author placed a personal ad in the newspaper: here are his responses to 13 of them. Runs Feb 27 to Mar 8. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

How to Fail as a Popstar (comedy) by Vivek Shraya. A reflection on the power of pop culture, dreams, disappointments, and self-determination. Opened Feb 19, runs to Mar 1. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia version of the Rudyard Kipling novel. For ages 5+. Runs Feb 10 to Mar 21. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Lady Sunrise (drama) by Marjorie Chan. The tale of six Asian Canadian women affected by the hyper-consumerist society of Vancouver. Opened Feb 20, runs to Mar 8. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Magic Tonight (magic). James Alan presents a weekly live magic show with guest magicians. Every Sunday. The Cage, 292 College St., 416-995-1736, www.magictonight.ca.

Mine (comedy) by Jenna Harris. The life two women have built together stats to collapse. Previews from Mar 21, opens Mar 25, runs to Apr 5. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

The Negroes are Congregating (drama) by Natasha Adiyana Morris. An unapologetic and impolite perspective about the ongoing effects of racism in Canada. Previews from Feb 29, opens Mar 3, runs to Mar 15. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman instead of the soldier she may have killed. Previews from Feb 25, opens Mar 4, runs to Mar 29. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

The Seagull (drama) by Anton Chekhov. The romantic and artistic conflicts of a writer an ingenue, a fading actress and her playwright son. Previews from Mar 26, opens Apr 2, runs to Apr 22. Yonge Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Songbook X (opera). Highlights from Tapestry Opera’s 40 years of developing new Canadian works. Opens Mar 20, runs to Mar 21. Ernest Balmer Studio, Distillery District, tapestryopera.com.

Take d Milk, Nah? (comedy) by Jiv. Parasram. An Indo-Caribbean-Hindu- Canadian’s search for identity. Preview Mar 19, opens Mar 20, runs to Mar 28. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

This Was the World (drama) by Ellie Moon. An old White law professor draws a student into his conflict with the Dean’s office. Opened Feb 5, runs to Mar 1. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Three Women of Swatow (comedy) by Chloé Hung. Grandmother is a butcher but her daughter is a vegetarian. Previews from Mar 17, opens Mar 25, runs to Apr 19. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.


Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

Giulio Cesare (opera) by George Frideric Handel. Julius Caesar falls in love with Cleopatra. In concert. [student] Opens Mar 20, runs to Mar 21. Trinity-St. Paul Centre, 427 Bloor St West, www.rcmusic.com.

L'Heure espagnole/Suor Angelica (operas) by Ravel/Puccini. Two operas – a happy one about an affair and a sad one about a convent. Runs Mar 18 & 20. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St West, www.rcmusic.com.

Mansfield Park (opera) by Jonathan Dove. An operatic version of the Jane Austen novel. Opens Mar 12, runs to Mar 15. [student] MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, www.rcmusic.com.


BRAMPTON

The Archivist (comedy) by Shaista Latif. Latif uses a scrapbook to tell her story of leaving Afghanistan for Canada. Opens Mar 10, runs to Mar 11. Rose Theatre, www.brampton.ca.


BURLINGTON

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion 2.OH (magic) by Mike Super. Mike Super’s family-friendly magic and comedic wit takes the audience on a journey of emotions. Mar 7 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca

The Mush Hole (children) by Santee Smith. A dance tribute to the lives of residential school survivors. For ages 11+. Mar 5 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

Kinky Boots (musical) by Cyndi Lauper & Harvey Fierstein. A struggling men's shoe factory in England finds its salvation in making shoes for drag queens. Previews from Mar 11, opens Mar 13, runs to Apr 5. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


HAMILTON

A Belly Full (comedy) by Mary Colin Chisholm & Marcia Kash. Two female friends decide to take a belly dancing class. Runs Mar 4 to Mar 21. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

The Archivist (comedy) by Shaista Latif. Latif uses a scrapbook to tell her story of leaving Afghanistan for Canada. Opens Mar 18, runs to Mar 22. Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050, www.kingstongrand.ca.

We’ve Got Each Other (comedy) by Paul O'Donnell. O'Donnell describes the grand Bon Jovi jukebox musical he'd produce if he only had the money. Mar 7 only. Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050, www.kingstongrand.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Circus Incognitus (circus) by Jamie Adkins. Like a silent movie comedian, Adkins battles with the objects of everyday life. Mar 21 only. Centre in the Square, Kitchener, centreinthesquare.com.


LONDON

Between Breaths (drama) by Robert Chafe. The story of Dr. Jon Lien, who pioneered techniques of rescuing whales trapped in fishing nets. Opened Feb 26, runs to Mar 7. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

Juno’s Reward (musical) Megan Watson. A celebration of Canadian music and the talent of our region's students. For ages 6+. Opens Mar 16, runs to Mar 21. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

Room (drama) by Emma Donoghue. Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years with her five year old son. Previews from Mar 10, opens Mar 13, runs to Mar 28. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

Weight (drama) by Jan Sims. Three scenes between pairs of women about different complications of body issues. Opens Mar 5, runs to Mar 7. TAP Centrefor Creativity, www.tapcreativity.org.


NIAGARA FALLS

All Night Long  Hitz of the 80s (revue. )Each night the students of “Westernvale High” will battle for the title of prom king and queen of the 80s prom of your dreams. Runs Feb 6 to Apr 11. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2, 2019, to Mar 26, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


ORANGEVILLE

Early Morning Rain (revue) by Leisa Way. A celebration of the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Opened Feb 14, runs to Mar 1. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.

Too Close to Home (comedy) by Alison Lawrence. Preview Mar 12, opens Mar 13, runs to Mar 29. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA

The Assembly (performance) by Alex Ivanovici et al. Four strangers are brought together, each with opposing political, social, cultural and religious views, to hash out their differences. Opened Feb 27, runs to Mar 7. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Bare (musical) by Damien Intrabartolo & Jon Hartmere. Two gay high school students struggle with their sexuality and Catholicism. Opened Feb 27, runs to Mar 7. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Becky’s New Car (comedy) by Steven Dietz. Middle-aged Becky is living a boring life until she meets a handsome millionaire and everything changes. Opens Mar 27, runs to Apr 4. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Burn (drama) by John Muggleton. Three longtime friends are brought together again by the daughter of the fourth, now dead, member. Opens Mar 18, runs to Apr 4. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Cats (musical) By Andrew Lloyd Webber. T.S. Eliot’s whimsical poems about cats are presented in music and dance. Opens Mar 10, runs to Mar 15. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

ClassCircus (circus). Five musicians become circus performers. For ages 3-5. Mar 22 only. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Copeaux (drama) by Mishka Lavigne. The end of a love affair inspired by images by Stefan Thompson. In French. Opens Mar 10, runs to Mar 14. Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Copenhagen (drama) by Michael Frayn. In 1941 nuclear physicist Werner Heisenberg secretly visits fellow scientist Niels Bohr and his wife in Copenhagen. Previews from Mar 25, opens Mar 27, runs to Apr 5. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Daisy (drama) by Sean Devine. In 1964, an advertising team sets out to create the first modern political attack ad. Runs Mar 10 to Mar 29. GCTC,  www.gctc.ca.

Dancing at Lughnasa (drama) by Brian Friel. In 1936 five sisters who live together have two visitors – their brother back from missionary work and the father of one of the sisters' son. Preview Mar 11, opens Mar 12, runs to Mar 21. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

L'Iliade (performance) by Marc Beaupré. A retelling of Homer's epic in only 90 minutes. In French. Opens Mar 11, runs to Mar 14. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Jack (comedy) by Marie-Pierre Proulx. Alexandra journeys across America to find her grandfather Jack. In French with English surtitles. Mar 12 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, 1-866-752-5231, shenkmanarts.ca.

Statement/Vladimir/Singulière Odyssée (ballets) by Crystal Pite/Hofesh Scechter/Sol Léon. A triple bill of ballets perfromed by the Nederlands Dans Theater. Opens Mar 17, runs to Mar 18. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.


PORT HOPE

BOOM (performance) by Rick Miller. Miller voices over 100 influential people who were active from 1945 to 1969. Runs Mar 26 to Apr 5. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.


RICHMOND HILL

The Merry Widow (opera) by Franz Lehár. A penniless count must marry a wealthy widow to save his country from ruin. Runs Feb 28 & Mar 1. Richmond Hill Centre, 905-787-8811, www.rhcentre.ca.

Pinkalicious The Musical (children). Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes and finally gets a case of Pinkitis. For ages 2-10. Mar 18 only. Richmond Hill Centre, 905-787-8811, www.rhcentre.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

At the Table (magic) by Alex Kazam. The finest in tabletop magic. Wednesdays from Jul 11 at St. Louis Bar & Grill; Thursdays from Jul 12 at Johnny Rocco’s, thealexkazam.com.

FACING HOME (dance) by KasheDance. A dance work that investigates the global impact of Bob Marley’s music. Opens Mar 5, runs to Mar 6. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

We’ve Got Each Other (comedy) by Paul O’Donnell. O’Donnell describes the grand Bon Jovi jukebox musical he’d produce if he only had the money. Mar 12 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca


ST. JACOBS

A Few Good Men (drama) by Aaron Sorkin. Two marines are accused of killing one of their own in Guantanamo Bay. Previews from Mar 4, opens Mar 6, runs to Mar 22. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


SUDBURY

Abigail B. Seven Year Old Superhero (children) by Judi Straughan. For ages 6-12. Opens Mar 9, runs to Mar 14. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com.  

Le Club des éphémères (comedy) by Alain Doom. Five residents of an old age home participate in a documentary about shadflies but really want to talk about other things. In French with English surtitles. Opens Mar 5, runs to Mar14. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca


THUNDER BAY

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 Mar 12-28. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.