Stage Door Listings

March 2021

Puppetmongers Theatre presents Brick Bros. Circus online March 10-24.

Photo: Ann Powell and David Powell with Crick Contortionist. © Greg Tjpkema.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Angels’ Atlas / Serenade / The Four Seasons (ballets) by Crystal Pite / William Forsythe / George Balanchine. Opens Mar 3, runs to Mar 7. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca. cancelled

Cinderella (ballet) by James Kudelka to music by Prokofiev. A ballet based on the beloved fairy tale. Opens Mar 11, runs to Mar 20. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca. cancelled

A Streetcar Named Desire (ballet) by John Neumeier, to music by Prokofiev and Schnittke. A balletic interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ well-known play. Opens Mar 24, runs to Mar 28. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca. cancelled  

Revisor (dance) by Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young. A dance version of Gogol’s satirical comedy The Government Inspector. Runs Mar 25 to Mar 28. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St East, www.canadianstage.com.

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

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

An Acorn (play) by Caridad Svich. The journey of a person who loses their voice one morning after an event shocks the foundation of society. Opens Mar 12, runs to Apr 3. impel Theatre, www.kendrajones.net. ★★★★☆ online

The Black Drum (musical) by Adam Pottle. Two tattoos come alive to help a Deaf woman overcome her grief over the death of her wife. Runs Mar 25 to Mar 27. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.universe.com. online

Brick Bros. Circus (children) by Ann Powell & David Powell. Miniature circus acts performed by highly-trained bricks. Opens Mar 10, runs to Mar 24. Puppetmongers Theatre, puppetmongers.com. ★★★★★ online

Cloudless (drama) by José Teodoro. Five characters struggle with the mysterious disappearance of two young women off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Runs to May 31. Canadian Stage Company, www.canadianstage.com. online audio

Electric Messiah (oratorio) by G.F. Handel. A re-imagining of Handel's famed oratorio for the present with elctronics and turntables. Runs Mar 31 to Apr 11. Soundstreams, www.youtube.com. online

Embodying Power and Place (plays) by New Harlem Productions. Twelve audio-visual works that honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Opens Mar 27, runs to Apr 11. Native Earth Performing Arts, www.embodyingpowerandplace.com. online

Festival of Ideas and Creation (festival). A space for artists and audiences to interrogate and investigate that which is pressing, new or challenging in artistic creation communities. Runs Mar 17-20. Canadian Stage, www.canadianstage.com.

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou (drama) by Michel Tremblay. Opens Mar 28, runs to Apr 14. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

From A Distance (comedy) by Stewart Arnott & Susan Coyne. A couple grapples with different ways of responding to the pandemic. From March 2 on. The Chekhov Collective, www.thechekhovcollective.com. online

The Gondoliers (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & W.S. Gilbert. One of two gondoliers may really be the lost King of Barataria. Opens Mar 19, runs through Apr 9. Toronto Operetta Theatre, torontooperetta.com. online

The Herd (drama) by Kenneth T. Williams. Opens Mar 11, runs to Mar 25. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

It Could Be Worse (comedy) by Steven Elliott Jackson. In 1979, Victor Buono's plans to have fun with a certain young man at a New York City bathhouse  don't go as planned. Reading. Runs Mar 19 to Mar 28. Minmar Gaslight Productions, www.facebook.com. online

The Journey (magic) by Scott Silven. The renowned illusionist invites groups of 30 into his magical home in Scotland. Runs Mar 16-28. TO Live, www.tolive.com. online

Kuumba (festival). The work of Black musicians, choreographers, authors, visual artists and thought leaders from across Canada. Runs Feb 11 to Mar 27. Harbourfront Centre, www.harbourfrontcentre.com. online

New Societies (children) by Re:Current Theatre. A combination of strategy game and interactive theatrical narrative. For ages 10+. Runs Mar 18 to Mar 28. Crow's Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com.

The Shape of a Girl (drama) by Joan MacLeod. Braidie struggles to understand the torture and killing of a teenage girl by a group of her school-mates. Opened Feb 28, runs to Mar 14. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Speculation (drama) by Leslie Ting. Using the music of Beethoven and Cage a violinist takes us through her mother's loss of vision and eventual passing. Opens Mar 17, runs to Mar 20. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca. online

Teenage Dick (comedy) by Mike Lew. Shakespeare’s Richard III reimagined as drama surrounding a high school election. Previews from Mar 23, opens Mar 26, runs to Apr 18. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

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

Une maison face au nord  (drama) by Jean-Rock Gaudreault. As a couple happily slides into its twilight years, their son is arrested for money laundering. In French with English subtitles. Runs Mar 4 to Mar 7. Théâtre français de Toronto, theatrefrancais.com. online

Where Do I Go? (performance) by Morgan-Paige Melbourne. Melbourne shares her talents inpianoand dance in an unmissable performance. Mar 27 only. Tapestry Opera, tapestryopera.com. livestreamed

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (play) by Nassim Soleimanpour. Without rehearsal an actor reads a play by an Iranian writer forbidden to leave his country. Mar 13 only. Aurora Nova, www.eventbrite.ca. online

Wil (comedy) by Dan Rosen. 26-year-old Wil Shakespeare tries to stage Romeo and Juliet at Elsinore Castle in Denmark. Reading. Runs Mar 19 to Mar 23. Actors' Fund of Canada, www.muchadoaboutwil.com. online

You Can’t Get There From Here (drama). Five fresh perspectives on Toronto’s many neighbourhoods. Runs Mar 18 to Apr 15. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online audio


Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

Opera in Miniature (operas) by various. A collection of various one-act operas. Opens Mar 12, runs to Mar 13. [student] University of Toronto Opera, music.utoronto.ca. online


CAMBRIDGE

Jazz to Broadway and Pop to Country!  (cabaret) by the Mantini Sisiters. The popular vocal trio bring their stylings to a wide range of music. Mar 14 only. Drayton Entertainment, www.draytonentertainment.com. livestreamed

Swinging Greats of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s (cabaret) by Michael Vanhevel. A survey of crooners' hits from three decades. Mar 7 only. Drayton Entertainment, www.draytonentertainment.com. livestreamed


COLLINGWOOD

Girls Nite In (comedy) by Elvira Kurt & Jennine Profeta. Stand-up and improv comedy to celebrate International Women’s Day. Mar 6 only. Theatre Collingwood, theatrecollingwood.ca. online


HAMILTON

Deadline (comedy) by Marcia Kash & Douglas E. Hughes. A famous writer of murder mysteries dies suddenly leaving two writers to complete his latest work. Runs Mar 3 to Mar 20. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. cancelled

Don Giovanni (opera) by W.A. Mozart. A notorious womanizer finally meets his comeuppance. Runs Mar 1 to Mar 31. Brott Music Festival, www.brottmusic.com. online


KINGSTON

The Sylvia Effect (drama) by Peter Hinton-Davis. An exploration of the effect Sylvia Plath had on society at large and on the people in her life. Runs Mar 12 to Mar 28. Baby Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.  postponed to October


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Private O'Flaherty, V.C. (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. An Irish soldier is embarrassed to have to recruit for the British army in his home town. Runs Mar 12 to Mar 17. Lost & Found Theatre, www.irishreallifekw.com. online


LONDON

Cabaret (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. An American writer and a British showgirl find themselves together in Berlin just before the rise of Nazis. Preview Mar 17, opens Mar 18, runs to Apr 10. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

Cyrano de Bergerac (drama) by Edmond Rostand. A large-nosed soldier agrees to woo the woman he secretly loves on behalf of a good-looking young man. Opened Feb 19, runs to Mar 6. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

Elocution: The Life of Richard B Harrison (drama) by Jeff Culbert. The true story of a Black man born in London who becomes such a famous actor in the US he makes the cover of Time magazine in 1935. Mar 14 only. Western University, westernuniversity.zoom. Zoom

In the Heights (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Three generations of a Latinx community in Manhattan dream , hope and work for a bright future. Previews from Mar 23, opens Mar 26, runs to Apr 10. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled


ORANGEVILLE

ScriptTease (festival). A festival of works in development. Runs Feb 26 to Mar 11. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

The Cave (cabaret) by John Millard & Tomson Highway. A group of animals flee from a forest fire and seek refuge in Bear’s cave where they reflect on their lives. Runs Mar 29 to Apr 1. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca. online  

The Elephant Girls (drama) by Margo MacDonald. The story of the all-female gang which terrorized London for over 100 years. Reading. Opens Mar 23, runs to Mar 27. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca. online

La Magie de la chimie - Tome 2 (magic) by Yannick Bergeron. Bergeron makes scientific experiments seem like magic. Mar 7 only. For ages 6-12. In French. Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Oleanna (drama) by David Mamet. A female student accuses her male professor of unwanted sexual attention.  Mar 18 only. In French. Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

La Sagouine (comedy) by Antoinine Maillet. An Acadian charwoman expounds her views on people and life. Mar 14 only. In French. Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

undercurrents (festival). Six locally produced shows, a mix of audio plays, live-streams and interactive app experiences. Opens Mar 10, runs to Mar 28. Ottawa Fringe Festival, undercurrentsfestival.ca. online


PETERBOROUGH

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (play) by Nassim Soleimanpour. Without rehearsal an actor reads a play by an Iranian writer forbidden to leave his country. Mar 13 only. Aurora Nova, www.eventbrite.ca. Zoom


PICTON

Broadway and Beyond (revue) by Chilina Kennedy. Kennedy gives a concert of her favourite Broadway and non-Broadway songs. Mar 20 only. Regent Theatre, www.theregenttheatre.org. livestream


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

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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.

Caesar and Cleopatra (drama) by George Bernard Shaw. Production from 2000. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

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

Elizabeth Rex (drama) by Timothy Findley. Production from 2000. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

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.

Long Day’s Journey into Night (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. Production from 1995. Runs from Oct 19 to Apr 19.

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 1992. Runs Oct 22 to Apr 19.

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 1988. Runs Oct 26 to Apr 19.

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 2010. 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.

Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2011. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.