Stage Door Listings

March 2022

ARC presents Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at the Streetcar Crowsnest in Toronto from March 1 to March 20.

Photo: Cover of Gloria. © 2017 Nick Hern Books.


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TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Bluebeard’s Castle (opera) by Béla Bartók. Bluebeard’s new wife asks to look behind each of the seven doors of his mysterious castle. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Runs Feb 26 to Jul 27. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Opened Feb 13, 2018, reopened Dec 15, 2021, booking to Mar 13, 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ★★★★★ ‑cancelled‑

Elite Syncopations/After the Rain & two new works (ballets) by Kenneth Macmillan/Christopher Wheeldon/Alysa Pires/Siphesihle November. A quadruple bill of 20th- and 21st-century works. Runs Mar 23 to Mar 27. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

Gianni Schicchi (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. A greedy family gets the trickster Gianni Schicchi to impersonate their rich recently deceased relative. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Oct 30, 2021, to April 30, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. An immigrant from the West Indies rises to become George Washington’s right-hand man. Began in Feb, dates TBA. Princess of Wales, www.mirvish.com.

In My Body (dance) by Crazy Smooth. The experience of aging in the street dance community. Runs Mar 17 to Mar 19. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Leopoldstadt (drama) by Tom Stoppard. The fortunes of a Jewish manufacturer and his Catholic wife in Austria from the Annexation through the Holocaust and beyond.  Runs Jan 22 to Mar 13. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ‑cancelled‑

Requiem (concert) by WA Mozart. This version of Mozart’s masterpiece incorporates interviews with front-line medical workers and community members affected by the pandemic. Runs from Nov 26, 2021, to May 27, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

The Sleeping Beauty (ballet) by Rudolf Nureyev to music by Tchaikovsky. A fairy curse a princess and her course to sleep for 100 years. Runs Mar 11 to Mar 20. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

A Streetcar Named Desire (ballet) by John Neumeier. A balletic version of Tennessee Williams’ play. Runs Mar 2 to Mar 6. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

2 Pianos 4 Hands (comedy) by Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt. A story of aspiring talents, piano teachers, lessons and competitions. Runs Mar 19 to May 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ‑postponed‑

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

The Antipodes (drama) by Annie Baker. A group of people sit around a table telling, cataloging and theorizing stories. Opened Jan 26, runs to Mar 6. Coal Mine Theatre, www.coalminetheatre.com. ‑postponed to Apr 2022‑

Le Club des éphémères (comedy) by Alain Doom. Five residents of a seniors’ home want to speak to a documentary filmmaker about their own lives rather than the topic of shadflies. In French with English surtitles. Runs Mar 30 to Apr 8. Théâtre français de Toronto, theatrefrancais.com.

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (comedy) by Haley McGee. McGee promises to pay off Visa with a yard sale of gifts from her exes. Opened Feb 15, runs to Mar 6. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Fantasma (opera) by Ian Cusson. Best friends Léa and Ivy as stumble upon a dark secret at an old-fashioned family carnival. Runs Mar 9, 10, 12 & 13. Canadian Opera Company Theatre, 227 Front St East, www.coc.ca.

Florence: The Lady with the Lamp (opera) by Timothy Sullivan. An opera based on the life of Florence Nightingale. In concert. Runs Mar 27 only. St. Lawrence Centre, www.operainconcert.com.

Gloria (comedy) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. An ambitious group of editorial assistants vie for a starry life of feature articles and book deals. Runs Mar 1 to Mar 20. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.

Light (drama) by Rosa Labordé. Seekers come from far and wide to discover “the truth” of their existence at an ashram devoted to meditation. Runs Feb 1 to Mar 6. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. ‑postponed to Apr‑

Orphan Song (drama) by Sean Morley Dixon. In pre-history a grief-stricken Homo sapiens couple adopts a Neanderthal child. Runs Mar 23 to Apr 24. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Orphans for the Czar (comedy) by George F. Walker. A hapless double agent in Russia tries to stay on the right side of both the revolutionaries and the czarists. Runs Mar 29 to Apr 17. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.

Other People (drama) by Daniel Brooks. An account of Brooks’s time at a silent retreat following a terminal cancer diagnosis. Runs Mar 20 to Apr 3. Baillie Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (drama) by Makambe K. Simamba. A 17-year-old Black boy finds himself in the first moments of the afterlife. Runs Mar 8 to Apr 10. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Our Place (drama) by Kanika Ambrose. Undocumented Caribbean women go to desperate lengths to get their citizenship. Previews from Mar 16, opens Mar 18, runs to Apr 2. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

Sweeney Todd (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. A barber seeks vengeance on society by killing select customers whose bodies are made into meat pies.. Runs Mar 14 to Apr 10. Venue TBA, www.tift.ca.

Torque (festival). An international contemporary dance series offering dynamic performances and singular choreographic voices from some of the world’s most celebrated companies and artists. Runs Feb 4 to May 23. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

Welcome Back to the Future (revue) by The Second City. Join actual humans in an actual theatre having actual fun as we toast being all together again. Runs Dec 3, 2021, to Mar 1, 2022. Comedy Bar, 2800 Danforth Ave, comedybar.ca.

White Girls in Moccasins (drama) by Yolanda Bonnell. Miskozi goes on a search for herself and her culture, accompanied by her inner white girl and guided by an ancestral river. Previews from Mar 8, opens Mar 10, runs to Mar 20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Year of the Rat (plays) by Augusto Bitter et al. Four connected monodramas about how the pandemic impacted four different people in the same house. Runs Feb 24 to Mar 5. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online

You Can’t Get There from Here, Vol. 2 (plays) by Majorie Chan et al. Five new audiodramas offering listeners fresh perspectives on Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Runs from Mar 3. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Hart House U of T Drama Festival 2022 (festival). Original student-written one-act plays compete for six coveted awards. Runs Mar 18 to Mar 20. [student] Hart House, Univeristy of Toronto, harthouse.ca. online

The Impossibility of Now (drama) by Y. York. Carl’s wife has to help him overcome amnesia just when she was planning to leave him. Runs Mar 11 to Apr 2. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.

Rinaldo (opera) by G.F. Handel. The knight Rinaldo tries to save his beloved Almirena from the Saracen King of Jerusalem and an enticing sorceress. Runs Mar 16 & 18. [student] Royal Conservatory of Music, www.rcmusic.com.

The Tender Land (opera) by Aaron Copland. A young woman struggles between loyalty to home and family and the need to make her own way in the world. In English with English surtitles. Runs Mar 17 to Mar 20. [student] MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, music.utoronto.ca.

The 39 Steps (comedy) by Patrick Barlow. Four actors play all the characters in this stage adaptation of the Hitchcock spy film. Runs Mar 11 to Apr 2. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net. ‑postponed to Apr 2022‑


BARRIE

The Archive of Missing Things  (performance) by Zuppa Theatre. The audience embarks on an adventure to uncover clues and discover the secret within the Archive. Runs Mar 21 to Apr 2. Library TBA in Barrie, www.tift.ca.

The Niceties (drama) by Eleanor Burgess. A meeting between professor and student explodes into a debate about race, privilege and the generational divide. Runs Mar 24 to Apr 1. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca.

Untitled Flamingo Play (drama) by Nathaniel Hanula-James. A queer child searches for their identity in a world populated by an eclectic cast of characters. Runs Mar 10 to Mar 19. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca.


BRANTFORD

The Mush Hole (dance) by Santee Smith. An examination of life in Canada’s first Indian residential school, The Mohawk Institute. Runs Mar 30 only. Sanderson Centre, www.sandersoncentre.ca.

No Woman’s Land (dance) by Roshanak Jaberi. An examination of the plight and resistance of women in refugee camps. Runs Mar 10 only. Sanderson Centre, www.sandersoncentre.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

The Sugarmakers (opera) by Arthur Sullivan & WS Gilbert. The G&S operetta The Gondoliers set in Canada. Runs from Mar 19. Fuse,  www.fuseart.org. online ‑postponed‑


HAMILTON

Made in Italy (comedy) by Farren Timoteo. A second-generation Italian teen comes of age in 1970s Jasper, Alberta. Runs Feb 23 to Mar 12. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

Pat & Skee (comedy) by Sky Gilbert. Gilbert plays himself in this play about his parents’ divorce when he was young. Runs Feb 25 to Mar 12. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Mercy (drama) by Drew Carnwath. A female lawyer and a high end prostitute square off in a battle of wills, wit and intelligence.  Runs Mar 10 to Mar 26. Baby Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.

The Mush Hole (dance) by Santee Smith. An examination of life in Canada’s first Indian residential school, The Mohawk Institute. Runs Mar 24 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.

No Woman’s Land (dance) by Roshanak Jaberi. An examination of the plight and resistance of women in refugee camps. Runs Mar 8 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.


LONDON

Controlled Damage (drama) by Andrea Scott. Black business woman Viola Desmond challenges segregation rules in Nova Scotia in 1946.  Previews from Feb 22, opens Feb 25, runs to Mar 12. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. ‑postponed to 2022/23‑

Grow (musical) by Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal. Twin Mennonite sisters go on Rumspringa to explore the modern world. Previews from Mar 29, opens Apr 1, runs to Apr 20. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. ‑postponed to Apr 2022‑

L’Elisir d’amore (opera) by Gaitano Donizetti. Nemorino buys a fake love potion from the charlatan Dulcamara hoping that the wealthy Adina will fall for him. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Mar 6 to Mar 7. [student] Paul Davenport Theatre, Western University, music.uwo.ca.

Room (drama) by Emma Donaghue. Kidnapped as a teenager, Ma has been locked inside a room in her captor’s garden for seven years and now has a 5-year-old son.  Previews from Mar 8, opens Mar 11, runs to Mar 19. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


MISSISSAUGA

Fefu and Her Friends (drama) by María Irene Fornés. Fefu and her seven female friends rehearse presentation for a charity benefit.  Runs Feb 17 to Mar 6. [student] Theatre Erindale, www.utm.utoronto.ca. online

A Servant of Two Masters (comedy) by Carlo Goldoni. Truffaldino tries to double his income by working for two master at the same time. Runs Mar 17 to Mar 27. [student] Theatre Erindale, www.utm.utoronto.ca. online


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs July 16, 2021, booking to Sep 30, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆ ‑no shows in Mar‑


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2022:

The plays run in repertory from Feb 9-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.

At the Royal George Theatre

Cyrano de Bergerac (drama) by Edmond Rostand. A swordsman and poet with a large nose helps a handsome young man woo the woman he secretly loves. Previews from Mar 20, opens Mar 26, runs to May 8.


NORTH BAY

Clockwork Mysteries (magic) by Ted Outerbridge. The largest and most successful touring illusion show in Canada. Runs Mar 25 only. Capitol Centre, capitolcentre.org.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Anne of Green Gables (comedy) by Peter DeLaurier. A stage adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel. Runs Mar 11 to Mar 19. [student] Kailash Mital Theatre, socknbuskin.com.

Beauty and the Beast (opera) by André Grétry. A children’s opera based on the famous fairy tale. Runs Mar 26 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

Black and Blue Matters (musical) by Omari Newton. Two sides face off in a deconstructed jury trial that takes the form of a rap battle. Runs Mar 15 to Mar 26. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Blissful State of Surrender (comedy) by Santia Fejzić. Cultures clash in a Bosnian-Canadian family between the parents and their three daughters. Runs Feb 22 to Mar 6. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Cats (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The cats described by T.S. Eliot meet for a celebration. Runs Mar 14 to Mar 16. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

The Columnist (drama) by David Auburn. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop, the nation's most influential journalist, is courted by the Washington world. Runs Mar 30 to Apr 16. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Cutlass Spring (dance) by Dana Michel. Michel explores her own personal history and the impulses hidden within it. Runs Mar 10 to Mar 12. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Les dix commandements de Dorothy Dix (drama) by Stéphanie Jasmin. The memory of a woman whose life spanned the entire 20th century. In French. Runs Mar 9 to Mar 12. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Dog Rising (dance) by Clara Furey. Three celestial bodies launched into orbit vibrate in a lustful and hypnotic ritual. Runs Mar 17 to Mar 19. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

The Guitrys (comedy) by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt. The play that Sacha Guitry ought to have written about his life with Yvonne Printemps. In French. Runs Mar 16 to Apr 10. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

Heartlines (drama) by Sarah Waisvisz. The lives of two secretly Jewish, lesbian life partners active in the French Resistance during World War II. Runs Mar 22 to Apr 3. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Hermanitas (children) by Isabelle Payant. The story in puppetry of two twin girls – one white, one brown. For ages 2½ to 5. Runs Mar 25 to Mar 27. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Ladies Night - Last Call (comedy) by Anthony McCarten & Stephen Sinclair. A Québécois adaptation of the play The Full Monty. Runs Mar 13 to Mar 14. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Laitue matinale (comedy) by Lionel Lehouillier & Dillon Orr. Two rival and brotherly friends face gender identity and the French language. In French. Runs Mar 1 to Mar 5. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Rather a Ditch (dance) by Clara Furey. Several “existential dance experiments” explore the porosity between life and death. Runs Mar 17 to Mar 19. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman rather than the soldier she may have killed. Runs Feb 24 to Mar 6. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

The Secrets of Primrose Square (drama) by Claudia Carroll. The lives of three female neighbours explode when one reveals news she's been keeping to herself. Runs Feb 17 to Mar 5. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.

Trois soeurs (drama) by Anton Chekhov. Three sisters feel that their lives are stifled by living in the country. In French. Runs Mar 11 to Mar 12. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Violence (drama) by Marie Brassard. An ode to the gravity and beauty of children’s imagination and an exploration of catastrophe and the power of art. In French. Runs Mar 3 to Mar 5. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


PETERBOROUGH

Menopause The Musical (musical) by Jeanie Linders. Four women at a lingerie sale sing about the “change” to tunes from the ’60s to ’80s. Runs Mar 31 only. Showplace Performance Centre, menopausethemusical.com.


PICKERING

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (comedy) by Ron Clark & Sam Bobrick. Caught in a love triangle, three characters attempt to commit the perfect crime. Runs Feb 11 to Mar 16. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com.


PORT HOPE

BOOM (performance) by Rick Miller. Miller plays over 100 politicians, activists and musicians from the years 1945-1969. Runs Mar 10 to Mar 20. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


ST. CATHARINES

The Mush Hole (dance) by Santee Smith. An examination of life in Canada’s first Indian residential school, The Mohawk Institute. Runs Mar 22 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

No Woman’s Land (dance) by Roshanak Jaberi. An examination of the plight and resistance of women in refugee camps. Runs Mar 11 & 12. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca. ‑cancelled‑


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays ran live from Jul 10 to Oct 9, 2021, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome.

On Stratfest@Home

Finally There’s a Sun: A Cabaret of Resilience (cabaret) by Sara Farb & Steve Ross. A musical journey through a year of enormous change and growth. Ran Sep 12 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Mar 7 to Nov 4, 2022: online

Freedom: Spirit and Legacy of Black Music (cabaret) by Beau Dixon. How Black music became the basis for much of the popular music we hear today. Ran Aug 21 to Sep 5, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Oct 14, 2022: online

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; runs Jan 10 to Sep 16, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Ran Jul 31 to Aug 15, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Sep 23, 2022 on: online

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26; runs Feb 28 to Oct 7, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Ran Jul 28 to Aug 21, 2021; runs Jan 10 to Sep 30, 2022: online ★★★★☆

Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenyan-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Feb 7 to Oct 28, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

Why We Tell The Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13 to Jul 21, 2021; runs Jan 31 to Sep 2, 2022: online

You Can’t Stop the Beat (cabaret) by Thom Allison. A celebration of the power of musical theatre in troubled times. Ran Jul 18 to Jul 31, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Sep 9, 2022: online


SUDBURY

Manman la mer (comedy) by Djennie Laguerre. An exploration of Haitian spirituality and mother-daughter relations. In French. Runs Mar 17 to Mar 19. Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.

Ti-jean de partout (children) by Marie-Thé Morin. Morin tells stories about Ti-jean, a character of traditional French-Canadian folklore. In French. Runs Saturdays, Nov 1, 2021, to Mar 12, 2022. Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.


THUNDER BAY

Smarty Pants (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. A man has invented wearable tech – smart underwear that can control your home. Runs Mar 10 to Mar 26. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

No Woman’s Land (dance) by Roshanak Jaberi. An examination of the plight and resistance of women in refugee camps. www.jaberidt.com.

• Mar 9-10: Market Hall Theatre, Peterborough

• Mar 11-12: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines

• Mar 14-16: Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto


Shen Yun 2022 (dance).  A celebration of 5000 years of Chinese culture before Communism. www.shenyun.com.

• Mar 18-20: National Arts Centre, Ottawa

• Mar 22-23: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton

• Mar 25-29: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga