Stage Door Listings

May 2022

The Soulpepper Theatre Company presents Where the Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring in Toronto from May 26 to June 26.

Illustration: Cover of Where the Blood Mixes. © 2009 Talonbooks.


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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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (drama) by Jack Thorne. 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a new generation arrives at Hogwarts and a new menace threatens the world. Begins May 31. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In his curio cabinet an ambitious inventor defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Runs Apr 14 to May 23. Grand Chaptiteau, Ontario Place, www.cirquedusoleil.com. ★★★★☆

The Magic Flute (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Tamino attempts to save Pamina from the clutches of the wizard Sarastro. In German with English surtitles. Runs May 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 19 & 21. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Pressure (drama) by David Haig. The launch of D-Day in 1944 depends on the most important weather forecast of all time.  Runs Apr 19 to May 29. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

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

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.  Runs Apr 5 to May 8. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Crypto (dance) by Guillaume Côté to music by Mikael Karlsson. A ground-breaking work that explores forced displacement and the human need to control and transform beauty. Runs May 5 to May 7. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.  

La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father attempts to stop his son’s love affair with a courtesan. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs May 1, 3, 7, 12, 18 & 20. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Wild Kratts Live! (children). A new stage show based on the hit animated television series about zoologogist brothers. Runs May 15 only. Meridian Hall, 1 Front St East, www.meridianhall.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

among men (drama) by David Yee. A  portrait of the friendship of two male poets whose work will change Canadian literature forever. Runs Apr 23 to May 15. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Bâtardes (drama) by Jade Barshee. Born to a Tibetan father and a Québecoise mother, Jade and her sister search for their indentity. In French with English captions. Runs May 28 to Jun 4. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

CoMotion (festival). An international Deaf and disability arts festival. Runs Apr 20 to May 1. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

Crippled (drama) by Paul David Power. Tony wants to escape a life in Newfoundland that he no longer wants to lead until a stranger appears. Runs May 12 to May 21. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

Detroit (drama) by Lisa D’Amour. In a suburb of Detroit Ben and Mary invite their new neighbours, about whom they know nothing, over for a barbecue. Opened Apr 13, runs to May 22. Coal Mine Theatre, www.coalminetheatre.com. ‑postponed to Jul 2022‑

Distant Early Warning (comedy) by Justin Miller. In the scorched Arctic Circle, a fanatic group of survivors gathers around the planet’s last standing radar dish. Previews from May 17, opens May 19, runs to May 29. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

The Great Divide (drama) by Alix Sobler. The story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which killed 146 workers, most of them recent female immigrants. Runs Apr 30 to May 15. Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, hgjewishtheatre.com.

The Herd (drama) by Kenneth T. Williams. Culture, science and politics collide when a media circus and a ‘new age mob’ descend on a First Nation herd when twin white bison are born. Runs May 11 to Jun 12. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.  

Is God Is (drama) by Aleshea Harris. On her deathbed a mother demands that her twin daughters kill their father. Runs May 3 to May 22. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.  

Junior (festival). A multidisciplinary festival for children ages 4–14. Runs May 21 to May 23. Harbourfront Centre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

The Mother of Us All (opera) by Virgil Thomson. The story of Susan B. Anthony and the women's sufferage movement. In concert. Runs May 22 only. St. Lawrence Centre, www.operainconcert.com.

A Northern Lights Dream (operetta) by Michael Rose. The events of Shakespeare’s comedy are reset in the village of Shakespeare, Ontario. Runs May 5, 6 & 7. St. Lawrence Centre, www.stlc.com.

Pipeline (drama) by Dominique Morisseau. The story of a single mother’s fight to give her son a better future. Opened Apr 14, runs to May 8. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

R.U.R. A Torrent of Light (opera) by Nicole Lizée. In the near future androids serve their human owners and an AI company is about to make a controversial breakthrough. Runs May 24 to Jun 5, Great Hall, OCAD University, tapestryopera.com.

Scored in Silence (drama) by Chisato Minamimura. Using visual and vibration technology the story of the few people who survived the atomic bomb attack on Japan in 1945. Runs May 5 to May 7. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

A Song by Mahler (opera) by Marc Neikrug. A celebrated soprano, famous for her rendition of Mahler, develops early onset Alzheimer’s. Runs May 5 only. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com.

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.

Where the Blood Mixes (drama) by Kevin Loring. Christine returns to her First Nations community to reconnect with her father. Previews from May 26, opens Jun 2, runs to Jun 26. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Wildfire (comedy) by David Paquet. Claudette, Claudia, Claudine, Carol, Callum and Caroline are all haunted by a family history of childhood trauma. Runs May 28 to Jun 19. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

Gloria’s Guy (comedy) by Meg Gibson. Old high school friends play matchmaker when Gloria meets Guy for the first time in 20 years. Runs Apr 29 to May 21. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.


BARRIE

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. May 7 only. Five Points Theatre, www.cashtributeshow.com.


BRANTFORD

Wild Kratts Live! (children). A new stage show based on the hit animated television series about zoologogist brothers. Runs May 16 only. Sanderson Centre, www.sandersoncentre.ca.


GANANOQUE

Back in ’59 (musical) by Thom Currie. Four friends attending their 10-year high school reunion reminisce about the ’50s and ’60s. Runs May 26 to Jun 11. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


HAMILTON

The Hours That Remain (drama) by Keith Barker. Denise has spent the last five years investigating the disappearance of her sister. Runs Apr 20 to May 7. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

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 Apr 26 to May 7. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


LINDSAY

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. May 14 only. Academy Theatre, www.cashtributeshow.com.


LONDON

An Evening of Exceptional Silliness (comedy) by John Cleese. Cleese shares hilarious insights from his life and career. Runs May 4 only. Budweiser Gardens, www.uniquelives.com.


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. ★★★★☆


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 Festival Theatre

Damn Yankees (musical) by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. A man makes a deal with the Devil to save his beloved baseball team, the Washington Senators. Previews from Apr 23, opens May 19, runs to Oct 9.

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. John pretends to be Algernon’s wicked brother Ernest to visit Algy’s cousin Cecily in the country. Previews from May 18, opens Jun 16, runs to Oct 9.

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. Opened Mar 26, runs to May 8.

Gaslight (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. A new adaptation of the 1938 thriller about a husband who tries to convince his wife that she is going insane. Previews from May 4, opens May 19, runs to Oct 9.  

At the Studio Theatre

Too True to Be Good (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A nurse and her boyfriend rob and kidnap the nurse’s patient and flee to a far-off outpost of the Britsh Empire. Previews from May 12, opens May 26, runs to Oct 9.


OAKVILLE

Happy End (musical) by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht. A 1929 musical about the romance between a Salvation Army worker and gang leader. Runs May 27 to Jun 1. [student] Theatre Sheridan, www.sheridancollege.ca. online

Head Over Heels (musical) by Jeff Whitty. The story of Sir Philip Sidney's 1593 novel Arcadia paired with the songs of The Go-Gos. Runs May 13 to May 18. [student] Theatre Sheridan, www.sheridancollege.ca. online

Twelfth Night (musical) by Shaina Taub. A musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy. Runs May 20 to May 25. [student] Theatre Sheridan, www.sheridancollege.ca. online


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

L' Affaire de Donovan Mac Phee (drama) by Franck Didier. After the 60-year-old heiress of an industrial empire announces she will marry, her fiancé is found murdered. In French. Runs May 11 to Jun 5. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

Anastasia (musical) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. A young woman suspects she may the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Runs Apr 26 to May 1. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Calpurnia (comedy) by Audrey Dwyer. A young woman attempts to rewrite To Kill a Mockingbird from the point of view of Atticus Finch’s Black maid. Runs Apr 27 to May 7. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Huit femmes (drama) by Robert Thomas. Eight women are staying in a chalet on Christmas Eve, but one of them has killed the master of the house. In French. Runs May 18 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

Mille mauvais choix (comedy) by Louis-José Houde. A treatise on the deceptions and waywardness of choices of the heart. Runs May 20 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Speaking Vibrations (performance) by Jo-Anne Bryan et al. An immersive, inclusive and multi-sensory experience in ASL song/poetry, music, tap and dance. Runs May 24 to Jun 4. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Utopie (comedy) by Jean-Marc Parent. Parent gives us a vision of an utopian universe without ageing and illness. In French. Runs May 2 to May 3 & Jun 7 to Jun 9. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Witness for the Prosecution (drama) by Agatha Christie. A young man stands accused of murdering a rich widow in post-war England. Runs May 4 to May 21. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.


PICKERING

Broken Up (comedy) by Nick Hall. Meg moves into her new apartment and out of her old marriage. Runs Apr 1 to May 14. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com.

Jenny’s House of Joy (comedy) by Norm Foster. It’s 1871 and Jenny runs the best little house of ill-repute in her corner of the Wild West. Runs May 20 to Jul 3. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com.


PORT STANLEY

Gabs Sings Babs (cabaret) by Gabi Epstein. Epstein shares her own journey of self-discovery through her idol Barbra Streisand’s greatest hits. Runs May 31 to Jun 4. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


RAMA

Mansion of Dreams  (magic) by Rick Thomas. Intriguing and innovative grand illusions that combine magic, music and dance. Runs May 7 only. Casino Rama, www.casinorama.com.


ST. CATHARINES

An Evening of Exceptional Silliness (comedy) by John Cleese. Cleese shares hilarious insights from his life and career. Runs May 3 only. FirstOntario PAC, www.uniquelives.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run from Apr 6 to Oct 29, 2022, 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.

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. In the Roaring Twenties an aspiring chorus girl and a fading vaudeville star each face trial for murder. Previews from Apr 6, opens Jun 3, runs to Oct 28.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet's father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Previews from May 14, opens Jun 2, runs to Oct 28.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England. Previews from May 10, opens Jun 4, runs to Oct 28.

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

This One (comedy) by Denise Mader. For her niece’s birthday, Denise has challenged herself to make a pie from scratch for the first time. Runs Apr 21 to May 7. Sudbury Theatre Centre, sudburytheatre.com.


THUNDER BAY

Man of La Mancha (musical) by Dale Wasserman & Mitch Leigh. Don Quixote tells the story of his adventures while in prison. Runs Apr 21 to May 14. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


WINDSOR

Windsor-Walkerville Fringe (festival). A festival of new work by at least ten different theatre companies. Various venues, www.windsorwalkervillefringefest.com.