Stage Door Listings

November 2020

The National Ballet of Canada will not present The Sleeping Beauty choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev November 19-29.

Photo: Heather Ogden and Herrison James in The Sleeping Beauty. © 2020 Teresa Wood.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Angel’s Atlas/Serenade/The Four Seasons (ballets) by Crystal Pite/George Balanchine/James Kudelka. A triple bill of 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces. Opens Nov 11, runs to Nov 15. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.  cancelled

BLINDNESS (sound installation) by Simon Stephens. An epidemic of blindness overruns a city. Begns Nov 17. Princess of Wales Theatre, www.mirvish.com. Covid safety measures in pace.

The Magic Flute (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Tamino is asked to rescue Pamina from the clutches of the sorceror Zarastro. In English with English surtitles. Opened Oct 22, runs to Nov 1. Elgin Theatre, www.operaatelier.com. cancelled

The Marriage of Figaro (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Figaro's employer, the Count, wants to sleep with Figaro's fiancée before Figaro's wedding. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Oct 20, runs to Nov 7. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. cancelled

The Sleeping Beauty (ballet) by Rudolf Nureyev to music by Tchaikovsky. A prince awakens a princess who has been put to sleep for 100 years. Opens Nov 19, runs to Nov 29. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.  cancelled

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

acts of faith (drama) by David Yee. A solo play written to be streamed about life during the pandemic. Livestreamed. Opens Nov 19, runs to Nov 28. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Dance Nation (performance) by Clare Barron. An army of pre-teen competitive dancers hope to win a national dance competition. Previews from Nov 10, opens Nov 13, runs to Dec 6. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum (drama) by Eric Woolfe. A troubled civilization has developed inside the stomach of a giant space worm. Online. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 5. Eldritch Theatre, www.eventbrite.ca.

Festival of Ideas and Creation (festival). Three mini-festivals about the future of live arts. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 4. Online, www.canadianstage.com.

Fragile (children) by Robert Leveroos. Using two- and three-dimensional paper models, Leveroos shows three generations of people facing pivotal moments. For ages 5+. Opens Nov 14, runs to Nov 15. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Groundswell Festival (festival). A festival of new works, conversations and workshops. Online. Opens Nov 10, runs to Nov 20. Nightwood Theatre, www.nightwoodtheatre.net/groundswell-festival.

Happy Hour (comedy) by The Second City. A hilarious cocktail of interactive games, special guests, music, sketch comedy, and suggestion-driven improv. Online. Thursdays, Sep 17 to Nov 5. The Second City, www.tixr.com/groups/secondcity.

Harbinger (movement) by Ame Henderson. Dance techniques are presented as manifestations of care and empathy. Runs Nov 5 to Nov 7. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

Little Dickens (comedy) by Ronnie Burkett. A naughty, adults-only puppet version of A Christmas Carol. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 20. For ages 16+. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

Mercurial George (dance) by Dana Michel. Michel becomes the archeologist of her own persona. Runs Nov 12 to Nov 14. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

P.O.R.N. (Portrait of Restless Narcissism) (dance) by Christian Lapointe & Nadia Ross. A searing portrait of the objectification and commodification of our contemporary relationships. Runs Nov 19 to Nov 21. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

7 Stories (comedy) by Morris Panych. Opens Oct 25, runs to Nov 1. Acoustic streaming. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

The Stream You Step In (plays). A collection of four originl plays written specifically for Zoom about current issues. Runs Nov 5-8 & Nov 19-22. Zoom. Outside the March, outsidethemarch.ca.

This Is War (drama) by Hannah Moscovitch. Four troops serving in Afghanistan are interviewed about an horrific incident. Opened Oct 25, runs to Nov 8. Acoustic streaming. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

A Thousand Ways, Part 1 (performance) by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone. A phone call gives directions you and a stranger to take an hour-long journey together. Opens Nov 11. Live telephone experience, www.canadianstage.com.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Seven Deadly Sins / Lucrezia (operas) by Kurt Weill / William Bolcom. The story of two sisters – one a cynical singer, the other an emotional dancer – and an opera about a seducress to takes charge of her destiny. Opens Nov 6, runs to Nov 7. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com.


BURLINGTON

The ALTdot Comedy Lounge (comedy). A variety of stand-up comedy. Runs Nov 27 to Nov 28. Burlington PAC, 905-681-6000, burlingtonpac.ca.

A Poe Cabaret (cabaret) by Tom Allen. A celebration in word and song of Edgar Allen Poe. Nov 8 only. Burlington PAC, 905-681-6000, burlingtonpac.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A young woman takes on the management of a household of children and their moody father. Opens Nov 26, runs to Dec 20. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


HAMILTON

Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A father comes to see his estranged daughter and her wife after a 20-year-long estrangement. Runs Oct 28 to Nov 14. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. cancelled


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Hansel & Gretel (opera) by Engelbert Humperdinck. A brother and sister get lost in a forest with a child-eating witch. Nov 14 only. [community] Waterloo Collegiate Institute, 300 Hazel St, www.vcopera.ca.


LONDON

Annie (musical) by Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin. During the Great Depression an orphan’s life changes when she is adopted by a New York billionaire. Previews from Nov 24, opens Nov 27, runs to Dec 27. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

User Not Found (comedy) by Chris Goode. Audiences overhear a man via headphones dealing with what will happen to his online presence after he dies. Preview Nov 17, opens Nov 18, runs to Dec 5. Commonwealth Coffee Company, 478 Richmond St, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs July 30, 2020, booking to May 12, 2021. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Physical distancing in place.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 8-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.

Cole Porter Revue (revue). A selection of music by Cole Porter.

Nov 5: Studio Theatre

Nov 11: Studio Theatre

Nov 14: Studio Theatre

Nov 20: Studio Theatre

Dorothy Fields Revue (revue). A selection of songs with lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

Nov 4: Studio Theatre

Nov 7: Studio Theatre

Nov 13: Studio Theatre

Nov 19: Studio Theatre

Duke Ellington Revue (revue). A selection of music by Duke Ellington.

Nov 6: Studio Theatre

Nov 12: Studio Theatre

Nov 18: Studio Theatre

At the Festival Theatre

Me and My Girl (musical) by Noel Gay & L. Arthur Rose. A proud Cockney discovers he is the new Earl of Hareford. Previews from Nov 8, opens Nov 21, runs to Dec 23. cancelled

At the Royal George Theatre

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s well-known story. Previews from Nov 8, opens Nov  14, runs to Dec 23. cancelled


OTTAWA

Anastasia (musical) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. An amnesiac street-sweeper wants to discover if she is really the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Opened Oct 27, runs to Nov 1. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled

Becky’s New Car (comedy) by Steven Dietz. Becky feels stuck in middle age when an attractive millionaire walks into her life.  Opens Nov 20, runs to Nov 28. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca. cancelled

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. Opens Nov 24, runs to Dec 13. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled


PICKERING

Performances at the Herongate Barn Theatre for 2020 have been cancelled.


PORT PERRY

Outside the Lines (comedy) by Rob Corbett. A passionate volunteer out to save the world meets a charismatic but self-centred and irresponsible artist. Staged reading. Nov 7 only. Anglican Church of the Ascension, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place.


ST.  JACOBS

Evita (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Eva Duarte climbs from poverty to become the most powerful woman in South America. Previews from Oct 14, opened Oct 16, runs to Nov 1. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

We’ll Meet Again (comedy) by Alex Mustakas. A celebration of the songs from World I to World War II. Opened Sep 25, runs to Dec 20. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


STIRLING

Sleeping Beauty – The Panto (panto) by Ken MacDougall. Cursed by a sorceress, the Princess can't stop sleeping and the Prince can't fall asleep. Naughty and nice versions. Runs Nov 20 to Dec 31. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


STRATFORD

Instant Theatre (comedy) by Spontaneous Theatre. The audience watches the first scene of four different plays and then decides which play to continue watching to the conclusion. Thursday, Oct 16 to Nov 29 (except Oct 29). Revival House, 519-273-3424, www.revival.house. Physical distancing in place.

Mimi: LIVE! (comedy) by Rebecca Northan. Mimi's date has stood her uup so a "famous actor" steps in to take his place. Online. Fridays, from April 17, 2020. Spontaneous Theatre, www.youtube.com/channel.

Murder at the Bruce (comedy) by Spontaneous Theatre. After overhearing private conversations and following characters about the hotel, the audience decides who committed murder. Weekends, Oct 23 to Nov 14. Bruce Hotel, www.thebruce.ca/murder.  cancelled

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 11-Nov 1 in in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

Performances suspended for the 2020 season

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Two murderesses compete for the skills of a shady lawyer. Opened May 26, runs to Nov 1.

At the Avon Theatre

Wendy & Peter Pan (children) by Ella Hickson. Wendy looks for lost brother in Neverland. Opened May 27, runs to Nov 1.


SUDBURY

The Case of the Missing A.Y. Jackson (drama) by Judi Straughan. In the dead of night on August 9, 1974, two original A.Y. Jackson paintings went missing. Nov 8 only. [student] Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. Physical distancing in place.


THUNDER BAY

This Is How We Got Here (drama) by Keith Barker. A mysterious fox visits the parents still grieving their son’s suicide. Runs Oct 24 to Nov 9. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com. cancelled