Stage Door Listings

November 2020

Toronto’s Factory Theatre will presents David Yee’s acts of faith livestreamed November 19-28.

Photo: Natasha Mumba. © 2020 Dahlia Katz.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Angels’ 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. Begins Nov 17. Princess of Wales Theatre, www.mirvish.com. postponed


The Magic Flute (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Tamino is asked to rescue Pamina from the clutches of the sorcerer 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. Opens Nov 19, runs to Nov 28. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. ★★★☆☆ livestreamed

Assassinating Thompson (drama) by Bruce Horak. The tale of Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s unsolved murder. Nov 24 only. Common Boots Theatre, zoom.us. livestreamed

CERB Your Enthusiam (comedy) by The Second City. The troupe takes on the psychosis of living through a pandemic alone. Nov 14 only. The Second City, www.tixr.com. livestreamed

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. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 5. Eldritch Theatre, www.eventbrite.ca. online

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

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

Ghost Quartet: In Concert (musical) by David Malloy. A song-cycle of four interwoven ghost stories. In concert. Opened Oct 27, runs to Nov 7. Crow's Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. online

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

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

Idiot Vision (variety). Live and pre-recorded musical events, theatrical performances and more. Opens Nov 27, runs to Nov 28. Grand Canyon Theatre and Not For Function Network, www.instagram.com, online  

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

A Little Too Cozy (opera) By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Così fan tutte is reimagined as a dating game-style televion show. In English. Opens Nov 19, runs to Nov 25. Against the Grain Theatre,  www.facebook.com. online

Love Songs - A Saxophony (song cycle) by Ana Sokolović. A survey of all aspects of love for soprano and saxophone. Nov 28 onwards. Tapestry Opera, tapestryopera.com. online

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

Mirror, Mirror (opera) by Anna Pidgorna. A mini-opera reinterpreting the Snow White fairy tale. From Oct 28 onwards. Essential Opera, essentialopera.com. online

The Old Man and the River (children) by Lynda Hill & Thomas Morgan Jones A magical creature jumps into the life of a grumpy old man. For age 3+. Nov 29 only. Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Ave, www.alliance-francaise.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

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. A man on the seventh storey ledge of a building becomes involved in the residents disputes. Opens Nov 12, runs to Nov 26. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Sibs (comedy) by Diane Flacks & Richard Greenblatt. Adult siblings dealing with their parents’ estate recall their growing up. Opened Nov 29, runs to Dec 13. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

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. online

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. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

A Thousand Ways (Part 1): A Phone Call (performance) by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone. A phone call gives directions you and a stranger to take an hour-long journey together. Runs Nov 4-29. Canadian Stage, www.canadianstage.com. telephonic

UnCovered: Notes from the Heart (revue). Canadian music theatre stars cover songs by Elton John, Bob Marley, Carole King, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. Runs Nov 11 to Dec 6. The Musical Stage Company, musicalstagecompany.com. online

Weesageechak Begins to Dance (festival). The 33rd annual celebration of new indigenous theatre, dance, and multidisciplinary creations. Opens Nov 25, runs to Dec 6. Native Earth Performing Arts, www.nativeearth.ca. online    


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. Nov 20 only. [student] Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. online


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. postponed

Into the Woods (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Characters from various fairy tales meet each other in the woods. In concert. Opens Nov 27, runs to Dec 6. Burlington PAC, 905-681-6000, burlingtonpac.ca. postponed

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. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


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


COLLINGWOOD

The Missing Pages (drama) by Tom Allen. Words and music imagine what happened when Canadian Theordor Molt met Beethoven in 1825. Opens Nov 13, runs to Nov 15. Theatre Collingwood, 705-445-2200, tickets.theatrecollingwood.ca. online


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. online

UNMUTE: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Gender-Based Violence (drama) by Cedric Martin, Lindsey Middleton & Kimberlee Walker. A forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence during COVID-19. Nov 23, 25, Dec 3 & 5. Theatre of the Beat, theatreofthebeat.ca. Zoom performance


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. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures 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. Covid safety procedures in place

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. Covid safety procedures in place

Nov 4: Studio Theatre

Nov 7: Studio Theatre

Nov 13: Studio Theatre

Nov 19: Studio Theatre

Nov 27: Studio Theatre

Nov 28: Studio Theatre

Duke Ellington Revue (revue). A selection of music by Duke Ellington. Covid safety procedures in place

Nov 6: Studio Theatre

Nov 12: Studio Theatre

Nov 18: Studio Theatre

Nov 25: Studio Theatre

Nov 26: 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


NORTH BAY

Creations in Isolation (ballet). Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and other classic ballets performed by Ballet Jörgen. Opens Nov 27, runs to Nov 29. Capitol Centre, capitolcentre.org. Covid safety procedures in place


ORANGEVILLE

Phantoms of the Opera House (variety). A mixture of scary readings, plays, songs and videos from local stars. Runs Oct 30 to Nov 13. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online

Rage Against Violence (drama) by Gary Kirkham & Dwight Storring. A glimpse into the real-life stories of women who have experienced domestic violence. Opens Nov 5, runs to Nov 7. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online


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

ArohaFest (musical). A bilingual festival celebrating the arts of India featuring dance, music, visual arts, yoga and Bollywood. Nov 21 only. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca. livestreamed

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

La Queens (drama) by Jean Marc Dalpé. Two sisters clash over whether to sell or keep the Northern Ontario motel they own. Staged reading in French. Live Nov 27 only. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. audio online


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.  CATHARINES

A Christmas Tree (comedy) by Norm Foster. A husband and wife debate what Christmas treee to buy. Stage reading. Opens Dec 4, runs to Dec 19. Foster Festival, fosterfestival.com. online

Drag Queen Music Bingo (performance) by Fluffy Soufflé. Play bingo with songs from the '80s and '90s instead of number on your bingo card. Opens Nov 20, runs to Nov. 21. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.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. cancelled


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 19 (except Oct 29). Revival House, 519-273-3424, www.revival.house. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures 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. Fridays, from April 17, 2020. Spontaneous Theatre, www.youtube.com. online

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.  cancelled

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2020:

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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.


SUDBURY

Bed & Breakfast (drama) by Mark Crawford. A gay couple gives up their jobs in the city to start a B&B in a small town. Runs Nov 26 to Dec 13. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place.

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. Covid safety procedures in place.


THUNDER BAY

The Drowning Girls (drama) by Beth Graham et al. Three brides recount the evidence against the charming con man who murdered them. Runs Nov 12-28. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place.

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