Stage Door Listings

November 2021

Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman is one of the soloists for Mozart's Requiem presented online by the Canadian Opera Company and Against the Grain Theatre from November 26.

Photo: Marion Newman.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Angel (performance) by Edward Huizinga. A lasting testament to the uncrushable spirit of creativity involving music, dance and song. Runs Oct 28 to Nov 12. Opera Atelier, www.operaatelier.com. online

Angels’ Atlas & Serenade (ballets) by Crystal Pite & George Balanchine. A ballet about humanity’s impermanence and one celebrating formal beauty. Runs Nov 12 to Nov 27. Four seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Espiral (concert) by OKAN. Selections from the group’s Juno Award-winning album fusing jazz, folk, and global rhythms with Afro-Cuban roots. Runs from Nov 12. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

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

Jesus Christ Superstar (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The 50th anniversary tour of the musical about Jesus’s last days on earth. Runs Nov 30, 2021, to Jan 2, 2021. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Proof of vaccination required

No Change in the Weather (musical) by Bernardine Stapleton. The family and friends try to sneak the corpse for the family matriarch out of the funeral home to her family home. Runs Nov 19 to Nov 27. CAA Theatre 651 Yonge St,  www.mirvish.com. Proof of vaccination required

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 26, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Wunderbar (comedy) by Eddie Izzard. The surreal and fantastical world of Eddie Izzard touching on life, love, history and her theory of the universe. Runs Nov 5 to Nov 7. Princess of Wales Theatre, www.mirvish.com. Proof of vaccination required

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Cast Iron (drama) by Lisa Codrington. A Bajan immigrant in a Winnipeg nursing home received an unexpected visitor from Barbados. Runs Nov 19 to Nov 28. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. audio online

Lessons in Temperament (drama) by James Smith. The story of four neurodiverse brothers and the art of piano tuning. Runs Nov 13 to Nov 27. Outside the March, outsidethemarch.ca. online + live screenings

MixTape (performance) by Zorana Sadiq. Part memoir, part scientific inquiry and part love song to sounds and listening. Previews from Nov 9, opens Nov 12, runs to Nov 28. Crow's Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

The Primetime Festival (festival). Five new digital interactive experiences. Runs Oct 30 to Nov 28. Toronto Fringe Festival, fringetoronto.com. online

Sibs (comedy) by Diane Flacks & Richard Greenblatt. The lives of two siblings from babies to old age as they fight and laugh and annoy each other. Runs Nov 29 to Dec 13. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

7 Stories (comedy) by Morris Panych. A man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside. Runs Nov 12 to Nov 26. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

This Is War (drama) by Hannah Moscovitch. A corporal, two sergeants and a private are interviewed about an atrocity in Afghanistan. Runs Oct 25 to Nov 6. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

A Tonic for Desperate Times  (drama) by Theatre Gargantua. An investigation into our instinct for optimism and the surprising places hope can be found. Previews Nov 3 and 4, opens Nov 5, runs to Nov 14. St. Anne's Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin St, theatregargantua.ca. Proof of vaccination required

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

UnCovered: The Music of Dolly Parton (revue). A survey of the music of Dolly Parton in new arrangements. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 11. Koerner Hall, musicalstagecompany.com. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

Albertine in Five Times (play) by Michel Tremblay. The versions of Albertine from five decades discuss her life. Runs in Nov, dates TBA. [community] Alumnae Theatre, www.alumnaetheatre.com. online

Dara’s Dream (comedy) by Amanda Sinclair. Dara has a very strange dream the night before she and her family are to travel to Disney World. Runs Nov 13 to Nov 14. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com. Proof of vaccination required

Svadba (opera) by Ana Sokolović. Five friends celebrate with a bride-to-be. Nov 5 only. [student] Royal Conservatory of Music, www.rcmusic.com. Proof of vaccination required


BARRIE

Museum of Fiction (installation) by Matías Umpierrez. In 1990’s post-dictatorship Spain media and propaganda have become a tool to spread fiction and fear. Runs Nov 5 to Nov 13. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Un Poyo Rojo (dance) by Hermes Gaido. Jealousy, rivalry and desire erupt between two men in a gym locker room. Runs Nov 16 to Nov 20. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca. Proof of vaccination required

She Visits (drama) by Maja Ardal. An wealthy old women will pay her hometown to kill the man who jilted her. Runs Nov 23 to Nov 26. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca. Proof of vaccination required


BRAMPTON

Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken. A meek floral shop assistant discovers that a giant carnivorous plant needs feeding. Runs Nov 4 to Nov 7. [community] Rose Theatre, tickets.brampton.ca. Proof of vaccination required


BURLINGTON

Sweet Dreams: The Music of Patsy Cline (revue) by Leisa Way. A survey of the life and music of Patsy Cline. Runs Nov 18 to Nov 21. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca. Proof of vaccination required


GANANOQUE

Miss Caledonia (comedy) by Melody A. Johnson. In 1955 Peggy Ann thinks that winning a beauty pageant will be her key to stardom. Runs Nov 4 to Nov 28. 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. Proof of vaccination required


KINGSTON

The Sylvia Effect (drama) by Peter Hinton-Davis. Four actors play different aspects of the poet Sylvia Plath. Runs Oct 27 to Nov 14. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca. Proof of vaccination required

These Deeds (drama) by Craig Walker. A meeting of author Bram Stoker, cowboy Buffalo Bill and actor Henry Irving. Runs Nov 19 to Nov 20. TETT Rehearsal Hall, 370 King St, www.theatrekingston.com. Proof of vaccination required


LONDON

Grand Re:Opening Festival (festival). A multimedia festival of the arts to celebrate the Grand’s reopening for live in person performances. Runs Oct 13 to Nov 6. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


MILLBROOK

Christmas Comes to Mind (revue) by Rebecca Auerbach & Jack Nicholsen. A collection of unique songs and humorous, poignant albeit oddball stories about Christmas. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 11. Millbrook Cathedral, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca. Proof of vaccination required


MORRISBURG

Lucien in Trumpland (comedy) by Marshall Button. Lucien’s journey to Florida, his first trip outside Canada, includes an ill-fated stopover in DC. Runs Nov 16 to Nov 23. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com. Proof of vaccination required

Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree (revue) by Leisa Way. Favourite traditional and current Yuletide songs sprinkled with a dose of comedy. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 19. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com. Proof of vaccination required

Sweet Dreams (revue) by Leisa Way. A tribute to country singer Patsy Cline. Runs Nov 2 to Nov 14. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com. Proof of vaccination required


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 12, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run in repertory from Jul 7-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. Proof of vaccination required

At the Festival Theatre

Holiday Inn (musical) by Irving Berlin. A couple with showbiz backgrounds turns a Connecticut farmhouse into an inn open only on holidays. Previews from Nov 14, opens Nov 20, runs to Dec 23.

At the Royal George Theatre

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s holiday favourite. Previews from Nov 12, opens Nov 20, runs to Dec 23.

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O’Neill. A farmer’s new young bride tries to repress her passion for her husband’s son. Opened Oct 15, runs to Dec 12.


NORTH BAY

Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen to music by Tchaikovsky. A version of the famous holiday ballet influenced by the art of the Group of Seven. Runs Nov 16 only. Capitol Theatre, canadasballetjorgen.ca. Proof of vaccination required


ORANGEVILLE

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Rod Beattie. A one-man adaptation of Dickens's seasonal favourite. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 12. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca. Proof of vaccination required


ORILLIA

Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen to music by Tchaikovsky. A version of the famous holiday ballet influenced by the art of the Group of Seven. Runs Nov 27 only. Orillia Opera House, canadasballetjorgen.ca. Proof of vaccination required


OTTAWA

Advance Man (drama) by Mac Rogers. In a Floridian suburb, Bill raises his children with his wife Amelia, while leading a startup company supposedly focussed on alleviating global food shortages. Runs Nov 12 to Nov 20. [student] Kailash Mital Theatre, socknbuskin.com. Proof of vaccination required

Bygones (dance) by Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. A celebration of how we are shaped by what we overcome and how something challenging can lead to something beautiful. Runs Nov 18 to Nov 20. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Copenhagen (drama) by Michael Frayn. Why does German physicist Werner Heisenberg visit Danish physicist Niels Bohr in 1941 and does it have to do with the atomic bomb? Preview Nov 4, opens Nov 5, runs to Nov 7. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Daisy (drama) by Sean Devine. In 1964 a Madison Avenue advertising team creates the first modern political attack ad. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 17. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Entangled (drama) by Jacob Berkowitz. A look at the friendship between atomic physicist Wolfgang Pauli and psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Runs Nov 3 to Nov 7. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. online

Frequencies (drama) by Aaron Collier et al. Technology and techno music focus on familial bonds, memories and identity. Runs Nov 5 to Nov 6. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. online

Singulières (drama) by Maxime Beauregard-Martin. A documentary drama about women who choose to remain single. In French. Runs Nov 17 to Nov 20. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com. Proof of vaccination required

Winterreise (dance) by José Navas. Navas translates Schubert’s beloved 1829 song-cycle into dance. Runs Nov 10 to Nov 12. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PETROLIA

Starbright Christmas 2021 (revue). A survey of seasonal songs. Runs Nov 23 to Dec 12. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PICKERING

The Odd Couple (female version) (comedy) by Neil Simon. A sloppy sportswriter and a fastidious news writer strain their friendship by turning roommates. Runs Nov 12 to Dec 31. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com. Proof of vaccination required


PORT COLBORNE

Beyond the Sea (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. On a pier in a small town Theo and Gwen explore love, loss and the importance of looking forward. Runs Nov 16 to Dec 4. Showboat Festival Theatre, showboattheatre.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Old Love (comedy) by Neil Simon. Bud tries to win back his old love Molly now that she’s newly widowed. Runs Nov 5 to Nov 14. Showboat Festival Theatre, showboattheatre.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PORT DOVER

Old Love (comedy) by Neil Simon. Bud tries to win back his old love Molly now that she’s newly widowed. Runs Nov 17 to Dec 3. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place

The Wonder of It All (comedy) by Mark Weatherley. Can a couple rediscover the wonder of love after 25 years of marriage?. Runs Nov 2 to Nov 13. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


STIRLING

Sleeping Beauty (panto) by Ken MacDougall. Princess Slumber-Lee can’t stop napping and Prince Carmen Machiatto can’t fall asleep. Nice and naughty versions. Runs Nov 26 to Dec 31. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run from Jul 10-Oct 9 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre Canopy

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; Nov 4 to Dec 5: 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; Oct 14 to Dec 8: online

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Opened Jul 31, ran to Aug 15; Oct 1 to Nov 20: online

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26. Oct 7 to Nov 27: 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, runs to Jul 31; Oct 10 to Dec 4: online

At the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12; Oct 21 to Dec 5: online. ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; Oct 3 to Dec 4: online ★★☆☆☆

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Opened Jul 28, ran to Aug 21; Oct 2 to Nov 21: 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 Kenya-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26; Oct 28 to Nov 28: online. ★★★☆☆


THUNDER BAY

Lunenburg (comedy) by Norm Foster. An American woman inherits a house in Nova Scotia that she didn’t know existed. Runs Oct 21 to Nov 6. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required