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.


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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.

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.

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. ★★★☆☆

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 27, 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.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

acts of faith (drama) by David Yee. A Zambian girl leaves her country hoping to leave her past behind. Opens Oct 20, runs to Dec 2. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. ★★★☆☆ online

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

Draw Me Close (drama) by Jordan Tannhill. Live performance, virtual reality, and animation create a vivid memoir about the 25-year relationship between a mother and her son. Runs Nov 2 to Dec 12. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Groundswell Festival (festival). A digital festival of new work by playwrights who identify as female. Runs Nov 10 to Nov 17. Nightwood Theatre, www.nightwoodtheatre.net. 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.

Music & Magic  (magic) by Marco Cera. Magic by Nicholas Wallace accompanied by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Runs Oct 28 to Nov 4. Taflemusik, www.tafelmusik.org. online

A Perfect Day (dance) by Laurence Lemieux. Lemieux takes us on a self-reflective journey through her career in dance. Nov 4 to Nov 13. The Citadel, www.citadelcie.com.

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

rihannaboi95 (drama) by Jordan Tannahill. Sunny shares videos online but his latest may get him into trouble. For ages 13-18. Runs Nov 22 to Dec 18. Young People's Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org. ★★★★☆ 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

SensoryBox TYA (drama) by Eric Rose & Christopher Duthie. Audience members must identify the contents of a box while blindfolded. For ages 6-12. Runs Nov 29 to Dec 30. Young People's Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org. online

The Spectators’ Odyssey - o dell’Inferno (performance). by Daniele Bartolini. Small groups of audience members choose whether to explore a world inspired by Homer’s Odyssey or by Dante’s Inferno. Runs Nov 2 to Nov 14. St. Lawrence Centre, www.tolive.com.

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. ★★★☆☆

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

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 34 (festival). A An annual development festival of new indigenous work. Runs Nov 17 to Dec 4. Native Earth Performing Arts, www.nativeearth.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

Albertine in Five Times (drama) by Michel Tremblay. The versions of Albertine from five decades discuss her life. Runs Nov 6 to Nov 20. [community] Alumnae Theatre, www.alumnaetheatre.com. online

The Barber of Seville (opera) by Gioacchino Rossini. A barber helps a nobleman to woo a young woman held captive by her jealous guardian. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Nov 25 to Nov 28. [student] MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, music.utoronto.ca. online

Cymbeline  (drama) by William Shakespeare. Innogen defies her father King Cymbeline and marries her childhood sweetheart. Runs Nov 13 to Nov 20. [student] Young Centre, www.georgebrown.ca.

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.

The Late Wedding (comedy) by Christopher Chen. A fractured portrait of a broken marriage inspired by the writings of Italo Calvino. Runs Nov 20 to Nov 27. [student] Theatre@York, theatre.ampd.yorku.ca. online

Svadba (opera) by Ana Sokolović. Five friends celebrate with a bride-to-be. Runs Nov 5 & 6. [student] Royal Conservatory of Music, www.rcmusic.com.


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. postponed

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.

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.


BLOOMFIELD

Boy Falls from the Sky (comedy) by Jake Epstein. Former Degrassi star Epstein tells of his rough time in the Spider-Man musical on Broadway. Runs Nov 19 & 20. Eddie Hotel and Farm, www.festivalplayers.ca.


BOBCAYGEON

Every Brilliant Thing (drama) by Duncan Macmillan. To cheer up his depressed mother a boy makes a list of everything that’s worth living for. Runs Oct 21 to Nov 6. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com.


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.


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.


CHATHAM

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Maurice Petipa. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performs the favourite holiday ballet. Runs Nov 30 only. Chatham Capitol Theatre, www.chathamcapitoltheatre.com.


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.


HAMILTON

Così fan tutte  (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Two men try to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. Runs Sep 15 to Dec 31, 2021. Brott Music Festival, tickets.brottmusic.com. online

Menopause The Musical (musical) by Jeanie Linders. Four mature women shop for lingerie and reflect on the symptoms of menopause. Runs Nov 19 only. FirstOntario Concert Hall, www.coreentertainment.ca.


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.

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.


LONDON

Alcina (opera) by G.F. Handel. Bradamante discovers that her beloved Ruggiero is in love with the sorceress Alcina – but is it really love or only enchantment? Runs Nov 18 to Nov 21. [student] Paul Davenport Theatre, Western University, music.uwo.ca.

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 in person; Nov 18 to Nov 29 online. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.

An Intimate Crooner Christmas (revue) by Rick Kish & Connor Boa. A survey of popular holiday standards in the style of Dean, Frank and Bing. Runs Nov 25 only. Union Ten Brewery, www.eventbrite.ca.

Middletown (drama) by Will Eno. The lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways. Runs Nov 24 to Nov 27. [student] Theatre Western, Western University, www.eventbrite.ca.


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.


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.

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.

Sweet Dreams: The Music of Patsy Cline (revue) by Leisa Way. A tribute to country singer Patsy Cline. Runs Nov 2 to Nov 14. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.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 12, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆


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.

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

Middle Raged (comedy) by Geri Hall & Gary Pearson. Sketch comedy exploring the stresses on married life from age 30 to 65. Runs Nov 18 only. Capitol Centre, capitolcentre.org.

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.


ORANGEVILLE

Beauty and the Beast (chidren) by DuffleBag Theatre. Can a beast’s love for a beautiful village girl remove the curse put on him? Runs Nov 25 to Nov 28. Theatre Orangeville, app.arts-people.com.


ORILLIA

Love, Loss & What I Wore (comedy) by Nora & Della Ephron. Six actors tells the stories of important events in their lives marked by the clothes they wore. [community] Runs Nov 5 to Nov 12. Orillia Opera House, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.

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.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

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.co.

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.

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.

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.

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

Embrasse (drama) by Michel Marc Bouchard. Hugo wants to create an elegant gown for his mother who is accused of beating him. In French. Runs Nov 12 to Nov 13. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

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

Garden/Bedroom Folk/The Statement (dance) by Ballet BC. A triple bill of contemporary works by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Crystal Pite and Medhi Walerski. Runs Nov 25 to Nov 26. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

No Show: Songs from Lost Gigs (revue) by Robin Guy & Scott Richardson. An eceletic evening of songs by Canadian artists about  living in hiding and the end of the world. Opened Oct 29, runs to Nov 13. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.

Peking Opera (dramas). A performance of the Chinese classic The Jade Bracelet and an excerpt from A Stroll in the Garden. Runs Nov 20 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

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.

Théâtre de chambre (comedies) by Jean Tardieu. A half dozen of the French author's short comédies-éclair. In French. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 5. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

The Underground (dance) by Alea de Castra & Arnaldo Betancourt. A showcase of the deep cultures of Hip Hop, Breaking, House, and Waacking. Runs Nov 19 to Nov 20. Art Court, artscourt.ca.

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.


PETROLIA

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


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.


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.

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.


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.

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. ★★★★☆


PORT HOPE

Miracle on Queen Street (comedy) by Ron Pederson. Seven of Canada’s best-known improv stars present an evening of script-less holiday merriment. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 23. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT STANLEY

An Intimate Crooner Christmas (revue) by Rick Kish & Connor Boa. A survey of popular holiday standards in the style of Dean, Frank and Bing. Runs Nov 27 only. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, pstf.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

All Together Now! (revue) by Melissa Penner & Craig Maguire. A survey of the greatest hits from Broadway. Runs Nov 13 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

Hansel & Gretel (musical) by Lezlie Wade & Scott Christian. A show about the significance of friendship and the resiliency of young people when faced with adversity. For ages 5+. Runs Nov 17 to Nov 19. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


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.


STRATFORD

Love Story (concert). Scott Wentworth and Marion Adler read from the love letters of Robert and Clara Schumann interspersed with music by the two composers. Runs Nov 21 only. Revival House, www.innerchamber.ca. In person or online

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. ★★★☆☆


SUDBURY

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

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.


WINDSOR

Ginger Minj (variety). Drag queen Ginger Minj and regional performers present an evening of comedy and song. Runs Nov 19 only. Chrysler Theatre, www.chryslertheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

100 Years from Now (musical) by Shipyard Kitchen Party. Two brothers fall in love with the same woman in the years surrounding World War I. shipyardkitchenparty.com.

• Nov 5: Stockey Centre, Parry Sound

• Nov 6: Midland Cultural Centre, Midland

• Nov 8: Capitol Centre, North Bay

* Nov 10: Meaford Hall, Meaford