Stage Door Listings

October 2019

Outside the March and Crow's Theatre present the Canadian premiere of The Flick by Annie Baker October 6-27.

Illustration: The Flick. ©2019 Chloë Cushman.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Alegría (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In the classic power struggle of old meets new, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order. Opened Sep 19, runs to Dec 1. Big Top at Ontario Place, www.cirquedusoleil.com.

The Band's Visit (musical) by David Yazbeck. A band of lost Egyptian musicians shows up in an Israeli desert town. Runs Sep 17 to Oct 20. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.  

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Opened Feb 13, 2018, booking to Dec 1, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

Don Giovanni (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A serial seducer receives his comeuppance. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Oct 31, runs to Nov 9. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Fall for Dance North (dance). An international festival of dance. Opens Oct 2, runs to Oct 6.  Sony Centre & Ryerson Theatre, www.ffdnorth.com.

Girl from the North Country (drama) by Conor McPherson with songs by Bob Dylan. The stories of residents in a guesthouse in Duluth, MN, in 1943. Runs Sep 28 to Nov 24. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Piaf/Dietrich (musical) by Jayne Lewis. The story of the friendship of two show business legends. Runs Sep 17-Dec 15. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Rusalka (opera) by Antonín Dvořák. A water spirit falls in love with a human prince. In Czech with English surtitles. Opens Oct 12, runs to Oct 26. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Turandot (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. If a suitor cannot answer the riddle of a Chinese princess he must die. In Italian with English surtitles. Opened Sep 28, runs to Oct 27. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Almighty Voice and His Wife (drama) by Daniel David Moses. In 1895 a young Cree couple wish to marry but the groom has committed a crime subject to the death penalty. Previews from Oct 11, opens Oct 18, runs to Nov 3. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.

Anne of Green Gables (musical) by Norman Campbell & Don Harron. A musical version of the beloved book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. For ages 4+. Opened Aug 16, runs to Oct 6. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave, 1-888-324-6282, lowerossingtontheatre.com.

La Bohème (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. The well-known opera about 19th-century artsits in love is updated to present-day Toronto. Opens Oct 11, runs to Oct 25. Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, againstthegraintheatre.com.

Broken Tailbone (performance) by Carmen Aguirre. A Latinx dance party performance flowing with hilarious and moving stories of intimacy, politics, culture and salsa. Runs Oct 2 to Oct 13. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

La Cantatrice chauve (comedy) by Eugène Ionesco. In this absurdist classic two British couples attempt to have a conversation. In French with English surtitles. Runs Oct 23 to Nov 3. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, theatrefrancais.com.

The Cult of Dalkhilu (drama) by Norman Hussey. A horror play in two acts. Runs Oct 24 to Nov 2. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, www.missedmetaphor.com.

The Election (comedy) by Yolanda Bonnell et al. In 2015, a group of artists from Ojibwe, Jewish, Polish, Tamil and Pakistani backgrounds, identifying as straight, queer and bi-sexual, infiltrated local elections as volunteers. Runs Oct 4 to Oct 27. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave, www.passemuraille.ca.

L'Enfant et les sortilèges/L'Heure espagnole (operas) by Maurice Ravel. A child is taught lessons by the objects around it and a woman's affair involves a grandfather clock. In concert. Oct 20 only. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.operainconcert.com.

The Flick (drama) by Annie Baker. Three unpaid ushers try to keep a run-down movie theatre running. Runs Oct 6 to Oct 27. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Ghost Quartet (song-cycle) by Dave Malloy. Four friends drink and tell interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries. Previews from Oct 5, opens Oct 11, runs to Nov 3. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

The Good Thief (drama) by Conor McPherson. When a routine job goes wrong, a small-time thug finds himself on the run across Ireland. Opens Oct 19, runs to Oct 29. Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave, www.flyonthewalltheatre.ca.

The Jungle (drama) by Anthony MacMahon & Thomas McKechnie. A Toronto romance between a Moldovan waitress and a Chinese cab driver. Runs Oct 1 to Nov 3. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Knives in Hens (drama) by David Harrower. A relationship triangle forms in a rural setting. Opened Sep 25, runs to Oct 13. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com

Let’s Run Away (comedy) by Daniel MacIvor.  Peter finds his estranged mother's memoir following her death. Preview Oct 31, opens Nov 1, runs to Nov 17. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

Magic Tonight (magic). James Alan presents a weekly live magic show with guest magicians. Every Sunday. The Cage, 292 College St., 416-995-1736, www.magictonight.ca.

Minorities (dance) by Yang Zhen. Dance and theatre examine the position of ethnic minorities in China. Opens Oct 17, runs to Oct 27. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

The Mush Hole (children) by Santee Smith. A dance tribute to the lives of residential school survivors. For ages 11+. Runs Oct 16 to 25. Young People's Theatre, 416-862-2222 x2, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Pass Over (drama) by Antoinette Nwandu. A stranger enters the world of two dreamers and derails their plans. Previews from Oct 22, opens Oct 25, runs to Nov 10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

A Streetcar Named Desire (drama) by Tennessee Williams. Blanche, whose world is falling apart, turns to her sister for support. Runs Sep 21 to Oct 13. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.    

Trout Stanley (comedy) by Claudia Dey. Twin sisters are visited by a mysterious stranger of the eve of their 30 birthday. Runs Oct 19 to Nov 10. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Un poyo rojo (dance) by Nicolás Poggi & Luciano Rosso. In a locker room two men move from wrestling to dance, acrobatics and physical comedy. Opens Oct 3, runs to Oct 11. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.  

Yaga (comedy) by Kat Sandler. A murder in a small town leads a local sheriff, a young detective and a university professor into a labyrinth of secret lives, ancient magic and multiple suspects. Runs Sep 17 to Oct 20. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.  

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

The Glass Menagerie (drama) by Tennessee Williams. Tom is asked to find a boyfriend for his painfully shy sister so that she won't end up dependent on their mother. Opens Sep 6, runs to Sep 28. [community] Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St West, 416-767-7702, villageplayers.net.

The Rocky Horror Show (musical) by Richard O'Brien. Brad and Janet have to spend the night in the castle of the mad Dr. Frank. N. Furter. Opened Sep 27, runs to Oct 12. [student] Hart House Theatre, harthouse.ca.


BARRIE

Pal Joey (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart. An ambitious nightclub owner becomes entangled with a married woman. Runs Oct 10 to 19. Five Points Theatre, 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

Elf (musical) by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin. A human boy, raised as an elf at the North Pole, wants to find his real father. Preview Nov 20, opens Nov 21, runs to Dec 22.. Hamilton Family Theatre, www.draytonentertainment.com.


HAMILTON

Never Not Once (drama) by Carey Crim. Eleanor brings her boyfriend home to meet her two moms and wants to find her biological father. Runs Oct 23 to Nov 9. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.


LONDON

This London Life (comedy) by Morris Panych. A British man is confused when he wakes up in London, Ontario, instead of London, England. Opened Oct 18, runs to Nov 2. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.


MARKHAM

Anne of Green Gables (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen to music by Norman Campbell. A ballet based on the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel. Opens Oct 4, runs to Oct 6. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.


MISSISSAUGA

Juliet & Romeo (dance) by Kimberley Cooper. A retelling of Shakespeare's play in dance to a jazz score. Oct 24 only.  Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). Two hours of all-Canadian music; from Maritime folk songs to modern pop. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 19. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy's Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2, 2019, to Mar 26, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2019:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 6-Dec 22 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

Brigadoon (musical) by Frederick Loewe & Alan J. Lerner. Tommy meets a girl who lives in a magical village that appears only once every century. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h20m. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Ladykillers (comedy) by Graham Linehan. Five oddball crooks pose as an amateur string quintet to rent a room for a heist from a little old lady. Opened Jul 6, runs to Oct. 12. Runtime: 2h20m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Man and Superman (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Anne Whitefield is left as the ward of a venerable old man and a wild-eyed revolutionary. Opened Aug 24, runs to Oct 5.  

At the Royal George Theatre

Cyrano de Bergerac (drama) by Edmond Rostand. The large-nosed Cyrano helps a handsome young man woo the woman Cyrano really loves. Opened Aug 11, runs to Oct 20. Runtime: 2h40m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Getting Married (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Edith and Cecil call off their wedding after they read a pamphlet about the dangers of marriage. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h20m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Rope (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. Two college students commit murder and host a party for the victim's friends. Opened May 24, runs to Oct 12. Runtime: 2h10m. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Russian Play (comedy) by Hannah Moscovitch. A small-town flower girl falls for a gravedigger in Stalinist Russia. Opened Jul 6, runs to Oct 12. Runtime: 45m. ✭✭✭✩✩

At the Studio Theatre

The Glass Menagerie (drama) by Tennessee Williams. Tom is asked to find a boyfriend for his painfully shy sister so that she won't end up dependent on their mother. Opened Jul 7, runs to Oct 22. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Sex (comedy) by Mae West. A prostitute fleeing her pimp in Montreal meets a rich young lover, but he does not know about her past. Opened Jul 5, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✩✩✩

Victory (drama) by Howard Barker. After the Restoration a widow fights to give her Puritan husband a proper burial. Opened Aug 10, runs to Oct 12. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✩✩✩


ORANGEVILLE

Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A solitary logger in New Brunswick decided to visit his niece whom he hasn't seen in 20 years. Preview Oct 17, opens Oct 18, runs to Nov 3.  Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA

Bang Bang (comedy) by Kat Sandler. Is a White male playwright the right person to dramatize the story of a Black female policewoman? Runs Oct 22 to Nov 10. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Bonne retraite, Jocelyne (drama) by Fabien Cloutier. Jocelyne has gathered her family to announce she’s retiring at age 55. In French. Opens Oct 2, runs to Oct 5. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

The Geography of an Archipelago/Sigan/In Transit (dance) by Stephen Shropshire/Louise Potiki Bryant/Kim Jae Duk. A triple bill from the New Zealand Dance Company. Opens Oct 8, runs to Oct 9. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Lightfoot in Song (revue) by Bear & Co. A tribute to the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Preview Oct 23, opens Oct 24, runs to Nov 2. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (musical) by Ben Caplan & Hannah Moscovitch. Two Romanian refugees emigrating to Canada meet in Halifax in 1908. Previews from Oct 16, opens Oct 18, runs to Oct 27. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Parce que la nuit (musical) by Dany Boudreault & Brigitte Haentjens. An over view of the life and work of Patti Smith. In French. Opens Oct 16, runs to Oct 19. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Rent (musical) by Jonathan Larson. A retelling of Puccini's La Bohème set in New York City in 1996. Opens Oct 22, runs to Oct 27. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Split (dance) by Lucy Guerin. A poignant reflection on the dilemmas of negotiating with oneself and others. Opens Oct 24, runs to Oct 26. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala (dance) by Michael Keegan-Dolan. A new interpretation of the famous ballet rooted in Irish folklore. Previews from Oct 16, opens Oct 18, runs to Oct 27. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

The Ugly One (comedy) by Marius von Mayenburg. After a trip to a plastic surgeon, a man changes from being too ugly to too handsome. Opened Sep 26, runs to Oct 5. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.


PETROLIA

Dracula: A Chamber Musical (musical) by Marek Norman & Richard Ouzounian. A musical version of the Bram Stoker’s famous vampire novel. In concert. Previews from Oct 15, opens Oct 19, runs to Oct 27. Victoria Playhouse, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

It Had to Be You (comedy) by Joseph Bologna & Renee Taylor. The story of Theda Blau who wants to find love and success in New York. Opened Sep 20, runs to Nov 9. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.


PORT HOPE

The Hobbit (children) by Kim Selody. A group of dwarves set out to reclaim their former Kingdom under the Mountain. Runs Oct 17 to Oct 27. [community] Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.


ST. CATHARINES

At the Table (magic) by Alex Kazam. The finest in tabletop magic. Wednesdays from Jul 11 at St. Louis Bar & Grill; Thursdays from Jul 12 at Johnny Rocco's, https://thealexkazam.com.


ST. JACOBS

Art (comedy) by Yasmina Reza. The friendship of three friends is tested when one of them buys an all-white painting. Preview Oct 2, opens Oct 3, runs to Oct 20. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Good Ol’ Country Gospel (revue) by David Rogers. A survey of Gospel music from soul-stiring ballads to high-energy songs of praise. Opened Sep 11, runs to Dec 22. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 10 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

Billy Elliot (musical) by Elton John & Lee Hall. A young boy in a coal mining town discovers he has a talent for dancing ballet. Opened May 28, runs to Nov 10. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✭✭✭

The Front Page (comedy) by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur. Star reporter Hildy Johnson has to choose between the scoop of a lifetime and the love of his life. Opened Aug 15, runs to Oct 25. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✩✩✩

The Merry Wives of Windsor (comedy) by William Shakespeare. The fat knight Falstaff tries to woo two married women at the same time. Opened Jun 1, runs to Oct 26. Runtime: 2h55m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Othello (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Spurred on by Iago, Othello starts to believe his wife is unfaithful. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 27. Runtime: 3h. ✭✭✩✩✩

At the Avon Theatre

The Crucible (drama) by Arthur Miller. In 17th-century Salem, MA, young girls feels they have the power to discover witches. Opened Aug 16, runs to Oct 25.

Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A meek florist raises a plant that feeds on human flesh. Opened May 31, runs to Nov 2. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Neverending Story (children) by David S. Craig. A stage adaptation of Michael Ende's book about a boy who literally gets drawn into the adventure novel he's reading. Opened Jun 15, runs to Nov 3. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩

Private Lives (comedy) by Noel Coward. Ex-spouses discover they have booked adjacent honeymoon suites with their new spouse. Opened May 30, runs to Oct 26. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✩✩✩

At the Studio Theatre

Birds of a Kind (drama) by Wajdi Mouawad. An Arab-American woman and a German-Jewish geneticist fall in love and travel to Israel. Opened Aug 14, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 3h10m. ✭✭✭✩✩  

Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (musical) by Sébastien Heins. The story of two brothers torn apart by ambition and family history. Opens Oct 22, runs to Oct 23.

Henry VIII (history play) by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher. England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 27. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✩✩

If Love Were All (cabaret) by Noel Coward. Words from diaries and letters with songs by Noel Coward. Oct 19 only.

Mother's Daughter (drama) by Kate Hennig. Henry VIII's daughter Mary is haunted by the ghost of her mother, Katherine of Aragon. Opened Jun 14, runs to Oct 13. Runtime: 2h15m ✭✭✭✭✩

Nathan the Wise (drama) by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. In 12th-century Jerusalem, a wealthy Jew whose daughter loves a Christian faces a dangerous question from the Muslim sultan. Opened Jun 15, runs to Oct 19. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✭✩✩  

Red Velvet (drama) by Lolita Chakrabarti. When Edmund Kean collapses during his performance in 1833 of the title role in Othello, an African-American actor, Ira Aldridge, takes over. Reading. Oct 17 only.  


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

A Cure for the Common Comedy (revue) by The Second City. A show for people who are sick and tired of jokes that make them sick and tired. www.secondcity.com/shows/touring

• Oct 5: Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound

• Oct 18: Orillia Opera House, Orillia

• Oct 26: Chrysler Theatre, Windsor


Menopause The Musical (musical) by Jeanie Linders. Four women shopping for lingerie on sale at Bloomingdales sing about the effect of the Change to hits of the 1960, '70s and '80s. www.menopausethemusical.com.

• Oct 16: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• Oct 18: Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound

• Oct 23: Sault Community Theatre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie

• Oct 25: The Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay

• Oct 31: Sudbury Theatre Centre


MILF Life Crisis (comedy)s by Anne Marie Scheffler. A woman with children takes on the challenge of midlife dating after divorce. www.annemariescheffler.com.

• Oct 20: Regent Theatre, Oshawa

• Oct 24: Orillia Opera House, Orillia

• Oct 25: The Capitol Theatre, North Bay

• Oct 26: Classic Theatre, Cobalt