Stage Door Listings

October 2020

4th Line Theatre presents Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales in Millbrook from October 20 to 30.

Illustration: Poster for Bedtime Stories. © 2020.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Follies in Concert (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. An all-star cast performs Sondheim's 1971 musical about a reunion of past performers of Weissmann's Follies. In concert. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. postponed to Oct 16, 2021.

The Magic Flute (opera) by WA Mozart. Tamino is asked to rescue Pamina from the clutches of the sorceror Zarastro. In English with English surtitles. Opens 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

Parisfal (opera) by Richard Wagner. The ailing King of the Knights of the Holy Grail can only be cured by a fool enlightened with compassion. In German with English surtitles. Opened Sep 25, runs to Oct 18. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. cancelled

Something Rich and Strange (opera/ballet). Fully staged Baroque theatre music exploring dreams, visions and the supernatural. Livestreaming Oct 28 only. Koerner Hall, www.operaatelier.com. postponed

A Thousand Splendid Suns (drama) by Ursula Rani Sarma. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel, two generations of women face a violent war and the new reality of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Previews from Oct 18, opens Oct 22, runs to Oct 31. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

carried away on the crest of a wave (drama) by David Yee. A series of vignettes about people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Opened Sep 27, runs to Oct 11. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Contractions (drama) by Mike Bartlett. Emma’s been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. Oct 23 only. Studio 180 Theatre, www.eventbrite.ca. online

Dance in High Park (festival). A celebration of dance otdoors from solos to indigenous arts. Opened Sep 26, runs to Oct 11. Amphitheatre, High Park, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

The Dreamers Ever Leave You (dance) by Robert Binet to music by Lubomyr Melnyk. A dance interpretation of the paintings of Lawren Harris. Opens Oct 9, runs to Oct 17. Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, national.ballet.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

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

Fairview (drama) by Jackie Sibblies Drury. The Frasier family gather to celebrate Grandma’s birthday, but things don’t go as planned. Opened Sep 17, runs to Oct 4. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

Fall For Dance North (festival). A festival of modern dance. Opened Sep 29, runs to Oct 18. Fleck Dance Theatre, www.ffdnorth.com. livestreamed

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 19. The Second City, www.tixr.com. online

I, Claudia (drama) by Kristen Thomson. A 12-year-old girl struggles with her transition to adolescence and with her parents’ divorce. Opened Oct 1, runs to Oct 25. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Léo (drama) by Rosa Labordé. Opens Oct 8, runs to Oct 15. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

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

Safer, Shorter, & Still So Funny (comedy) by The Second City. Improv games, comic characters and social distancing. Thu-Sat, Sep 3, booking to Oct 3. The Second City, 51 Mercer St, 416-343-0011, www.secondcity.com. Covid safety procedures in place

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

WOO Festival (festival). Nine artist groups present a range of performance pieces in the window of the Assembly Theatre. Opens Oct 7, runs to Oct 31. Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St W, theassemblytheatre.com. cancelled


BARRIE

The Plural of She (festival). A festival of seven one-woman shows perfomed in the backyards of private homes. Runs Sep 23 to Oct 4. Talk Is Free Theatre, 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


BURLINGTON

The ALTdot Comedy Lounge (comedy). A variety of stand-up comedy. Runs Oct 30 to Oct 31. Burlington PAC, 905-681-6000, burlingtonpac.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (musical) by Beau Dixon. An African Canadian saves the lives of his co-workers after a mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia, in 1958. Runs Oct 17 to Oct 18. Burlington PAC, 905-681-6000, burlingtonpac.ca. ★★★★★ Covid safety procedures in place


CAMBRIDGE

Return to Grace (revue) by Robert Asselstine. A tribute to Elive Presley from his humble beginnings in Memphis to his Las Vegas triumph. Preview Oct 7, opens Oct 8, runs to Oct 25. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


GANANOQUE

Once (musical) by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová.  A Czech woman helps an Irish street musician realize his dream of making a record. Opened Sep 11, runs to Oct 4. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. In Israel a volunteer makes the decision to treata young woman instead of the soldier she may have killed. Opened Sep 19, runs to Oct 4. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled

Serving Elizabeth (comedy) by Macia Johnson. A Kenyan independence activist is asked to cook for the visiting Princess Elizabeth. Preview Oct 16, opens Oct 17, runs to Nov 1. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled  


GRAVENHURST

Hurry Hard (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Will the men’s curling team accept a female player in order to win the Regional Bonspiel? Runs Sep 9 to Oct 1. Gravenhurst Opera House, 1-888-495-8888, www.gravenhurst.ca. cancelled


HAGERSVILLE

Continuance: Yonkwa'nikonhrakontáhkwen (dance). A celebration of Indigenous continuance in the face of the dark oppressiveness of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. Oct 3 only. Six Nations Reserve, https://culturedays.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


HAMILTON

Beehive - The ’60s Musical (musical) by Larry Gallagher. Six young women come of age during the 1960s to the sounds of hits by female rock stars. Runs Sep 23 to Oct 10. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. cancelled

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


KINGSTON

The Meeting (drama) by Jeff Stetson. A depiction of a fictional meeting between Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 18. Tett Centre, www.eventbrite.ca. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

The UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre (festival).  by Jeff Stetson. A collection of four plays by local authors based on disturbing themes. Opens Oct 28, runs to Oct 31. Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, 9 Princess St. E., Waterloo, www.flushink.net. Covid safety procedures in place


LONDON

The East Coast Kitchen Party (performance) by Jeremy Webb & Ian Sherwood. Maritimers and local artists give Londoners a taste of the best in East Coast music. Previews from Oct 13, opens Oct 16, runs to Oct 31. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. postponed

London Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of theatre, music, dance art and more. Opened Sep 22, runs to Oct 3. Various venues, londonfringe.ca. cancelled

What’s Up Dad? and Other Dangerous Questions (comedy) by Gavin Crawford. Our divisive times as seen from the point of view of a gay lefty and his redneck Wexit father. Runs Oct 27, 28, 30 & 31. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled


MILLBROOK

Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales (drama) by Kim Blackwell & Lindy Finlan. In 1835 10-year-old Samuel Deyell goes into the darkest night, in search of his missing mother. Opens Oct 20, runs to Oct 30. Winslow Farm, 1-800-814-0055, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


MORRISBURG

The Highwaymen (revue) by Chris McHarge. A tribute to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Runs Oct 20 to Oct 25. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com. cancelled

Move Over, Mrs. Markham (comedy) by Ray Cooney & John Chapman. Three couples borrow the same flat for secret rendezvous at the same time. Runs Sep 10 to Oct 4. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com. postponed to 2021

20-20 Rear Vision (comedy) by Marshall Button & Sandy Gillis. Atlantic Canada’s Jimmy the Janitor and Lucien look back at the follies of the past 20 years. Runs Oct 13 to Oct 18. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com. cancelled


NIAGARA FALLS

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 24. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com. All performances suspended.

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

Oct 9: Konzelman Estate Winery

Oct 17: Shaw Festival Courtyard

Oct 22: Lakeview Wine Co.

Oct 30: Studio Theatre

Dorothy Fields Revue (revue). A selection of songs with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Covid safety procedures in place

Oct 13: Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery

Oct 16: Lakeview Wine Co.

Oct 27: Palatine Hills Estate Winery

Oct 29: Studio Theatre

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

Oct 20: Peller Estates Winery

Oct 23: Stratus Vinyards

Oct 28: Studio Theatre

Oct 31: Studio Theatre

At the Festival Theatre

The Devil’s Disciple (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Dick Dudgeon is the local outcast in colonial New England but when the British attack, he proves to be a hero. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 9. cancelled

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 23, runs to Oct 11. cancelled

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of a favourite uncle under mysterious circumstances. Previews from Jun 21, opened Jul 25, runs to Oct 18. cancelled

At the Royal George Theatre

Assassins (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Successful and would-be US presidential assassins tell their tales. Previews from Jul 11, opens Jul 24, runs to Oct 10. cancelled

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Runs Sep 16 to Oct 17. cancelled

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Runs Sep 16 to Oct 10. cancelled

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. A son hates his father’s new wife, but she is passionately in love with him, not her husband. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 10. cancelled

Trouble in Mind (drama) by Alice Childress. A play about white people putting on plays about black people, and the compromises that black artists have to make. Previews from Jul 19, opened Jul 26, runs to Oct 10. cancelled


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


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. Opens Oct 27, runs to Nov 1. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs Jun 30 to Oct 3. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 1-877-497-7124, 2451 Riverside Dr, ohcanadaehottawa.com. cancelled


PETERBOROUGH

The Pivot Series (festival). A festival of site-specific dance, theatre and performance works. Opens Oct 2, runs to Oct 18. Various venues, 705-745-1788, publicenergy.ca. Covid safety procedures in place.


PICKERING

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


PORT HOPE

The Lion King Jr. (musical) by Elton John & Tim Rice. The youth version of the stage musical based on the Disney film. Runs Oct 15 to Oct 25. [community] Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com. cancelled


PORT PERRY

Scary Story Walk (drama). Walk around downtown Port Perry and hear local, Canadian and classic tales of suspense. Opens Oct 30, runs to Oct 31. Scugog Arts Space, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place.


ST.  CATHARINES

Halloween Happening (experience). Carousel Players present an immersive experience and mysterious world full of delightful Halloween surprises. Opens Oct 30, runs to Oct 31. 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, opens 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


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. ★★★★☆ 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:

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.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to kill his uncle in revenge. Opened May 28, runs to Oct 25.

Much Ado About Nothing (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick argue so often that people think they must be in love. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 23.

At the Avon Theatre

Monty Python’s Spamalot (musical) by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. A musical version of the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 25.

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

Wolf Hall (drama) by Mike Poulton. As adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novel, Thomas Cromwell becomes Henry VIII’s trusted confidante. Previews from Jul 28, opened Aug 13, runs to Oct 24.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helena cures the King of France to win her belovded Betram but he does not love her. Opened Jul 11, runs to Oct 24.

Here’s What It Takes (musical) by Steven Page & Daniel MacIvor. A chronicle of the rise of a fictional rock duo from children's entertainters to stardom to decline and breakup. Opened Jun 30, runs to Oct 24.

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to murder his way to become king of England. Opened May 30, runs to Oct 23.

At the Studio Theatre

Three Tall Women (drama) by Edward Albee. An older woman reminisces about her past to two younger companions. Opened Jun 12, runs to Oct 4.


SUDBURY

Frozen in Time - The Musical (children). The Snow Queen and the Ice Pricess tell their stories to your favourite music. Opens Oct 17, runs to Oct 18. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (drama) Kirstie McLellan Day. A pint-sized Métis kid from Manitoba overcomes huge obstacles to become an NHL star. Runs Sep 26 to Oct 5. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. cancelled

Shots (drama) by Garrett Carr. An interview-based play written in response to the 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub. Opens Oct 15, runs to Oct 16. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Sudbury Celebration of the Arts (festival). A change to applaud the city’s talented artists in all fields. Oct 29 only. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. cancelled


THUNDER BAY

SHOUT! The Mod Musical (musical) by Phillip George & David Lowenstein. Five young British women come of age during the 1960s. Opened Sep 13, runs to Oct 5. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com. cancelled

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