Stage Door Listings

October 2021

The Grand Theatre, London, hosts a Grand Re:Opening Festival from October 13 to November 6, 2021.

Photo: The Grand Theatre, London, Ontario.

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

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 Oct 23. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. ★★★☆☆ online

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 Oct 4 to Oct 7. CityView Drive-In, musicalstagecompany.com. presented in drive-in style


BARRIE

THE BEES IN THE BUSH FESTIVAL:

An outdoor festival of 12 productions of plays, cabarets, musicals and dance. Runs Aug 3 to Oct 3. Various venues, www.tift.ca. Covid safety procedures in place   


BLYTH

Jewel (drama) by Joan MacLeod. A young couple buys a ranch in Alberta but to pay the mortgage the husband takes a job on an oil rig in Newfoundland. Runs Sep 22 to Oct 3. Blyth Festival Amphitheatre, blythfestival.com. Covid safety procedures in place


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. Covid safety procedures in place


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Impact 21 (festival). An international theatre festival of new work. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 9. Various venues, MT Space, mtspace.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


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. Covid safety procedures in place


GANANOQUE

Back in ’59 (revue) by Thom Currie. Four friends at a high school reunion reminisce about the greatest hits of the 1950s and ’60s. Runs Sep 9 to Oct 2. 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. Covid safety procedures in place

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. Runs Oct 7 to Oct 31. 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. Covid safety procedures in place


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 Nov 9, 2021. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.  Covid safety procedures in place


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. Covid safety procedures in place

At the outdoor stage by the Studio 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 Jul 23, runs to Oct 9.

Gatsby’s Jazz, Sonnys Blues (cabaret). Words from F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Baldwin mingle with jazz and blues songs. Runs Jul 10 to Oct 8.

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 10. cancelled

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of his much-loved uncle. Runs Jul 23  to Oct 10.

At a stage in the Shaw Festival Gardens

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Opened Jul 25, runs to Oct 10.

The Duke and Two Irenes (cabaret). A revue the music of Duke Ellington and songs by his contemporaries Irene Higginbotham and Irene Kitchings. Runs Jul 14 to Oct 7.

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Opened Jul 24, runs to Oct 2.

At the Studio Theatre

Trouble in Mind (drama) by Alice Childress. A play about the compromises Black people make in putting on a play for a White audience. Previews from Aug 6, opens Aug 21, runs to Oct 8.


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. Covid safety procedures in place

At the Studio Theatre

Three Tall Women (comedy) by Edward Albee. An older woman lays bare her inner life to a middle-aged woman and a young woman. Opened Aug 19, runs to Oct 9.