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

Blindness (installation) by Simon Stephens. A light and sound installation based on the novel by José Saramago about a global plague of blindness. Runs Sep 24 to Oct 24. Princess of Wales Theatre, www.mirvish.com. ★★★★★ Proof of vaccination required

Fall for Dance North (festival). A hybrid mix of electrifying in-person performances and original digital content for its local and global audience, including 10 world premieres. Runs Sep 11 to Oct 29. Various venues, www.ffdnorth.com. online and live with proof of vaccination required

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

The Resurrection (opera) by George Frideric Handel. Fully staged early oratorio about the events between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Runs Sep 24 to Oct 24. 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 Dec 2. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. ★★★☆☆ online

As You Like It (drama) by Cliff Cardinal. A rant based on the title of Shakespeare’s comedy. Opened Sep 30, runs to Oct 24. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

Caminos 2021 (festival). A multi-arts festival of works-in-progress from the transamerican experience. Runs Oct 12 to Oct 24. Aluna Theatre, www.alunatheatre.ca. online

carried away on the crest of a wave (drama) by David Yee.  The 2004 Indian Ocean tsumani affects diverse individuals in unusual ways. Runs Sep 27 to Oct 11. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

Divine Interventions (performance) by Anika Johnson. Five goddesses descend from the heavens having received word that the world is in dire need of their help. Oct 1 to Oct 2, Lee Lifeson Park, artsintheparksto.org & Oct 8 to Oct 9, Bell Manor Park, artsintheparksto.org. ★★★★★ Covid safety procedures in place

Follies in Concert (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Past performers of the Weisman Follies gather in a theatre slated for demolition. Runs Oct 16 & 17. Royal Conservatory of Music, www.rcmusic.com. Proof of vaccination required

Garden of Vanished Pleasures (opera) by Cecilia Livingston. As AIDS relentlessly takes away his friends filmmaker Derek Jarman finds solace in his garden. Runs Sep 23 to Oct 10. Crow's Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. online

Ghost Quartet (musical) by Dave Malloy. Four friends drink and tell four interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries. Runs Oct 29 to Oct 31. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. online

Good Things To Do (performance) by Christine Quintana & Molly MacKinnon. Participants place themselves within a dreamscape in which they possess extraordinary powers. Runs Sep 27 to Oct 2. Nightwood Theatre, www.nightwoodtheatre.net. online

Her Words Festival (festival). A hybrid, in-person and virtual festival of new works-in-progress from five Canadian female playwrights and emerging voices, as well as candid Community Conversations with industry leaders. Runs Oct 15-17 and Oct 22-24. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online + live with proof of vaccination required

The Home Project (play) by Akosua Amo-Adem et al. A multi-disciplinary experience on the theme of home. Runs Sep 21 to Oct 3. Courtyard at Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Into the Woods (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Characters from different Grimms fairy tales meet as they search for their “happily ever after”. Runs Oct 28 to Oct 31. Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, www.tift.ca. ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required

Léo (drama) by Rosa Laborde. Three young friends form a bittersweet love triangle during the political upheaval surrounding President Salvador Allende’s assassination. Runs Oct 8 to Oct 22. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

The Little Show (revue) by Sky Gilbert. Inspired the show of the same name from 1929, this revue chronicales pandemic life and the opioid epidemic. Opens Oct 21, runs to Oct 31. Chez Bon Bon, 234 Queen St East, thelittleshow.bpt.me. Proof of vaccination required

Luminato (festival). 5 days of art, music, dance, and theatre, combined with some digital magic. Runs Oct 13 to Oct 17. Various venues, luminatofestival.com. online + live with proof of vaccination required

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

Master and Margarita (musical) by Mikaela Davis et al. Based on Bulgakov’s novel, the devil attempts to upend Soviet bureaucracy. Work in progress. Runs Oct 28 to Oct 30. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

Mistatim (performance) by Erin Shields. A wild horse unites two children in friendship. Runs Sep 30 to Oct 17. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. online

My Own Private Shakespeare (play) by Justin Hay. A Shakespearean actor finds his entire life suddenly collapsing around him. Runs Oct 6 to Oct 23. Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St. W., www.eventcreate.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

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

True (drama) by Rosa Laborde. Three sisters hurtle back in time with the unexpected arrival of their estranged father. Runs Oct 29 to Nov 5. 1025 Queen St West, workmanarts.com. 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 Sep 30 to Oct 2. Koerner Hall, musicalstagecompany.com. Proof of vaccination required


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. Proof of vaccination required   


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. Proof of vaccination required


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. Proof of vaccination required


BURLINGTON

Lucy Darling (magic) by Carisa Hendrix. A lady magician who brings together a mix of playful improvisational comedy and impossible magical feats. Runs Oct 29 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca. Proof of vaccination required


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. Proof of vaccination required

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. Proof of vaccination required


HAMILTON

The Monsters of Schlock - Show 1  (performance) by the Great Orbax & Sweet Pepper Klopek. The world’s most extreme two-man circus sideshow comedy magic extravaganza. Runs Oct 15, 21, 27 & 29. Staircase Theatre, peopleunderthestaircase.com. Proof of vaccination required

The Monsters of Schlock - Show 2  (performance) by the Great Orbax & Sweet Pepper Klopek. More stunts from the world’s most extreme two-man circus sideshow comedy magic extravaganza. Runs Oct 16, 22, 28, 29 & 30. Staircase Theatre, peopleunderthestaircase.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


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Impact 21 (festival). An international theatre festival of new work. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 9. Various venues, MT Space, mtspace.ca. Proof of vaccination required

UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre (festival). A mix of monologues, short pieces and readings of a disturbing nature. Runs Oct 17 to Oct 30. Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, Waterloo, www.facebook.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

A Killer Party (musical) by Jason Howland & Nathan Tysen. The artistic director of a failing theatre invites his troupe of disgruntled actors to the first read of an “immersive murder mystery dinner party”. Runs Oct 21 to Oct 24. Music Theatre Productions London, www.mtplondon.ca. online

Of Gods and Machines (drama) by Kydra Ryan. Hannah and Ben build a robot whose sole purpose is to experience human emotions. Runs Oct 22 to Oct 31. 630 Somerville, www.alvegoroottheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

107 (drama) by Len Cuthbert. A rare find in the woods creates havoc between two estranged cousins. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 2. Palace Theatre, www.lencuthbert.com. Proof of vaccination required


MORRISBURG

Old Love (comedy) by Norm Foster. A middle-aged man tries to win back his first lover after her husband’s funeral. Runs Sep 23 to Oct 30. 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

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 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

At a stage in the Shaw Festival Gardens

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.

At the Royal George Theatre

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. ★★★☆☆

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

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. Previews from Oct 15, opens Oct 23, runs to Dec 12.

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


ORANGEVILLE

Same Time, Next Year (drama) by Bernard Slade. Two people, married to others, meet for a romantic tryst once a year for two dozen years. Runs Oct 13 to Oct 31. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca. Proof of vaccination required


ORILLIA

Mno Bimaadiziwin (drama) by Ziigwen Mixemong. Four Indigenous people partake in a traditional sweat lodge ceremony to heal from trauma. Runs Sep 25 to Oct 3. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. Proof of vaccination required


OTTAWA

Fresh Meat (festival). Twelves original short creations by local artists. Runs Oct 14 to Oct 23. Arts Court, artscourt.ca. Proof of vaccination required

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. Preview Oct 28, opens Oct 29, runs to Nov 13. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Rêve et folie (drama) by Brigitte Haentjens. A verbal and video exploration of the poetry of Georg Trakl (1887-1914). In French. Runs Oct 27 to Oct 28. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required

6.58: Manifesto (dance) by Andrea Peña. An exploration the concept of artifice and artificiality as a construction of our post-industrial society. Runs Oct 6 to Oct 8. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Suspense – The Radio Show (drama) by David Whitely. Three episodes of the old time CBS radio series. Readings. Plosive Productions, plosive.ca. online

TRACE (dance) by Jera Wolfe. Dance that maps Anishinaabe sky and star stories into being on the stage. Runs Oct 19 to Oct 23. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required

2042 (performance) by Mani Soleymanlou. Ottawa-Gatineau artists imagine what 2042 will be like ... and it could be anything. In French. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 2. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PETERBOROUGH

Kitten! (drama) by Victoria Ward. A brief, but charged account of one woman’s pilgrimage to authenticity. Runs Oct 15 to Oct 16. The Theatre on King, 171 King St, ttok.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PETROLIA

Songs We Love (revue). Songs from favourite past shows at the VPP. Runs Sep 7 to Oct 3. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PICKERING

The Love List (comedy) by Norm Foster. Bill, a lonely statistician is given a free session at a mate finding service. Runs Sep 24 to Oct 31. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com. Proof of vaccination required


PORT HOPE

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. Algernon pretends to be Jack’s wicked brother Ernest when he visits the country. Runs Sep 16 to Oct 17. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


PORT PERRY

Port Perry Snapshots Short Play Festival (festival). Six new short plays inspired by scenes of Port Perry as captured by local artist Carol Matsuyama. Staged readings. Runs Oct 14 to Oct 16. Port Perry Anglican Church of the Ascension, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Scary Story Walk 2021 (performance). Tales of the macabre, supernatural and suspenseful told on a walk through Port Perry. Runs Oct 29 to Oct 30. Starts Scugog Arts Space, www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


PORT STANLEY

The Crooner Show (revue) by Rick Kish. Songs made famous by crooners from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé. Runs Oct 12 to Oct 23. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca. Proof of vaccination required

The Fixer-Upper (comedy) by Lorne Elliott. Bruno tries to find tenants for the derelict shack he owns in PEI. Runs Sep 8 to Oct 9. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca. ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required

10th Annual Playwrights’ Festival (festival). A festival of new work. Runs Oct 29 to Oct 30. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca. Proof of vaccination required


ST. CATHARINES

SkéN:NEN (dance) by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. An Auntie and her niece take refuge after a post-environmental catastrophe in 2050. Runs Oct 1 to Oct 3. Burgoyne Woods, firstontariopac.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


STIRLING

Great Canadian Baking Caper (comedy). Mystery abounds during the taping of a popular amateur baking show. Runs Oct 1 to Oct 2. Eugene Burrell Upper Hall, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


STRATFORD

Sin Burlesque Erotic Cabaret (cabaret) by Sinvention. A special Halloween weekend of movie & television-themed burlesque. Runs Oct 29 to Oct 30. Revival House, www.ticketscene.ca. Proof of vaccination required


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 ★★★☆☆

Why We Tell the Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13, runs to Jul 21; Oct 9 to Oct 17: 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. ★★☆☆☆

#KanderAndEbb (cabaret) by Ryan G. Hinds. A tour through the muic of Kander and Ebb with Hinds and a 4-piece band. Inside the Tom Patterson Theatre. Ran Sep 14 to Sep 18

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. ★★★☆☆

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. ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required  


SUDBURY

Quiet! I’m Talking (comedy) by Vince Grittani. A wealthy heiress in her ninth decade delivers her thoughts on life, love and liquor. Runs Oct 14 to Oct 30. Sudbury Theatre Centre, sudburytheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


THUNDER BAY

Home: A Bluegrass Celebration (musical) by Jo-Ann Waytowich. A look at a year in isolation from the point of view of three women which also features bluegrass music. Runs Sep 16 to Oct 2. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

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