Stage Door Listings
The Blyth Festival presents Bed and Breakfast by Mark Crawford opening September 13 and running to September 28.
Photo: Mark Crawford and Paul Dunn in Bed and Breakfast. © 2018 Andrée Lanthier.
Alegría (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In the classic power struggle of old meets new, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order. Runs Sep 12 to Dec 1. Big Top at Ontario Place, www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.
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 Nov 23, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭
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.
Turandot (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. If a suitor cannot answer the riddle of a Chinese princess he must die. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Sep 28, runs to Oct 27. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
Art (comedy) by Yasmina Reza. The friendship of three buddies is tested when one of them buys an all-white painting. Opened Aug 15, runs to Sep 1. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Betrayal (drama) by Harold Pinter. A seven-year romance is told in reverse chonological order. Previews from Aug 28, opens Sep 4, runs to Sep 15. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
The Book of Life (drama) by Odile Gakire Katese. A play that offers hope, unlocking trauma, and finding a humane way forward full of joy. Runs Sep 17 to 29. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.
Made for Measure (comedy) by William Shakespeare. An adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Runs Jul 4 to Sep 1. High Park Amphitheatre, 416-368-3110, 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.
Much Ado About Nothing (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick argue so much it could be they're really in love. Runs Jul 4 to Sep 1. High Park Amphitheatre, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.
Jillian Jiggs (children). Phoebe Gilman's stories about an enterprising troublemaker. For ages 4+. Runs Jul 6 to Sep 2. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 416-368-8031, solarstage.on.ca.
Peter Pan The Musical (musical) by Piers Chater Robinson. A new musical based on the J.M. Barrie's famous play. For ages 4+. Opened Aug 23, runs to Sep 22. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St, tickets.ticketwise.com.
She The People: The Resistance Continues (revue) by The Second City. A sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the women of The Second City. Opened May 4, runs weekends to Sep 15. The Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011, www.secondcity.com. Runtime: 100m. ✭✭✭✭✩
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.
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, https://villageplayers.net.
Bed and Breakfast (comedy) by Mark Crawford. One half of an urban gay couple inherits a house in the country. Previews from Sep 11, opens Sep 13, runs to Sep 28. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.
In the Wake of Wettlaufer (drama) by Kelly McIntosh et al. The home where a family has placed their aged father turns out to be the one where Elizabth Wettlaufer committed multiple murders. Opened Aug 9, runs to Sep 6. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.
The Team on the Hill (comedy) by Dan Needles. Austin's grandson, fresh from agricultural college, has very different ideas about how to manage the family farm than Austin does. Opened Aug 2, runs to Sep 5. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.
Opry Gold (musical) by Leisa Way. A survey of the greatest hits of country music. Opens Sep 24, runs to Sep 28. Theatre Collingwood, 1-866-382-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca.
Asking For It (performance) by Ellie Moon. A look at sex, gender and consent based on interviews with family and friends. Preview Sep 13, opens Sep 14, runs to Sep 29. Firehall Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.
The Boy in the Moon (drama) by Emil Sher. A couple raises a child with disabilities caused by a rare genetic disorder. Opened Aug 8, runs to Sep 1. Firehall Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.
New Canadian Curling Club (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A bigoted old-timer has to teach curling to a group of recent immigrants to Canada. Preview Sep 27, opens Sep 28, runs to Oct 20. Springer Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com
Ring of Fire (revue) by Richard Maltby Jr. & William Meade. A salute to the life and music of Johnny Cash. Opened Aug 24, runs to Sep 15. Springer Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.
Kalamazoo (comedy) by Michelle Kholos Brooks & Kelly Young. Two baby-boomers find that dating isn't any easier the second time around. Opens Sep 11, runs to Sep 27. Gravenhurst Opera House, www.gravenhurst.ca.
Renovations for Six (comedy) by Norm Foster. A couple new in town ask two other couples over for dinner and together work out a mystery. Previews from Sep 18, opens Sep 20, runs to Oct 5. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.
IMPACT Festival 2019 (festival). The sixth biennial international theatre festival presented by MT Space in Waterloo Region. Opens Sep 24, runs to Sep 29. Various venues, http://mtspace.ca.
Titanic: The Musical (musical) by Maury Yeston & Peter Stone. The stories of real passengers who sailed on the ill-fated Titanic in 1912. Previews from Sep 17, opens Sep 20, runs to Sep 28. [student] Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.
Same Time, Next Year (comedy) by Bernard Slade. Two people, married to others, have a rmoantic rendezvous one a year over 24 years. Previews from Sep 5, opens Sep 7, runs to Sep 29. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sex (comedy) by Mae West. A prostitute in 1920s Montreal meets a rich young lover, but he does know about her past. Opened Jul 5, runs to Oct 13.
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.
Criss Angel RAW – The Mindfreak Unplugged (magic) by Criss Angel. Sleight of hand street magic, mentalism,and even some of his most iconic illusions in an intimate setting. Sep 13 only. Casino Rama Resort, www.casinorama.com/Live.
Shaolin Martial Realm (circus). A martial arts spectacle that tells the story of a boy separated from his mother by war. Sep 14 only. Casino Rama Resort, www.casinorama.com/Live.
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 Aug 20, runs to Sep 8. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Mînowin (dance) by Margaret Grenier. A performance that weaves together narrative, song, movement and new multimedia and unites the values of reciprocity of Northwest Coastal cultures with contemporary dance. Opens Sep 26, runs to Sep 28. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Prismatic Arts Festival (festival). Performances in theatre, dance, music, spoken word, visual arts, and media arts by culturally diverse and Aborgininal artists from across Canada. Opens Sep 21, runs to Sep 22. Various venues, prismaticfestival.com.
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. Preview Sep 25, opens Sep 26, runs to Oct 5. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.
The Unnatural and Accidental Women (drama) by Marie Clements. The spirits of ten Indigenous women bear witness to each other’s lives and deaths. Opens Sep 11, runs to Sep 12. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Death Trap (drama) by Ira Levin. A formerly successful playwright plans to steal the script for a thriller from his protégé. Runs Aug 16 to Sep 7. Classic Theatre Festival, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.
Hogan's Hoedown (revue) by David Hogan. The most electrifying hootenanny this side of Watford. Previews from Sep 3, opens Sep 7, runs to Sep 22. Victoria Playhouse, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.
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. Opens Sep 20, runs to Nov 9. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
Wrong Window (comedy) by Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore. A tribute to Alfred Hitchcock that asks, "Who killed Lila Laswald and if she’s not dead…then who is?" Opened Jul 12, runs to Sep 14. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
Lunenburg (comedy) by Norm Foster. An American widow inherits a house in Nova Scotia she didn't know existed. Opens Sep 11, runs to Sep 22. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca
Lunenburg (comedy) by Norm Foster. An American widow inherits a house in Nova Scotia she didn't know existed. Opened Aug 22, runs to Sep 7. Festival Theatre, 1-888-779-7703, lighthousetheatre.com.
Million Dollar Quartet (musical) by Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott. A recreation of the legendary 1956 jam session involving Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl perkins and Elvis Presley. Opened Aug 8, runs to Sep 1. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.
It's Your Funeral (comedy) by Jamie Williams. A new farce with shifting coffins, secret passageways and mysterious millions. Opened Aug 15, runs to Sep 7. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 1-855-782-4353, www.psft.ca.
Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (Похороните меня за плинтусом) (drama) by Mark Rozovsky. Sasha’s grandmother wants to raise him to be obedient above all else. In Russian. Sep 10 only. Richmond Hill Centre, showoneproductions.ca.
Unknown Friend (Неизвестный друг) (musical) by Valery Galendeyev. A musical version of the story by Ivan Bunin of letters found to a famous writer. In Russian. Sep 25 only. Richmond Hill Centre, showoneproductions.ca.
Good Ol' Country Gospel (revue) by David Rogers. A survey of Gospel music from soul-stiring ballads to high-energy songs of praise. Previews from Sep 11, opens Sep 13, runs to Dec 22. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:
The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 3 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 3. 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.
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
Anne Boleyn (drama) by Howard Brenton. The life and death of Henry VIII's second wife in this play from 2010. Reading. Sep 19 only.
Birds of a Kind (drama) by Wajdi Mouawad. An Arab-American woman and a Jewish geneticist fall in love and travel to Israel. Opened Aug 14, runs to Oct 13.
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 12. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✩✩
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 11. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✭✩✩
The Widow's Tears (comedy) by George Chapman. Two brothers embark on dangerous games of wooing in the play from 1605. Reading. Sep 27 only.
Person of Interest (comedy) by Melody A. Johnson. The mostly true stroy of an actor driven to the brink. Opened Aug 28, runs to Sep 1. Studio Theatre, https://festivalplayers.ca.