Stage Door Listings

September 2020

Beau Dixon presents Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story for Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie from September 9 to 19.

Photo: Beau Dixon in Beneath Springhill. © Beau Dixon.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

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. Opens Sep 25, runs to Oct 18. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. 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. Opens Sep 27, runs to Oct 11. Acoustic streaming. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

The Comedy of Errors (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Identitical twins separated at birth arrive in the same town with their identical twin servants. Runs Jul 4 to Sep 6. Amphitheatre in High Park, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

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

Fairview (drama) by Jackie Sibblies Drury. The Frasier family gather to celebrate Grandma’s birthday, but things don’t go as planned. Previews from Sep 12, opens 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. Livestreamed. Opens Sep 29, runs to Oct 18. Fleck Dance Theatre, www.ffdnorth.com.

Happy Hour (comedy) by The Second City. A hilarious cocktail of interactive games, special guests, music, sketch comedy, and suggestion-driven improv. Online. Thursdays, Sep 17 to Nov 5. The Second City, www.tixr.com/groups/secondcity.

I, Claudia (drama) by Kristen Thomson. A 12-year-old girl strugles with her transition to adolescence and with her parents’ divorce. Previews from Sep 29, opens Oct 1, runs to Oct 25. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

M. Butterfly (drama) by David Henry Hwang. A French diplomat falls in love with a Chinese opera performer.  Opened Aug 20, runs to Sep 9. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca. cancelled

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.

We Will Rock You (musical) by Queen & Ben Elton. Bohemians struggle to reassert individuality in a future world of conformity. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 13. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St, lowerossingtontheatre.com. cancelled


BARRIE

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 Sep 9 to Sep 19. Talk Is Free Theatre, 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca. ★★★★★

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.  

Something Bubbled, Something Blue (performance). Eden and Zara decide because of Covid to get married in Zorb bubbles. Sep 12 only. A park in Barrie, www.tift.ca.


BLYTH

The 2020 Blyth Festival has been cancelled.


COBOURG

HASTINGS! The Musical (musical) by Tricia Black et al. A musical retelling of the history of Hastings County, Ontario. Opens Sep 23, runs to Sep 27. Victoria Hall Cobourg, tweedandcompany.com. cancelled


GANANOQUE

New Magic Valley Fun Town (drama) by Daniel MacIvor. Dougie’s best childhood friend comes to visit after 25 years and the two must face painful facts from the past. Opened Aug 22, runs to Sep 6. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled

Once (musical) by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová.  A Czech woman helps an Irish street musician realize his dream of making a record. Previews from Sep 8, opens 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. Preview Sep 18, opens Sep 19, runs to Oct 4. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. cancelled


GRAND BEND

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (revue) by Dean Regan. A celebration of the life and music of Patsy Cline. Opened Aug 20, runs to Sep 5. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

Kinky Boots (musical) by Cyndi Lauper. A struggling men’s shoe factory turns its business around by making footwear for drag queens. Opened Aug 23, runs to Sep 5. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.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


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

Ring of Fire (musical) by William Meade. A survey of the life and music of Johnny Cash. Runs Aug 19 to Sep 5. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. postponed to 2021


LONDON

Barnum (musical) by Cy Coleman & Michael Stewart. A chronicle of the life of American showman P.T. Barnum. Preview Sep 10, opens Sep 11, runs to Sep 20. [student] Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

London Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of theatre, music, dance art and more. Opens Sep 22, runs to Oct 3. Various venues, londonfringe.ca. 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. Physical distancing in place.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Asphalt Jungle Shorts XVII: The Covid Experiment (festival). New short site-specific plays will be performed outdoors in Kitchener. Opens Sep 10, runs to Sep 12, Sep 17 to Sep 19. Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St West, www.facebook.com.


MORRISBURG

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


NIAGARA FALLS

Dance with the Daredevil Murder Mystery (comedy). Daredevil Vic Devine gives a press conference about his latest case. Runs Sep 18 only. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com. All performances suspended.

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. ★★★★☆


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.

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

Mahabharata (drama) A stage adaptation of the great Sanskrit epic poem. Runs from Aug 15 to Sep 19. 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

Prince Caspian (children) by Damien Atkins. Prince Caspian of Narnia needs the four Pevensie children to help him defeat his wicked uncle. For ages 6+. Opened May 23, runs to Sep 5. 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

The Playboy of the Western World (comedy) by J.M. Synge. A young man who has murdered his father is treated as a hero. Opened May 24, runs to Sep 6. 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


ORILLIA

On a First Name Basis (comedy) by Norm Foster. A novelist realizes that he knows nothing about his housekeeper of 28 years. Runs Aug 19 to Sep 4. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. audience of only 50


OTTAWA

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (musical) by Stephen Trask & John Cameron Mitchell. An East German rock and roll star is the vistim of a botched sex change operation. Preview Sep 16, opens Sep 17, runs to Sep 26. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.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

She Kills Monsters (comedy) by Qui Nguyen. Agnes becomes involved in the Dungeons & Dragons game of her dead sister. Opened Aug 28, runs to Sep 5. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca. postponed

Wicked (musical) by Stephen Schwartz & Winnie Holzman.  The story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived. Opened Aug 26, runs to Sep 6. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled


PENETANGUISHENE

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D’Arienzo. In 1987 an aspiring rocker falls in love with a Midwestern girl newly moved to LA. Opened Aug 23, runs to Sep 5. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


PERTH

Productions at the Classic Theatre Festival have been postponed to 2021.


PETERBOROUGH

The Open Spaces Theatre Festival (festival). A rotating selection of four 45-minute-long plays performed in various locations. Opens Sep 24, runs to Sep 27. Various venues, 1-800-814-0055, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca.


PICKERING

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


PORT COLBORNE

Glory Days! (revue) by Chris McHarge. A tribute to the performers who got their start at California’s famous Troubadour Club from Bruce Stringsteen to Cat Stevens. Opens Sep 11, runs to Sep 12. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca. cancelled


PORT DOVER

Glory Days! (revue) by Chris McHarge. A tribute to the performers who got their start at California's famous Troubadour Club from Bruce Stringsteen to Cat Stevens. Opens Sep 15, runs to Sep 24. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. cancelled

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (comedy) by Ron Clark & Sam Bobrick. Arlene and her lover plot to kill Arlene’s used car salesman husband. Preview Aug 26, runs to Sep 12. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. cancelled


PORT HOPE

BOOM (performance) by Rick Miller. A trip through the defining moments in history and culture of the Baby Boom generation. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 19. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com. postponed


PORT STANLEY

Perils of Persephone (comedy) by Dan Needles. A truck carrying toxic waste crashes on the farm of the township reeve. Opened Aug 19, runs to Sep 12. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca. cancelled

9th Annual Playwrights’ Festival (festival). Three nights of free public readings of new Canadian plays. Sep 19 only. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


ST.  JACOBS

We’ll Meet Again (comedy) by Alex Mustakas. A celebration of the songs from World I to World War II. Previews from Sep 22, opens Sep 25, runs to Dec 20. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


STIRLING

HASTINGS! The Musical (musical) by Tricia Black et al. A musical retelling of the history of Hastings County, Ontario. Opens Sep 17, runs to Sep 20. Stirling Festival Theatre, tweedandcompany.com. cancelled


STRATFORD

Blank Stage: Performances from the Porch (variety). A tribute to music theatre and an evening of indigenous music and storytelling. Sep 11 & 12. Stratford Perth Museum, www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca.

Here For Now Open-Air Theatre Festival (festival). Here For Now presents six socially distanced plays performed outdoors in the back lawns of The Bruce Hotel. Opened Jul 17, runs to Sep 6, Fri-Mon. The Bruce Hotel, 89 Parkview Dr, www.herefornowtheatre.com.

A Hundred Words for Snow (comedy) by Tatty Hennessy. A 15-year-old girl takes a journey to scatter her father's ashes at the North Pole. ★★★★☆

I See the Crimson Wave (drama) by Roy Lewis. The life of the West's most famous Black cowboy, Nat Love (1854–1921), as told through poetry. ★★★★☆

Infinite Possibilities (comedy) by Mark Weatherley. Shakespeare, Cleopatra and a host of other historical figures uses a time portal to visit the present and tell what really happened to them. ★★★☆☆

Whack! (drama) by Mark Weatherley. The true story of Angelina Napolitano, who in 1911 became the first woman in Canada to use the battered wife defence for killing her husband. ★★★★☆


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

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


THUNDER BAY

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (musical) by Dean redan. The tale in words and music of Cline’s rise to pop stardom. Opens Sep 3, runs to Sep 13. Waverley Park, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com.

SHOUT! The Mod Musical (musical) by Phillip George & David Lowenstein. Five young British women come of age during the 1960s. Preview Sep 12, opens Sep 13, runs to Oct 5. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com. cancelled

a hilarious cocktail of interactive games, special guests, music, sketch comedy, and suggestion-driven improv