Stage Door Listings

September 2021

The Thousand Island Playhouse in Gananoque presents Back in ’59 by Thom Currie at its Firehall Theatre from September 9 to October 2, 2021.

Photo: The Thousand Islands Playhouse.

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)

La Bulle (performance) by CORPUS. Audiences watch Pierrot live his life inside a large transparent bubble. Sep 1 to Sep 5. Théâtre français de Toronto, www.corpus.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

inTO focus (dance). An anthology of work by five Toronto-based contemporary dance artists. Runs Sep 21 to Sep 26. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Is My Microphone On? (performance) by Jordan Tannahill. Kids aged 12-17 hold the adults in the audience to account for the choices they have made that will affect them. Runs Sep 2 to Sep 19. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com. Covid safety procedures in place

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

You Can’t Get There From Here (plays). A collection of five new audio mini-dramas by Anusree Roy, Matthew MacKenzie, Yvette Nolan, Keith Barker and Luke Reece. Runs Mar 25 to Sep 25. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online audio


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

Assassinating Thomson (drama) by Bruce Horak. A look at the truth and lies behind the mysterious death of painter Tom Thomson. Runs Sep 15 to Sep 25. Blyth Festival Amphitheatre, blythfestival.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Café Daughter (drama) by Kenneth T. Williams. The true story of a Chinese-Cree girl growing up in Saskatchewan in the 1950s. Runs Aug 25 to Sep 5. Blyth Festival Amphitheatre, blythfestival.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Chase the Ace (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A big city radio host is forced to take a job managing a small-town station. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 19. Blyth Festival Amphitheatre, blythfestival.com. Covid safety procedures in place

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


BOBCAYGEON

Gabs Sings Babs (cabaret) by Gabi Epstein. Epstein shares her own journey of self-discovery through her idol Barbra Streisand’s greatest hits. Runs Sep 1 to Sep 4. Globus Theatre, 1-800-304-7897, www.lakeviewartsbarn.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


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


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

Assassins in Concert (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. The story of the nine people (four successful) who have tried to kill an American president. Runs Jul 18 to Sep 29.

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, Sonny’s 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.


ORANGEVILLE

Josiah (drama) by Charles Robertson. A play based on the autobiography of Joasiah Henson (1789-1883), who escaped from slavery in the US to Canada. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 19. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


ORILLIA

Old Love (comedy) by Norm Foster. Bud tries to win back his old love Molly now that she’s newly widowed. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 3. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Broue (comedy) by Claude Meunier et al. The 40th anniversary production of this venerable Québécois comedy. In French. Opens Sep 9, runs to Sep 11. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Cabine/Traces (performance). Theatre for an audience of one – pick up the phone in a telephone booth built in the Mojave Desert in 1948. In French. Runs Sep 14 to Sep 18. La Nouvelle Scène, nac-cna.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Ogre (drama) by Larry  Tremblay. A bully is convinced that he’s the star of a reality show. In French. Runs Sep 13 to Sep 14. NAC, nac-cna.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

On va tous mourir (comedy) by Laurent Paquin & Simon Boudreault. Twenty sketches on the theme of death. In French. Sep 14 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

La Petite Maison (installation) by Noémie Avidar. Viewers walk through this open work, invited to construct a unique sensory experience for themselves. In French. Runs Sep 16 to Sep 18. La Nouvelle Scène, nac-cna.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


PORT DOVER

Beyond the Sea (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. On a pier in a small town Theo and Gwen explore love, loss and the importance of looking forward. Runs Aug 24 to Sep 12. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place


ST. CATHARINES

Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering (festival). Teachings, panels, workshops and musical performances that reflect on Indigenous survival, vigilance and vision. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 12. FirstOntario PAC, www.celebrationofnations.ca.


STRATFORD

HERE FOR NOW THEATRE COMPANY 2021 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL:

A festival running from Jul 6-Sep 26 of eight world premiere one-act plays and a reading series outdoors at The Bruce Hotel. Here For Now Theatre Company, www.herefornowtheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place

Kroehler Girls (comedy) by Kelly McIntosh et al. In the early 1950s women build furniture by day and dominate local softball by night. Runs Sep 7 to Sep 26.

So how’s it been? (musical) by Liza Balkan & Paul Shilton. A song cycle based on interviews conducted with a wide range of people during the pandemic. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 5.

The Wonder of It All (comedy) by Mark Weatherley. Can a couple rediscover the wonder of love after 25 years of marriage? Runs Aug 17 to Sep 5.


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 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. Previews from Sep 9, opens Sep 12, runs to Sep 26.

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. Opened Aug 21, runs to Sep 5.

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Opened Aug 15, runs to Sep 26.  

At the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Opened Aug 14, runs to Sep 12.  

#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. Runs Sep 14 to Sep 18.

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. Previews from Aug 28, opens Sep 2, runs to Sep 26.

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.