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

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

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

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


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Apr 23, 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.

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.

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.


ORILLIA

Jonas and Barry in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In an assisted living facility, Jonas makes friends with Barry, who spends his time wooing the female residents. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 3. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.


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.

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.


STRATFORD

HERE FOR NOW THEATRE COMPANY 2021 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL:

A festival running from Jun 15-Sep 5 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

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 Jun 22-Sep 26 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 8, runs to Sep 5.  

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. Opened Aug 28, runs to Sep 26.