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)

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

In Concert: Russell Braun and Tamara Wilson (concert). Arias and orchestral pieces from Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, Wagner and others. Runs from Sep 24. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Apocalypse Play (comedy) by Natasha Greenblatt & Kate Lushington. A seriously funny show about motherhood and feminist legacy: what we inherit and what we pass on as the clock ticks towards climate catastrophe. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 19. Hillcrest Park, www.commonbootstheatre.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

As You Like It (comedy) by William Shakespeare. A radical retelling of Shakespeare's comedy about people fleeing a tyrannical duke. Previews from Sep 22, opens Sep 30, runs to Oct 10. Crow's Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required

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

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 (musical) by Anika Johnson. Five goddesses descend from the heavens having received word that the world is in dire need of their help. Sep 24 to Sep 25. Amos Waites Park, artsintheparksto.org. Covid safety procedures in place

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

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

The Home Project (play) by Akosua Amo-Adem et al. A multi-deisciplinary 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 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

Leaving Home (drama) by David French. The Mercer family, immigrants from Newfoundland to Toronto, struggle to find their way in the late 1950s. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 24. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

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

MOBY: A Whale of a Tale (musical) by Annie Tuma & Lena Maripuu. A humorous musical adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel. Preview Sep 16, opens Sep 17, runs to Sep 26. Pirate Life, 585 Queens Quay West, piratelife.ca.

3Tempests (drama) by Pete Smith. An adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest with stories of Hurrican Hazel and the lives of seniors isolated by Covid. Runs Sep 7 to Sep 12. Little Avenue Memorial Park, www.shakespeareinaction.org. 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

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

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. Proof of vaccination required


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

Sexy Laundry (play) by Michelle Riml. A couple try to jump-start their marriage with a copy of Sex for Dummies. Runs Aug 5 to Sep 4. 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com. Covid safety procedures in place


KINGSTON

Evil Dead: The Musical (musical) by Frank Cipolla et al. Five college students in a cabin in the woods unlesh a host of demons. Runs Sep 23 to Sep 26. 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


LONDON

The Bicycle Play (drama) by Dan Ebbs et al. A history of London’s relationship with the bicycle from 1869 to the present. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 25. AlvegoRoot Theatre, www.alvegoroottheatre.com. online

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

Pirates of Long Point  (comedy) by Adam Corrigan Holowitz. Local youth are lure unsuspecting ships to the shore of Long Point to loot them. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 25. AlvegoRoot Theatre, www.alvegoroottheatre.com. online

Tales for a Reaney Day (plays) by James Reaney. Two stories about young people navigating isolation from their community in the Souwesto countryside. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 12. 630 Somerville, www.alvegoroottheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place


MORRISBURG

Johnny and June (revue) by Chris McHarge & Colin Stuart. A salute to the lives and songs of the king and queen of country music. Runs Sep 7 to Sep 19. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com. Covid safety procedures in place

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 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. cancelled

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. Opened 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

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

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

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


PETROLIA

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


PORT HOPE

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


PORT PERRY

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (children). A two-person stage version of the beloved children's book by CS Lewis. Sep 25 only. Rear of 250 Queen St., www.theatreontheridge.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


PORT STANLEY

A Legal Alien (comedy) by Chris Gibbs. Gibbs describes his journey from the land of William Shakespeare to the land of William Shatner. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 4. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

The Fixer-Upper (comedy) by Lorne Elliott. The life of a landlord when his “land” is a delerict shack. Runs Sep 8 to Oct 9. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca. ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required


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. Covid safety procedures in place

The Ladies Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. Three women who have just lost the longtime fourth of their foursome let a stanger take her place. Runs Sep 14 to Sep 26. Various golf courses, fosterfestival.com. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


STRATFORD

Call It Love (musical) by Chilina Kennedy & Eric Holmes. Olivia looks back at her life to find out what bad decision might have caused her memory loss.. Runs Sep 3 to Sep 12. In concert. Stratford Perth Museum, eclipsetheatre.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

Divine Interventions (musical) by Anika Johnson. Five goddesses descend from the heavens having received word that the world is in dire need of their help. Sep 18 only. Gallery Stratford, www.springworksfestival.ca. Covid safety procedures in place

The Travelling Puppet Castle (children) by Crapaud Cornu. An energetic traveller searches the world for the best socks. Runs Sep 25 to Sep 26. Gallery Stratford, www.springworksfestival.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


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

goldfish (comedy) by Steve Ross. A friendship develops between a male retiree and a busy woman who runs a daycare. Sep 14 to Sep 17. ★★★★☆

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. ★★★★☆


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, https://magnustheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required