Stage Door Listings

September 2022

The Blyth Festival presents John Ware Reimagined by Cheryl Foggo September 1-24.

Illustration: John Ware postage stamp issued by Canada Post February 1, 2012.


TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Bluebeard’s Castle (opera) by Béla Bartók. Bluebeard’s new wife asks to look behind each of the seven doors of his mysterious castle. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Runs Mar 26 to Sep 26. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Singin’ in the Rain (musical) by N.H. Brown & A. Freed. A stage adaptation of the famous film musical. Runs Sep 24 to Oct 23. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (drama) by Jack Thorne. 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a new generation arrives at Hogwarts and a new menace threatens the world. Opened Jun 19, booking to Dec 24, 2022. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

As You Like It (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Half of the Duke’s court flees his rule to find freedom and love in the forest. Runs Jul 28 to Sep 4. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Bad Parent (comedy) by Ins Choi. A young couple tries to raise their toddler in front of an audience. Previews from Sep 15, opens Sep 2, runs to Oct 9. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Cockroach (comedy) by Ho Ka Kei. A coming-of-age play about the stories we tell ourselves to comfort, to survive, to resist. Runs Sep 13 to Oct 9. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

King Lear (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Lear’s plans to retire and divide his kingdom among his three daughters leads to chaos. Previews from Aug 27, opens Sep 16, runs to Oct 1. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Manman la mer (drama) by Djennie Laguerre. Marjolaine travels to Haiti to seek the healing powers of her grandmother. In French with English surtitles. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 2. Berkeley Street Theatre, theatrefrancais.com.

Otîhêw (drama) by P.J. Prudat. An Indigenous re-imagining of Shakespeare's Othello set during the fur trade era. Runs Aug 19 to Sep 4. Various parks in Toronto, https://shakespeareintheruff.com.

Public Enemy (comedy) by Olivier Choinière. At a family dinner everyone tries to identify the cause of the ills that plague Quebec. Runs Sep 20 to Oct 2. Berkeley Street Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Queen Goneril (drama) by Erin Shields. A prequel to Shakespeare’s King Lear focussing on Lear’s three daughters fighting a patriarchal system. Runs Aug 31 to Oct 2. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

You Can’t Get There from Here, Vol. 2 (plays) by Majorie Chan et al. Five new audiodramas offering listeners fresh perspectives on Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Runs Mar 8 to Sep 8. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online


BLOOMFIELD

Beyond the Sea (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. On a pier in a small town two lost souls have a conversation that may change their destiny. Runs Aug 24 to Sep 4. Festival Players Pavilion, Eddie Hotel & Farm, www.festivalplayers.ca.


BLYTH

John Ware Reimagined (drama) by Cheryl Foggo. The legend of John Ware, Alberta’s only Black cowboy punctuated with folk tunes and country ballads. Runs Sep 1 to Sep 24. Harvest Stage, blythfestival.com.


BURLINGTON

Walk Right Back (revue) by Clive Fishlock. A view of the lives and music of the Everly Brothers. Runs Sep 22 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.  


COLLINGWOOD

The Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. Four friends gather for a round of golf at their 15-year high school reunion. Runs Sep 20 to Sep 24. Theatre Collingwood, theatrecollingwood.ca.


FENELON FALLS

The Ben Show  (magic) by Ben Burland. A show combining magic and circus arts. Runs Sep 17 only. The Grove Playhouse, www.grovetheatre.ca.

A Legal Alien  (comedy) by Chris Gibbs. Gibbs's story of moving from the UK to Canada. Runs Sep 9 only. The Grove Playhouse, www.grovetheatre.ca.


GANANOQUE

Honour Beat (drama) by Tara Beagan. Two Indigenous sisters come together by their mother’s side as she faces the end of her life. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 25. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

Jersey Boys (musical) by Bob Gaudio et al. Four friends from New Jersey rise to stardom as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Runs Sep 27 to Oct 23. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

Kim’s Convenience (comedy) by Ins Choi. Mr. Kim, a first generation Korean immigrant is trying desperately to convince his artist daughter to take over the family business. Runs Aug 26 to Sep 18. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GRAND BEND

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A young woman leaves a convent to become the nanny for seven children. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 4. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women set aside a long weekend to reminisce and reconnect. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 4. South Huron Stage, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


LONDON

Into the Woods (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Characters from famous fairy tales interact in a magical forest. Previews from Sep 20, opens Sep 23, runs to Oct 1. [student] Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. ‑masks and proof of vax required‑


MARKHAM

Masters of Illusion (magic). Runs Sep 28 to Sep 29, Flato Markham Theatre, flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.


MORRISBURG

Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A logger from Northern New Brunswick suddenly visits his estranged niece and her wife. Runs Sep 8 to Oct 2. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


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 30, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2022:

The plays run in repertory from Feb 9-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

Damn Yankees (musical) by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. A man makes a deal with the Devil to save his beloved baseball team, the Washington Senators. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9.

The Doctor’s Dilemma (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. If only one of two pateints can live – how do you choose? Previews from Jul 16, opened Aug 20, runs to Oct 8.

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. John pretends to be Algernon’s wicked brother Ernest to visit Algy’s cousin Cecily in the country. Opened Jun 16, runs to Oct 9.

A Short History of Niagara (performance) by Alexandra Montagnese & Mike Petersen. The history of the Niagara region presented as a puppet play. Runs Jun 18 to Oct 2. Festival Theatre Grounds.

At the Royal George Theatre

Chitra (drama) by Rabinranath Tagore. A warrior princess raised as a boy hopes to win the love of a male warrior. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 8.

Gaslight (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. A new adaptation of the 1938 thriller about a husband who tries to convince his wife that she is going insane. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9.  

Just to Get Married (comedy) by Cicily Hamilton. In 1910 Georgina knows she’s being hawked around the marriage market. Previews from Jul 27, opened Aug 21, runs to Oct 16.

At the Studio Theatre

Everybody (drama) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. In a modern version of the medieval play Everyman, Everybody journeys toward life’s greatest mystery. Opened Jun 17, runs to Oct 8.

Gem of the Ocean (drama) by August Wilson. 285-year-old Aunt Ester send a guilt-ridden man on a quest to a mythical city. Previews from Aug 5, opened Aug 19, runs to Oct 9.

Too True to Be Good (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A nurse and her boyfriend rob and kidnap the nurse’s patient and flee to a far-off outpost of the Britsh Empire. Opened May 26, runs to Oct 9.

On the BMO Stage

1922 – In Concert (revue) by Jay Turvey. A tribute to the exciting musical and cultural explosion that happened in 1922. Runs Aug 17 to Oct 2.


ORILLIA

Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A logger from northern New Brunswick arrives unannounced at his niece’s city home. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 2. Orillia Opera House, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.  


OSHAWA

Walk Right Back (revue) by Clive Fishlock. A view of the lives and music of the Everly Brothers. Runs Sep 23 only. Regent Theatre, tickets.regenttheatre.ca.  


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Anastasia (musical) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. A young woman suspects she may the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Runs Aug 30 to Sep 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

The Chemical Valley Project (drama) by Julia Howman & Kevin Matthew Wong. Visiting a First Nations reserve opens an Asian-Canadian's eyes to Canadian colonization and corporate greed. Runs Sep 20 to Oct 2. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Runs Sep 12 to Oct 1. Touring the Ottawa region, fools.ca.

Hypersensoriel (magic) by Messmer. A evening of mind reading and other examples of mentalism. Runs Sep 11 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Koozå (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. An exploration of themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. Runs Aug 25 to Sep 25. Place des Festivals ZIBI, Gatineau, www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Ladies Night, pour vous mesdames! (comedy) by Anthony McCarten et al. A Québécois adaptation of a play similar to The Full Monty. Runs Sep 13 to Sep 14. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

On a First Name Basis (comedy) by Norm Foster. A successful but cantankerous novelist suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his housekeeper of 28 years. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 3. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

The Siegel (comedy) by Michael Mitnick. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago, but Ethan is going to propose to her even though she’s in another relationship. Runs Sep 21 to Oct 8. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Un. Deux. Trois. (dramas) by Mani Soleymanlou. A triology asking whether we will be able to build bridges across widening gulfs. In French. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 1. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


PETROLIA

When Irish Eyes are Smiling (revue) by D2 Entertainment. A mix of bawdy Irish tunes, heart-felt ballads, fiddling and high-stepping dance. Runs Sep 13 to Oct 9. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca.


PORT COLBORNE

Glory Days! (revue) by Chris McHarge. A survey of the music of legendary artists from Bruce Stringsteen to Van Morrison who got their start at California’s famous Troubadour Club. Runs Sep 21 to Sep 25. Showboat Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.

The Real Sherlock Holmes (drama) by Peter Colley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Professor Bell track down a killer, an event that will inspire Doyle’s famous fictional detective. Runs Sep 7 to Sep 18. Showboat Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT DOVER

Glory Days! (revue) by Chris McHarge. A survey of the music of legendary artists from Bruce Stringsteen to Van Morrison who got their start at California’s famous Troubadour Club. Runs Sep 7 to Sep 17. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.

The Real Sherlock Holmes (drama) by Peter Colley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Professor Bell track down a killer, an event that will inspire Doyle’s famous fictional detective. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 3. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

9 to 5 (musical) by Dolly Parton. Three female coworkers plan to get even with their sexist, egomaniac boss. Runs Aug 4 to Sep 4. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT STANLEY

Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters are all ready to take their mother to her new nursing home, but she won’t go. Runs Aug 24 to Sep 10. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.  


ST. CATHARINES

The Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. Four friends gather for a round of golf at their 15-year high school reunion. Runs Sep 6 to Sep 17. Various St. Catharines area golf courses, fosterfestival.com.


ST. JACOBS

The Crooner (revue) by Alex Mustakas. Canadian crooner Michael Vanhevel pays tribute to iconic crooners from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé. Runs Jun 29 to Sep 4. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

We'll Meet Again (musical) by Alex Mustakas. A survey of the unforgettable songs popular during World Wars I and II. Runs Sep 28 to Dec 24. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STIRLING

Diners, Drive-Ins and ... Dies (drama). A body turns up in a popular greasy spoon and Guy Firey investigates. Runs from Sep 30 to Oct 1. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


STRATFORD

THE HERE FOR NOW THEATRE FESTIVAL:

A festival of nine one-act plays of 60 to 90 minutes, including 7 world premieres. Runs Jul 5 to Sep 11, 2022. Falstaff Family Centre, www.herefornowtheatre.com.

The Real Poems (drama) by Robert McQueen. The author's experiences as a young queer man living between Vancouver and New York City during the AIDS epidemic. Runs Sep 1 to Sep 11.

Spit (comedy) by Noelle Brown. Heartbroken at the death of their mother, two sisters lives are suddenly impacted by the arrival of a stranger. Runs Aug 25 to Sep 4.

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run from Apr 6 to Oct 29, 2022, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome.

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. In the Roaring Twenties an aspiring chorus girl and a fading vaudeville star each face trial for murder. Opened Jun 3, runs to Oct 28.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Opened Jun 2, runs to Oct 28.

The Miser (comedy) by Molière. A miser plans to marry and thus disinherit his two children. Previews from Aug 9, opens Aug 26, runs to Oct 29.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helen wins the hand of Bertram but he doesn’t fancy her. Opened Jul 8, runs to Oct 29.

Death and the King’s Horseman (drama) by Wole Soyinka. After the Yoruba king has died, his horseman must accompany him to the afterlife, but the ritual is interrupted. Previews from Aug 11, opens Aug 27, runs to Oct 29.

Flo & Joan (comedy) by Rosie and Nicola Dempsey. An hour of comic songs. Sep 9 only.  

The Revenger’s Tragedy (drama) by Thomas Middleton. In this 1606 play Vindice sets out to right the wrongs of his corrupt society. Reading. Sep 15 only.

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England. Opened Jun 4, runs to Oct 28.

At the Avon Theatre

Little Women (drama) by Jordi Mand. A stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Opened Jul 7, runs to Oct 29.

At the Studio Theatre

Every Little Nookie (comedy) by Sunny Drake. A boomer couple returns home to find their queer millennial daughter hosting a swingers’ party to make cash. Opened Jul 9, runs to Oct 1.

Hamlet-911 (drama) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. An actor has landed his dream role of playing Hamlet at Stratford but suddenly finds himself in the Underworld. Is he mad, dreaming, dead? Previews from Jul 31, opens Aug 25, runs to Oct 2.

1939 (drama) by Jani Lauzon & Kaitlyn Riordan. Students at an Ontario residential school are meant to perform All’s Well That Ends Well for a visit by King George VI. Previews from Aug 28, opens Sep 11, runs to Oct 28.

On Stratfest@Home

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. Ran Sep 12 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Mar 7 to Nov 4, 2022: online

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. Ran Aug 21 to Sep 5, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Oct 14, 2022: online

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; runs Jan 10 to Sep 16, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Ran Jul 31 to Aug 15, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Sep 23, 2022 on: online

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26; runs Feb 28 to Oct 7, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Ran Jul 28 to Aug 21, 2021; runs Jan 10 to Sep 30, 2022: online ★★★★☆

Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenyan-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Feb 7 to Oct 28, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

Why We Tell The Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13 to Jul 21, 2021; runs Jan 31 to Sep 2, 2022: online

You Can’t Stop the Beat (cabaret) by Thom Allison. A celebration of the power of musical theatre in troubled times. Ran Jul 18 to Jul 31, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Sep 9, 2022: online


WINDSOR

Windsor-Walkerville Fringe (festival). A festival of new work by at least ten different theatre companies. Runs Sep 24 to Oct 8. Various venues, www.windsorwalkervillefringefest.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. www.cashtributeshow.com.

• Sep 3: Opera House, Orangeville

• Sep 10: Gayety Theatre, Collingwood

• Sep 17: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• Sep 24: Fraser Auditorium, Sudbury