Stage Door Listings
Canadian Stage presents Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks September 22 to October 15.
Illustration: Cover of the TCG edition of Topdog/Underdog, 2001.
Larger Theatres (Professional)
Fall for Dance North (festival). Toronto’s premier international dance festival with 15+ world premieres from movement artists, musicians and filmmakers. Runs Sep 26 to Oct 7. Various venues, .
Fidelio (opera) Ludwig van Beethoven. A wife disguises herself as a man to rescue her husband from prison. In German with English surtitles. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 20. Four Seasons Centre, .
In Dreams (musical) by David West Read. A country-rock singer invites her old bandmates to join her for “the party of a lifetime” featuring the songs of Roy Orbison. Previews from Sep 26, opens Oct 1, runs to Nov 12. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, .
Jurassic World Live World (performance). Join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save a Troodon dinosaur from a terrible fate and meet some of Jurassic World’s most iconic dinosaurs. Runs Sep 15 to Sep 17. Scotiabank Arena, .
Lasting Impressions in 3D (installation) by Princeton Entertainment Group. Over 160 Impressionist paintings by 17 artists are presented on a giant LED screen. Runs Aug 10 to Oct 8. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, .
Nurse Blake: Shock Advised (comedy) by Blake Lynch. Nurse Blake shares new comic stories about the ins and outs of being a nurse. Runs Sep 9 only. Meridian Hall, .
SIX (musical) by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. A modern retelling of the story of the six wives of Henry VIII. Runs Sep 23, 2023, to Feb 11, 2024. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, .
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
Appropriate (comedy) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The estranged members of the Lafayette family return home to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. Previews from Sep 24, opens Sep 28, runs to Oct 21. Coal Mine Theatre, 2076 Danforth Ave, .
asses.masses (performance) by Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim. A 7-hour story-based video game experience where the audiences follow a community of donkeys in their quest to take their jobs back. Runs Sep 22 to Sep 24. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, .
Beyond the Pale (comedy) by Sandra Shamas. Stories and observations profane and profound. Workshop. Runs Sep 12 to Sep 28. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St E, .
Caminos 2023 (festival). Experiments in theatre, dance, installations, performance art and cabaret. Runs Sep 27 to Oct 1. Factory Theatre, .
Convictions (drama) by Lara Arabian. The beliefs of a Lebanese-Canadian family are tested when 13-year-old Zara begins to hear a mysterious voice. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 1. In French with English surtitles. Berkeley Street Theatre, .
her. (drama) by Deborah Shaw. In 1950s Toronto Helga’s great-nephew wants her to reveal secrets of her wartime past. Runs Sep 6 to Sep 10. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, .
Konterschwung (circus). A show by Swiss acrobatic comedians. Runs Aug 27 to Sep 3. International Stage, Canadian National Exhibition, .
The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time (drama) by Walter Borden. A personal exploration of homosexuality from a Black perspective. Runs Sep 19 to Oct 15. Tarragon Theatre, .
The Master Plan (comedy) by Michael Healey. Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto attempt, and fail, to build a smart city in Toronto. Previews from Sep 5, opens Sep 13, runs to Oct 19. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, . ★★★★☆
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers escape into a magical forest. Runs Jul 21 to Sep 3. High Park Amphitheatre, .
The Moth (storytelling). Storytellers and a notable host share true personal stories, without notes. Runs Sep 19 only. Koerner Hall, .
Our Flag Means [Blank] (comedy). Unlikely crewmates work through what it means to be a pirate who doesn’t quite fit the pirate standards. Runs Wednesdays, Sep 13 to Oct 4. Pirate’s Life, 585 Queen Quay West, .
A Peter Rabbit Tale (children) by Neal Richardson. Peter Rabbit decides to run away from home but encounters many strange creatures. For ages 3-7. Runs Sat & Sun, Sep 30 to Nov 19. Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Ave, .
Pinkalicious The Musical (children) by John Gregor. Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she comes down with Pinkitis. For ages 4+. Runs Sat & Sun, Sep 16 to Oct 22. Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Ave, .
Richard Three (drama) by Patricia Allison. A radical rewrite of Shakespeare’s Richard III for only three actors. Runs Aug 19 to Sep 3. Withrow Park, 725 Logan Ave, .
Sea Wall (drama) by Simon Stephens. A photographer lives happily with his wife and daughter in the South of France until things go wrong. Runs Sep 21 to Oct 8. Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St West, .
Skyline’s the Limit (comedy). All the most important comedic topics in Toronto from the tallest skyscraper to the depths of Lake Ontario. Runs from Mar 30 to Sep 17. The Second City, One York St, .
speaking of sneaking (drama) by daniel jelani ellis. A multidisciplinary mash-up of dance, poetry and pantomime about leaving Jamaica and finding home in Canada. Previews from Sep 19, opens Sep 21, runs to Oct 1. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, .
Thots & Prayers (comedy) by Ajahnis Charley. A deceased twink relives the gayest age, 22, to prove that he deserves to be let into Gay Heaven. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 9. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, .
Topdog/Underdog (drama) by Suzan-Lori Parks. Lincoln and Booth are brothers haunted by their past – as well as their names. Runs Sep 22 to Oct 15. Berkeley Street Theatre, .
Toronto International BuskerFest (festival). Comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, stiltwalkers and much more. Runs Sep 1 to Sep 4. Woodbine Park, .
The Waltz (comedy) by Mary Beath Badian. Two Filipinx teenagers spend an evening on a doorstep in the Prairies in the 1990s. Preview Sep 6, opens Sep 7, runs to Sep 17. Factory Theatre, . ★★★☆☆
work.txt (performance) by Nathan Ellis. Audiences will follow prompts from the screen, working and laughing together towards building a shared experience. Runs Sep 27 to Sep 29. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, .
Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)
Halfway There (comedy) by Norm Foster. In Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Doctor Sean Merrit, newly dumped by his fiancée, meets four local women. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 23. Scarborough Village Theatre, . ‑masks required‑
If We Were Birds (drama) by Erin Shields. Procne leaves her beloved sister Philomela for a new life with husband King Tereus, but tragedy ensues. Runs Sep 22 to Oct 7. [community] Alumnae Theatre, .
The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. Algernon impersonates his friend John’s wicked brother to meet John’s winsome ward. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 30. [community] Village Playhouse, .
Bobbie (drama) by Trudee Romanek. The true story of Bobbie Rosenfeld whose family fled from Russia to Barrie where she trained to become an Olympic champion. Runs Aug 30 to Sep 10. Five Points Theatre, .
Outheis (drama) by Griffin Hewitt. This immersive and interactive experience asks, “Where can we go when we are lost?” Runs Sep 19 to Sep 23. Various venues, .
Handcuffs (drama) by James Reaney. The third part of the Donnelly Trilogy showing on February 4th, 1880, a mob descended on the Donnelly homestead to kill the family. Runs Aug 1 to Sep 3. Harvest Stage, . ★★★★★
The Real McCoy (drama) by Andrew Moody. A biography of the inventor Elijah McCoy (1843-1929), whose name became a byword for quality. Aug 24 to Sep 9. Memorial Hall, .
St. Nicholas Hotel (drama) by James Reaney. The second part of the Donnelly Trilogy showing how the success of the Donnellys’ stagecoach business causes resentment among the locals. Runs Jul 13 to Sep 2. Harvest Stage, . ★★★★★
Sticks and Stones (drama) by James Reaney. The first part of the Donnelly Trilogy about Johannah’s march to save her husband. Runs Jun 22 to Sep 1. Harvest Stage, . ★★★★★
SatRang Festival (festival). A South Asian Theatre Rangmanch featuring plays by South Asian artists. Runs Sep 23 to Sep 24. Cyril Clark Theatre, .
Opry Gold (revue) by Leisa Way. A salute to the greatest hits of country music. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 1. Burlington PAC, .
The Rocky Horror Show (musical) by Richard O’Brien. Brad and Janet’s car breaks down in front of the castle of Dr. Frank N. Furter. Runs Sep 26 to Oct 1. Kiwanis Theatre, .
Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter (comedy) by Alison Wearing. The story of a young woman growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Runs Sep 19 to Sep 23. Theatre Collingwood, .
Sh-Boom: Life Could Be a Dream (revue) by Roger Bean. Denny and the Dreamers are ready for their big shot at stardom at the local radio station competition. Runs Aug 16 to Sep 3. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, .
Tales of Bravery and Stupidity (comedy) by Bruce McCulloch. Part stand up, part storytelling it looks at some of the bravely stupid things that Bruce has done. Runs Sep 9 only. Grove Theatre Festival, .
Bittergirl - The Musical (musical) by Annabel Fitzsimmons et al. The lives of three accomplished women scorned – and the men who dumped them. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 10. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, .
Mysteries of the Keyhole House (magic) by Ted & Marion Outerbridge. An epic evening of spectacular magic, dance, séance and spine-tingling tales. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 16. Royal Theatre, .
Once (musical) by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová. A Dublin street musician is about to give up music when he meets a young Czech woman. Runs Sep 26 to Oct 22. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, .
Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (comedy) by Hannah Moscovitch. After his third divorce a professor finds himself attracted to a 19-year-old girl. Runs Sep 8 to Oct 1. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, .
Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D’Arienzo. An ambitious young rocker meets a country girl in LA. Runs Aug 9 to Sep 3. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, .
Life and Other Deceptions (magic) by Steve Valentine. Part performance art and part intricate magic act, this show is hilarious, dramatic and touching. Runs Sep 16 only. River Run Centre, .
La Bulle (performance) by CORPUS. Audiences watch Pierrot live his life inside a large transparent bubble. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 10. James Street North Supercrawl, .
Decolonise Your Ears Festival (festival). Readings of three new plays by female-identifying BIPOC writers. Runs Sep 21 to Sep 23. Venue TBA, .
Jonas and Barry in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. Two retirees search for friendship, love, sex and elusive happiness in an assisted living home. Runs Sep 27 to Oct 14. Theatre Aquarius, .
Jurassic World Live World (performance). Join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save a Troodon dinosaur from a terrible fate and meet some of Jurassic World’s most iconic dinosaurs. Runs Sep 22 to Sep 24. FirstOntario Centre, .
Nurse Blake: Shock Advised (comedy) by Blake Lynch. Nurse Blake shares new comic stories about the ins and outs of being a nurse. Runs Sep 11 only. FirstOntario Concert Hall, .
The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. A magician on a magic island takes revenge of those who exiled him. Runs Aug 15 to Sep 2. Grounds of Dundurn Castle, .
La Bulle (performance) by CORPUS. Audiences watch Pierrot live his life inside a large transparent bubble. Runs Sep 1 to Sep 3. Camp Tawingo, Festival of the Arts, .
One-Man Star Wars Trilogy (comedy) by Charles Ross. Ross performs all the characters of the first Star Wars trilogy. Runs Aug 1 only. Algonquin Theatre, .
Asphalt Jungle Shorts XX (festival). A festival of outdoor short site-specific plays around Kitchener. Runs Sep 21 to Oct 1. Various venues, .
Frankenstein The Musical (musical) by Mark Baron & Jeffrey Jackson. A stage adaptation from 2007 of Mary Shelley’s famous novel. Runs Sep 18 to Sep 24. Registry Theatre, .
IMPACT23 (festival). A biennial international celebration of interdisciplinary, intercultural and physical productions. Runs Sep 26 to Oct 1. Various venues, .
The Canine Circus (circus). World-renowned furry four-legged cast members performing tail-wagging feats of courage, bone-dropping grand illusions and Labrador-able stunts. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 17. Western Fair, .
The Phantom of the Opera (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A disfigured man secretly trains a young soprano under the Paris Opera House. Runs Sep 19 to Oct 7. [student] Grand Theatre, .
Walking Through the Fire (performance). A multimedia performance celebrating cultural diversity including settler, First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Runs Sep 28 only. Flato Markham Theatre, .
Edllusions - The Grand Illusions Show (magic) by Edwin Broomfield. Large stage illusions, amazing dance numbers and all the bells and whistles of a Las Vegas magic show. Runs Sep 29 only. FirstOntario Arts Centre, .
Drinking Alone (comedy) by Norm Foster. Joe organizes a birthday party for his estranged father and hires an escort to pose as his fiancée. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 3. Upper Canada Playhouse, .
Shirley Valentine (comedy) by Willy Russell. A working-class housewife goes on a trip to Greece. Runs Sep 14 to Oct 1. Upper Canada Playhouse, .
Newmarket International Festival of One-Act Plays (festival). A festival of one-act plays. Runs Sep 7 to Sep 10. Newmarket Old Town Hall, .
MindTrix (magic) by Edward Stone. A blend of amazing magic with psychological illusions created with an adult audience in mind. Runs Saturdays Sep 23, 2023, to Feb 25, 2024. Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel, .
Night of the Living Drag (revue) by RuPaul’s Drag Race. Yvie Oddly as Rod Serling calls up famous drag queens from the dead. Runs Sep 28 only. Fallsview Casino, .
Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Christian Mascia performs new large-scale illusions designed by Greg Frewin. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Mar 2, 2024. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, .
Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Orsino loves Olivia who loves Viola who loves Orsino. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 17. Spirit in Niagara Craft Distillery, 458 Lakeshore Rd, .
THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2023:
The plays run in repertory from Feb 28 to 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 .
At the Festival Theatre
The Amen Corner (drama) by James Baldwin. A teenage musical prodigy has to choose among his mother, the pastor and choir leader of the church, and his washed-up father. Runs Aug 19 to Oct 8. ★★★★★
Blithe Spirit (comedy) by Noel Coward. A novelist has to cope with his second wife and the ghost of his first wife. Runs Jul 18 to Oct 8.
Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim. Momma Rose pushes her daughter Gypsy into the world of show business. Runs May 17 to Oct 7. ★★★★☆
At the Royal George Theatre
On the Razzle (comedy) by Tom Stoppard. Two shop assistants go “on the razzle” in Vienna and get into lots of trouble. Runs May 26 to Oct 8. ★★★★☆
The Shadow of a Doubt (comedy) by Edith Wharton. A new wife is suspected of having a secret, which is enough to poison several lives. Runs Aug 20 to Oct 15. ★★★☆☆
Prince Caspian (children) by Damien Atkins. Young Prince Caspian needs the four Pevensie children to help defeat his wicked uncle. Runs May 28 to Oct 8. For ages 8+. ★★★★☆
Village Wooing (comedy) by GB Shaw. On a cruise ship an antisocial writer and a sparky young woman become attracted to each other. Runs Jul 8 to Oct 7. ★★★☆☆
At the Studio Theatre
The Apple Cart (comedy) by GB Shaw. A power struggle between the king and his prime minister triggers a constitutional crisis. Runs Jul 9 to Oct 7. ★★★★☆
The Clearing (drama) by Helen Edmundson. In the mid-1600s, a pair of young lovers is caught up in Oliver Cromwell’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Irish Catholics. Runs Aug 18 to Oct 6.
The Playboy of the Western World (comedy) by JM Synge. Pegeen Mike falls in love with a man who claims to have just killed his father. Runs Jul 7 to Oct 7. ★★★★☆
At the Spiegeltent
The Game of Love and Chance (comedy) by Pierre de Marivaux. A betrothed couple who have never met switch places with their servants in order to see what each other is really like. Runs Jun 28 to Oct 8.
Mother, Daughter (drama) by Selma Dimitrijevic. An exploration of the changing relationships between children and their parents. Runs Jun 3 to Oct 7.
Ballet Creole (dance) by Patrick Parson. Caribbean dance choreographed to the music of Battle of Santiago. Runs Sep 16 only. Oakville Centre, .
Whiskey Jack presents Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom (revue) by Whiskey Jack. A mix of Tom’s greatest hits combined with many outrageous, yet true, backstage stories. Runs Sep 15 to Sep 17. Theatre Orangeville, .
Halfway There (comedy) by Norm Foster. Gossips at the local diner in Stewiacke, NS, check out the young, new doctor who has just come to town. Runs Aug 16 to Sep 2. Orillia Opera House, .
The Canine Circus (circus). World-renowned furry four-legged cast members performing tail-wagging feats of courage, bone-dropping grand illusions and adorable stunts. Runs Sep 30 only. Regent Theatre, .
Le Bodyguard (musical) by Alexander Dinalaris. A musical based on the 1992 movie of the same name. In English. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 21. Casino Lac-Leamy, Gatineau,
The Book of Will (comedy) by Beth Henley. After Shakespeare’s death, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio. Runs Sep 20 to Oct 7. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, .
Cinderella (comedy) by Bengt Jörgen. Ballet Jörgen's version of the famous ballet. Runs Sep 10 only. Salle Odyssée, .
Crimes of the Heart (comedy) by Beth Henley. Three Mississipian sisters meet after one them shoots her abusive husband. Runs Aug 16 to Sep 2. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, .
La Cuisine de Yannicko (comedy) by Pierre Huet & Louis Saia. The success of Yannicko’s cooking show has gone to his head and infuriates those around him. In French. Runs Sep 17 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, .
Grey Ghosts: Prisoners of Souls and Masts (comedy) by Arya Landers. An immersive comedy pirate adventure filed with ghosts, curses and sea monsters. Runs Sundays, Aug 6 to Oct 8. Ship at Mooney’s Bay, 588 Hogs Back Rd, .
Ladies Night, pour vous mesdames! (comedy) by Anthony McCarten et al. A Québécois adaptation of a play similar to The Full Monty. Runs Sep 8 only. Salle Odyssée, .
Nurse Blake: Shock Advised (comedy) by Blake Lynch. Nurse Blake shares new comic stories about the ins and outs of being a nurse. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 11. National Arts Centre, .
Oh Canada Eh!? Dinner Musical (variety). All-Canadian music from Maritime folk songs to modern pop featuring a singing Mountie, hockey player, Anne of Green Gables, Klondike Kitty and many others. Booking to Dec 23, 2023. 330 Kent St, .
L’Ombre (performance) by Marie Brassard et al. An exhilarating theatrical adventure through the imaginary dimensions of the stage, of stories and of existence. In French. Runs Sep 28 to Sep 30. National Arts Centre, .
The Queen in Me (performance) by Teiya Kasahara. Mozart’s Queen of the Night explores the rigid conventions of race, gender and sexuality in opera. Runs Sep 20 to Sep 30. National Arts Centre, .
The Route to Canada (performance). Step, spoken work and song highlight the resilience, creativity and influence of the ancestors in the African Diaspora. Runs Sep 9 only. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, .
Suor Angelica (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. Set in a private girls Catholic high school, Angelica faces the guilt of her unwanted pregnancy. Runs Sep 17 only. First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave West, .
The Supine Cobbler (comedy) by Jill Connell. A contemporary female Western about falling off the map of decency and becoming an outlaw. In concert. Runs Sep 26 to Oct 8. Great Canadian Theatre Company, .
Wide Awake Hearts (drama) by Brendan Gall. A writer, an actress, an actor and an editor stumble through a nightmarish landscape of love and infidelity while trying to make a movie about those very things. Runs Aug 23 to Sep 3. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, .
Wild Kratts Live 2.0 Activate Creature Power (children). The Wild Kratts take on a comic villain and save the day while sharing fascinating tidbits about the world’s most amazing creatures. Runs Sep 15 to Sep 16. For ages 3-8. Meridian Centrepointe, .
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice. A rock musical retelling of the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. Runs Aug 10 to Sep 3. King’s Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, .
Give ’em Hell (drama) by Madeleine Brown. Students of the Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School fight to save the school from closure. Runs Sep 15 to Sep 23. PACE, .
Kitchen Party Leftovers (revue) by Mark Payne. Our own Mark Payne is back with more singin’, steppin’, and kissin’ of the cod. Runs Sep 5 to Sep 24. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, .
Dirty Work at the Crossroads (comedy) by Bill Johnson. A viperous villain, though married, want to get an innocent country girl in his clutches. Runs Jul 28 to Sep 10. Herongate Barn Theatre, .
Opry Gold (revue) by Leisa Way. Two sisters are living a quiet retirement together until the daughter of one of them arrives. Runs Sep 20 to Sep 24. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, .
A Pack of Thieves (comedy) by Norm Foster. Two middle-class guys decide to make money by holding a racehorse for ransom. Runs Sep 6 to Sep 17. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, .
Opry Gold (revue) by Leisa Way. Two sisters are living a quiet retirement together until the daughter of one of them arrives. Runs Sep 5 to Sep 16. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, .
A Pack of Thieves (comedy) by Norm Foster. Two middle-class guys decide to make money by holding a racehorse for ransom. Runs Aug 16 to Sep 2. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, .
Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A meek florist happens to find a strange carnivorous plant. Runs Aug 11 to Sep 3. Capitol Theatre, .
Samuel Stout (drama) by Uju Umenyi. The true story of Port Perry’s first Black resident. Runs Sep 21 to Sep 24. Theatre on the Ridge, .
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, .
Port Stanley 12th Annual Playwrights' Festival (festival). Free public readings of two new comedies. Runs Sep 22 to Sep 23. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, .
Conspiracy Conniptions (musical) by Ish Theilheimer. The arrival in a small town of unruly protestors causes a young man and woman to re-examine their lives and beliefs. Runs Jul 19 to Sep 30. Rankin Culture and Community Centre, .
The Diablo Manor: An Evening of Enchantment (magic) by Scott McClelland. A sumptuous meal followed by an intimate Victorian production of mystifying wonders. Runs Apr 28 to Sep 30. Diablo Manor, .
Celebration of Nations (festival). Niagara’s annual Indigenous arts gathering that celebrates creativity, diversity and resilience. Runs Sep 8 to Sep 10. FirstOntario PAC, .
Walking Through the Fire (performance). A multimedia performance celebrating cultural diversity including settler, First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Runs Sep 30 to Oct 1. FirstOntario PAC, .
Lennon.Live: Love Is Real (revue). A survey of John Lennon’s music from his time with the Beatles to his time as an independent artist, Runs Sep 30 only. Stirling Festival Theatre, .
Walking Through the Fire (performance). A multimedia performance celebrating cultural diversity including settler, First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Runs Sep 29 only. Avondale Church, 194 Avondale Ave, .
THE HERE FOR NOW THEATRE FESTIVAL:
A festival of one-act plays of 60 to 90 minutes, including 5 world premieres. Runs Jun 28 to Sep 23, 2023. Marquee at the Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Rd, .
The Fox (drama) by Daniela Vlaskalic. Two young women struggle for independence, as WWI ends and the men return home. Runs Aug 25 to Sep 9. ★★★☆☆
Queen Maeve (comedy) by Judith Thompson. An ordinary woman in a drab nursing home when triggered transforms into Queen Maeve, Irish Warrior Queen. Previews from Sep 6, opens Sep 8, runs to Sep 23. ★★★★★
THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
The plays run from in repertory Apr 8 to Nov 12 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-567-1600 or visit the website at .
At the Festival Theatre
Les Belles-Soeurs (comedy) by Michel Tremblay. Germaine has won a million stamps and asks friends and family to help her paste them into booklets. Runs Aug 25 to Oct 28. ★★★★☆
King Lear (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Lear divides his kingdom between two daughters but excludes the third. Runs May 30 to Oct 29. ★★☆☆☆
Much Ado about Nothing (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick bicker so much people think they must be in love. Runs Jun 16 to Oct 27. ★★☆☆☆
Rent (musical) by Jonathan Larson. The story of Puccini’s La Bohème set in 1990s Manhattan. Runs Jun 2 to Oct 28. ★★★☆☆
At the Avon Theatre
Frankenstein Revived (performance) by Morris Panych. A movement-based piece based on Mary Shelley’s novel. Runs Aug 24 to Oct 28. ★★★☆☆
Monty Python’s Spamalot (musical) by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. A musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Runs May 31 to Nov 12. ★★★★☆
A Wrinkle in Time (children) by Thomas Morgan Jones. A young heroine goes on a journey through space and time to rescue her father. Runs Jun 17 to Oct 29. ★★★☆☆
At the Tom Patterson Theatre
Encountering Ukraine (plays). Readings of three Ukrainian plays and a panel discussion. Runs Sep 22 to Sep 24.
Grand Magic (comedy) by Eduardo de Filippo. A master illusionist now performs at a seaside resort when one of his tricks goes awry. Runs Jun 3 to Sep 29. ★★★★☆
Richard II (history play) by William Shakespeare. The story of England’s Richard II (1367-1400) is relocated to the 1970s and ’80s. Runs Jun 17 to Sep 28. ★★☆☆☆
Wakey, Wakey (comedy) by Will Eno. With an hour left to live, Guy must determine what makes life worth living. Runs Sep 27 to Oct 1.
Wedding Band (drama) by Alice Childress. An emotional portrayal of a relationship between a Black seamstress and a white baker in the shadow of World War I and the 1918 flu epidemic. Runs Jul 14 to Oct 1. ★★★★★
At the Studio Theatre
Love’s Labour’s Lost (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four men decide to give up love for study. Previews from Aug 23, opens Sep 9, runs to Oct 1.
For Ever and Far Always: The Music of Shania Twain (revue). This concert will re-contextualize the classic feel good tunes by Canadian Icon, Shania Twain. Runs Aug 9 to Sep 2. YES Refettorio, .
Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Two teenagers from feuding families fall in love. Runs Aug 8 to Sep 2. YES Refettorio, .
Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. The mother of two daughters refuses to move into a retirement home. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 21. Magnus Theatre, .
Miss Caledonia (comedy) by Melody A. Johnson. A farm girl hopes that winning a local talent contest will lead to fame and fortune. Runs Sep 21 to Sep 23. Marble Arts Centre, .
Wingfield Unbound (comedy) by Dan Needles. Walt Wingfield tries to turn the abandoned Hollyhock Mill into a history museum. Runs Sep 24 only. Victoria Jubilee Hall, .
Air Heart (circus) by Mara Niemanis. Daring aerial acrobatics evoke the mystery and final flight of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Runs Sep 29 to Sep 30. The Bank Art House, .
ON TOUR IN ONTARIO
Middle Raged (comedy) by Geri Hall & Gary Pearson. A sketch show about couples dealing with childrearing, empty nests, aging parents, financial stresses and more. .
• Sep 28: Imperial Theatre, Sarnia
• Sep 29: Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound
• Sep 30: Gravenhurst Opera House, Gravenhurst
Relive the Music of the ’50s & ’60s (revue). An energetic live band, amazing front singers and dancers transforming and re-living two decades of music, costumes, trends and dancing. .
• Sep 17: The Centre, Dryden
• Sep 18: Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay
• Sep 20: Sault Community Theatre, Sault Ste. Marie
• Sep 21: Place des Arts, Sudbury
• Sep 22: Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville
• Sep 23: Festival Hall Centre, Pembroke
• Sep 24: Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough
• Sep 25: Stockey Centre, Parry Sound
• Sep 27: Centre in the Square, Kitchener
• Sep 28: Sanderson Centre, Brantford
• Sep 29: Capitol Theatre, Windsor
• Sep 30: Centennial Hall, London
Tom Thomson’s Wake (musical) by Shipyard Kitchen Party. Two years after painter Tom Thomson’s death, his friend, his mentor and his lover gather to share their memories. .
• Sep 8: Georgian Theatre, Barrie
• Sep 22: Gravenhurst Opera House, Gravenhurst
• Sep 23: Showplace Theatre, Peterborough
• Sep 29: Empire Theatre, Belleville
• Sep 30: Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Walk Right Back - The Everly Brothers Story (revue). The story of the most successful musical duo of all time. .
• Sep 14: Grand Theatre Kingston
• Sep 15-16: Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau
• Sep 17: Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville
• Sep 18: Empire Theatre, Belleville
• Sep 20: River Run Centre, Guelph
• Sep 21: Regent Theatre, Oshawa
• Sep 22: Burlington PAC, Burlington
• Sep 23: Capitol Theatre, Chatham
• Sep 24: Imperial Theatre, Sarnia
• Sep 25: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines
• Sep 26: Rose Theatre, Brampton