A Blow in the Face - Alice’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful husband and a gorgeous new baby. The only thing is: her husband has left on a work trip and the baby is colicky. Alice cannot sleep. Into her chaotic worked arrive two fantastical creatures who take an unnatural interest in her child. In a play described as Rosemary’s Baby meets Fight Club, playwright Lisa Ryder explores the taboo subject of postpartum depression and the extreme places the mind can go. A Blow in he Face is a searing and irreverent take on a subject to which every parent will relate. March 26–April 14, 2019. Presented by Bald Ego Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre. Written by Lisa Ryder. Based on characters created by: Selina Martin & Lisa Ryder.  Directed and choreographed by: Monica Dottor. Featuring: Tess Degenstein, Jordan Pettle, Selina Martin and Lisa Ryder. At the Theatre Centre: 1115 Queen Street West. Tickets: Book 416-538-0988.

Bears - As the prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd flees through the Rockies to escape the clutches of the RCMP. On his riveting journey westward to the Pacific, Floyd looks back on his childhood, meets some unlikely companions, and undergoes a startling transformation. A love letter to nature and a critique of the devastating consequences of industrial expansion, Bears is a wild-multi-disciplinary adventure. Bears gives voice to the voiceless animals and vulnerable landscapes desecrated by the seemingly insatiable human desire for industrial expansion. An Indigenous-led, multi-disciplinary dark comedy, Bears strives to amplify the dialogue about the devastating effects of the Trans Mountain Pipeline on Canada’s First Nations peoples. Written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie and starring award-winning Métis theatre artist Sheldon Elter, Bears is an emotional, empathetic, and experiential adventure. Plays Feb. 28 to March 17 at the Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide, Toronto. Tickets: visit www.factorytheatre.ca, phone 416.504.9971, or in person at the box office.

Clean Slate - In Clean Slate six friends gather to celebrate life, and death in a brave, messy, and above all authentic portrait of millennial sisterhood. This examination of young women reclaiming their sexuality is a celebration of Montreal’s emerging talent and makes Clean Slate a play to watch out for in 2019. Talisman Theatre’s March 2019 production of Clean Slate is a translation of Catherine Chabot’s award-winning play Table rase, first presented in 2014 at and since reprised twice due to popular demand. Chabot is a graduate of the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Montreal, and is winner of Best Text from the Quebec Association of Theatre Critics for Table rase (AQCT/2016). Says director Leslie Baker,“How do we make meaning of our lives? How do young women express their sexuality? What is the value of community and friendship in our digitized world?  These questions draw me into the world of Clean Slate: a visceral and raw examination of life, friendship, personal choice, sexual expression and the creation of a meaningful life.” Clean Slate plays from March 18 to 30 at La Chapelle, Scènes Contemporaines, 3700 St. Dominique, Montreal, Box office: 514 843-7738 | lachapelle.org; talisman-theatre.com

Come From Away - After a sold-out, standing-room only Toronto engagement before heading to Broadway, Come From Away, the “Best Musical” winner all across North America. returns to Toronto due to overwhelming demand!  It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped.  On September 12, their stories moved us all. With Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and Directed by Christopher Ashley, and a cast of 18. Come From Away now plays at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. Toronto. Tickets are on sale online at mirvish.com; by phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Photo by Michael Murphy. Canadian Company in Come From Away.

Dear Evan Hansen - A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The Washington Post says Dear Evan Hansen is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award® winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, featured in he cast are Robert Markus, Evan Buliung, Jessica Sherman, Steph LaRochelle and Claire Rankin.  Performances begin at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 200 King Street West, on March 5, 2019. For tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.416-872-1212 or 1-800-461

Hot Brown Honey - Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that has taken the world by storm. Civic Theatres Toronto, in association with Why Not Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts present Hot Brown Honey at the Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East  from April 5 - 7, 2019. Part hip hop concert and part pep rally, Hot Brown Honey is presented in association with Why Not Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts. Hot Brown Honey will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This stellar posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system. Featuring six multi-talented indigenous women from the South Pacific, this neo-burlesque collective perform a full throttle show accompanied by a pounding soundtrack spun by ‘Queen Bee’ Busty Beatz, from atop her glowing hive. Tickets: Online at www.sonycentre.ca, by calling 1-855-872-7669.

Isitwendam - “Does healing really have an expiry date?” Native Earth Performing Arts (Canada's oldest professional Indigenous theatre company) is proud to present the world premiere of Bound to Create (BTC) Theatre’s production of Isitwendam (An Understanding) written and performed by Meegwun Fairbrother, and co-created and directed by B2C Co-Artistic Director Jack Grinhaus, plays from March 17-31, 2019 at Aki Studio. When Conservative idealist Brendan, a young half white, half Ojibway man is hired by Aboriginal Affairs to discredit a Residential School survivor’s reparation claim, his whole world is turned upside down. Isitwendam is the story of a young man in search of a truth, whose journey leads to a discovery about the father he loathed and lost, and an awakening of himself and his generation. A fusion of western and Indigenous storytelling that includes Ancient Indigenous Sign Language, drumming, dance, and song, this heart-wrenching, yet humorous production explores various perspectives of atrocity and the steps we all need to take to find Isitwendam. A post-show meal and talkback is included after every performance. Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum is located at 585 Dundas St East, Toronto. Tickets online at nativeearth.ca, or by phone at 416.531.1402. Tuesdays Pay-What-You-Can Available. For more details: nativeearth.ca/isitwendam.

Jersey Boys - They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story - a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys.  From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true.Featuring the legendary top ten hits: Sherry; Big Girls Don’t Cry; Walk Like A Man; Can’t Take My Eyes Off You; and December, 1963 (Oh What A Night). Jersey Boys plays at the Ed Mirvish Theatre from March 5 to March 17. 244 Victoria St. Tickets 415-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.

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New Magic Valley Fun Town - Tarragon Theatre is excited to announce the Toronto Premiere of New Magic Valley Fun Town, the new work by Simonovitch Award-winning playwright, Daniel MacIvor. Co-produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, New Magic Valley Fun Town runs in Tarragon’s Mainspace, 30 Bridgeman Ave. Toronto,  from February 20 to March 31, 2019 (opening February 27). Cape Bretoner Dougie hasn’t seen his best childhood pal Allan in twenty-five years, so it’s no surprise that their reunion is a boisterous night of memories, laughter, drinking and dancing. But as evening becomes day, as the smiles begin to fade and the bottles sit empty, the old friends revisit other memories, uncomfortable ones that force them to confront the realities of who — and what — they really are. Richard Rose directs and featured in the cast are Caroline Gillis, Stephanie MacDonald, Daniel MacIvor and Andrew Moodie. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tarragontheatre.com, or by phone at 416-531-1827. Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups and arts workers. Patrons under 35 & arts workers visit www.tarragontheatre.com/tarragon22.

School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play - School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play is an Obsidian Theatre Production in association with Nightwood Theatre. A New York Times Critics’ Pick, Jocelyn Bioh’s award-nominated comedy explores the universal similarities facing teenage girls across the globe. Director Nina Lee Aquino and a powerhouse cast featuring Akosua Amo-Adem, Allison Edwards-Crewe, Melissa Eve Langdon, Bria McLaughlin, Tatyana Mitchell, Natasha Mumba, Rachel Mutombo and Emerjade Simms bring this buoyant and biting piece to life at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street , March 5-24, 2019. Says Mel Hague, Artistic Associate, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, "Shadism. Colonialism. Capitalism. Beauty. Class. In the minds and mouths of teenage girls, these systems of societal control become weaponized.” New York Times Critics’ Pick. Nominated for 4 Lucille Lortel Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards.  Featuring Akosua Amo-Adem, Allison Edwards-Crewe, Melissa Eve Langdon, Bria McLaughlin, Tatyana Mitchell, Natasha Mumba, Rachel Mutombo, Emerjade Simms. available in person at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre box office (12 Alexander Street),  at 416-975-8555, or at buddiesinbadtimes.com. For more information, please visit obsidiantheatre.com.

The 26 Letter Dance - Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is pleased to welcome back Montreal’s Bouge de là and their inventive, interactive show, The 26 Letter Dance. Presented on the YPT Mainstage, February 26 to March 16, this bold and playful work inspires kids to dance to the beat of their own drum – based on the alphabet! Choreographer Hélène Langevin takes us on a journey through the world of letters and words in a unique experience where children not only see a dance production but actively participate in the various tableaux that punctuate the piece. The 26 Letter Dance expands the frontiers of performance for young audiences and turns the conventions of theatre inside out. It’s contemporary and poetic – and just great fun! Directed by Hélène Langevin, The 26 Letter Dance features Ariane Boulet, Joannie Douville, Alexandre Parenteau and Georges-Nicolas Tremblay. The Young People’s Theatre is located at 165 Yonge St. Toronto. Box Office: 416.862.2222 x2 | For more information visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca

The Last Ship - The Last Ship, which was initially inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard. When a sailor named Gideon Fletcher returns home after seventeen years at sea, tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. The local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing and no-one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. This personal, political and passionate new musical from multiple Grammy Award winner Sting, is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. The Last Ship plays from Feb. 19 to March 14 2019 at the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West, Toronto) and features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting and is directed by Lorne Campbell, with set design by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions– team behind the video design for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Tickets:  www.mirvish.com the only authorized online source; by phone through TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333TicketKing is the only authorized phone source. Plays from Feb. 19 to March 14 2019.

The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical - As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike. It  begins a strictly limited one-week engagement, March 19 - 24, 2019, at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. 244 Victoria Street, Toronto. With more than 100 million copies of the book series sold worldwide, this global phenomenon has found a new home live on stage in a "mesmerizing" theatrical event that proves “Lightening can strike twice!"  Following a sold out run in New York City, this "winning adaptation" garnered 3 Drama Desk Award nominations, including Best Musical. A limited number of Lottery Rush Tickets for The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical are now available for every performance. The online lottery begins Friday March 15th and winners will be notified at least 24 hours before their selected performance. Only the winners will be contacted. Participants can enter the digital lottery by visiting http://www.lightningthiefmusical.com/

Toward’s Youth: A Play on Radical Hope - Project Humanity and Crow’s Theatre present the world premiere of a new documentary play from award-winning theatremaker Andrew Kushnir, Toward’s Youth: A Play On Radical Hope, on stage in the Guloien Theatre February 25 – March 16,Towards Youth is directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham and Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir and features an exceptional cast including: Aldrin Bundoc, Tim Dowler-Coltman, Jessica Greenberg, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff,  Liisa Repo-Martell, Zorana Sadiq, Amaka Umeh, Emilio Vieira, and Loretta Yu. Originally commissioned through a ground-breaking research project lead by internationally recognized professor and researcher Dr. Kathleen Gallagher of the University of Toronto, Towards Youth is the result of two years of worldwide travel that playwright Kushnir undertook with Dr. Gallagher, visiting high school drama classes in cities in England, Greece, India, Taiwan, and Toronto. The question: As democracies are challenged all over the world, is there a radical hope to be found in the humble high school drama classroom? Tickets: Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Avenue) in the Guloien Theatre. Get online information and make ticket purchases at crowstheatre.com.