Cirque Éloize Hotel - Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Cirque Éloize brings their latest sensation Hotel to Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts February 6 – 16, 2019.   Hotel is the story of a place and its transient travelers. A stopover where lives intersect briefly, just long enough for tales and memories to be forged. Let acrobatics, theatre, dance and live music guide you through this intimate refuge, styled with an avant-garde scenography inspired by the elegance of only the greatest hotels. Cross the lobby doors and discover the grandiose and poetic universe of HotelDrawing their name from the local expression for "heat lighting," Cirque Éloize strives to present a fresh look on circus by designing poetic, athletic and animal-free shows for audiences of any language.  The St. Lawrence Centre Bluma Appel Theatre is located at 27 Front St. E. Toronto. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at sonycentre.ca, by phone, or in person at select Civic Theatres Toronto box offices.

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.

Crime After Crime - Comedy powerhouse Sex T-Rex proudly presents the Toronto premiere of their award-winning comedy Crime After Crime (After Crime), following its runs at the 2018 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival and the 2019 Wildside Festival. On the rainy streets of Crime City 1952, Nic Beige is a colourblind Private Eye in a world where morality isn’t always black and white. In 1972, a time of rebellion, four slick and stylish criminals fight the power of City Hall by emptying their vaults in the Crime of the Century. Then, in the sun and surf of 1992 (thanks, global warming!) two tough-as-nails cops tackle a conspiracy that’s almost as hard to understand as... each other! Murder, mystery, car-chases, laser grids and plenty of explosions await in this razor-sharp crime period comedy. Join us for an immersive speakeasy experience in a warehouse on Geary Avenue featuring a bar, Monte Carlo-style games, prizes, and a nightly dance party. Plays Feb.20 to 24. 20 to 24. Show and Tickets: 165 Geary Avenue - 2nd Floor, Unit A. Toronto.  Tickets Available online at brownpapertickets.com.

Hook Up - A Tapestry Opera world premiere production in partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille, Hook Up traverses the awkward tensions within friendships, dorm life, and hook-up culture on university campus. As three friends begin university and explore their newfound independence, they quickly learn that freedom is fraught with challenges. Starkly resonant with the #metoo movement, Hook Up is a darkly humorous exploration of  privacy and consent in three teens’ coming of age. Hook Up combines the strengths of musical theatre and opera, creating a dynamic and rhythmically vibrant new style. Directed by Richard Greenblatt, the cast includes Nathan Caroll, Jeff Lillico, Alicia Ault, Emily Lukasik and Alexis Gordon. Chris Thornborrow (composer) and Julie Tepperman (librettist),met at Tapestry’s esteemed Composer-Librettist Laboratory (LIBLAB) in 2013, where they created a seed scene that has blossomed into Tickets: Arts Box Office, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto.  Plays Jan. 30 to Feb. 29, 2019 at Theatre Passe Muraille mainspace.

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.

Kiss of the Spider Woman - Toronto’s hottest new musical theatre company, Eclipse Theatre Company presents an innovative and site responsive performance of Kiss of the Spider Woman presented at the Don Jail in Toronto from March 6 to 10, 2019. The production will be directed by Evan Tsitsias, and star Tracy Michailidis and Kawa Ada and will be the first theatrical event ever produced at the Don Jail. Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Don Jail is an immersive piece of musical theatre uniting space and story. Set against the gritty world of Argentina’s Dirty War, the musical spins a harrowing tale of persecution while straddling the two worlds of dark reality and colourful fantasy. Through an unlikely union, two characters are forever changed by each other in unexpected and illuminating ways, as they grapple with politics, masculinity and the power of love over death. The show will be presented at the Historic Don Jail (Bridgepoint administration building) from March 6 to 10, 2019, every evening at 7:30pm, with 1:30pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The Don Jail is located at 550 Gerrard St E, Toronto. Tickets are on sale at www.eclipsetheatre.ca or call 1-800-656-0713.

Mary’s Wedding - One of the most celebrated plays in Canadian history, Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, will have its first professional production in Toronto at Streetcar Crowsnest, co-produced by Mary Young Leckie’s Solo Productions and by Derrick Chua.  A love story set against the backdrop of the Great War, this is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival. The timing for this production was chosen by the creators, in part, to honour the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Mary’s Wedding is a moving memorial to both the Great War and great love. When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and they must surrender their fates to the tumultuous times of the First World War. Their love story extends from the fields of Canada's Prairies to the battlefields of France's Moreuil Wood, as the playwright weaves time, dreams and memory together to remind us that the heart is beautifully resilient.  Mary’s Wedding stars Fraser Elsdon and Kate Ross and  is directed by Kent Staines.  It plays at the Streetcar Crowsnest from January 31 to February 16, 2019. 345 Carlaw Avenue. Tickets: Please visit www.crowstheatre.com.

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.

Oslo - David Mirvish presents the Canadian Premiere of the 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Play, Oslo by J.T. Rogers. The  Studio 180 production is directed by Joel Greenberg. In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo. Inspired by the true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords, Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions. At this cultural moment when finding common ground is paramount, "Oslo gives us hope" (Daily News). The thirteen-member all star cast includes, Jonas Chernick, Patrick Gallligan, Amitai Kedar, Omar Alex Khkan, Mark McGrinder, Marla McLean, Sarah Orenstein, Jordan Pettle, Alex Poch Goldin, Georffrey Pounsett, Sanjay Talwar, Blair Williams and Anders Yates. Oslo plays from Feb. 9 to March 3 at the CAA Theatre, 650 Yonge St.,Toronto. Tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3337.

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 Father - Coal Mine Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of The Father written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Coal Mine Co-Chief Engineer Ted Dykstra, and starring Eric Petersen in the pivotal role of, the father, a man losing himself to Alzheimer’s. Featured in the cast are Beau Dixon, Trish Fagan, Michelle Monteith and Oyin Oladejo. Florian Zeller received the 2014 Molière Award for France’s Best Play and has since received accolades around the world, including a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Arguably the most lauded play ever written about dementia, The Father is Zeller’s first play to be presented in North America. Honest and humorous, The Father is a deeply affecting look at the realities of living with Alzheimer’s while being cared for by loved ones who are becoming increasingly unrecognizable. An empathetic and experiential journey through the eyes of a man in mental decline, The Father is disorienting, challenging and profound. The Father plays from Feb. 10 to March 3, 2019 at the Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Tickets: www.coalminetheatre.com or coalminetheatre@gmail.com

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 Play That Goes Wrong - What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast).Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun” (HuffPost) and “comic gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!  Winner of London’s Olivier Award, The Play That Goes Wrong runs from Jan. 8th to Feb. 10th, 2019m at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. Tickets: 416-872-1212 or 10800-461-3333.

The Tashme Project - Factory Theatre proudly presents The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, an award-winning verbatim theatre piece crafted and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, directed by Mike Payette, in the Factory Theatre Mainspace from January 29 to February 10, 2019. Created from extensive interviews with more than 20 Nisei, second generation Japanese Canadians who were children during internment, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives traces their childhood pre- and post-confinement. Gracefully moving from story to story, Manning and Miwa inhabit the voices of the children, highlighting unexpected moments of wonder and play, while finding a deep connection to their elders. Almost 80 years later, a new generation of Japanese Canadians are exploring the impact of Canada’s internment laws during World War II. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.factorytheatre.ca, phone 416.504.9971, or in person at the box office 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide). Photo: by June Park. Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa in The Tashme Project.

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.

We the People - Theatre Erindale’s Transformative season continues with the second Studio Series show We the People, directed by Rachel Blair, a devised project by the 3rd year class. A collectively created piece, this year’s devised project traces the rise and ripples of student protest throughout the 1960s. From Berkeley to Kent State, Civil Rights and Feminism to the Anti-War movement, We the People asks if the optimism and wisdom of youth can truly change the world. Show Information: We the People will be running at Deerfield Hall Studio A, from Feb. 7 to 10, at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Tickets available at: https:// tickets.sheridancollege.ca, or by emailing the box office at boxoffice.utm@utoronto.ca, or by calling 905-815-4049.  

We Are All Treaty People - Two children – one Indigenous, one white – are told by the Trickster they cannot be friends due to the terms of Alberta’s Treaty 7. But the Trickster’s words inspire them to prove him wrong. Using history, song, story, dance and puppetry, this inspiring production forges understanding between the citizens of Canada and Indigenous peoples. We Are All Treaty People aims to kickstart a discussion amongst young audiences about the reality of Canada’s treaties, the terms of which were not honoured by the settlers who came to this continent. The play stimulates meaningful dialogue about how Canada can improve its relationship with Indigenous peoples across the nation. Directed by Troy Emery Twigg and Nikki Loach, We Are All Treaty People is performed by Marshall Vielle, Elizabeth Ferguson, Lara Schmitz, Curt Young and Sonia Deleo. Plays on the Young People’s Theatre Mainstage from Feb. 11 to 22, 2019. Recommended for ages 6 & up. Runs approximately 45 minutes (does not include the post-show Q&A that takes place immediately after most performances). Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.ca . Box Office: 416.862.2222 x2 | For more information visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca