A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Theatre Rusticle is pleased to present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from January 14th to 26th, 2020. Shakespeare’s iconic play collides with Theatre Rusticle’s imagistic and physically poetic performance style to tell a lusciously dark story about love and a world out of balance. The company’s hallmark physicality bends this timeless fantasy, shattering the dusty myths and offering an intimate new view of lovers, fairies, theatremakers, and Shakespeare. Directed by Dora Nominated artistic director Allyson McMackon, the company’s hallmark physicality meets Shakespeare’s examination of love, marriage, jealousy, the Natural and Super-Natural worlds, dreams and illusions and, above all, how we make theatre. Our Dream is a Shakespeare of the body and a kind of love letter to the theatre. Spanning a single evening or a single sleep, Shakespeare’s play is set in Athens on the eve of a big wedding. Threatened with death is she does not marry who her father chooses, Hermia flees with her lover Lysander through a forest to get to an aunt’s house where they may love freely. Pursued by Hermia’s approved-of suitor Demetrius and the lovelorn Helena, a comedy of desires ensues as they enter a supernatural world with a warring fairy queen and king, a Hobgoblin named Puck and a group of actors rehearsing a play for the festive wedding. Outside of the lens of a big festival or a park, we’re looking through a different prism, something more intimate, darker, dreamier Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is located at 12 Alexander Street, Toronto Tickets PWYC. Group Rates available * Talk back Post Show January 21 Box Office: (416) 975-8555 * Tickets: https://buddiesinbadtimes.com/tickets. Toronto Box Office: (416) 975-8555 or https://buddiesinbadtimes.com/tickets or theatrerusticle@gmail.com * https://theatrerusticlewordpresscom.wordpress.com/

Box 4901 - In 1992, novelist Brian Francis placed a personal ad in the newspaper. In total, he received 25 responses but there were 13 letters he never responded to. Now, at a much different stage in life, Brian has written replies to those letters. Box 4901 is a hilarious, strange, sweet, and awkward look back at how gay men used to find one another. This February Crow’s Theatre is thrilled to give audiences a second chance to experience one of Toronto theatre’s most memorable recent highlights - the acclaimed and sold-out co-production from SLOM Collective and The Theatre Centre, Secret Life of a Mother, on stage at Streetcar Crowsnest February 6 – 23, 2020 in the Guloien Theatre. (Media night: February 8)Joining Francis on stage in Toronto will be Colin Asuncion, Hume Baugh, Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, Keith Cole, Daniel Jelani Ellis, Jeff Ho, Michael Hughes, Indrit Kasapi, Daniel Krolik, Eric Morin, G. Kyle Shields, Chy Ryan Spain, and Geoffrey Whynot. From February 27 to March 8, 2020, Box 4901 will return for a two-week run at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Box Office: 16-975-8555. 12 Alexander St. Toronto. .416.975.8555

Caroline or Change - Caroline, or Change tells the story of Caroline, a black maid working for a Jewish family in 1963 Louisiana. A single mother of four, her salary of $30 a week is not enough. When her employer suggests that Caroline keeps the pocket change she finds in the laundry, this small act of racial condescension creates a moral dilemma for Caroline emblematic of the social and economic tensions set to erupt in the world outside their home. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Kennedy assassination and the Civil Rights Movement, Kushner and Tesori use fantasy and reality to tell a story about ordinary people facing extraordinary change. With a musical score that blends blues, soul, gospel, classical and traditional Jewish melodies, Caroline or Change is a timely story of change for our socially conscious world. The 2020 production reunites many members of the original 2012 creative team led by director Robert McQueen and music director Reza Jacobs. Jully Black stars in her musical theatre debut as Caroline. Also joining the cast is internationally renowned Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman joined by Canadian theatre veterans Damien Atkins, Oliver Dennis, Keisha T. Fraser, Deborah Hay, Alana Hibbert, Linda Kash, Stewart Adam McKensy, Sam Rosenthal, Vanessa Sears, Camille Eanga-Selenge and Samantha Walkes. Caroline or Change plays from January 30-February 15, 2020 at Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge Street, Toronto) Tickets are available now by visiting carolinetoronto.com .

CATS - Just in time for the holidays CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, returns to Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre for 6 weeks only, November 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020. Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theatre — “Memory.” Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Featuring the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, original scenic and costume design by John Napier, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation! Now onstage until January 5, 2020 . Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West.Tickets are available exclusively through mirvish.com. For tickets: By Phone through TicketKing 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. At the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West.

Hamilton - HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.  Hamilton plays from Feb. 11 to May 17, 2020 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. mirvish.com is the ONLY official ticketing site for the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto and its upcoming engagement of HAMILTON in Toronto. can be purchased online from mirvish.com, by phone at TicketKing 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.333 or directly from the Ed Mirvish Theatre box office.”  244 Victoria Street Toronto.

Julius Caesar - Hart House Theatre continues to mark its 100th Anniversary Season by presenting one of Shakespeare's most memorable political dramas...with a big twist. Portia's Julius Caesar keeps all the best parts of The Bard's work and includes the perspective of the women and servants who were embroiled in the political upheaval. Introduced to Toronto audiences by outdoor company Shakespeare in the Ruff in 2018, this production of Portia's Julius Caesar brings the action indoors and takes full advantage of what Hart House Theatre has to offer: featuring showcase performances by trained, emergent talent, who are supported by a professional production team and a dedicated, large audience. Named one of the top shows of 2018 by The Toronto Star after its summer premiere, Portia's Julius Caesar is an unapologetically feminist take on Shakespeare's classic account of political upheaval. Through the eyes of a Roman wife, Portia's Julius Caesar uses a mix of new words and the rich poetry from over 20 of Shakespeare's works to explore the role of women in classic story-telling, ancient Roman society and politics. Portia's Julius Caesar is written by four-time Dora Award-nominated actress and playwright Kaitlyn Riordan, and directed by Dora Award-winning actor, director, creator and Co-Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Ruff, Eva Barrie. Portia's Julius Caesar opens on November 15, 2019 and plays until November 30, 2019 at Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle,Toronto. Located on the campus of the University of Toronto. Tickets: 416-978-2452 or harthousetheatre.ca

Lady Sunrise - FACTORY THEATRE announces the World Premiere of Marjorie Chan’s Lady Sunrise directed by Factory’s Artistic Director, Nina Lee Aquino. The play features a powerful ensemble of six Asian Canadian women: Belinda Corpuz, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Zoé Doyle, Rosie Simon, Lindsay Wu, and Louisa Zhu. Set in Vancouver, Canada’s condo and casino playground, this hard-hitting new play is a tale of social climbing, and the damaging effect of today’s hyper-consumerist society. Featuring six characters ranging from a second rate beauty queen, a wealthy condo developer, a ruthless bank executive, a madam, a blackjack dealer, and a trafficked sex worker, Chan expertly portrays the contemporary face of moral and individual degradation in a world, and a city, where the pursuit of money is the only serious occupation. Set in Vancouver, Canada’s condo and casino playground, this hard-hitting new play is a tale of social climbing, and the damaging effect of today’s hyper-consumerist society. Featuring six characters ranging from a second rate beauty queen, a wealthy condo developer, a ruthless bank executive, a madam, a blackjack dealer, and a trafficked sex worker, Chan expertly portrays the contemporary face of moral and individual degradation in a world, and a city, where the pursuit of money is the only serious occupation. Influenced by the seminal work of Chinese modernism, this exquisite World Premiere is sure to speak to Torontonians as our city continues to rise to new heights while forgetting the people who live on the ground. Lady Sunrise is inspired by the modern classic, Sunrise, originally written by Chinese playwright Cao Yu in 1936, which centres on the degradation of society and moral standards as played out in Shanghai, after the economic collapse of the 30s. Inspired by Ibsen, Sunrise usesa city in flux as the stage for a tale of fortitude and tragedy. The sterling cast includes an ensemble of six Asian Canadian talented performers, including Belinda Corpuz,, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Zoé Doyle, Rosie Simon of acquiesce (Factory Theatre/fu-GEN) & Cowboy Versus Samurai (Soulpepper), Lindsay Wu, recently of Beneath the Bed, and Louisa Zhu, recent star of The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood (Citadel Theatre). Lady Sunrise plays at Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario. To purchase tickets, please visit factorytheatre.ca/box-office/tickets/

LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL - Put on your best pumps, get your nails done and prepare to bend-and-snap because blonde isn't just a hair colour, it's a lifestyle! Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical tells the sassy tale of Elle Woods as she tackles sexism, snobbery and self-discovery in pursuit of her dreams of law school and the perfect outfit. Legally Blonde: The Musical with Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and the Book by Heather Hach, is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture directed by Saccha Dennis. Opening on January 17, 2020 and running until Feb.1. Hart House Theatre on the University of Toronto campus continues to mark its 100th Anniversary Season presenting this uplifting musical that celebrates self-discovery while dressing well and showing sass! This fun-filled romp is directed by Saccha Dennis and features Emma Sangali, John Carr-Cook, Autumn-Joy Dames and Ethan Vasquez Taylor. Tickets: 416.978.2452 or harthousetheatre.ca or at the box office at Hart House Theatre , 7 Hart House Circle,

Marjorie Prime - Conceptually and deeply moving, with a profound exploration of what makes us human, Coal Mine Theatre is proud to announce its upcoming presentation of Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Marjorie Prime, directed by Stewart Arnott. Making its long-awaited Toronto Premiere, the production features legendary stage actor Martha Henry, with Beau Dixon, Sarah Dodd, and Gordon Hecht. What would we remember, and what would we forget if given the chance? A speculative tale that is set in the near-future, the play centres on 85-year-old Marjorie. As her personal memories blend and fade she meets a new companion who helps her reassemble her life’s moments both big and small, inviting questions of age and ephemerality. Marjorie Prime’s ideas coupled with Stewart Arnott’s direction consider the extent to which human identity will be aided or replaced by technology. In 2016 Marjorie Prime earned the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play. It was subsequently adapted into a feature film by acclaimed director Michael Almereyda which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Marjorie Prime plays from January 26 to February 23 at 7:30pm (Mondays dark) with Sunday matinees at 2pm at the Coal Mine Theatre. 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. To purchase tickets, please visit coalminetheatre.com/tickets.

Peggy’s Song - When Peggy’s devoted husband dies in a plane crash and he isn’t where he is supposed to be, nor whom he is supposed to be with, it causes her to rethink her entire 30-year marriage. She thought they were happy - but were they? Theatre Kingston is thrilled to present Peggy’s Song by Kingston Playwright Jim Garrard. Lisa Howard and Conrad Dunn come from Los Angeles where Garrard’s gripping mystery was presented to critical acclaim. Under Jacob James’ direction, Jim Garrard has reworked the script, breathing new life into his popular play. Peggy’s Son plays at the Baby Grand from Jan. 23 to Feb. 9, 2020. 218 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. Tickets: 613-530-2050 or https://www.kingstongrand.ca/events/peggys-song

Secret Life of a Mother - Written by one of the country’s foremost interpreters of women’s lives, award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, in collaboration with multi-Dora Award-winning actress Maev Beaty and acclaimed director Ann-Marie Kerr, Secret Life of a Mother first premiered at The Theatre Centre in October of 2018 to critical accolades and a sold out run, landing on many of the year’s top ten lists. A revelatory meta-theatrical work for the stage, in Secret Life of a Mother a playwright writes an exposé of modern motherhood: a confessional piece about her own darkly funny and taboo-breaking truths. One of her real-life friends, an actress, performs this story, and through it her own motherhood secrets start to surface. These mothers are not the butts of jokes, or the villains, or the perfect angels of the house. Secret Life of a Motherexposes the raw, transcendent and untold secrets of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and mothering. This is motherhood for the 21st century: hallucinatory, gothic, and empowered. Crow’s Theatre is thrilled to give audiences a second chance to experience one of Toronto theatre’s most memorable recent highlights - the acclaimed and sold-out co-production from SLOM Collective and The Theatre Centre, Secret Life of a Mother, on stage at Streetcar Crowsnest from February 6 to 23, 2020 in the Guloien Theatre. 345 Carlaw Ave. Toronto. Phone: 416-647-7390.  

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes - Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes by celebrated playwright Hannah Moscovitch. An author and star professor, wracked with self-loathing after a third divorce, catches himself admiring a student – a girl in a red coat. It turns out the girl is a huge fan of his work. She also lives just down the street and gets locked out one afternoon… Hannah Moscovitch takes an archetypal scenario, the ‘student-teacher romance’, and turns it on its head, re-envisioning it for our post-#MeToo era. Told through the professor’s voice, the play deals frankly with sex and the power dynamics that, while present in any relationship, are amplified and disproportionately held when the dynamic shifts from that of mentor-protege, into physical desire. Moscovitch explores this age old story through the lens of a post #MeToo world. Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, starring are Matthew Edison and Alice Snaden. Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes runs in Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Ave., Toronto from December 31, 2019 to February 2, 2020. Tickets: 416-531-1827. www.tarragontheatre.com  

Suitcase/Adrenaline - Theatre Passe Muraille, in collaboration with Theatre Mada, presents the Toronto premiere of Suitcase/Adrenalin by Ahmad Meree, two one-act shows that bridge together the multidimensional experiences of Syrian refugees. Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar, and starring Ahmad Meree and actress Nada Abusaleh, these intricate pieces encapsulate the struggles of leaving home and searching for belonging in a new world. Suitcase is a year-long response to the real-life experiences of Ahmad Meree as an artist immigrating from Syria. Suitcase/Adrenalin considers the lives of refugees and the spaces they inhabit. With a minimalist set design and subtle lighting, this work urges the audience to reassess the significance of their possessions, the relationships they value, and all of the things they have left behind. Suitcase/Adrenalin is performed in Arabic with English subtitles and plays January 16 to February 1, 2020 at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace Theatre. Contact the Buddies in Bad Times Box Office for tickets or more information at 416-975-8555 or visit buddiesinbadtimes.com.  

The Adventures of Pinocchio - Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents this year’s holiday musical, the Canadian premiere of The Adventures of Pinocchio.  Multi-award-winning actor Sheila McCarthy returns to YPT after more than 35 years to direct this rollicking new musical, which follows the beloved marionette on his mischievous quest to become a real human being. The Adventures of Pinocchio will be presented on the Mainstage from November 11, 2019 to January 5, 2020.  The Adventures of Pinocchio is written by Canadians Brian Hill (book) and Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and had its world premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2011. The production has been freshly adapted for its Canadian premiere by YPT. Each production in YPT’s 2019.20 Season explores one of the Seven Ancestral Teachings of the Anishinaabe (Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth), with The Adventures of Pinocchio focused on Honesty. “I love how the story brings Pinocchio to the realisation that honesty is a link between action and consequence - and a quality that binds people together,” said Allen MacInnis, YPT Artistic Director. “Being human is caring about how we affect others.” The Adventures of Pinocchio features Malindi Ayienga, Noah Beemer, Joel Cumber, Susan Henley, Arinea Hermans, Sierra Holder, Connor Lucas (as Pinocchio), Jacob MacInnis, Kelsey Verzotti and Shawn Wright. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.org. Box Office416.862.2222 x2.  

The Grasshopper - There are four performances only for the theatrical reading of Anton Chekhov’s The Grasshopper. Directed by Susan Coyne and featuring Nancy Palk, Kelly Penner, Rena Polley and David Storch, The Grasshopper is considered one of Chekhov’s most autobiographical works which caused a scandal in Moscow’s literary and art world when it was published. Tolstoy called The Grasshopper one of his most “brilliant” short stories. The Grasshopper is presented from Wednesday, February 5th to Saturday, February 8, at 8pm, in the Tarragon Theatre Workspace. 30 Bridgman Avenue. Box Office: 416-531-1827.

The Gypsy Baron - The Gypsy Baron by Johann Strauss will be presented in full production at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts opening on Dec. 28 with subsequent performances on Dec 29 (mat at 3 pm), 31, 2019 & Jan. 3 and 5, 2020 (mat at 3 pm).The Gypsy Baron is one of the Waltz King’s undoubted masterpieces from operetta’s Golden Age in Vienna,” said TOT’s General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin, “and it is always a pleasure to revisit this wonderful score, especially with our cast of remarkably gifted young Canadian vocalists.” The Gypsy Baron premiered at Theatre an der Wien in 1885 and has been at the heart of Vienna’s Volksoper repertoire for more than a hundred years. Based on Jokai Mor’s story Saffi, the operetta is an unequalled coupling of Viennese musical charm and Magyar colourations with rousing arias, beautiful love duets and rambunctious calls to arms from a dashing recruiting officer. TOT favourite Michael Barrett stars as Barinkay - the Gypsy Baron himself - in love with Saffi, sung by TOT newcomer Meghan Lindsay. TOT’s beautiful Helen, Beste Kalender returns as Czipra, the Gypsy Fortune teller. The debutante this season is Meghan Lindsay who has appeared with Odyssey Opera in Boston and was most recently heard in Toronto as Donna Anna in Opera Atelier’s Don Giovanni. TOT’s budget-priced FAMILY NIGHT OUT offers discounts of up to 50% for children and youth under 16 years of age on Friday and Saturday performances. All performances take place at the wheelchair-accessible St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, situated in the downtown theatre district, close to public transit and municipal parking. For ticket information, call the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 416-366-7723, 1–800-708-6754 or online at www.stlc.com.  

The Phantom of the Opera - Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera makes its highly anticipated return to Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre for a strictly limited engagement, January 8 - February 2, 2020. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. To purchase tickets, visit mirvish.com, call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Derrick Davis will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Emma Grimsley as ‘Christine Daaé. Directed by Laurence Connor, the production boasts many exciting events including the show’s legendary chandelier. For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/. Ticket buyers are reminded that Mirvish Productions and Ticket King are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances. Be wary of purchasing them from any other source as the tickets may be fraudulent. To purchase tickets, visit mirvish.com, call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. The Princess of Wales Theatre is located at 300 King St. West, Toronto