887/ex machina - Robert LePage - After wowing audiences around the world, the must-see critically-acclaimed masterpiece, 887/ex machina - Robert LePage, returns to Toronto. This evocative and unforgettable solo stage work masterfully explores individual and collective memory, identity and the social and political moments in divided 1960s Quebec that shaped our country. At once mesmerizing and deeply moving, Robert Lepage's spectacular 887 is one of this country's greatest solo stage works, created and performed by one of our greatest storytellers. From his childhood in 1960s Quebec City, Lepage charts the social and political moments that shaped both our country and his identity. An unforgettable theatrical experience told with cinematic flair and stunning design, 887 is a must-see Canadian masterpiece. At the Bluma Appel Theatre, from May 3 to 12. St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St E, Toronto, ON  Tickets: https://www.canadianstage.com .

AmericanDream.ca - A suspenseful, tender and comical tale where past and present collide. A family saga that reveals a quest for happiness thwarted by the vicissitudes of life. A road trip both personal and universal that questions our fascination with the American dream. Part comedy of manners, part historical saga, Claude Guilmain’s ambitious trilogy AmericanDream.ca follows the story of the Cardinal family, whose branches have spread across America, from the days of John F. Kennedy to the events of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. First staged at the Zones Théâtrales biennial and reworked for this first full production by the National Arts Centre (NAC) French Theatre, the trilogy takes a multi-layered look at defining moments in history. As multimedia images flicker across the stage, the characters reveal glimpses of some deeply personal dramas of their own. Presented in French with passages in English with French surtitles. Written and Designed by: Claude Guilmain and  Directed by: Louise Naubert and Claude Guilmain,  the cast includes : Sasha Dominique, Magali Lemèle, Bernard Meney, Louise Naubert, Pier Paquette and Anie Richer. NAC Box Office.1 Elgin Street, Ottawa; 613-947-7000 ext. 620. Plays from April 24 to 27 at 7 p.m. in the Azrieli Studio.  Visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/visit to explore the new NAC and get answers to your questions about buying tickets, parking, accessibility, etc.

ANGÉLIQUE - Factory and Obsidian Theatre present the Toronto premiere of ANGÉLIQUE by award-winning Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, directed by Mike Payette with a thrilling live score performed by SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble.  In 1734, Marie Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman known for her outspoken disdain towards servitude and her masters, set fire to Montréal, completely destroying a hospital and dozens of houses including her owner’s residence…or so the story goes. Despite there being very little evidence against her, Angélique was convicted, tortured and publically hanged for her “actions”.Set against the backdrop of Nouvelle-France, Lorena Gale’s award-winning musical play investigates Angélique’s life in the years leading up to the fire, seamlessly weaving between Canada’s oft-denied history of slavery to the timelessness of systemic racism in contemporary culture. Angelique plays at the Factory Theatre from April 3-21 (Opens April 4 2019). 123 Bathurst St. at Adelaide. For tickets: www.factorytheatre.ca, phone 416.504.9971, or in person at the box office 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide.

Antigone at Young People's Theatre - Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is thrilled to present Antigone: 方 by Jeff Ho. An urgently contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek story, inspired by the 2014 Umbrella Movement student protests in Hong Kong and the 1989 uprising in Tiananmen Square, Antigone will be presented ‘in the round’ on YPT’s Mainstage April 29 to May 16, 2019 In this riveting new play, “re-education” awaits anyone who questions the state’s traditional doctrine. Antigone faces high stakes as she stands up for her brother against her father’s will. In the courage of a young woman, there is hope for the future. Directed by Stephen Colella and Karen Gilodo, Antigone: 方  features Christopher Allen, Aldrin Bundoc, Jasmine Chen, Simon Gagnon, Soo Garay, Rachel Mutombo, John Ng and Jeff Yung.  Antigone plays from April 29 to May 16, on the YPT Mainstage, 165 Front Street East, Toronto, from  April  29 to May 16, 2019 , and is recommended for ages 12 & up. It runs for approx. 75 minutes. Relaxed performances on May 9 and May 11 (also an Audio Described performance). Online: youngpeoplestheatre.ca 

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical - Toronto’s Chilina Kennedy  returns to her hometown, recreating her Broadway role in the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Kennedy, will join the first national tour in this exclusive encore engagement for Toronto – April 9 – May 5, 2019 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West.    Kennedy, who has played the title role on Broadway over 1,000 times, previously took a brief hiatus from the Broadway company to headline the show in Toronto in the summer of 2017.  With a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh PrinceBeautiful  features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.  Beautiful has thrilled Broadway with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. From the string of pop classics King wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, chart-busting success with TapestryBEAUTIFUL takes you back to where it all began – and takes you on the ride of a lifetime.  Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” this crowd pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember – and a story you’ll never forget. Tickets: Online www.mirvish.com; By Phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.   Photo by Joan Marcus. Chilina Kennedy in Beautiful.

Beautiful Man - Factory’s Theatre’s 49th season concludes with the Toronto premiere of Beautiful Man, a searing satire written by Erin Shields, directed by Andrea Donaldson and featuring Ashley Botting, Mayko Nguyen, Sofía Rodrígues, and Jesse LaVercombe. Beautiful Man turns the tables on gender and power with the simple question, “What if men were the victims of objectification and marginalization rather than women?” A trio of women are talking about the latest binge-worthy TV show: a police drama with a grizzled female veteran cop, and an Amazon Queen who is watching a play, depict the gradually increasing levels of violence toward men. It is horrifying. Even more so because it is the kind of violence usually reserved for women and presented as entertainment for men. Beautiful Man proffers a beautiful man, to be gazed upon throughout the duration of the show, while simultaneously calling out misogyny, sexism, and abuse of power. It runs May 4-26, 2019 (Opens May 9) at the Factory Theatre Mainspace. 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide, Toronto 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)

Becoming Dr. Ruth - The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company presents Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain, directed by David Eisner and starring Linda Kash. She’s America’s favourite sex therapist! But before she became Dr. Ruth, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem and survive as a single mother in America. Filled with humour and honesty, this play is a triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world. Becoming Dr. Ruth runs from April 30 to May 16 and plays at The Greenwin Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts. 5040 Yonge St. Toronto.  For tickets visit the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office - Open 1 to 6 PM everyday except Sunday and Monday, or call 1-855-985-2787.

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.

Dance: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky: Pro et Contra - The immortal music and agonized life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky are cast in a bold new light through the eyes of Russian choreographer Boris Eifman. Returning for their fourth anticipated Toronto engagement, the dramatic intensity and exquisite artistry of Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg invites viewers into the brilliant mind and tumultuous struggles of the unparalleled composer, Tchaikovsky. Hailed as “a swirling, vivid panorama of emotions and settings” (New York Times) this emotionally gripping production, which premiered in 1993 in St. Petersburg and has since toured the globe to enormous acclaim. The narrative soars on a score featuring some of the composter’s most beloved symphonies and ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Experience the artistry of the critically acclaimed Eifman Ballet of St. Petersrburg in Boris Eifman's choreographic love letter to the illustrious Russian composer, Tchaikovsky! Tchaikovsky Pro Et Contra plays from May 9 to 11 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. 1 Front Street East. Tickets: 1-855-872-Sony (7669).

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

Hand to God - All hell is breaking loose at Coal Mine Theatre for the Toronto premiere of Hand to God, a blasphemous puppet show written by Robert Askins, directed by Mitchell Cushman and starring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating, Francis Melling, and Nicole Underhay. In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery runs the church puppet club. Her grieving teenage son finds solace in his homemade sock puppet, Tyrone. That is until Tyrone goes rogue and hijacks control of Jason. He shocks the congregation with his foul-mouthed insinuations and wild accusations. And by spinning his head around Exorcist-style! A hilarious lesson in humanity, Hand to God tackles all the big themes including life, death…and crafting. Produced on Broadway in 2015 and nominated for five Tony Awards, including for Best New Play, HAND TO GOD was the most produced play in the 2016/17 American theatre season with 13 productions staged across the country. For its Toronto premiere, Mitchell Cushman returns to the Coal Mine to revisit this twisted play about a satanic sock puppet, which he first directed at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2017. The cast of Hand to God features Frank Cox-O’Connell, Nicole Underhay, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating and Francis Melling.  Hand to God plays from April 21  (Opens April 24) to May 12, 2019. At the Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. To purchase tickets and for more information please visit: www.coalminetheatre.com

Impressionism - The Alumnae Theatre Company is proud to present the Toronto premiere of the Broadway play Impressionism. Directed by Nicole Arends and produced by Mary Barnes Amoroso, Arlene Stanley and Kristine Greenaway, Michael Jacob’s story surrounds the audience with Impressionist works of art as friends and gallery coworkers Katherine and Thomas revisit painful memories and learn to let go of past traumas to move onto a brighter future. Impressionism closes out Alumnae’s impressive “The Art of Living” 101st season, which looked at shows grappling with the intersection of art’s ideal and life’s realities. Impressionism runs at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkley Street from April 12 till April 27. The audience is invited to arrive 30 minutes early for a pre-show experience at the Gallery, onstage. There is a post-show Panel Discussion (Sunday, April 14th) and a post-show Talkback (Sunday, April 21st). Our Sunday, April 21st performance is a Relaxed Performance. For tickets and more information please visit http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/impressionism.

Inner Elder - Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts present the Toronto premiere of the critically acclaimed touring production of Inner Elder. Written and performed by Gemini award-winning Cree Artist Michelle Thrush and directed by Karen Hines, Inner Elder premiered at One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo in 2018 to standing ovations and sold-out houses. Michelle Thrush won the 2018 Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance and the play was nominated for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production. Inner Elder runs from May 8-12, 2019 for six performances only at Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas St East, Toronto. Inner Elder takes the audience back to Thrush’s childhood in 1970’s Calgary. Through a journey of transformation, laughter and real-life memories, Thrush explores her own inner elder. Following a young Indigenous girl navigating a world of alcoholic adults, aliens, and the spiritual presence of her guiding grandmothers, we witness her transform into a mischievous spry old woman. A delicate blend of Bouffon and Indigenous clowning lend this powerful, humorous production a heightened effect as we get an extraordinary vision of our world. Tickets: Available online at nativeearth.ca, or by phone at 416.531.1402.

Lilies: Or the Revival of Romantic Drama - In 1912, two schoolboys fall in love performing a play about Saint Sebastian. Their passion is interrupted when one is unjustly sent to prison. Decades later, several inmates agree to stage this story of young love in search of their own redemption. Prolific indie company LemonTree creations revives Michel Marc Bouchard’s masterpiece with Walter Borden (African/Mi’qmaq/Choctaw) leading a cast of Indigenous, Black, and culturally diverse artists to make visible the high incarceration rates of these communities. Centring Indigeneity and diverse worldviews, the creative team bring this romantic drama into the 21st century, unearthing love, lies, and colonialism. Lilies: Or the Revival of Romantic Drama plays from May 4 to 26 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. 12 Alexander Street, Toronto. Tickets: https://www.passemuraille.ca/wp/tickets/ Photo of Walter Borden by Tanja-Tiziana.

Nous serons éternels - In this adaptation of Shakespeare’s sonnets, the La Fratrie ensemble deconstruct Elizabethan aesthetics, while paying homage to the timeless themes of lust, love, and the eternal. A sizable cast is summoned to reproduce the expansive of Shakespeare’s poetry and sound, the depths of desire’s mystery. Nous serons éternels invites audiences to hear canonical poetry in a new light and in a dream-like state where music, dance, and theatre are fused. Through the timelessness of great works of literature and a patchwork of imagery, the audience is led to revisit memories that vulnerability and sensitivity might awaken. Directed by Patrick R.Lacharité and performed by Véronique Beaudoin, Chloé Barshee, Myriam DeBonville, Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, Natacha Filiatrault, Ariane Lavery, Jessica Léveillée-Lemay, Sasha Migliarese, Fanny Migneault-Lecavalier, Jeanne Roux-Côté, Sébastien Tessier, Philippe Thibault-Denis, Alex Trahan and Yann Villeneuve. Nous serons éternels plays from April 23, to 28 at LA CHAPELLE / 3700 SAINT-DOMINIQUE /Montreal/ BOX OFFICE 514.843.7738 / lachapelle.org

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story - Tarragon Theatre presents Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story by Hannah Moscovitch with songs by Ben Caplan and Christian Barry and directed by Christian Barry. 1908: two Romanian Jews stand in line at Pier 21 in Halifax, would-be immigrants to an unknown country. Chaim’s entire family was murdered in a pogrom; Chaya lost her husband to fever and starvation. But the New World is giving them a second chance, and they embrace it to the fullest. Narrated by The Wanderer — part showman, part rabbi — this genre-bending rock concert/theatre hybrid stars Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan and is inspired by the real-life story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents and was one of The Guardian’s Top Recommended Shows at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story plays from April 16 (Opens April 24) to May 26 in the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace.  30 Bridgeman Avenue. Tickets: 416-531-1827 or the Tarragon Theatre Box Office.  

Otello - The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2018/2019 season with Otello, Verdi’s blistering adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. Otello seemingly has it all: an impressive military track record, an adoring wife, and a courageous reputation. But when he looks over his trusted advisor Iago for promotion, he becomes the target of swift retaliation. Posing as a concerned friend, Iago preys on the general’s insecurities, deftly planting seeds of doubt and steadily stoking the flames of blind rage, until Otello arrives at a devastating point of no return. American tenor Russell Thomas returns to the COC as Otello, and included in the cast are Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as Iago,  Soprano Tamara Wilson as Otello’s wife, Desdemona, with Andrew Haji as the young lieutenant. Otello runs for eight performances on April 27, 30, May 3, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 2019, at the Four Seasons Centre. Tickets: may be purchased online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Return to Grace - Following its hugely successful 2014 and 2016 engagements, RETURN TO GRACE, returns to Toronto, May 7 - 12, at the Princess of Wales Theatre. A glorious, heartfelt tribute to a music icon, RETURN TO GRACE stars Steve Michaels and features over 30 singers, dancers and musicians onstage, RETURN TO GRACE flawlessly delivers some the greatest musical moments of a generation with song favourites that include "Heartbreak Hotel", "Suspicious Minds", "Love Me Tender", and more! From the King’s humble beginnings in Memphis, to the amazing '68 Comeback Special, to the historic Aloha from Hawaii concert, audiences experiencing RETURN TO GRACE re-live the music that changed rock and roll forever!  The Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West.  Tickets available at mirvish.com; by phone through TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333;  and in-person at any of the Mirvish theatres’ box offices.  Photo: by Richard Beland Photography. Steve Michaels in Return to Grace.

The Merry Widow - With just four notes, Franz Lehar seduces us with a tune that has haunted our dreams since it first filled Theater an der Wien in 1905. The Merry Widow Waltz is the most famous melody in all operetta - admired, beloved and revered the world over. It has inspired the music of Broadway, London’s West End, Paris and beyond. When at last we hear it sung by the ‘merry’ widow and her handsome count, it tugs at the heartstrings as few musical strains ever have. Great music can be heard time and time again, refreshing our spirit and reinforcing our belief that in the end, love will triumph.  Music Theatre fans can hear this glorious melody once again at the St. Lawrence Centre’s Jane Mallett Theatre in Toronto Operetta Theatre performances on April 24, 26, 27, at 8 pm & April 28, at 3 pm. Our new production stars Lucia Cesaroni and Michael Nyby as the reluctant lovers, Anna Glawari and Count Danilovitch. As a country beauty, she stole the count’s heart. In a reversal of roles, it is the count who is sent away to save him from a disastrous love affair. They eventually meet in Paris, she now a wealthy widow and he, in total denial of his love for her. In a daring battle of the sexes singing some of the greatest melodies ever written. Larry Beckwith leads the TOT orchestra, cast and chorus and General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin will stamp the production with his inimitable style as stage director. The new production stars Lucia Cesaroni and Michael Nyby as the reluctant lovers. Larry Beckwith leads the TOT orchestra, cast and chorus and General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin will stamp the production with his inimitable style as stage director. Tickets: Box office: 416-366-7723 27 Front Street East; or www.stlc.com.34 or https://www.ticketmaster.ca/toronto-operetta-theatre-tickets/artist/2443008

The Office! A Musical Parody - Producers of the sold out, unauthorized Off-Broadway sensation The Office! A Musical Parody announce the North American tour will launch beginning with a 4-week run at Toronto’s CAA Theatre (651 Yonge St.) from July 30 to August 25, 2019. Tickets on sale Saturday April 13th at mirvish.com. Writers Bob and Tobly McSmith are ecstatic about The Office! A Musical Parody to be on track as their most successful New York production in 10 years. Says Tobly McSmith. “The Office! A Musical Parody is now one of the most successful off-Broadway shows in history. As Michael might say, ‘It's been a dream come thru.’” Their third national tour, FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is currently touring North America. It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of your favourite TV show, now coming to Toronto.

The Things I Carry - Developed as a part of the Migrant Bodies Project – an E.U. sponsored choreographic program aimed at opening civic and artistic reflections on migration – The Things I Carry is a performance/storytelling hybrid about what happens as people spread across our planet, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Part ceremony, part conference, part confessional. The Things I Carry Creative Concept, Choreography and Performance: Lee Su-Feh Dramaturgy: Alessandro Sciarroni, Text: Lee Su-Feh, with excerpts from On A Plane, by Chris Bose. Sound Design: Junhong McIntosh-Lee and Lee Su-Feh; Song: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell.  The Things I Carry is a site specific performance at Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas West. Plays from April 23 to April 28. Tickets:

Too Good To Be True - Videocab presents the World Premiere of Cliff Cardinal’s dark comedy, Too Good to Be True, at a brand new theatrical home in downtown Toronto. The superb cast of Too Good To Be True,is led by Cheri Maracle as Maria, a beautiful fabulist and dauntless mom on the lam with her teenage children, played by Patti Shaughnessy and Ryan Cunningham. As the police close in on the suspected vigilante, Maria borrows an empty house and holds a last supper with her budding son and pregnant daughter. Cliff Cardinal’s work has been influenced by VideoCab since he was a teenager watching rehearsals of Michael Hollingsworth’s New France at the Cameron House. Cliff is now collaborating with resident lighting designer Andrew Dollar, and with costume designer Sage Paul, to bring his own highly theatrical style to the black-box. Playing from April 24 to May 19, Too Good to Be True is produced and presented at Videocab’s new theatre palace, 10 Busy Street, Queen East & Logan. 416-703-1725. Book online at Brown Paper Tickets (w.ww.brownpapertickets.com).