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Toronto Theatre Previews:

Black Boys
| After Wrestling | Bang Bang (Extended) |Big Nate the Musical! l (children's theatre) | Bunny |Come From Away |Cottagers and Indians |A Delicate Balance (Extrended) | The Drawer Boy |Fierce | Hang |Glass Fields (dance); Gobsmacked! |The Humans | Idomeneus |Jerusalem |King
Charles III | Lear | Les Misérables|Made in Canada Onstage: The National Ballet of Canada |
A Midsummer Night's Dream
|Mimico Vice: Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre |The Monument |No Foreigners | The Overcoat |Peggy Baker Dance Project: Map by Years |Pepperland (dance) |The Second City's Party Today, Panic Tomorow |The Secret Garden (children's theatre) |A Singer Must Die | Titus Andronicus | Voices 3 | What a Young Wife Ought to Know |
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Ottawa, Ontario Theatre Previews: How Black Mothers Say I Love You; The Clean House
London, Ontario Previews:
Blind Date
Montreal, Quebec Theatre Previews:
Master Harold and The Boys; Marjorie Prime; Bullshit Festival

Black Boys

The 2016 smash hit production of Black Boys played to packed houses, stellar reviews, and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble. After embarking on a nation-wide tour to theatres in Vancouver and Montreal, Black Boys comes back to Buddies this February for a limited two-week run. A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness, Black Boys is created from the lives of three people seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world. As they explore their unique identities on stage, they subvert the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed. Theatrical and intimate, Black Boys weaves together the ensemble’s own personal stories in search of an integrated self and a radical imagination. Directed by Jonathan Seinen, the Dora-nominated ensemble includes Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah Ben M’Carthy and Thomas Olajide, with choreography by Virgilia Griffith. Black Boys plays from Feb. 28 (Opens March 1) to March 11 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Toronto. Box Office 416-975-8555 or buddiesinbadtimes.com
Photo: by Jeremy Minmagh.

After Wrestling

Factory Theatre continues its 2018 ‘Shaping Stories’ season with the World Premiere of After Wrestling from Bryce Hodgson and Charlie Kerr. After Wrestling is a slacker-comedy turned suicide-mystery in search of love, life, and death. Hogan and his sister Leah navigate old flames, new relationships, and their mental health in a booze- and grief-fuelled debate after the suicide of Hogan’s best friend Gibby. But even after he’s gone, Gibby is still there for Hogan. After Wrestling stars Gabe Grey as Jaggy, the cop a little too deeply immersed into his work; Charlie Kerr as Hogan, the hopeless romantic with his mind in lock-down and his heart on his sleeve; Libby Osler as Leah, Hogan’s sister and self-appointed protector; and Anthony Shim as Gibby, Hogan’s best friend and ghostly confidante. Director and co-writer, Bryce Hodgson is co-founder of Blind Pig Theatre and co-founder and Artistic Director of Blood Pact Theatre. Along with Hodgson and Bri Proke, co-writer and performer Charlie Kerr is a co-founder of Blood Pact Theatre.  The three-way world premiere co-production of After Wrestling furthers Factory’s commitment to support indie artists while establishing cross-Canada creative partnerships. After Wrestling plays from February 24 (opens March 1) to March 18, 2018 @ Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street. Tickets: Purchase in person at Factory, 125 Bathurst Street, visit factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971.

Bang Bang

Factory Theatre present Bang Bang, a Factory commissioned world premiere from Dora Award-winning playwright Kat Sandler (Mustard), January 27 – February 24, 2018. When a Black police officer shoots an unarmed Black youth, a white playwright uses the incident as inspiration for his new hit play, except he doesn’t exactly stay true to the facts. Now, a story that he tore from the headlines is being adapted into a major movie without the consent of the officer involved. Wary of the backlash he might receive, the playwright decides to visit the officer's home. Bang Bang questions the impact of what it means to be “inspired by true events” while finding the humour in a humourless situation. BANG BANG is Sandler’s Factory debut, andwill also be the first audio recording for the new season of PlayME podcast.The powerhouse ensemble features Dora-Award winning Sébastien Heins,  Dora Award-winning Jeff Lillico ed Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah,  Karen Richard Zeppieri.  Fact and fiction. Actions and consequences. Sandwiches and rum. BANG BANG. Plays from Jan. 27 (opens Feb. 1) extended to Feb. 24 at the Factory Mainspace Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. Tickets: Purchase in person at Factory, 125 Bathurst Street, visit factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971.
BANG BANG: Sébastien Heins, Jeff Lillico, Karen Robinson,Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah.
Photo by Joseph Michael Photography

Big Nate The Musical!

After their December hit Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, Electric Moon Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated follow-up: BIG NATE THE MUSICAL! Inspired by the hit comic strip and book series by Lincoln Peirce, this rollicking musical rocks and rolls from page to stage! Recommended for children ages 4 and up. Nate Wright is a detention-riddled sixth grader who also happens to be the drummer for the greatest garage band in the history of the galaxy - Enslave the Mollusk! Problem is, beautiful Jenny fails to see his worth. If only he could woo her away from her boyfriend, Artur... If only Enslave the Mollusk can up their game and win their school's Battle of the Bands... If only - "Oh, no!" - Nate's arch-rival Gina hadn't formed a band of her own! This March Break, amp up the volume. Let Nate rule the house!  With a talented cast of Toronto Actors, BIG NATE THE MUSICAL stars: Evan Sokolowski, Nikki Haggart, Chris MacCallum, Taylor Priel, Gabriel Vaillant, Katelyn Goodwin and Jack Comerford. Plays March 12 - 15 at 2:30pm; March 24 and 25 at 11am and 1pm. Plaza Suite of the The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts - 10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill ON L4C 3B7. To book tickets please visit www.electricmoontheatre.com or call (416) 500-2701. 


Richard Rose, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, is thrilled to announce the Toronto premiere of Bunny this February. The play, written by Hannah Moscovitch and directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, was commissioned by the Stratford Festival and premiered there to great acclaim in 2016. Aroused by inappropriate love, a young woman discovers the power of her own allure. Ever the outsider, she struggles with the social acceptable only to find herself increasingly alone in her desires. Dangerous and disorienting, Bunny is a play about repressive social convention, personal inhibition and desire unleashed. At its core, Bunny is an exploration of contemporary love and sex, an exercise in gaining insight into female sexuality and desire amidst the repressive social conventions plaguing people consciously and unconsciously. Bunny runs February 21 - April 1, 2018, opening on Wednesday, February 28 in the Mainspace, featuring Maev Beaty, Cyrus Lane, Matthew Edison, Gabriella Albino, Tony Ofori, Jesse LaVercombe, and Rachel Cairns. Tarragon Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tarragontheatre.com or by phone at 416-531-1827. 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto.

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 plays from February 13, 2018 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre with tickets on sale until Sept. 2, 2018. The Toronto engagement is an open-ended with best availability for tickets in June, July and August. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, Toronto. Available online at mirvish.com. By phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.
Photo by Michael Murphy. Canadian Company in Come From Away.

Company in Concert

Toronto Musical Concerts (TMC) presents a staged musical reading of Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY In Concert March 16 & 17 at the Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Avenue) to benefit The Canadian Safe School Network (https://canadiansafeschools.com).Brilliantly energetic yet comically dark, Tony Award-winning Company centers around confirmed bachelor, Robert - who contemplates his unmarried state on the eve of his 35th birthday. Throughout this vignette-driven musical, “Bobby” interacts with his married friends and various girlfriends to try to reveal the true reason why he is not yet in a committed relationship. These vivid and real characters force the habitually single Robert to deeply question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. COMPANY in Concert features the musical theatre talents of Kevin Achiele, AJ Bridel, Lawrence Cotton, Donna Garner, Ryan Kellym Lisa Kischm Lizzie Kurtz, David Lopez, Marisa McIntyre, Anwyn Musicom Leah Osterm Sarah Strange, Geoffrey Tyler, Christopher Wilson, and is musically directed by Scott Christian (piano). Tickets Advance purchase: https://companyinconcert.brownpapertickets.com/
Further information: 647-298-9338.

Cottagers and Indians

Richard Rose, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, welcomes Cottagers and Indians this February. The comedic, poignant play written by Drew Hayden Taylor opens in Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace from February 13 - March 25, 2018 (opening February 21). This sincere and pragmatic look at conflicts between traditional First Nations water usage and cottage property owners is more relevant than ever with the current disputes over harvesting of wild rice on Pigeon, Chemong and Buckhorn Lakes in the Kawarthas. In Cottagers and Indians, audiences witness an example of the clash of cultures as it’s taken place for several centuries. Based on real events, a member of a Kawartha First Nation struggles to maintain his wild rice crops in the lake he shares with property owners. They fear a decrease in enjoyable recreation and property value, he fears a loss of his culture and his right to plant wild rice. Patti Shaugnessy directs and featured in the cast are Herbie Barnes and Tracey Hoyt. 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.

A Delicate Balance

Soulpepper Theatre presents Edward Albee’s, A Delicate Balance Directed by Diana Leblanc.  In all things – friendship, intimacy, civility – there is a balance that must be carefully maintained to avert disaster. When a daughter returns home and friends move in, Albee shows how easy it is to tip the scales. The uneasy existence of upper-middle-class suburbanites Agnes and Tobias and their permanent houseguest, Agnes' witty alcoholic sister Claire, is disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong family friends Harry and Edna, fellow empty-nesters with free-floating anxiety, who ask to stay with them to escape an unnamed terror. They soon are followed by Agnes and Tobias's bitter 36-year-old daughter Julia, who returns home following the collapse of her fourth marriage. The cast features: Derek Boyes; Laura Condlin; Oliver Dennis; Kyra Harper; Soulpepper Founding Member Nancy Palk; and Brenda Robins. Albee won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, the first of three he received for his work. A Delicate Balance plays at the Yonge Centre for the Performing Arts from Jan. 13 to Feb. 17 (Opens Jan. 18).
Photo: by Cylla von Tiedemann. L to R: Oliver Dennis, Kyra Harper, Laura Condlin, Brenda Robins, Nancy Palk, Derek Boyes.

The Drawer Boy

For the past few years Theatre Passe Muraille has been programing one show in its season that comes from the cannon of over six hundred plays produced by Theatre Passe Muraille. This year the theatre is excited to bring back The Drawer Boy. For the show, playwright Michael Healey riffed on the concept of Theatre Passe Muraille’s 1972 project The Farm Show – a devised performance that saw actors from the city interacting with farmers in rural Ontario to uncover the challenges of country life – as a starting point for an intriguing script of friendship and loss. During an extended visit with two farmers Miles discovers the challenges of manual labor and inadvertently stumbles upon a secret that has been held for decades.  Premiering in 1999 The Drawer Boy would go on to win the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, a Chalmers Award, and a Governor General’s Award in addition to tours across Canada and abroad. Directed by Nina Lee Aquino, this production’s diverse cast - Craig Lauzon, Graham Conway, and Andrew Moodie (are set to bring their own takes on the Canadian classic. The Drawer Boy plays from Feb. 28 to March 25 at Theatre Passe Muraille. 16 Ryerson Avenue. Tickets: The Arts Box Office. 16 Ryerson Ave. Phone: 416 504 7529.


Criminal Girlfriends, a new Toronto-based theatre collective presents a new play by the award-winning George F. Walker, one of Canada’s most frequently produced and internationally acclaimed playwrights. Fierce is an intense and humorous razor-sharp work centered on two women, a psychiatrist and her drug-addicted patient, who are both troubled by their pasts.  A retired professional woman, arrested while wandering in traffic, is found to be under the influence of a potent  “drug cocktail.” She is ordered by the court to undergo treatment, and placed in a clinic run by a psychiatrist who has her own difficult history. A volatile 75-minute encounter ensues, fueled by painful revelations - and both women’s distaste for politeness.  Filled with Walker’s trademark ferocious and finely-honed wit, Fierce stars Marisa Crockett as the psychiatrist Maggie and  Emmelia Gordon  as her patient, Jayne.  Wes Berger directs. Fierce runs February 15-March 3) at Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood. 922 Queen Street East. Tickets for Fierce are on sale now online at http://www.criminalgirlfriends.com/

Glass Fields

In celebration of its 50th anniversary season, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) presents Glass Fields, based on TDT Artistic Director Christopher House’s groundbreaking 1983 dance piece Glass Houses, which was part of the “new dance” movement in the early eighties and helped transform the way modern dance was created and perceived. Glass Houses had a long and successful performance life, and was documented on film by award-winning Canadian writer, director and producer, Moze Mossanen. The choreography is simultaneously formal, musical, minimalist and highly kinetic. Its structure is governed by the music of legendary composer Ann Southam's Glass Houses No. 5, a complex piece of pattern music inspired by the compositional forms of Philip Glass. This provocative new curation of work features a lineup of powerful choreographers and dancers, including the creator of Glass Houses, and TDT’s Artistic Director Christopher House, as well as award-winning artist Tedd Robinson, alongside Hanna Kiel, Amanda Acorn and Jasmyn Fyffe. Glass Fields will be presented March 20 – 24, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre, part of Harbourfront Centre’s 17/18 NextSteps dance series. For more information about TDT and to purchase tickets, please visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps or call 416-973-4000.


Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice. Featuring the reigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping.  Audiences will experience heart-stopping singing and jaw-dropping beatboxing in this latest break-out show that everyone is talking about – it’s funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages! Though one of the oldest forms of music, a cappella singing has only recently broken through to mainstream popularity. Movies such as Pitch Perfect and TV shows such as Glee and groups like Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser and Naturally 7 have catapulted a cappella from street corners to stadiums. The producers of GOBSMACKED! have created a show for the whole family that takes the audience on a journey through music. GOBSMACKED! not only showcases modern a cappella at its best but also tells an urban tale of love, loss and redemption. Plays from March 14 to 25 at the CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St.  Tickets Available online at mirvish.com


Obsidian Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of hang from the awarding winning UK playwright, screenwriter and director debbie tucker green, on stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs. Co-directed by Obsidian Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Philip Akin and multi-Dora-nominated choreographer Kimberley Rampersad, hang is an unflinching, troubling story about the struggle between crime and punishment, justice and revenge that goes to the heart of a woman’s unthinkable choice.“debbie tucker green has created a parallel world in which violence takes on new meaning,” said Akin.  “In this place, society has embraced choices that most people would consider inconceivable or even ridiculous.”According to Rampersad, the compelling nature of hang is in its slow drip release of key facts. “I marvel at debbie tucker green's ability to reveal crucial information deliberately, almost excruciatingly over the course of the play." The cast for hang includes Sarah Afful who plays Three, Zoé Doyle as One and Vladimir Alexis as Two. February 6-25, The Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs. 26 Berkeley St. Tickets to the Canadian premiere of hang can be purchased via the Canadianstage.box office or by phone at 416.368.3110.'
Click here for the Review of Hang.

The Humans

Canadian Stage and co-producer Citadel Theatre, Edmonton present the Canadian premiere of the multiple Tony Award-winning family drama The Humans, written by OBIE Award winner and two-time Pulitzer prize finalist Stephen Karam. Directed by former Shaw Festival Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and starring Sara Farb, Alana Hawley, Richard Lee, Laurie Paton, Ric Reid, and Maralyn Ryan, The Humans is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East fom February 6 – February 25.  The Humans introduces audiences to the Blake family. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's lower Manhattan apartment. As darkness falls, tensions reach a boiling point, and the unspoken pressures facing the Blake clan simmer to the surface. Stephen Karam's breakthrough comedy-drama is a scorchingly funny and frighteningly timely snapshot of a family caught in the wake of a changing nation. One of the most critically-acclaimed Broadway debuts in recent years, the Canadian production will premiere at The Citadel Theatre in January 2018 before travelling to Toronto.  Tickets are available online, by phone at 416.368.3110, or in person at the Berkeley Street box office. For details visit www.canadianstage.com.


Idomeneus, King of Crete, has killed his son. Or maybe not. Maybe he's let his son live, but angered the gods in doing so. Or maybe the person he thinks is his son is an imposter. Maybe his real son actually turned into a talking, shape-shifting sea-creature and is back to have a heart-to-heart. Or maybe it's all true, all at once. A kaleidoscope of monsters, mythmaking and sudden, striking humor, Roland Schimmelpfennig’s smash-hit Idomeneus details the end of a war between nations and the beginning of a war between reason and superstition. Idomeneus makes a promise to the gods, and what comes next is a fractured, mythic tidal wave, brought to life in an inventively staged quest-story. Idomeneus, by one of Europe’s most exciting contemporary playwrights, Roland Schimmelpfennig is  translated by David Tushingham and directed by Alan Dilworth. A Canadian Premiere. The cast includes Akosua Amo-Adem, Alana Bridgewater, Coutrney Ch’ing Lancaster, Laura Condlin, Frank Cox-O’Connel, Stuart Huges, Diego Matamoros and Michelle Monteith. Idomeneus is presented by the Soulpepper Theatre and plays from March 1 to 15 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. 50 Tank House Lane. The Historic Distillery area. Tickets: 416.866.8666 / 1.888 email at boxoffice@youngcentre.ca. 


Outside The March and The Company Theatre in association with Starvox Entertainment presents the Canadian premiere of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. The play tells the story of an aging daredevil—purveyor of drugs, alcohol, mythic tales and sanctuary to the troubled teens of Wiltshire County. In this immersive production, audiences will be invited to come squat with Rooster deep, Kieran Sequoia, Michael Spencer Davis and Philip Riccio. Jerusalem is directed by Outside the March’s Mitchell Cushman, Designed by Kinnon Elliott and Costumes by Lindsay Dagger Junkin. Audiences at evening performances will be invited into the theatre for a party in Byron Wood half an hour before the show, where they’ll be able to have a drink from “Rooster’s stash” and party with the wayward youths of Flintock in the heart of the forest as he summons the deep magic of Byron Wood and does battle against the community council bent on bulldozing his land and putting up condos.  Kim Coates leads the cast in the iconic role of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron. Coates is joined on stage by Nicholas Campbell, Jason Cadieux, Brenna Coates, Shakura Dickson, Diana Connelly, Peter Fernandes, Christo Graham, Daniel Kash, Katelyn McColloch. Jerusalem is on stage beginning February 13, 2018 at the Streetcar Crowsnest. 345 Carlaw Ave. Toronto. Tickets:https://tickets.crowstheatre.com
Photo: Kim Coates in Jerusalem by Dahlia Katz.

King Charles III

Charles. Camilla. William. Kate. Harry. One family holds the future of Great Britain in its hands. But what will the future be? The Queen is dead. The “King-in-waiting” finally ascends the throne. Defying centuries of tradition, Charles boldly attempts to reassert the crown’s power, landing himself – and his country – in a royal mess. Exploring power and betrayal, the internationally acclaimed play, King Charles III skillfully reveals the people beneath the crowns as nuanced flesh and blood, and turns a Shakespearean lens on relationships in the world’s most famous and exposed family. Following sold-out runs in London’s West End and on Broadway, Mike Bartlett’s award-winning new play makes its Toronto Premiere as part of the 2017/18 Off-Mirvish season. Premiering to rave reviews at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2014, Barlett has since updated King Charles III to reflect new developments with the British Royal family. This production will be the first to feature Barlett's revised script. David Mirvish presents a Studio 180 Theatre production. Joel Greenberg directs and featured in the cast are Guy Bannerman, Wade Bogert-O’Brien, Rosemary Dunsmore, Patrick Galligan, Jessica Greenberg, Sam Kalilieh, Jeff Meadows, Gray Powell, Amy Rutherford, David Schurmann, Marcel Stewart and Shannon Taylor. King Charles III plays at the CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge St. from Feb. 10 to March 4, 2018. Tickets to King Charles III can be purchased through Mirvish Productions either over the phone at (416) 872-1212 or online at Mirvish.com

Les Misérables

Theatre Smith-Gilmour presents the world premiere of a new theatrical adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic, Les Misérables. The company returns to The Theatre Centre, 38 years after performing their first show, Just Married, with their most ambitious work to date.
The source material is legendary. The characters are iconic. The questions are epic. Jean Valjean’s lifelong struggle to find and follow his own conscience asks the most profound questions of human existence: “What is justice? What is forgiveness? What is love? What would you die for?” Poet, novelist, dramatist, and one of the greatest French writers of all time, Victor Hugo wrote about the political and social issues of his day. Les Misérables is his ‘call to arms’ to face what it means to be humane and compassionate, to love and to die, and to listen to the stories of silenced voices. Timeless issues that have continued to resonate today. Les Misérables is adapted by Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour in collaboration with the company Directed by Michele Smith. Les Misérables will run from March 16 to April 1, 2018 in the Franco Boni Theatre. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Box office: theatrecentre.org or call 416.538.0988.

Made in Canada Onstage
The National Ballet of Canada

The National Ballet of Canada presents three acclaimed works by three Canadian choreographers The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Robert Binet takes its inspiration from the austere beauty of the work of Canadian Artist Lawren Harris. Harris’ work is famous not just for distilling the austere beauty of Canada’s northern landscapes, but for conveying the deep, almost mystical power that those landscapes hold. James Kudelka’s masterpiece set to Vivaldi’s famous concerti, The Four Seasons, follows the arc of a man’s life,from the freshness and innocence of Spring, to the exuberance of Summer, to the reflective melancholy of Autumn, to Winter’s stark intimations of mortality. Emergence by Crystal Pite posits the instinct for social organization found in the insect realm as a precise metaphor for human interaction and purpose, with swarms and waves of dancers recreating in a dimly-lit, subterranean hive the intricate forms and patterns of life that seem to unite both the natural and human-made worlds.Made in Canada Onstage plays from Feb. 28 to March 4 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West. Tickets: 416 345 9595; 1 (866) 345 9595; info@national.ballet.ca

The Monument

Factory Theatre presentsThe Monument, Colleen Wagner’s classic, dark and powerful war play, directed by Jani Lauzon and running in the Mainspace March 10 – April 1, 2018. The Monument tells the story of a soldier desperate to escape death for his war crimes who agrees to give himself to the complete servitude of an unknown woman. A harrowing and visceral journey of two people forced to confront the atrocities of war; this Governor General’s Award-winning play asks questions that remain painfully familiar on our front pages today. Considering The Monument through a lens of the 500-year war that has been waged against the people of Turtle Island since European colonization, this newly reimagined production will confront many of the dark and uncomfortable truths of Canada’s complicity around missing and murdered Indigenous women. The cast of The Monument features Venezuelan-born actor, singer, and writer Augusto Bitter, and the award-winning Ojibway actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer/songwriter Tamara Podemski. A Factory Production; March 10 (Opens March 15) to  April 1, 2018. Tickets: Student, Arts Worker and Senior prices also available.Purchase in person at Factory, 125 Bathurst Street. Visit factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Chekhov Collective presents a mid-winter production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Richard Sheridan Willis, Shakespeare's most magical and inventive play that explores love in all its complications and contradictions. On a midsummer’s night, young lovers and workmen plunge into a forest where spirits abound. Vows melt, bodies transform, seasons alter, and the moon stills … it is a world turned upside down where nothing is what it seems. Framed in a feminine perspective, the women in this Dream hold each other up, offer friendship and acceptance, and a sense of hope that in the end, all will be right. Eschewing the traditional large-scale outdoor productions, this version of Midsummer Night’s Dream comes inside so the musicality of Shakespeare’s language, including all the dark edges and hidden corners of his verse and prose, can be fully experienced in the intimate setting of The Citadel. A Midsummer Night’s Dream stars Paul Amos, Zachary Counsil, Christina Fox, Natasha Greenblatt, Michael Man, Jesse Nerenberg, Rena Polley and Elizabeth Saunders. Playing at The Citadel, 304 Parliament Street, Toronto from February 21 (Opens Feb. 22) to March 11, 2018.

Mimico Vice!
Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre

Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre and their signature, witty, interactive-mystery shows presents its newest murder mystery inviting you to Travel Back 30 Years to 1987! Hard-nosed detective Sonny Crockett has his hands full, dealing with the notorious "Breakfast Club Gang".  Life ain't easy when you work for the toughest police force around... Mimico Vice! Written by Ken MacDougall, Brian Caws & the Cast, directed by Brian Caws and featuring Tom Melissis, Danny Wengle, Pierre Trudel, Michell Regal and Victoria Murdoch, Mimico Vice plays Friday and Saturday nights, Dinner from 6:30 p.m.; Mystery starts at 8 p.m. Select performances on Thursdays, and select Wednesday matinees at Toronto's Old Mill Inn & Spa. Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, 2026 Yonge Street, Toronto  (two blocks north of Davisville subway station). For dinner and show tickets please call (416) 486-7469 or  email: boxoffice@mysteriouslyyours.com. Launched in 1987 in Toronto, Mysteriously Yours Inc. is a commercial theatre company dedicated to producing and presenting the best interactive murder mysteries. Celebrating 30 years, Mysteriously Yours is the world's largest professional producer of interactive murder mystery entertainment.

No Foreigners

Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver) and fu‐GEN Theatre (Toronto) present No Foreigners, a new interdisciplinary collaboration between the two companies, produced in association with Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver) and The Theatre Centre (Toronto). Through live performance and a micro‐to‐macro camera apparatus, No Foreigners, by Govenor General Award Laureate, David Yee, considers Chinese shopping malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash. Several original stories manifest inside a mall and quickly diverge—catapulting across cities, between languages, in and out of the afterlife, and through past, present, and future. No Foreigners weaves together text, miniatures, and media design as it attempts to unpack what is at the heart of “Chinese‐ness” and what the future can hold for all of us as visitors and settlers. No Foreigners is performed in English and Cantonese, with English titles. Co-created by Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu and David Yee. No Foreigners plays from Feb. 12 to 25 at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tickets:  The Theatre Centre’s Box. Office: 416‐538‐0988 or tickets.theatrecentre.org

One Things Leads to Another

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is thrilled to remount its immensely popular and critically-acclaimed show for babies, One Thing Leads to Another due to overwhelming demand. An innovative work of theatre commissioned by YPT and created specifically for infants, this production transforms everyday objects into fabulous, fanciful phenomena as it engages, stimulates and delights baby and parent alike.Developed from an original concept, research and theme by Maja Ardal in a collective collaboration by Ardal, Audrey Dwyer, Mary Francis Moore and Julia Tribe, One Thing Leads to Another received Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2016 for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance, Ensemble. It will be presented in The Studio from February 17 to March 3. | Recommended for ages 3 to 12 months but suitable for up to 24 months. Young People’s Theatre | 165 Front Street East, Toronto. Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.ca | Prices subject to change without notice; Box Office: 416.862.2222 | For more information visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca; Touring to the following areas: Theatre Orangeville, Sunday, March 4 (two shows Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, March 7-11 (two shows/day); Carousel Players in St. Catharines and the Niagara region, March 14-19 (two shows/day).

The Overcoat

Twenty years following the debut of the award-winning theatre adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat, Tapestry Opera, Canadian Stage and Vancouver Opera announce that baritone Geoffrey Sirett will don the famous coat in the upcoming operatic reimagining of the classic tale, “The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring.” The world premiere of this musical production will take place on March 29  (running until April 14) at the Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, in Toronto, followed by the Vancouver premiere on April 28 at the Vancouver Playhouse as part of the Vancouver Opera Festival.  Renowned playwright and director Morris Panych joins forces with award-winning composer James Rolfe to bring a bold operatic voice to the beloved tale of Akakiy Akakiyevich (played by Sirett), a simple working man whose life is turned upside down when he invests in an elegant new overcoat. With a symphony of voices and movement, comedy and tragedy, and set to a soaring neoclassical score, The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring, touted by The WholeNote as one of "the must-sees of the opera season,” brings new life to the original triumphant theatre production. For tickets visit Canadian Stage (Toronto) or Vancouver Opera (Vancouver).
Photo: by Dahlia Katz. Geoffrey Sirett in The Overcoat.

Party Today, Panic Tomorrow

The Second City presents its 80th Mainstage Revue, Party Today, Panic Tomorrow, opening Wednesday, August 23, 2017 for an extended engagement.  Party Today, Panic Tomorrow expresses the absurd dilemmas of life in 2017. This hilarious, all-new sketch revue reflects suffering from political exhaustion, screaming over board games, settling scores with dance-offs, and taking life advice from a giant banana. The Second City Mainstage cast will help audiences spin, sing and laugh their troubles away. Party Today, Panic Tomorrow is created and performed by The Second City Toronto Mainstage cast, featuring new cast members Allana Reoch and Nadine Djoury who will join returning Mainstage cast members Ann Pornel, Brandon Hackett, Colin Munch, Uncand Devon Hyland. Party Today, Panic Tomorrow is directed by The Second City alum Leslie Seiler and assistant to the director Karen Parker, making them The Second City’s first all-female directing team. Party Today, Panic Tomorrow plays at 51 Mercer Street (at Blue Jays Way), Toronto for an indefinite run. Opening Night: Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Tickets available online at secondcity.com, or The Second City box office at 416-343-0011.
Second City Group by Rachael McCaig: Top: Ann Pornel, Brandon Hackett; Nadine Djoury: bottom: Allana Reoch, Colin Munch.
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Peggy Baker Dance Project: Map by Years

Peggy Baker Dance Projects is pleased to announce Map by Years, a four-work program featuring the world premiere of a new movement and text work for Peggy Baker created with the incomparable Sarah Chase, titled unmoored. It is joined on the program by the return of three landmark Baker solos, Her Heart, Krishna’s Mouth and Portal. Map by Years runs at The Theatre Centre from February 21-25, 2018. 0Map by Years offers live performances by an accomplished company of outstanding female, Canadian dancers. Joining Baker are Natasha Bakht, Mairi Greig, Kate Holden, Andrea Nann and Jessica Runge. In keeping with this, acclaimed instrumentalists Anne Bourne (cello) and Peter Longworth (piano) are set to perform live on stage in this program. With Maps by Years, Baker offers reflections as both an artist and private person, exploring themes of love, insight, revelation and mortality. The three solos were created over the 20 year span of Baker's solo career and offer a transcription of her experiences as an artist, which exist in tandem with her memories of her late husband. The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West). For more information or tickets, visit peggybakerdance.com
Tickets available at theatrecentre.org

Photo: from Portal, danced alternately by Kate Holden (Feb 21, 23, 24) and Mairi Greig (Feb 22, 24 at 3pm, 25 at 3pm).


The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts presents the Canadian premiere of the critically-acclaimed Pepperland” from New York’s Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) on Saturday, February 24, 2018. This is the second instalment of this year’s three-part international Dance Collection, presented by BMO Financial Group, and follows the sold-out success of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal’s “Dance Me/Music of Leonard Cohen” last December. Choreographer Mark Morris, hailed by the New York Times as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical,” returns to Toronto with this unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Ethan Iverson’s original score intermingles six Pepper-inspired original pieces intended especially for Morris’s profound understanding of classical forms with arrangements of the songs Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help From My Friends, A Day in the Life, When I’m Sixty-Four, Within You Without You and Penny Lane. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-855-872-7669, in person at the Sony Centre Box Office (Monday-Friday from noon-5pm) or online at www.sonycentre.ca.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden, adapted from the beloved children's book by author Frances Hodgson Burnett comes to life onstage at Young People’s Theatre under the direction of YPT’s Artistic Director, Allen MacInnis. This classic story will be presented on the Mainstage from February 5 to March 17, with extra performances added for March Break week. Gardens, like people, need sustenance and attention in order to thrive. The Secret Garden tells the inspirational tale of Mary Lennox, a spoiled, contrary, solitary child raised in India but sent to live in her uncle’s manor in Yorkshire after her parents' death. Left to wander his gloomy old estate, Mary lashes out at those around her. Then…she discovers a mysterious hidden garden. Her quest to find out more about the garden leads her to discover other secrets hidden in the house. These revelations, combined with the unlikely friendships she makes along the way, help Mary come out of her shell and find new fascination with the world around her. The Secret Garden features: Simon Bracken, Vivien Endicott-Douglas, Natalia Gracious, Dan Lett, Sarah Mennell, Jake Runeckles and Benjamin Sutherland. Young People’s Theatre | 165 Front Street East, Toronto. Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.ca  Box Office: 416.862.2222 x2 | For more information visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca

A Singer Must Die

Art of Time Ensemble is proud to present A Singer Must Die, a concert in tribute to the legendary literary and musical icon Leonard Cohen. This sublime concert features a range of acclaimed singers, authors and musicians in a program that focuses on both Cohen's music and his writings. Such celebrated writers as Giller Prize winners Michael Redhill and Madeleine Thien, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Ian Brown, Barbara Gowdy, Christopher Dewdney, Marnie Jackson, David Macfarlane, Karen Solie, and more are some of the literary lions who will rotate throughout the three evenings to give readings of personal favourite passages, or share personal anecdotes of their encounters with Cohen and his writings. Stellar singers such as Steven Page Sarah Slean, Tom Wilson, Sarah Harmer and Gregory Hoskins perform Cohen's beautiful songs nightly in all-new arrangements by top Canadian arrangers. February 22 - Saturday February 24 at 8pm nightly at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto . To purchase tickets: visit http://artoftimeensemble.com or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000
Tom Wilson-lores.

Titus Andronicus

Hart House Theatre presents Titus Andronicus, a Shakespeare's revenge tragedy of epic proportions.  Directed by well-known indie Shakespeare buff, James Wallace, and starring a stellar cast of both professional and emergent talent, this production of Titus Andronicus promises to deliver a classic tale through the lens of fresh, youthful talent. Widely thought of as Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, takes us down into the depths of humanity's most vile traits and revels in the horrors contained therein. It tells the story of a Roman general, returned from a terrible war, who becomes embroiled in a circle of bloody revenge with his enemies. Titus Andronicus, teaches us the fruitless nature of revenge and the hollow satisfaction of twisted justice. Directed by well-known indie Shakespeare buff, James Wallace, and starring a stellar cast of both professional and emergent talent. Plays March 2 to 10 at Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto campus. 7 Hart House Circle.  Box Office at 416.978.8849. Hart House Theatre has been the University of Toronto Performing Arts Leader Since 1919.

Voices 3

Canadian Stage presents an exciting and innovative program of live music experiences this winter, with the VOICES3 series. On stage beginning February 22 – 24 with an exclusive Canadian engagement of an international vocal and instrumental duo, followed by a pair of world premiere presentations in March featuring two of Canada’s most powerful female vocal performers. VOICES3 begins in February with the exclusive Canadian engagement of internationally renowned Italian duo MUSICA NUDA, led by virtuosic singer Petra Magoni, performing rock, pop, and classical hits in a pared down setting with double-bassist Ferruccio Spinetti. In March, the extraordinary Fides Krucker tackles the great Canadian songbook as only she can, supported by her musical ensemble and three leading dancer/choreographers - Peggy Baker, Laurence Lemieux and Heidi Strauss. Wrapping up the series, Polaris-Prize winning Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq shares the stage with Greenlandic mask dancer and poet Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory in another world premiere event.   All VOICES3 performances are on stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St.). Tickets available online, or by phone at 416.368.3110 or in person at the Berkeley Street Theatre box office. For details visit www.canadianstage.com. 

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Crows Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of a 2b theatre company production of Trillium Award-winner Hannah Moscovitch’s acclaimed and prescient What a Young Wife Ought to Know, on stage March 20 – April 7 at Streetcar Crowsnest. An unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, inspired by real stories of young mothers during the Canadian birth control movement of the early 20th century, What a Young Wife Ought to Know tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who has a lot to learn about love, sex, and birth control. An examination of the destructive shame enacted upon women in western society for centuries via the withholding of knowledge, What a Young Wife Ought to Know is also a sensual, sometimes funny, love story. Sophie's journey through womanhood and motherhood is sometimes tragic, sometimes ridiculous, and always recognizable. Directed by 2b Theatre Artistic co-Director Christian Barry, the production stars Gemini Award-winning actor Liisa Repo-Martell, with David Patrick Flemming and Rebecca Parent. Streetcar Crowsnest 345 Carlaw Ave. Toronto. Tickets: Get online information and make ticket purchases at crowstheatre.com.

LONDON, Ontario
The Grand Theatre

Blind date

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to present on the Spriet Stage Blind Date, B a Spontaneous Theatre Production created by and starring Rebecca Northan. This unscripted, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventure has entertained audiences in sold-out houses from Manhattan to London’s West End. The Title Sponsor for Blind Date is London-based McCormick. BLIND DATE opens in a little French café where Mimi (Northan) sits and waits for her blind date. When he fails to show up, she turns to the audience for someone brave enough to answer love’s call. But it’s not a cold call. Rebecca and her team mingle with patrons in the lobby before the show, in search of the perfect ‘Date.’ Once found, and with full consent of the participant, the show begins, the Date is invited up on stage, and what happens next is anybody’s guess. Blind Date is on stage at the Grand Theatre for a limited-time engagement from February 13 to March 3, 2018 are available at www.grandtheatre.com, by phone at 519-672-8800, or at the Box Office, 471 Richmond Street. '

OTTAWA, Ontario
The Gladstone Theatre

The Clean House

A romantic comedy about love, loss, change, and redemption, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, (Pulitzer Prize finalist & winner of The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) is a whimsical, touching, hilarious piece of theatre. A serious career-oriented doctor, Lane, has hired a quirky Brazilian maid. The only problem is that the maid, Matilde, hates to clean – instead, she longs to be a comedienne. This funny, tender play has screwy poetry and penetrating wisdom, oddball humor, operatic arias, fantasy, spirituality and a soaring sense of romance, reminding us that there is humour and beauty to be found in life’s most unlikely messes. Featuring Puja Uppal, Robin Guy, Cindy Beaton, Guy Buller, and Rebecca Benson. Directed by Mary Ellis. The Clean House plays from Feb. 14 to Feb. 24 at The Gladstone. 910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa. 613-233-4523. Tickets: boxoffice@thegladstone.ca

OTTAWA, Ontario
The Gladstone Theatre

How Black Mothers Say I Love You

 Trey Anthony, the acclaimed play-wright of the smash hit Da Kink In My Hair, brings her newest work to the Great Canadian Theatre Company with How Black Mothers Say I Love You. With a powerful nod to the Caribbean community, Anthony weaves a complex and heartwarming story of immigration, family, and sacrifice. Making her directing debut in Ottawa, Kimberley Rampersad helms a cast of newcomers to the GCTC stage: Bénédicte Bélizaire, Lucinda David, Malube, and Samantha Walkes. How Black Mothers Say I Love You is the tale of a mother, three daughters, and their attempts to love each other in less than ideal circumstances. Daphne is a Caribbean mother who leaves her two daughters behind in Jamaica for six years to start a better life in Canada. This separation has devas-tating consequences on each family member, all of whom are searching for love, reconciliation and forgiveness. How Black Mothers Say I Love You explores our own desire and urgent need for truth and how we respond to what has been left unsaid. How Black Mother Say I Love You runs on the GCTC stage from March 6 – March 25. GCTC is celebrating its 43nd season in 2017–18. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa. 613-233-4523. Tickets: boxoffice@thegladstone.ca

The Segal Centre

Marjorie Prime

The Segal Centre is thrilled to present Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison directed by the Segal’s Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin. A 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, this stimulating play which explores memory and mortality in the age of artificial intelligence will be on the Segal stage from February 25 to March 18, 2018. There will be an ASL-Interpreted performance on February 10. There will be an ASL-Interpreted performance on February 10. Eighty-five-year-old Marjorie, grappling with fading memories, receives help from a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed back only the best stories of her life. But given the chance, what would we remember, what would we forget? In this wondrous, touching, and clever new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity, collective family memory, and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace. The Segal Centre is delighted to welcome back Canadian stage legend Clare Coulter in the role of Marjorie. Accomplished artist and Montreal favourite Ellen David will be playing the role of Tess, Marjorie’s headstrong daughter. Also returning to the Segal is Tyrone Benskin as Jon, Tess’ doting husband. Making his Segal debut is local actor Eloi ArchamBaudoin.  Tickets: 514.739.7944 or
. Segal Centre: 5170, chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine

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