EVERYTHING IS GREAT AGAIN
Mar
9
Jul 1

EVERYTHING IS GREAT AGAIN

  • The Second City

Everything is Great Again is written and performed by Paloma Nuñez, Devon Hyland, Colin Munch, Ann Pornel, Brandon Hackett, and Lindsay Mullan. 

Confederation Part I: Confederation and Riel
Jun
9
Aug 19

Confederation Part I: Confederation and Riel

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto's VideoCabaret spectacularly conjures the era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts, written and directed by Michael Hollingsworth.

Confederation: John A. Macdonald masterminds the deal-making that leads to the fireworks on July 1, 1867. In a Montreal hotbed of anti-confederationists, Wilfrid Laurier meets Louis Riel.

Riel: Macdonald plans to turn the west into one big Ontario. Riel and Métis leaders collide with surveyors, and religious radicals plot terror; Laurier is spurred to act on his multi-cultural and secular ideals.

Odysseo
Jun
21
Jul 16

Odysseo

  • Hershey Centre

Odysseo -  the largest touring production on earth – features 65 magnificent horses and 50 riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians, immersing you in a beautiful multi–sensory journey to some of nature’s greatest wonders!

**Under the White Big Top next to Hershey Centre

Confederation Part II: Scandal and Rebellion
Jun
23
Aug 19

Confederation Part II: Scandal and Rebellion

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto's VideoCabaret spectacularly conjures the era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts, written and directed by Michael Hollingsworth.

Scandal: Business barons compete to own the hottest technology – the railway lines – and Macdonald is caught trading contracts for donations. Member of Parliament Riel is prevented by fanatics from taking his seat; MP Laurier falls for his best friend’s wife.

Rebellion: Riel joins with Gabriel Dumont and Big Bear whose fight for land claims is met with military action and mass starvation. With Laurier protesting, Macdonald allows the execution of Riel, and the Last Spike is hammered.

Vimy
Jun
29
Aug 5

Vimy

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts

A group of Canadian soldiers convalesce in a field hospital after facing the horrors of Vimy Ridge in this striking WWI drama from Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen. As the soldiers battle with their memories of the past, a young nurse from Nova Scotia tends to their wounds both obvious and concealed.

King Lear
Jun
29
Sep 3

King Lear

  • High Park Amphitheatre

A feverish woman sits enthroned. She could be your grandmother, your mother, your sister, your spouse, yourself. Set in the final days of Queen Elizabeth I -with a contemporary twist- Artistic Director of Toronto’s Ecce Homo Theatre Alistair Newtonre-imagines Shakespeare’s monumental family saga King Lear from a female perspective, with multiple award-winning stage and screen veteran Diane D’Aquilatransforming in to Shakespeare’s infamous monarch. As a method of dividing her kingdom in three-parts, Queen Lear demands that her daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia compete in declarations of their love for her. Misjudging her children’s loyalty, she soon finds herself in the middle of a civil war, stripped of her family, kingdom and crown. In this troublingly familiar world beset by absolute beliefs and corrupted by power, is redemption possible?

**Both Pay-What-You-Can and Premium tickets available

Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Jun
29
Sep 3

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

  • High Park Amphitheatre

Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Shakespeare’s timeless comedy of mistaken identity, role reversal and romantic misadventure, makes a return to the High Park Amphitheatre in a 1970s set production from actor-director Tanja Jacobs (SeedsThe Watershed). A young noblewoman, Viola, is separated at sea from her twin brother Sebastian and tossed upon the shores of Illyria, where the love-sick Duke Orsino pines for Countess Olivia and mischievous servants plot foolish pranks at each other’s expense. With a nod to the films of Billy Wilder and Wes Anderson, Jacobs sets the action in an island hotel, where some of Shakespeare’s most memorable comedic characters play out their hijinks and social fantasies, with painfully hilarious results.

**Both Pay-What-You-Can and Premium tickets available 


The Inventor of All Things
Jun
21
Jun 25

The Inventor of All Things

  • Red Sandcastle Theatre

So he's a Jewish Hungarian on the run from the Nazis in London in 1933.

When he has the single scariest idea any human being has ever had.

The Atomic Bomb.

Even worse, the home of Physics then is Berlin.

Which has just become Nazi Berlin.

It is what happens next.

It is a true story.

He was very funny.

And prize-winningly eccentric.

And pretty much no-one has ever heard of him.

A new take on a very big History. The Atomic Bomb. By seeing it through the eyes and life of the very first man to think of it.

Jem Rolls, international touring phenomenon, lends his unique perspective to the life of the Jewish Scientist who invented the bomb, and it's not who you think it is!

Morro & Jasp In Stupefaction
Jun
14
Jun 24

Morro & Jasp In Stupefaction

  • Streetcar Crowsnest

Bewildered by the state of the world, Toronto’s beloved Clown sisters, MORRO and JASP, are in search of meaning as they interpret a series of bizarre encounters with mysterious strangers as signs from the divine. They attempt to craft the rules of a new belief system, but have conflicting ideas of what or who they are worshipping. This turns clown against clown and forces the sisters to ask: What does it all mean?

BE A STAR OR GET THE F*#% OUT!
Jun
1
Jun 3

BE A STAR OR GET THE F*#% OUT!

  • Bad Dog Theatre

Panace presents a brand new sketch comedy revue where the bar is high and the stakes are higher. Four ego-driven comedians invest their self-worth in validation and praise from strangers by giving it their all to outshine one another to win the audience’s favour. As with every ensemble, there can only be ONE star of the show. Which one of these budding talents has what it takes to captivate the audience and rise to the top?

CAESAR
May
17
May 28

CAESAR

  • Kensington Hall

Wolf Manor Theatre Collective remounts its visceral, fierce, fiveactor imagining of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Artistic Director Dylan Brenton (The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Dauntless City Theatre, Perchance Theatre) imagines the play set transiently throughout history. As the production digs through the sands of time we uncover humanities demands for leadership and revolution. Five actors fluently build the world of over 30 characters who demonstrate the impact the actions of very few have on the lives of many. As Wolf Manor’s eighth production since 2014, CAESAR excavates this play from it's history and ferociously tackles the Shakespearean epic with contemporary significance.

STRANGERS, BABIES
May
11
May 23

STRANGERS, BABIES

  • Artscape Sandbox

May is desperate for a normal life. As you physically follow the action, sometimes finding yourself in an apartment, sometimes "peeping" into a hotel room - you'll meet the men in May's life, and piece together the clues that justify her bid for freedom.

Presented by Theatre Panik 

DOM JUAN
May
10
May 28

DOM JUAN

  • Berkeley St. Theatre (Upstairs)

Théâtre français de Toronto presents Dom Juan; the original version of the Molière classic directed by Joël Beddows.

SYNOPSIS: Rebellious rake. Inveterate skirt-chaser. Dom Juan doesn’t want to be a son. He doesn’t want to be a spouse. He doesn’t want to be a master. He doesn’t want to be a hypocrite. Dom Juan wants to be free to seduce women non-stop — and especially — without limits, without worrying about the consequences. But can one really run through conquest after conquest without ever having to pay the heavy price of judgement?

THE BOY IN THE MOON
May
9
May 27

THE BOY IN THE MOON

  • Crow's Theatre

Based on Globe and Mail journalist Ian Brown's candid and moving memoir of raising his son Walker, The Boy in the Moon captures the journey of a couple raising a child with profound disabilities caused by a rare genetic disorder. The text of the play draws from Brown's book along with original interviews with Ian, Johanna Schneller, and their daughter Hayley.

I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU
May
3
May 6

I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts

A woman travels halfway around the world to give the man she loves the thing she thinks he wants the most. He’s an aspiring stand-up comedian and today is his birthday. The audience is her gift to him and it’s a surprise!

Blending storytelling, live-art and improvisation, Haley McGee delivers a spellbinding performance in I’m Doing This for You. Filled with surprising turns from the hilarious to the humiliating, this award-winning show delves deep into just how far a person will go to not be alone.

ILLUSIONS
Apr
21
May 7

ILLUSIONS

  • Crow's Theatre

Passion and death, loyalty and betrayal, truth and fiction, hope and despair, ILLUSIONS playfully unravels the paradoxical lives of two couples. A story of friendship, and crossed loves, this is the first English translation of the work of one of Russia’s foremost contemporary playwrights. 

By Ivan Viripaev
Directed by Andrew Shaver and Paul Flicker

HIERONYMUS BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Apr
19
Apr 23

HIERONYMUS BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS

  • Bluma Appel Theatre

The latest in the line of virtuoso dance works created by Marie Chouinard incorporating the vision of iconic artists – from poet and ink painter Henri Michaux to composers Bach and Stravinsky - Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights was commissioned by the Netherlands to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Dutch painter’s death and premiered in Hertogenbosch (“Den Bosch”), Bosch’s birthplace, in 2016. The work has gone on to captivate audiences in Italy, France, Belgium and Quebec.

CENTURY SONG
Apr
18
Apr 29

CENTURY SONG

  • Crow's Theatre

Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to present Volcano’s breakout success from the 2016 Progress Festival, Century Song.

Created by Bickersteth, and Dora Award-winning collaborators Kate Alton (choreography) and Ross Manson (direction), this gorgeously uniqueshow features music by some of the past 100 years’ most adventurous composers (Sergei Rachmaninoff, Olivier Messaien, John Cage, Georges Aperghis, and Toronto’s own Reza Jacobs), as well as projections by Germany’s fettFilm – astonishing visuals that bring alive major art movements of the 20th century. Both whimsical and riveting, Century Song is a wordless chronicle of the age, built from art.

BANANA BOYS
Apr
18
May 4

BANANA BOYS

  • Factory Studio Theatre

Five Asian-Canadian men must confront unrealized potential, devastating loss, and time travel . . . all while trying not to punch too many white boys in the face. “Yellow on the outside and white on the inside,” BANANA BOYS delves deeply into Asian-Canadian stereotypes while also dealing with death, rage, addiction, racism and familial expectations.

Factory Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino will close the current season with her highly inventive reimagining of BANANA BOYS, which she first directed in 2004 for fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company.

PRINCE HAMLET
Apr
17
Apr 29

PRINCE HAMLET

  • The Theatre Centre

Why Not Theatre marks their tenth anniversary in 2017 with a groundbreaking English and American Sign Language bilingual production of Prince Hamlet, adapted and directed by Why Not Artistic Director Ravi Jain, presented in association with Soulpepper Theatre Company

SOUND OF THE BEAST
Apr
13
May 7

SOUND OF THE BEAST

  • Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

In her solo performance Sound of the Beast, two-time Governor General’s Award Nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (aka Belladonna the Blest) speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling, and hip-hop.  Inspired by Tunisian emcee Weld-El 15 - who was jailed for his song Boulicia Kleb (The Police Are Dogs) – St. Bernard riffs on oppression, poverty, and systemic injustice. Sound of the Beast highlights St, Bernard’s quick wit and quicker rhymes in a multimedia performance that reflects on questions of identity, the decision to call out authority, and what happens when authority strikes back

ORPHANS
Apr
9
Apr 30

ORPHANS

  • Coal Mine Theatre

Danny and Helen have an unexpected visitor when Liam shows up, covered in blood, in this chilling exploration of violence and racism in urban society. Liam’s claim he offered assistance to an unconscious stranger bleeding in the street is soon exposed as an alt-fact. ORPHANS shakes up the preconceived notions of morality, loyalty and honesty while trying to keep quiet the violence and evil that lurks inside everyone.

Written by Dennis Kelly | Directed by Leora Morris

THE CLEAN HOUSE
Apr
7
Apr 22

THE CLEAN HOUSE

  • Alumnae Theatre Company

Directed by Ali Joy RichardsonThe Clean House is beloved Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl at her best. After the unusual death of her parents, aspiring comedian Matilde moves from Brazil to Connecticut to clean the house of married doctors. When the husband falls in love with a patient, the household is thrown into a messy (and sometimes magical) whirlwind of hilarity and heartache. A finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Clean House is a fearlessly honest and wildly funny look at class, comedy and the nature of love.

887
Apr
7
Apr 16

887

  • Bluma Appel Theatre

Beginning with his childhood growing up in 1960s Quebec City, Lepage plunges us into the depths of his past, distilling his most intimate of recollections into a multi-layered story that reveals the historical and social reality that shaped his identity. A magical foray into the world of memory by a storyteller at the top of his game.

LITTLE PRETTY AND THE EXCEPTIONAL
Apr
4
Apr 26

LITTLE PRETTY AND THE EXCEPTIONAL

  • Factory Theatre


Simran is gifted, complex and, haunted. Jasmeet, her younger sister, is the typical hip Toronto teenager. Together with Dilpreet, their delightfully overprotective and traditional father, they are frantically trying to get ready for the opening of their new sari shop on Gerrard Street. To achieve their life-long dreams, the family must come together to find new strength and exorcise the demons of their past. Charming, tragic, and full of life, this is a deeply moving story about the taboo around mental health issues in the South-Asian community, and the power of familial ties in the face of adversity.
 

by Anusree Roy

directed by Brendan Healy

SPOON RIVER
Mar
31
Apr 21

SPOON RIVER

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts

In Soulpepper’s award-winning adaptation of Spoon River, Edgar Lee Masters’ poems of the dead are brought to vibrant life. The residents of a sleepy mid-west graveyard return to share their funny, gritty, and touching memories to curious passersby. It’s a moving piece of original music theatre that is ultimately an uplifting celebration of life.

“Kiss Me Kate!” It’s Too Darn Hot!
Mar
31
Apr 8

“Kiss Me Kate!” It’s Too Darn Hot!

  • Fairview Library Theatre

A dazzling classic that won 5 Tony awards, including the first-ever Tony for Best Musical, Cole Porter’s sparkling musical comedy follows the backstage and on-stage antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of The Shrew”.

Take some of Porter’s best music, (“So In Love”, “Too Darn Hot”, “Why Can’t You Behave?”, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”), throw in some mistaken identity, a pair of surprisingly eloquent gangsters, and a self-absorbed U.S. Army General, and what you get is:
“Kiss Me, Kate!” 

Mar
30
Apr 16

TOUGH JEWS

  • Kensington Hall

Written by Michael Ross Albert

Directed by Benjamin Blais

When a murder is committed in Prohibition-era Kensington Market, a family of would-be criminals is suddenly flung into the high-stakes gangland world of American organized crime. Set against the backdrop of the roaring twenties, the Great Depression, and the biggest race riot in Canadian history, TOUGH JEWS is the story of an immigrant family’s struggle to rise above their station in a violent, intolerant city.

KISS
Mar
28
Apr 16

KISS

  • Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre

Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around them. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal, and one kiss later, one of the foursome lies dead on the floor. Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón's newest play breaks open cultural barriers, challenging us to confront the limits of our own understanding.

A THEATRE SMASH & ARC PRODUCTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CANADIAN STAGE

OUR TOWN
Mar
26
Apr 2

OUR TOWN

  • Buddies in Bad Times

Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning drama collides with multi-award nominated Theatre Rusticle’s imagistic and physically poetic style to tell the story of “the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying” in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners.

Directed by Dora Nominated artistic director Allyson McMackon, the company’s hallmark physicality meets Wilder’s timeless questions about how place defines us, how we live, how we love and our place in this big universe.

SLIP
Mar
23
Apr 2

SLIP

  • Tarragon Workspace

Produced by Circlesnake, Slip follows Detective Lynne Barrett as she tries to piece together a mysterious death: a woman is found dead on the floor of an abandoned apartment with debris strewn everywhere, and a symbol carved into her arm. Her attempts to uncover the truth are disrupted by the overwhelming complexity of the case, and Lynne must untangle a mystery that escapes the simplicity of a single story.

CRAWLSPACE
Mar
23
Apr 15

CRAWLSPACE

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts

A perfect little coach house turns into a real life nightmare in Karen Hines’ comic, Kafkaesque tale about the darker side of home ownership. Inspired by true events, Crawlspace moves past “cautionary” as it snakes through the brutal battleground of Toronto real estate, decorative twig orbs and the transcendence of the human soul.

BOYS WITH CARS
Mar
23
Apr 1

BOYS WITH CARS

  • Young People's Theatre

Boys With Cars explores issues around unchecked male privilege, female empowerment, and what constitutes consent – important subject matter to consider in these turbulent times. The show contrasts the experiences of a South Asian-Canadian high school girl trying desperately to fit in, with the life of the popular girl who seems to have everything. It’s a compelling fusion of dynamic theatre and classical Indian dance. Adapted for young audiences from Anita Majumdar’s acclaimed solo plays, The Fish Eyes Trilogy.

THE ORANGE DOT
Mar
16
Apr 1

THE ORANGE DOT

  • Streetcar Crowsnest, Guloien Theatre

An unsettling comedy in the vein of Becket’s Waiting for Godot and Pinter’s The Dumb WaiterTHE ORANGE DOT is a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.

Written by Sean Dixon

TRIGONOMETRY
Mar
16
Mar 25

TRIGONOMETRY

  • Factory Studio Theatre
photo by  Robert Harding

photo by  Robert Harding

Gabriella wants action. Jackson wants a scholarship. Susan wants a family. In this new play by Rob Kempson (SHANNON 10:40, Mockingbird), three disparate people find themselves bound together by desire, destiny, and a few scandalous photos.

Stupidhead!
Mar
16
Apr 2

Stupidhead!

  • Theatre Passe Muraille

Stupidhead! is a comedy musical about having dyslexia. It’s also about how being a human is really embarrassing… like all of the time. The winner of Best New Performance Text at the 2015 SummerWorks Festival, Stupidhead!  returns to Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace with brand new material and brand new songs.

Written & Performed by Katherine Cullen and Britta Johnson

PROOF
Mar
9
Mar 19

PROOF

  • Red Sandcastle Theatre

 

A love story and a mystery that will leave you guessing right up until the very end

New Toronto-based independent theatre company Theatre UnBlocked is proud to present its inaugural production: David Auburn's Proof, running March 9 through 19, 2017, at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen East.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony for Best Play (2001), Proof tells the story of a young woman who has put her academic career on hold to care for her father, a once-famous mathematician suffering from mental illness. Now that she can return to the field, she is haunted by the question: how much of her father's madness—or genius—has she inherited?

This beautifully written and wryly funny work explores themes of women in male-dominated fields, the perennial fear of being past your prime, and how we treat the mentally ill in our society. It is a love story AND a mystery that will leave you guessing right up until the very end!

The cast features Karen Slater as Catherine, who appeared in last summer's wildly popular The Hogtown Experience and best new play Donors (Safeword Theatre). Catherine's father Robert is played by Dan Willmott, an international award-winning actor and voice artist whose screen credits include Supernatural, Smallville, and most recently, a recurring role in Fargo. Toronto-based actors Andrea Irwin and Chris Peterson round out the cast as Catherine's older sister Claire and Robert’s student Hal.

Director Carl Jackson is a former neuroscientist with degrees in physics and psychology, and a lifelong passion for theatre. The creative team also includes production designer Yehuda Fisher, costume designer Victoria Banjavcic, stage manager Cristina Hernandez, assistant stage manager Ashley Groves, and lighting operator Liam Stewart.

Theatre UnBlocked was founded by Toronto-based actor Carina Cojeen, who appeared this past summer in the Fringe Kids hit Pirates Don't Babysit and Unit 102/Leroy Street's Much Ado About Nothing.

Theatre UnBlocked's mandate is to present "contemporary classics": great texts which require only talented actors and a deft directing touch to be enjoyed.

Performances are Friday through Sunday evenings (March 10-12, 17-19) at 8pm, with a preview Thursday March 9 at 8pm, and one matinee on Sunday March 12 at 2pm.

Prices are $20 advance, $25 at door, $15 arts worker/student, and PWYC at the door for two shows (preview Mar 9 8pm and matinee Sun Mar 12 2pm).