Toronto theatre listings

Jordan Baker stars in Dana H., a Crow's Theatre production at Factory. Photo by John Lauener

Currently playing

DANA H. by Lucas Hnath (Crow's Theatre/Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Vinyard Theatre). Hnath's (A Doll's House, Part 2) play explores the harrowing experiences of his mother, a Florida hospice chaplain, who was abducted and held captive by a former patient for five months. Runs to April 7 at Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst).

✅ = Critic's pick / ✭✭✭✭✭ = outstanding, among best of the year / ✭✭✭✭ = excellent / ✭✭✭ = recommended / ✭✭ or ✭ = didn't work for me

NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 by David Malloy (Crow's Theatre/Musical Stage Company). Chris Abraham directs Malloy's sung-through musical inspired by one section of Tolstoy's War and Peace. See my review here. Runs to March 24 (final extension!) at Crow's Theatre (345 Carlaw). ✭✭✭✭✭

Dominic Monaghan (left) and Billy Boyd are selling out houses in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. Photo by @stoometzphoto

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard (Mirvish Productions/Neptune Theatre). Lord of the Rings actors Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd star in this revival of Tom Stoppard's early play which tells the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet from the POV of two minor characters. Runs to April 6 (extended) at the CAA Theatre (651 Yonge).

SIX: THE MUSICAL by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss (Mirvish). The award-winning pop musical about the six wives of Henry VIII gets a Canadian production. See my review here. Runs to May 26 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King West). $39-$159 (premium also available). ✭✭✭✭

3 FINGERS BACK by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (Tarragon/lemonTree creations). This double bill of plays from St. Bernard's ongoing 54ology examines captors, captives and those who bear witness. Runs to March 24 at the Tarragon Extraspace Theatre (30 Bridgman).

THREE SISTERS by Inua Ellams after Chekhov (Soulpepper/Obsidian Theatre Co.). Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu directs the Canadian premiere of Ellams's remagining of Chekhov's classic, set in a small Nigerian village before the Biafran Civil War. See related story here. See my review here. Runs to March 24 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Tank House). ✭✭✭✭

Opening soon

WHITE MUSCLE DADDY by Raf Antonio (Pencil Kit Productions/Buddies in Bad Times). Antonio's cinematic theatre piece uses projection art, live camera feed and shadow play to explore the politics of queer desire. Previews March 20, opens March 21 and runs to March 31 at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander).

Antoine Yared (left), Qasim Khan and Stephen Jackman-Torkoff star in The Inheritance. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

THE INHERITANCE, PARTS 1 AND 2 by Matthew López (Canadian Stage). Brendan Healy directs López's Tony Award-winning two-part epic about the lives of queer men living a generation after the height of the AIDS crisis. Part 1 previews from March 22, opens March 27 and runs to April 13; Part 1 previews from March 24, opens March 28 and runs to April 14. Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front East).


MAD MADGE by Rose Napoli (Nightwood Theatre in association with VideoCabaret). Andrea Donaldson directs Napoli's play about Margaret Cavendish, a poet, philosopher and scandalous figure from the 17th century. Previews from April 9, opens April 11 and runs to April 21 at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen West).

SHANIQUA IN ABSTRACTION by bahia watson (Crow's Theatre in association with paul watson productions and Obsidian Theatre Company). Directed by Sabryn Rock, Watson's solo show explores the identities and boundaries that define Black womanhood. Previews from April 9, opens April 12 and runs to April 28 at Crow's Theatre's Studio Theatre (345 Carlaw).

ENEMIES by Anton Chekhov (The Chekhov Collective). Rena Polley directs a theatrical reading of Chekhov's poignant short story, featuring Stewart Arnott, Brenda Robins and David Storch. April 17 to 21 at Video Cabaret (10 Busy).

Sergio Di Zio (left), Megan Follows, Jadyn Nasato and Tavaree Daniel-Simms count down Four Minutes Twelve Seconds. Photo by Dahlia Katz

FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS by James Fritz (Studio 180 Theatre/Tarragon). Megan Follows and Sergio Di Zio star in the Canadian premiere of Fritz's moral thriller, directed by Mark McGrinder. April 20 to May 12 at the Tarragon Extraspace (30 Bridgman).

TYSON'S SONG by Peter N. Bailey (Pleiades Theatre). In this world premiere directed by Ash Knight, a casual hangout gone awry forces a reckoning between two young Black men and explores friendship, mental health and identity. Previews from April 24, opens April 26 and runs to May 19 at Factory Theatre's Studio Theatre (125 Bathurst)

✅ = Critic's pick / ✭✭✭✭✭ = outstanding, among best of the year / ✭✭✭✭ = excellent / ✭✭✭ = recommended / ✭✭ or ✭ = didn't work for me

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