Toronto theatre listings

Toronto theatre listings
Fiona Mongillo stars in Girls & Boys, which continues at Crow's Theatre until February 12. Photo by Sarah Lappano

An interactive play with food about Asian cultural stereotypes and a poignant family drama are among the shows opening this week

Opening this week (January 30-February 5)

BETWEEN A WOK AND A HOT POT by Amanda Lin (Cahoots). While preparing a traditional hot pot onstage, Lin reminisces for her audience about when it wasn’t so cool to be Asian, and delves into the complicated topic of cultural identity and appropriation through food and art. Opens January 31 and runs to February 12 at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen West). theatrecentre.org

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE by Andrew Bovell (Company Theatre/Mirvish). Tom McCamus and Seana McKenna play a couple in their 60s with adult children in this poignant family drama. Previews from February 1, opens February 5 and runs to February 19 at the CAA Theatre (651 Yonge). mirvish.com

SALOME by Richard Strauss (Canadian Opera Company). Ambur Braid plays the demanding title role in this revival of Atom Egoyan's acclaimed production of the intense one-act opera. Opens February 3 and runs to February 24 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen West). coc.ca

Currently playing

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

FALL ON YOUR KNEES, PART ONE (FAMILY TREE) and PART TWO (THE DIARY) by Hannah Moscovitch and Alisa Palmer, based on the novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald (Canadian Stage). See my review here. $59-$109. Part One runs to February 4; Part Two runs to February 5 at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front East). canadianstage.com. ✭✭

FIFTEEN DOGS by Marie Farsi, adapted from the novel by André Alexis (Crow's Theatre). Marie Farsi directs her adaptation of André Alexis's Giller Prize-winning novel set in Toronto about 15 dogs granted human consciousness. See my review here. $64.41-$75.71, srs and artsworker discounts. Runs to February 12 at Crow's Theatre (345 Carlaw). crowstheatre.com. ✭✭✭✭✭

Fifteen Dogs, starring Mirabella Sundar Singh, continues at Crow's Theatre until Feb 12. Photo by Dahlia Katz

THE FIGHTING DAYS by Wendy Lill (Bloor West Village Players). Lill's play set in 1910s Winnipeg follows the public and private lives of famous Canadian women and their struggle to win the vote for women. $29, srs and under 30 $26. Runs to February 4 at the Village Playhouse (2190E Bloor West). villageplayers.net

GIRLS & BOYS by Dennis Kelly (Here for Now). Fiona Mongillo plays a woman who recounts her marriage, career and family life in Kelly's acclaimed solo show. $35-$40. Runs to February 12 at Crow's Theatre's Studio Theatre (345 Carlaw). crowstheatre.com

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by Jack Thorne, based on a story by J.K. Rowling (Mirvish Productions/Sonia Friedman Productions/Colin Callender/Harry Potter Theatrical Productions). This sequel to Rowling's Harry Potter series follows the next generation of students at Hogwarts. See my review here. $69-$250. Runs to June 4 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria). mirvish.com. ✭✭✭✭

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Mirvish). A terrific revival of Rice and Lloyd Webber's early, tuneful show about the life of the Bible's Joseph. See my review here. $39-$185, some same-day rush $59. Runs to February 18 at the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King West). mirvish.com. ✭✭✭✭

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Canadian Opera Company). Superstar bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni sings the title role in Mozart's comic opera about the impending marriage between two resourceful servants in a Spanish manor. $55-$365. Runs to February 18 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen West). coc.ca

Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle stars in Pressure. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

PRESSURE by David Haig (Mirvish/Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh/Chichester Festival Theatre). John Dove (Farinelli and the King) directs this acclaimed historical drama about how the weather conditions affected D-Day, June 1944. $49-$129. Runs to March 5 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King West). mirvish.com

SOMETHING TO HIDE by Leslie Sands (Stage Centre Productions). A romance writer discovers his wife has killed his mistress in this suspenseful thriller. $25-$30. Runs to February 4 at the Fairview Library Theatre (35 Fairview Mall Drive). stagecentreproductions.com

VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE by Christopher Durang (Alumnae Theatre Company). Carmen Osahor directs Durang's comedy about adult siblings in their old family home. $25, Sundays pwyc, Wednesdays 2-for-1. Runs to February 4 at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley). alumnaetheatre.com

Coming soon

OKAY, YOU CAN STOP NOW by Shakeil Rollock (Theatre Passe Muraille/Rollock/b current). Previews from February 4, opens February 8 and runs to February 11 at Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson). passemuraille.ca

YERMA by Simon Stone, after Federico García Lorca (Coal Mine Theatre). Film and TV actor Sarah Gadon stars in this acclaimed adaptation of the Lorca play about a woman who desperately wants a child. Previews from February 5, opens February 9 and runs to February 26 at the new Coal Mine Theatre (2076 Danforth Ave). coalminetheatre.com

REDBONE COONHOUND by Amy Lee Lavoie and Omari Newton (Tarragon). February 7 to March 5 at the Tarragon Mainspace (30 Bridgman). tarragontheatre.com

THE RHUBARB FESTIVAL (Buddies in Bad Times). New works by Bastien Hippocrate, Laura Fisher, Publik Universal Frxnd and more. February 8 to 11 at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander). buddiesinbadtimes.com

ENGLISH by Sanaz Toossi (Soulpepper). Previews from February 9, opens February 16 and runs to March 5 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane). soulpepper.ca

THE FLIGHT by Beryl Bain (Theatre Gargantua/Queen Bess Productions/b current/Roseneath Theatre). February 10 to 18 at the Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst). factorytheatre.ca

WOMEN AT PLAY(S) 5 is a festival of one-act plays by six local Toronto writers featuring all women playwrights, directors and actors. February 10 to 19 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 QueenEast). redsandcastletheatre.com

SAME DIFFERENCE by David Mesiha (Theatre Centre/Theatre Conspiracy). February 15 to 25 at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen West). theatrecentre.org

THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare BASH'd). February 16 to 26 at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen West). theatrecentre.org

THE SEAFARER by Conor McPherson (Toronto Irish Players). February 16 to March 4 at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley). 416-440-2888, torontoirishplayers.com

THE DARKEST DARK by Jim Millan and Ian McIntyre (Young People's Theatre). Previews from February 20, opens February 23 and runs to April 2 at Young People's Theatre (165 Front East). youngpeoplestheatre.org

BEHIND THE MOON by Anosh Irani (Tarragon). Previews from February 21, opens March 2 and runs to March 19 at the Tarragon Extra Space (30 Bridgman). tarragontheatre.com

PRODIGAL by Paolo Santalucia (Howland Company in association with Crow's). Previews from February 21, opens February 24 and runs to March 12 at Crow's Theatre's Guloien Theatre (345 Carlaw). crowstheatre.com

HAMILTON by Lin Manuel-Miranda (Mirvish). Previews February 22, opens February 23 and runs to June 11 at the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King West). mirvish.com

BILLIE, SARAH, AND ELLA: REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN IN JAZZ (Soulpepper). February 22 to March 5 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts  (50 Tank House Lane). soulpepper.ca

ROCK OF AGES (More Entertainment). February 23 to May 20 at the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge). moreentertainmentgroup.com

YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE, VOL. 3: A NIGHTMARE ON BATHURST STREET by Monica Garrido, Catherine Hernandez, Elvira Kurt and Aurora Stewart de Peña (Factory Theatre). February 23 to 25 at Factory Studio (125 Bathurst), then available via audio. factorytheatre.ca

RUBBLE by Suvendrini Lena (Theatre Passe Muraille/Aluna Theatre). Previews from February 25, opens March 2 and runs to March 19 at Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson). passemuraille.ca

March

THE FIANCÉE by Anton Chekhov (The Chekhov Collective). March 1 to 5 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen East). redsandcastletheatre.com

DEAD ACCOUNTS by Theresa Rebeck (Village Players). March 3 to 25 at the Village Playhouse (2190E Bloor West). villageplayers.net

FAIRVIEW by Jackie Sibblies Drury (Canadian Stage/Obsidian Theatre). March 4 to 26 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley). canadianstage.com

DRESSED AS PEOPLE by A.M. Dellamonica, Amal El-Mohtar and Kelly Robson (Parry Riposte Productions). March 7 to 18 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen East). redsandcastletheatre.com

I LOVE THE SMELL OF GASOLINE created and performed by Claren Grosz (Pencil Kit Productions/Nightwood Theatre with support from Aluna Theatre). March 8 to 19 at the Aki Studio (585 Dundas East). nightwoodtheatre.net

Cliff Cardinal in The Land Acknowledgement, Or As You Like It. Photo by Dahlia Katz

THE LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, OR AS YOU LIKE IT by Cliff Cardinal (Crow's Theatre/Mirvish). Previews from March 10, opens March 14 and runs to April 2 at the CAA Theatre (651 Yonge). mirvish.com

YOU AND I by Maja Ardal (Young People's Theatre). March 15 to 26 at Young People's Theatre's Studio (165 Front East). youngpeoplestheatre.org

ANAHITA'S REPUBLIC by Hengameh E. Rice (Bustle & Beast). March 17 to April 2 at the Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst). factorytheatre.ca

METAMORPHOSES 2023 by Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour and the company (Theatre Smith-Gilmour with Crow's). Previews from March 21, opens March 24 and runs to April 9 at Crow's Theatre's Guloien Theatre (345 Carlaw). crowstheatre.com

CAMILLE by Neil Bartlett, from the novel by Alexandre Dumas (fils) (Stage Centre Productions). March 23 to April 1 at the Fairview Library Theatre (35 Fairview Mall Drive). stagecentreproductions.com

OF THE SEA by Ian Cusson (composer) and Kanika Ambrose (libretto) (Obsidian Theatre/Tapestry Opera/TO Live). March 25 to April 1 at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front East). obsidiantheatre.com

THE HOOVES BELONGED TO THE DEER by Makram Ayache (Tarragon). March 28 to April 23 at the Tarragon Mainspace (30 Bridgman). tarragontheatre.com

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE by Béla Bartók and Daisy Evans (Against the Grain Theatre). March 29 to April 1 at the Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West). atgtheatre.com

FIRST MÉTIS MAN OF ODESA by Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova (Punctuate! Theatre/Theatre Centre). Previews March 30, opens March 31 and runs to April 8 at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen West). theatrecentre.org

April

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, in new version by Simon Stephens (Soulpepper). April 6 to 30 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane). soulpepper.ca

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon (Theatre Scarborough). April 7 to 22 at Scarborough Village Theatre (3600 Kingston Rd). theatrescarborough.com

VIERGE by Rachel Mutombo (Factory Theatre). Previews from April 8, opens April 13 and runs to 30 at the Factory Mainspace Theatre (125 Bathurst). factorytheatre.ca

NEVER THE LAST written and performed by Molly Mackinnon and Christine Quintana (Theatre Passe Muraille/Delinquent Theatre). April 8 to 16 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson). passemuraille.ca

THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY (Mirvish). April 11 to 23 at the CAA Theatre (651 Yonge). mirvish.com

PAINT ME THIS HOUSE OF LOVE by Chelsea Wooleey (Tarragon). April 11 to May 7 at the Tarragon Extra Space (30 Bridgman). tarragontheatre.com

MAANOMAA, MY BROTHER by Tawiah M'Carthy, Brad Cook and Anne-Marie Donovan (Blue Bird Theatre Collective/Canadian Stage). April 11 to 30 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley). canadianstage.com

BODY SO FLUORESCENT by Amanda Cordner and David di Giovanni (Madonnanera/Buddies in Bad Times/b current). Previews from April 11, opens April 13 and runs to 23 at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander). 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com

FROZEN RIVER by Michaela Washburn, Joelle Peters and Carrie Costello (Young People's Theatre/MTYP). April 17 to 28 at the Young People's Theatre's Ada Slaight Stage (165 Front East). youngpeoplestheatre.org

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth (YES Theatre in association with Crow's). Previews from April 19, opens April 21 and runs to May 7 at Crow's Theatre's Guloien Theatre (345 Carlaw). crowstheatre.com

Eric Woolfe brings back his creepy Two Weird Tales! Photo courtesy of Eldritch Theatre

TWO WEIRD TALES! by Franz Kafka and H.P. Lovecraft (Eldritch Theatre). April 20 to 30 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen East). redsandcastletheatre.com

TRACE by Tristan R. Whiston and Moynan King (ReDefine Arts/Theatre Passe Muraille). April 20 to 30 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson). passe muraille.ca

GLORIA: A LIFE by Emily Mann (Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan/Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company). April 22 to May 7 at the Meridian Arts Centre's Greenwin Theatre (5040 Yonge). hgjewishtheatre.com

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