Ongoing & Upcoming Shows

The 39 Steps

The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
April 29 - May 21, 2022  
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"The 39 Steps" is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production of a four-actor version of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote this adaptation in 2005. The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film "The 39 Steps" to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film's serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including "Strangers on a Train", "Rear Window", "Psycho", "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest".

The Fantasticks

Scarborough Music Theatre at Scarborough Village Theatre
May 05 - 21, 2022  
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The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."

Disaster!

South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
May 05 - 22, 2022  
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It is 1979 and New York’s hottest celebrities are gathering for the grand opening of a new floating casino and discotheque. The night starts out well but as disaster strikes the casino, the A-listers (and a crazy collection of other characters) must survive earthquakes, infernos, and tidal waves - oh my! Set to the best mega-hit songs of the 70s like Hooked on A Feeling, Hot Stuff, I Will Survive and Saturday Night, this loving homage to 70s disaster films will surely have you singing along through your laughter.

Dick Whittington (And His Cat)

Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
May 21 - June 05, 2022  
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Dick Whittington and his cat, Tammy, journey to London to seek their fortune after hearing that the streets are paved with gold. When he finds they are not, he is hired to work in the kitchen of Alderman Fitzwarren, where he meets some colourful characters and the Alderman’s beautiful daughter. Tammy the cat becomes renowned for her rat-catching abilities and the evil King Rat sets out to destroy Dick, and become the Lord Mayor of London.

Little Women

Orangeville Music Theatre at Tweedsmuir Memorial Pesbyteria, Orangeville
May 27 - June 04, 2022  
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Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

No Exit

Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
June 02 - 11, 2022  
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Educating Rita

Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
June 03 - 18, 2022  
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Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.

Oakville Players: One Act Play Festival

The Oakville Players at Zoom,
June 04 - 05, 2022  
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The Addams Family Musical

Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
June 09 - 19, 2022  
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

The Curtain Club at Zoom,
June 10 - 25, 2022  
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"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is a witty musical revue that tackles modern love in all its forms.: from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world and told in a series of vignettes and songs I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Chances traces the overall arc of relationships throughout the course of a life.

The Last Resort

South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
June 16 - 26, 2022  
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A musical/murder-mystery/comedy written with Leslie Arden. An off-the-wall spoof about a New York restaurateur on the run from the mob. He finds himself at a run-down hotel in Saskatchewan, where everyone who checks in could be the hitman who's out to get him.

The Stillborn Lover

Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
July 08 - 23, 2022  
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The abrupt recall of a highly-regarded Canadian ambassador from his post, the mysterious death of a Russian youth found brutally murdered in a Moscow hotel room, and the ambitions of an Ottawa diplomat combine to explore the darker side of loyalty and commitment. The stakes are high and diplomatic careers hang by a thread. This play is an alluring tale of mystery, betrayal, diplomacy and love.

Gloria's Guy

The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
July 08 - 30, 2022  
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Old High School friends, now turning 40, reunite for a wedding only to find old wounds are opened and secrets revealed discovering they really can't go back again - only forward. A funny and warm romantic comedy about the dynamics of messy friends, family and former sweethearts.

Jake's Women

Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
September 09 - 24, 2022  
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The play centers on Jake, a writer with a struggling marriage. Jake talks to many of the women he knows, both in real life and in his imagination, as he works to save his marriage. Jake is a successful novelist with a host of personal problems, all of which are related to (you guessed it) women. Although women in his life accuse him of fearing intimacy, he actually spends most of the play imagining conversations between him and the prominent females in his life.

Halfway There

Markham Little Theatre at Markham Little Theatre Backsta
September 14 - October 01, 2022  
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There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke. Not when the gossips meet for coffee every day at the local diner. Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen, and Janine are all as close as can be, and they know everybody’s business. But when Sean, a heartbroken doctor, moves in to take a temporary job at the clinic, he tips the Maritime town that’s famous for being halfway between the North Pole and the equator off its axis. While Sean decides to pursue Janine, it only brings her closer together with her friends, who each have their own messy love lives. Vi just turned down her boyfriend’s proposal, Mary Ellen is tired of doing everything for her husband and sons, Rita just wants to find a date, and Janine already lives with a man she loves a “little bit. ” Can everyone find what they’re looking for in Stewiacke? And what happens when someone finds out a secret that managed to be kept hidden?

Proposals

Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
October 19 - 22, 2022  
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A nostalgic memory play, Proposals recalls one idyllic afternoon in the summer of 1953, the last time the Hines family gathers at its retreat in the Poconos. Clemma, the family's African-American housekeeper (and the story's narrator), dreads a visit from the husband who deserted her years before. Burt Hines, a recovering workaholic convalescing from a second heart attack, looks forward to the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. Burt's daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to Ken, an intense Harvard law student, and she yearns for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer with whom she had a brief affair. Ray shows up with a striking but dim-witted model on his arm, and a young Miami gangster with a gift for malapropisms adds a note of hilarity to the gathering.

Other Desert Cities

Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
November 09 - 26, 2022  
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"Other Desert Cities" involves a family with differing political views and a long-held family secret. The play's name refers to a control city guide sign on eastbound Interstate 10 in California, which indicates that the freeway is headed towards Indio, California and "other Desert Cities" (that is, the rest of the Coachella Valley). The play's events occur around the Christmas 2004 holiday, when the family of Polly and Lyman Wyeth gather in Palm Springs, California. Their daughter Brooke Wyeth returns home after six years. Polly's sister Silda is also visiting, out of a time spent in rehab. Polly and Lyman are Republicans, while Silda is a liberal. The sisters co-wrote a series of MGM comedies in the 1960s. Brooke announces to her family that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history—a wound they don't want reopened. That event is the suicide of her late brother Henry, who had been involved with the radical underground subculture.

Clue

Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
November 24 - December 03, 2022  
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It's a dark and stormy night, and you've been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Rodgers & Hammerstein"s Cinderella (Broadway Version)

Clarkson Music Theatre at Meadowvale Music Theatre, Mississauga
November 25 - December 04, 2022  
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Join Cinderella and her Prince Topher in this revised classic. Set in a fairy land with giants, dragons and magic, our tale explores the idea of being true to yourself and the notion that we can all rescue ourselves if we think we can. Life’s journey is filled with the promise of possibility. As Fairy Godmother says: “Go to the ball. In the name of every girl who has ever wished to go to a ball in a beautiful dress. In the name of every girl who has ever wanted to change the world she lived in. Go… with the promise of possibility.” For nothing is “impossible”. Favourite melodies include: “Impossible”, “In My Own Little Corner”, “Ten Minutes Ago”.

The Christmas Spirit

Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
December 02 - 17, 2022  
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On Christmas eve, JULIA DOWLING gets a visit from an Angel of Death, who has come to spirit her away to the afterlife. Julia pleads to be spared for at least one more day, so that she can spend Christmas with her family. The VISITOR agrees, with the stipulation that he get to join in the celebration of this strange holiday. Once the Visitor leaves, Julia, who had no such party planned, has to scramble to get her estranged relatives to her house for a very unique Christmas dinner.

An Ideal Husband

Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
January 18 - 22, 2023  
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An Ideal Husband opens during a dinner party at the home of Sir Robert Chiltern in London's fashionable Grosvenor Square. Sir Robert, a prestigious member of the House of Commons, and his wife, Lady Gertrude Chiltern, are hosting a gathering that includes his friend Lord Goring, a dandified bachelor and close friend to the Chilterns, his sister Mabel Chiltern, and other genteel guests. During the party, Mrs. Cheveley, an enemy of Lady Chiltern's from their school days, attempts to blackmail Sir Robert into supporting a fraudulent scheme to build a canal in Argentina. Apparently, Mrs. Cheveley's dead mentor, Baron Arnheim, convinced the young Sir Robert many years ago to sell him a Cabinet secret, a secret that suggested he buy stocks in the Suez Canal three days before the British government announced its purchase. Sir Robert made his fortune with that illicit money, and Mrs. Cheveley has the letter to prove his crime. Fearing both the ruin of career and marriage, Sir Robert submits to her demands.

Wrong Window!

Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
February 02 - 11, 2023  
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This witty comedy whodunit pays tribute to Master of Horror Alfred Hitchcock ... Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes, and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor's apartment - 39 steps away - and the fun begins Among multiple door-slammings, body-snatchings, and a frantic flashlight chase scene, two questions remain ... Who killed Lila Larswald?

Matilda the Musical

Meadowvale Music Theatre at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
February 03 - 12, 2023  
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Matilda the Musical is a musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and directed for the stage by Matthew Warchus. The musical's narrative centres on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.

Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott

Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
March 10 - 26, 2023  
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Innocence Lost is a riveting take on the Steven Truscott criminal case that follows the events prior to the murder, the subsequent trial and conviction, and a decades-long crusade to have the verdict overturned and Truscott’s name cleared. Still within living memory of many of the baby-boom generation, this is the story that rocked the country for decades, and set in motion seismic changes to the Criminal Justice system in Canada.

Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun

Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
April 12 - 29, 2023  
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A pregnant young woman and a disabled man meet at a bus stop and begin a friendship that will change their lives forever.

Proof

Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
April 13 - 22, 2023  
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On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit?

Cabaret

Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
April 19 - 23, 2023  
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The scene is the Kit Kat Klub, a nightclub in Berlin, as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. The entire orchestra is onstage, and the actors play along with it when they are not part of the dialogue. Cliff, a young American writer, meets Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff’s luggage at the German border. Musical numbers include Willkommen, Cabaret, Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, The Money Song and Two Ladies. When we revisit the Klub at the end, much is changed, and show ends with a stark foreshadowing of things to come: The Emcee strips off his overcoat to reveal a concentration camp prisoner’s uniform marked with a yellow Star of David and a pink triangle, and the backdrop rises to reveal an electric barbed-wire fence.

Time After Time

Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
June 02 - 17, 2023  
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Amy, attractive, lonely and a little fed up with her dead-end job as a clerk in a San Francisco bank where men doing the same work are much better paid, is having an unusual day. An oddly dressed Englishman comes up to her desk, greatly concerned about an earlier visitor whom he is evidently following. What Amy doesn't realize yet is that both of these men have just left the fog-filled London streets of 1893 to come to these fume-filled streets of present-day San Francisco. Jack the Ripper has used H.G. Wells' Time Machine to disappear into the future, and H.G. decides it's his responsibility to bring him back to London and justice. Befriended by Amy, H.G. begins to close in on Jack, which puts H.G. and Amy into some scenes that will have your audience gasping. H.G. is finally successful in bringing Jack the Ripper to a strange justice and in persuading Amy that she should come back to old London and marry him. Could this possibly be true? We can recite the historical fact. H.G. Wells' wife was named Amy, and back in London she began a major battle for women's rights!