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AUDITION
The Bloor West Village Players, Toronto West
EVELYN STRANGE
a Mystery by Stewart Lemoine
Audition
  Sun, Aug 13, 2017 | 11:00am
  Mon, Aug 14, 2017 | 06:30pm
  Tue, Aug 15, 2017 | 06:30pm
Callbacks
  Fri, Aug 18, 2017 | 06:30pm
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AUDITION
Borelians Community Theatre, Port Perry
SISTERS
a Drama by Wendy Lill
Audition
  Tue, Aug 29, 2017 | 07:00pm
  Wed, Aug 30, 2017 | 07:00pm
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East Side Players, Toronto East
SEEKING DIRECTOR FOR 2017/2018 SEASON
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  Tue, Aug 01, 2017
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  Wed, Aug 16, 2017
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  Sat, Sep 30, 2017
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Georgetown Little Theatre, Georgetown
SEEKING DESIGNERS: SET AND LIGHTING
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  Mon, Jul 03, 2017
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  Sun, Jul 30, 2017
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  Sun, Sep 24, 2017
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AUDITION
Markham Little Theatre, Markham
JITTERS
a Comedy by David French
Audition
  Mon, Jul 24, 2017 | 07:00pm
  Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | 07:00pm
Callbacks
  Fri, Jul 28, 2017 | 07:00pm
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AUDITION
The Oakville Players, Oakville
JENNY'S HOUSE OF JOY
a Comedy by Norm Foster
Audition
  Sun, Jul 23, 2017 | 02:00pm
  Mon, Jul 24, 2017 | 07:00pm
  Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | 07:00pm
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  Sun, Jul 30, 2017 | 12:00am
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Scugog Choral Society, Port Perry
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A MAGICAL MUSICAL PANTOMIME
a Pantomime by Philip Meeks
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  Thu, Jul 27, 2017
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AUDITION
Theatre Aurora, Aurora
IF/THEN
a Musical by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
Audition
  Tue, Aug 01, 2017 | 07:00pm
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Tipling Stage Company, Shelburne
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  Wed, Aug 09, 2017
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UPCOMING SHOWS
  On A First Name Basis
a Comedy by Norm Foster
 
Markham Little Theatre at Markham Little Theatre Backsta
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ON A FIRST NAME BASIS Synopsis:
David Kilbridge is a successful spy novelist. His housekeeper Lucy Hopperstaad has been his maid for 28 years and yet he knows nothing about her. They have an alcohol-fuelled conversation one night that reveals all, with many surprises, laughs and tears along the way.
  September 06 - 23, 2017
 
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  On Golden Pond
a Drama by Ernest Thompson (Performed as a Dramatic Comedy)
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
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ON GOLDEN POND Synopsis:
The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiance and his son in tow. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.
  September 08 - 23, 2017
 
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  Theft
a Comedy by Eric Chappell
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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THEFT Synopsis:
Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration to find that your house has been burgled. In this witty thriller, the culprit is still in the house and, for a while, he convinces the returning couples that he is a policeman. Unmasked as the thief, Spriggs reveals that he knows a number of uncomfortable truths that disrupt two seemingly happy marriages and one formerly strong friendship.
  September 08 - 30, 2017
 
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  Alone Together
a Comedy by Lawrence Roman
 
Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
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ALONE TOGETHER Synopsis:
Remember those wonderful Broadway comedies of the fifties and sixties? This play by the author of "Under the Yum Yum Tree" is firmly in that tradition. "Alone Together" delighted audiences on Broadway with Janis Paige and Kevin McCarthy playing a middle aged couple whose children have finally left the nest. They are alone together, but not for long. All three sons come charging back home after experiencing some hard knocks in the real world, and Mom and Dad have quite a time pushing them out again.
  September 08 - 17, 2017
 
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  Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike
a Comedy by Christopher Durang
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Synopsis:
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
  September 14 - 30, 2017
 
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  The Veil
a Drama by Conor McPherson
 
Toronto Irish Players at Alumnae Theatre, Toronto
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THE VEIL Synopsis:
May 1822, rural Ireland. The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany a young woman to England. Seventeen-year-old Hannah is to be married off to a marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother's estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a seance, the consequences of which are catastrophic. THE VEIL weaves Ireland's troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental, and the circularity of time.
  September 21 - October 07, 2017
 
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  Calendar Girls
a Comedy by Tim Firth (Performed as a Dramatic Comedy)
 
Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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CALENDAR GIRLS Synopsis:
When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
  September 28 - October 01, 2017
 
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  Noises Off
a Comedy by Michael Frayn (Performed as a Farce)
 
Oshawa Little Theatre at Oshawa Little Theatre
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NOISES OFF Synopsis:
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
  September 28 - October 14, 2017
 
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  Wait Until Dark
a Drama by Frederick Knott (Performed as a Thriller)
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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WAIT UNTIL DARK Synopsis:
A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman's murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.
  October 06 - 21, 2017
 
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  Lettice And Lovage
a Comedy by Peter Shaffer
 
Borelians Community Theatre at Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
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LETTICE AND LOVAGE Synopsis:
Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schon fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. This hit by the author of Equus and Amadeus featured a triumphant award-winning performance by Dame Maggie Smith in London and on Broadway.
  October 12 - 21, 2017
 
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  Ghost Island Light
a Thriller by Peter Colley
 
The Blackhorse Village Players at Blackhorse Theatre, Caledon
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GHOST ISLAND LIGHT Synopsis:
And while this circa 1910 lighthouse is stuck on a barren rock island with cramped quarters for an older inexperienced keeper, his beautiful young wife and his charming assistant, you will vividly experience thrills and flashbacks to an age gone by. The eerie sounds of broken organ pipes, thrashing waves upon this thin wooden structure, the haunting beauty of riverboats carrying debutants along a foggy but rocky coast, will instill terror in your heart with the fear that the ever present stream of light will go out. Oh please let us hear those loud resonating sounds of the equipment necessary to ensure the light stays on. It must stay on. There are evil spirits lurking in the shadows, definitely haunting this light....and the seagulls scream outside. Do you dare venture forth to experience these thrill at the Ghost Island Light?
  October 18 - November 04, 2017
 
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  Death Of A Salesman
a Drama by Arthur Miller
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora Factory Theatre
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DEATH OF A SALESMAN Synopsis:
The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.
  October 19 - 28, 2017
 
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  The Valley
a Drama by Joan MacLeod
 
East Side Players at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
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THE VALLEY Synopsis:
Inspired by the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport, The Valley dramatizes the often volatile relationship between law enforcement and people in the grip of mental illness. The play connects both sides of this relationship by portraying two families embattled with depression, each guided by good intentions but challenged by their own flawed humanity.
  October 20 - November 04, 2017
 
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  South Pacific
a Musical by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan
 
Etobicoke Musical Productions at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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SOUTH PACIFIC Synopsis:
Love blossoms against the background of war on some enchanted evening in the South Pacific. Nellie, a spunky army nurse from Arkansas, must confront her fears and prejudices when she falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner with two native children. Lt. Cable faces the same decisions when he falls in love with an island girl. Can love conquer all in this bittersweet Broadway classic?
  October 20 - 29, 2017
 
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  Jitters
a Comedy by David French
 
Beaverton Town Hall Players at Beaverton Town Hall
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JITTERS Synopsis:
A new play, "The Care and Treatment of Roses", by the young and ambitious playwright Robert, is in final rehearsals. Animosity has already developed between the featured actress, Jessica, a fading beauty who has worked extensively in the USA, and her leading man, Patrick, a local celebrity who is fearful of venturing afield and who resents his co-star's haughtiness. Supporting them in their efforts are Phil, a veteran character actor who cannot retain his lines, and Tom, the male juvenile, who attends his father's wedding on opening day and returns completely drunk. Back-stage is Nick, the tyrannical Stage Manager, and his assistants, Susi and Peggy. At the helm of the production is George, the eager, if overly diplomatic Director. Add into the mix a Broadway Producer who never shows up, and whatever can go wrong, does so. But the show, despite all appearances to the contrary, receives surprisingly good reviews, which set the cast at each other's throats, all lending credence to a remark by one of the actors who, when implored by the Director to behave like adults, responds, "We're not adults, we're actors."
  October 27 - November 05, 2017
 
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  Calendar Girls
a Comedy by Tim Firth
 
Milton Players Theatre Group at Milton Centre For The Arts
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CALENDAR GIRLS Synopsis:
When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
  October 27 - November 04, 2017
 
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  Fiddler On The Roof
a Musical by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick (from Sholem Aleichem)
 
South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Synopsis:
The venerable musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF centres on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters - each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith - and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Known for its classic Broadway hits "If I were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset".
  November 02 - 19, 2017
 
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  Drinking Habits 2: Caught In The Act
a Farce by Tom Smith
 
Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
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DRINKING HABITS 2: CAUGHT IN THE ACT Synopsis:
The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing miss the excitement of the old days when they were saving convents and reuniting long-lost families. So when they learn that the orphanage where Paul and Kate grew up is in peril, they cant wait to come to the rescue. Everyone pitches in to mount a play to raise money, but its no easy feat when Kates expecting any day, Sallys hiding from stage-fright-stricken Paul after another flight from the altar, Mother Superiors acting is unexpectedly narcoleptic, and the sisters award-winning wine keeps getting switched with the grape juice.
  November 02 - 11, 2017
 
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  Evelyn Strange
a Mystery by Stewart Lemoine
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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EVELYN STRANGE Synopsis:
A beautiful amnesiac wanders into the world of publishing and high society 1950s New York and, as she seeks her identity, unravels a tangled web of deceit, betrayal, and murder.
  November 03 - 25, 2017
 
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  Hilda's Yard
a Comedy by Norm Foster
 
Georgetown Little Theatre at John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
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HILDA'S YARD Synopsis:
One ordinary family. One extraordinary day. Set in 1956, Sam and Hilda Fluck are finally enjoying life on their own after their children Gary and Janey leave the nest. Then, on a beautiful September morning, their golden world turns chaotic when Gary loses his job and Janey leaves her husband, and both are suddenly back home for an unexpected stay. A heart-warming, nostalgic comedy with a hilarious look back in time.
  November 03 - 12, 2017
 
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  You'll Get Used to it - The War Show
a Musical by Peter Colley
 
Curtain Call Players at Fairview Library Theatre, North York
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YOU'LL GET USED TO IT - THE WAR SHOW Synopsis:
"YOU'LL GET USED TO IT" traces a squad of Canadian soldiers and the women in their lives, from the beginning of their enlistment, to the final victory of World War II. From the rambunctious comedy of their boot camp days, to chasing girls in England, to the terrors of D-Day, this play captures the essence of that era through humour, songs, and drama.
  November 03 - 11, 2017
 
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  In (Roles We) Play
a Undefined by Durham Shoestring Performers
 
Durham Shoestring Performers at Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa
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IN (ROLES WE) PLAY Synopsis:
The act of Acting is something we do every day. We exist 'in role' for most of the people who surround us. Deconstructing the theatre of our lives, this collection asks the questions: "who are we when we're not ourselves"? "Who are we when we are"? We’ll try to reveal, as Tom Stoppard wrote, “…a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else”. Plays by Shirley Barrie, David Gillies, Don Hannah, Karen Hines, Kate Lynch, Michael MacLean, Nick Mitchell, Sharon Pollock, José Teodoro and Judith Thompson.
  November 03 - 11, 2017
 
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  Jenny's House Of Joy
a Comedy by Norm Foster
 
The Oakville Players at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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JENNY'S HOUSE OF JOY Synopsis:
Set in 1870s Kansas, this is a period comedy revolving around the women working at the best little brothel in Baxter Springs. When a young woman, running away from a brutal husband, comes looking for a job, Jenny and her girls are amazed by her business savvy and penchant for the oldest profession. Feathers, frills and furbelows, a brawling and bawling all-female cast and hilarious descriptions of stints upstairs with the good ole boys create memorable entertainment as well as empathy for the women who lived by their wits in the Wild West a hundred and fifty years ago.
  November 08 - 12, 2017
 
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  Hairspray
a Musical by Marc Shaiman, Scott Witman, Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan (Performed as a Musical Comedy)
 
Brampton Music Theatre at Rose Theatre, Brampton
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HAIRSPRAY Synopsis:
The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!
  November 09 - 18, 2017
 
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  Mambo Italiano
a Dramatic Comedy by Steve Galluccio
 
Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
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MAMBO ITALIANO Synopsis:
Angelo is a nice Italian boy. He lives at home with his parents, who won't hear of him moving out until he gets married. The trouble is, Angelo is in love with another boy. When his sister Anna finally persuades him to come out of the closet, Angelo's traditional parents don't know what to make of his sexual orientation and nearly abandon him. And things only get worse when Angelo's mother spills the beans to his partner Nino's widowed mother, who Nino did not want to know about the relationship. Often compared to a gay My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mambo Italiano is the journey two families take towards honesty and acceptance. As in the real world, some make it, some don't, and some make it later rather than sooner.
  November 09 - 25, 2017
 
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  Quiet Courage
a Drama by Chris Coculuzzi (adapted from Too Many To Mourn by James and Rowena Mahar)
 
Amicus Productions at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
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QUIET COURAGE Synopsis:
Too Many To Mourn tells the tragic story of the Halifax Explosion through the lives and deaths of the Jackson family. It is a meticulous reconstruction of the personal events of their lives in the face of this disaster, and an affecting account of a community’s endeavours to abide an unfathomable loss.
  November 09 - 25, 2017
 
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  Parfumerie
a Comedy by Miklos Laszlo , , adapted by E.P. Dowdall
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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PARFUMERIE Synopsis:
This new adaptation of the play that inspired several movies is a warm, gentle comedy that follows the tangled tale of Parfumerie employee George Horvath. Just days before Christmas, George's boss fires him after mistakenly suspecting him to be the lover of his unfaithful wife. Meanwhile, George's own love life goes awry when he discovers that the stranger he has fallen in love with through a secret correspondence is none other than Amalia Balash, a co-worker with whom he constantly feuds. For the employees of the Parfumerie, only the truth can lead to a happy resolution in this old-fashioned, romantic Christmas tale.
  November 15 - December 02, 2017
 
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  Jitters
a Comedy by David French
 
Markham Little Theatre at Flato Markham Theatre for the
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JITTERS Synopsis:
A new play, "The Care and Treatment of Roses", by the young and ambitious playwright Robert, is in final rehearsals. Animosity has already developed between the featured actress, Jessica, a fading beauty who has worked extensively in the USA, and her leading man, Patrick, a local celebrity who is fearful of venturing afield and who resents his co-star's haughtiness. Supporting them in their efforts are Phil, a veteran character actor who cannot retain his lines, and Tom, the male juvenile, who attends his father's wedding on opening day and returns completely drunk. Back-stage is Nick, the tyrannical Stage Manager, and his assistants, Susi and Peggy. At the helm of the production is George, the eager, if overly diplomatic Director. Add into the mix a Broadway Producer who never shows up, and whatever can go wrong, does so. But the show, despite all appearances to the contrary, receives surprisingly good reviews, which set the cast at each other's throats, all lending credence to a remark by one of the actors who, when implored by the Director to behave like adults, responds, "We're not adults, we're actors."
  November 15 - 18, 2017
 
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  The Game's Afoot
a Farce by Ken Ludwig (Performed as a Comedy)
 
Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
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THE GAME'S AFOOT Synopsis:
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
  November 16 - 25, 2017
 
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  Cinderella
a Pantomime by David Maun
 
Peel Panto Players at Lester B. Pearson Theatre, Brampton
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CINDERELLA Synopsis:
The story follows the traditional tale with the Ugly step-sisters mistreatment of Cinderella in the Mansion kitchen; the faithful Buttons who is in love with her; Cinderellas kindness to the old woman who turns out to be her Fairy Godmother; a magical transformation, the splendour of the Ball and the handsome Prince; the dramatic exit as the clock strikes midnight; the hunt for the slipper’s owner and the glorious happy ending. Interwoven throughout are the comedy antics of two Policemen, Sergeant Letsby-Avenue and his inept son PC99, and their search for the infamous villain Burglar Bill. How these characters interact will become clear as the evening wears on!
  November 16 - 25, 2017
 
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  White Christmas
a Musical by Irving Berlin, David Ives & Paul Blake
 
Clarkson Music Theatre at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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WHITE CHRISTMAS Synopsis:
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. WHITE CHRISTMAS is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.
  November 17 - 26, 2017
 
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  Aladdin
a Pantomime by Jo Phenix
 
Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
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ALADDIN Synopsis:
  November 19 - December 03, 2017
 
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  Beauty And The Beast, A Magical Musical Pantomime
a Pantomime by Philip Meeks
 
Scugog Choral Society at Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A MAGICAL MUSICAL PANTOMIME Synopsis:
When Fairy Bon-Bon and the Demon Diablo clash, selfish Pierre is transformed from a dashing Prince into a terrible Beast. Not only that, but Diablo and Bon-Bon lose their powers and are destined to become the Prince's servants. To break the curse Pierre must fall in love before the last petal on a magical rose falls. But who could ever love such a monster? Enter feisty Belle Baguette from the nearby town of Jolie Ville. With her father the Professor and her zany neighbours Dame Fifi the schoolteacher and her son Bertie the onion seller, she finds herself trapped in the Castle of the Beast where the cups and saucers speak and the furniture can dance. When Belle stands up to the Beast their friendship grows. But danger lurks in the form of the dastardly mayoress of Jolie Ville, Camilla Parker-Bike. She intends to find Bon Bon's missing magic wand and claim the Beasts kingdom for herself.
  November 23 - December 02, 2017
 
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  The Game's Afoot
a Farce by Ken Ludwig (Performed as a Comedy)
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora Factory Theatre
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THE GAME'S AFOOT Synopsis:
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
  November 30 - December 09, 2017
 
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  It's A Wonderful Life
a Comedic Drama by Doug Rand (adapted from the movie)
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Synopsis:
This faithful, fast-moving stage adaptation of the classic film features fluid scene changes, reasonable set requirements, and scores of beefy roles, particularly for women. It's not only a joyful Christmas tale -- it's the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life.
  December 01 - 16, 2017
 
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  Drinking Alone
a Comedy by Norm Foster (Performed as a Dramatic Comedy)
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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DRINKING ALONE Synopsis:
When his father, Ivan, visits, after a fifteen year estrangement, Joe Todd hires a paid escort to pose as his fiancée so that he won’t appear to be a total social failure. Renee, the escort is a needy single mother with lots of imagination. Joe’s supposedly successful television newsreader sister, Carrie, is facing a growing alcohol problem. And Ivan and his wife have an ulterior motive for arranging the sudden family reunion. The dysfunctional relationships of the family provide hilarious comedy as resentments harboured for years are finally brought to the surface with surprising results.
  January 05 - 20, 2018
 
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  The Liar
a Comedy by Pierre Corneille & David Ives (adapted from "Le Menteur" by Pierre Corneille)
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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THE LIAR Synopsis:
Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world's greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing's David Ives.
  January 12 - February 03, 2018
 
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  Quartet
a Comedy by Ronald Harwood
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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QUARTET Synopsis:
The setting is a retirement home for musicians. Three elderly former opera-singers, who often worked together, are sitting out on the terrace. Reginald is quietly reading a serious book, Wilfred is chuckling about sex, as he regards Cissy, lying back and listening to music through her headphones. They are about to be joined by newcomer Jean, a major star in her day and to whom Reginald was once unhappily married. Is there any chance that these four will ever sing together again? A gala concert is about to take place at the retirement home to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Three of the four are keen to recreate the third act quartet from "Rigoletto" and one isn’t. But the play eventually moves to an uncertain conclusion when they don costumes and lip-synch to their own retro recording.
  January 18 - February 03, 2018
 
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  The Other Place
a Drama by Sharr White
 
Durham Shoestring Performers at Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa
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THE OTHER PLACE Synopsis:
Just as Juliana Smithton's research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.
  January 19 - 27, 2018
 
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  Entertaining Angels
a Dramatic Comedy by Richard Everett
 
Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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ENTERTAINING ANGELS Synopsis:
As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases, usually to the new - female - vicar, Sarah. The return of Grace's eccentric missionary sister Ruth prompts some disturbing revelations, which force her to confront Bardolph's ghost and the truth of their marriage. At the same time Sarah reveals some un-clergy-like credentials of her own to Grace's therapist daughter Jo. Entertaining Angels asks whether God can be trusted to do anything right at all, "Or is the whole thing a divine exercise in trial and error?"
  January 25 - 28, 2018
 
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  If/Then
a Musical by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora Factory Theatre
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IF/THEN Synopsis:
If/Then simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives that we lead, as well as the lives that we might have led. Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth's life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today and all of the possibilities of tomorrow. With a powerhouse role for a leading lady and rich and complex supporting roles, this show celebrates dynamite talent and the power of great storytelling.
  January 25 - February 03, 2018
 
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  Noises Off
a Comedy by Michael Frayn
 
Milton Players Theatre Group at Milton Centre For The Arts
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NOISES OFF Synopsis:
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
  February 02 - 10, 2018
 
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  The 39 Steps
a Comedy by Patrick Barlow (from novel by John Buchan and movie by Alfred Hitchcock)
 
South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
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THE 39 STEPS Synopsis:
"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".
  February 08 - 25, 2018
 
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  Avenue Q
a Musical by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez & Jeff Whitty
 
Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
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AVENUE Q Synopsis:
The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
  February 08 - 24, 2018
 
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  Casting For Murder
a Mystery by Elizabeth Elwood
 
Georgetown Little Theatre at John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
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CASTING FOR MURDER Synopsis:
Angela Benson inherits a fortune when her Aunt Maud is murdered, but the killer is never found. Angela’s acting career flourishes, but suspicion continues to cloud her life, even after her marriage to mystery writer, John Rutherford. As Angela prepares for the role of Amanda in Noel Coward’s Private Lives, a young journalist uncovers some startling new evidence about the three-year-old murder, and John and Angela find themselves embroiled in a sinister play beyond the footlights when the cast assembles at their island home.
  February 09 - 18, 2018
 
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  I'll Be Back Before Midnight
a Thriller by Peter Colley
 
Markham Little Theatre at Flato Markham Theatre for the
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I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT Synopsis:
Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband's strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear give this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.
  February 14 - 17, 2018
 
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  Twelve Angry Men
a Drama by Reginald Rose
 
Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
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TWELVE ANGRY MEN Synopsis:
A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case — until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place — and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it — in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats — add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature, an experience you'll be proud to present.
  February 15 - 24, 2018
 
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  Sisters
a Drama by Wendy Lill
 
Borelians Community Theatre at Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
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SISTERS Synopsis:
Explores the life of a nun who burns down a Native residential school, examining the cultural infrastructure and values of the white society which created them.
  February 15 - 24, 2018
 
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  The Accidental Hit-Man Blues
a Comedy by T. Gregory Argall
 
Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
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THE ACCIDENTAL HIT-MAN BLUES Synopsis:
Down on their luck and at the end of their rope, Ron and Laura find what may be the answer to their prayers. But nothing comes without a price, and sometimes just making ends meet can be a killer. A tale of love, contracts, guns, and potatoes, “The Accidental Hit-Man Blues” is a hilarious and chilling dark comedy.
  February 15 - 24, 2018
 
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  The Producers
a Musical by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
 
Meadowvale Music Theatre at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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THE PRODUCERS Synopsis:
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
  February 16 - 25, 2018
 
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  Next Fall
a Dramatic Comedy by Geoffrey Nauffts
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora Factory Theatre
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NEXT FALL Synopsis:
NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to.
  March 01 - 10, 2018
 
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  Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike
a Comedy by Christopher Durang
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Synopsis:
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
  March 02 - 17, 2018
 
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  Tainted Justice
a Drama by Don Nigro
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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TAINTED JUSTICE Synopsis:
Drawn from facts surrounding a real murder mystery on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Tainted Justice is a compelling drama by the author of Ravenscroft . Pearl, a troubled young woman, is haunted by doubts about who actually murdered her father in the dark woods by the cranberry bogs at twilight one August evening in 1913. Her cousin, an eccentric attorney obsessed with seeing Buster Keaton movies, defended the accused murderer. Her uncle, who loves mine shafts, was the accused man's friend. Her mother is a beautiful and enigmatic woman from whom she has become painfully estranged. The accused murderer is a charming liar who is fascinated by antique doorknobs and insists that he once nearly married Emily Bronte in Moose Jaw. As Pearl confronts these people, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a dark labyrinth of desire, lies and ambiguous betrayals. By turns funny, haunting, and frightening, this intricately plotted investigation into what can truly be known about other people and their motives weaves memory, testimony, and scenes of twisted confrontation into a compelling tapestry of darkness and light.
  March 02 - 24, 2018
 
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  Dead Men Don't Itch
a Comedy by John Arco
 
The Oakville Players at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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DEAD MEN DON'T ITCH Synopsis:
"Dead Men Don’t Itch" pays homage with a wink to the classic noir detective movies of the 1940s The comedy noir is populated with private eye Jake Chapel cracking wise with beautiful sexy femme fatales. And crooked cops in the pocket of hard-nosed mobsters. And the sweet young innocent who gets caught up in the mayhem. It also has an abundance of duplicitous dames, punk gunsels, missing sisters, and stolen Chinese jade statues. And a clog dancing monk. And more film noir clichés, innuendos and double entendres than you can shake a loaded roscoe at.
  March 07 - 11, 2018
 
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  Chess
a Musical Drama by Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus & Richard Nelson (Performed as a Musical)
 
City Centre Musical Productions at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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CHESS Synopsis:
The collaborators on Chess are giants of rock music and rock musicals and they have created a complex rock opera that played to full Broadway houses and standing ovations. Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes One Night in Bangkok and "Heaven Help My Heart.
  March 16 - 25, 2018
 
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  Fatal Attraction
a Mystery by Bernard Slade (Performed as a Comedy)
 
Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
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FATAL ATTRACTION Synopsis:
That stellar practitioner of Broadway comedy at its best has here turned his hand, quite successfully we believe, to another genre the mystery thriller. This gripping play takes place in the beach house of Blair Griffin, movie star. Blair is getting divorced, and her husband Morgan is coming to pick up his painting. Then a paparazzo named Tony Lombardi, who is obsessed with Blair, kills Morgan; only to be murdered, in turn, by Blair. Turns out, it is all a plot on the part of Blair and her lesbian lover to generate a resurgence of interest in Blair's career via all the publicity surrounding the murders. The plotters have not counted, though, on dealing with Lieutenant Gus Braden.
  March 16 - 25, 2018
 
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  Butcher
a Thriller by Nicolas Billon
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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BUTCHER Synopsis:
An old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the police station. He doesn't speak English, but a lawyer's business card is baited on the meat hook that hangs on his neck. As a lawyer, a police officer and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won't stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served. Haunted by the trauma of a hideous war crime, no one is who they seem.
  March 22 - April 07, 2018
 
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  Girl In The Goldfish Bowl
a Comedy by Morris Panych
 
Durham Shoestring Performers at Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa
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GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL Synopsis:
As Morris Panych's latest comedy opens, we hear Iris, a precious girl of ten, saying: "these are the last few days of my childhood." The death of her goldfish, she is sure, has been announced by the air-raid sirens during the day's school drill. For Iris there remain a few more days of life in a universe that is inherently ordered, where the spirit of her dearly departed goldfish can, of course, be re-incarnated in a lost and amnesiac drifter given to rhetorical questions of seemingly deep philosophical import.
  March 23 - 31, 2018
 
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  Harvest Moon Rising
a Musical by Leslie Arden & Peggy Sample
 
South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
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HARVEST MOON RISING Synopsis:
This moving musical deals with the contemporary farming crisis and follows the story of two families farming the same piece of land a over a hundred years apart.
  April 05 - 22, 2018
 
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  The Cemetery Club
a Comedy by Ivan Menchell (Performed as a Comedic Drama)
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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THE CEMETERY CLUB Synopsis:
  April 06 - 21, 2018
 
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  The Dixie Swim Club
a Comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten
 
Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
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THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB Synopsis:
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and "perfect" life, and continues to be the group's leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of "teamwork," rally 'round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…
  April 12 - 28, 2018
 
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  The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls
a Comedy by Jennifer Brewin, Leah Cherniak, Ann-Marie MacDonald & Alisa Palmer ( & Martha Ross)
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora Factory Theatre
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THE ATTIC, THE PEARLS AND THREE FINE GIRLS Synopsis:
The Fine sisters, estranged yet once close, reunite at their father’s death. Secrets, long-held grudges and current contempt boil over as a romp through childhood innocence gives way to adult versions of attic dress-ups and tea parties. Shifting through past and present, reliving the turmoil in this fast-paced comedy enables Jojo, Jayne and Jelly to redefine themselves both as individuals and as a family.
  April 12 - 21, 2018
 
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  Boxed In
a Drama by Michael Halsall
 
Georgetown Little Theatre at John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
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BOXED IN Synopsis:
  April 13 - 22, 2018
 
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  Little Shop Of Horrors
a Musical Comedy by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
 
Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Synopsis:
Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination.
  April 17 - 22, 2018
 
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  Calendar Girls
a Comedy by Tim Firth
 
Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
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CALENDAR GIRLS Synopsis:
When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
  April 19 - 28, 2018
 
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19
Fri
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Sat
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Sun
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Thu
26
Fri
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28
  All Shook Up
a Musical by Joe DiPietro (inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY)
 
Scugog Choral Society at Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
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ALL SHOOK UP Synopsis:
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that will have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Don't Be Cruel."
  April 19 - 28, 2018
 
Thu
19
Fri
20
Sat
21
Thu
26
Fri
27
Sat
28
  The Taming Of The Shrew
a Comedy by William Shakespeare
 
Amicus Productions at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Synopsis:
In the English countryside, a poor tinker named Christopher Sly becomes the target of a prank by a local lord. Finding Sly drunk out of his wits in front of an alehouse, the lord has his men take Sly to his manor, dress him in his finery, and treat him as a lord. When Sly recovers, the men tell him that he is a lord and that he only believes himself to be a tinker because he has been insane for the past several years. Waking in the lord’s bed, Sly at first refuses to accept the men’s story, but when he hears of his “wife,” a pageboy dressed in women’s clothing, he readily agrees that he is the lord they purport him to be. Sly wants to be left alone with his wife, but the servants tell him that a troupe of actors has arrived to present a play for him. The play that Sly watches makes up the main story of The Taming of the Shrew.
  April 26 - May 12, 2018
 
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26
Fri
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Sat
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Sun
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Thu
03
Fri
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Sat
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Sun
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Thu
10
Fri
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Sat
12
  Perfect Wedding
a Comedy by Robin Howdon
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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PERFECT WEDDING Synopsis:
  April 27 - May 19, 2018
 
Fri
27
Sat
28
Wed
02
Thu
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Thu
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Fri
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Fri
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  Dilemmas With Dinner
a Farce by Robin Roberts
 
Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
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DILEMMAS WITH DINNER Synopsis:
Junior executive Brooke invites her boss and his wife over for dinner in the hopes of securing a promotion. While frantically getting ready, Brooke and her husband discover that the hired help is coincidentally the boss ex-daughter-in-law. Just when it seems everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, Brookes boss has an unfortunate announcement to make -- though not as unfortunate as the candlestick attack, appetizer toss, and general chaos that then ensues...
  May 03 - 12, 2018
 
Thu
03
Fri
04
Sat
05
Fri
11
Sat
12
  The Odd Couple
a Comedy by Neil Simon
 
Milton Players Theatre Group at Milton Centre For The Arts
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THE ODD COUPLE Synopsis:
This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as "The Odd Couple" is born.
  May 04 - 12, 2018
 
Fri
04
Sat
05
Sun
06
Thu
10
Fri
11
Sat
12
  Calendar Girls
a Comedy by Tim Firth
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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CALENDAR GIRLS Synopsis:
When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
  May 24 - June 09, 2018
 
Thu
24
Fri
25
Sat
26
Sun
27
Wed
30
Thu
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Fri
01
Sat
02
Tue
05
Wed
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Thu
07
Fri
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Sat
09
  God Of Carnage
a Comedy by Yasmina Reza & Christopher Hampton (translated by Christopher Hampton)
 
East Side Players at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
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GOD OF CARNAGE Synopsis:
God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, residents of a tony Brooklyn neighborhood, who meet to discuss a playground incident. Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but the men gang up on the women and the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues. Reza’s play suggests that our civilized trappings do a poor job of hiding our venality and bile.
  May 25 - June 09, 2018
 
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Sat
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Wed
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Thu
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Sun
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Wed
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Thu
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Fri
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Sat
09
  Too Many Cooks
a Farce by Marcia Kash & Douglas E. Hughes (Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes)
 
Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
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TOO MANY COOKS Synopsis:
It’s 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the rum-running business is at its peak. In the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter, Honey, have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star - the renowned singing chef François LaPlouffe - fails to appear, tonight’s grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy. However, when unemployed chef Frank Plunkett wanders in looking for work, Honey persuades him to masquerade as the missing LaPlouffe. The beleaguered Bubbalowe, meanwhile, also has to contend with Chicago gangster Alfonse Feghetti and his sidekick who have come looking for an illegal shipment of booze that, unbeknownst to Bubbalowe, has found its way into his basement. In addition, Bubbalowe has to keep at bay the hot-blooded Immigration officer Veronica Snook, on the trail of the vanished chef, as well as a suspicious teetotalling Mountie who is ready to arrest Bubbalowe for both murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues and Bubbalowe and the others create a hornet’s nest of fabricated stories and identities as they try valiantly to save the restaurant - and themselves - from both the gangsters and the law.
  May 25 - June 03, 2018
 
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25
Sat
26
Sun
27
Fri
01
Sat
02
Sun
03
  I Hate Hamlet
a Comedy by Paul Rudnick
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
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I HATE HAMLET Synopsis:
Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew's apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor's destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew's deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.
  June 01 - 16, 2018
 
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Sat
02
Sun
03
Thu
07
Fri
08
Sat
09
Sun
10
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Fri
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Sat
16
  South Simcoe Theatre: Four Play - A Showcase of Play Readings
a Staged Reading by - South Simcoe Theatre
 
South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
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SOUTH SIMCOE THEATRE: FOUR PLAY - A SHOWCASE OF PLAY READINGS Synopsis:
  June 07 - 10, 2018
 
Thu
07
Fri
08
Sat
09
Sun
10
  The Importance Of Being Earnest
a Comedy by Oscar Wilde
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Synopsis:
"The Importance of Being Ernest" is a classic comedy of manners in which two flippant young men, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are "Ernest," which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor. It is regarded by many critics and scholars as being the wittiest play in the English language.
  July 06 - 21, 2018
 
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ACT-CO Show List for Homepage Vers. PDO 1.2 Jun 24, 2017
  NEWS & EVENTS  
  2017/2018 ACT-CO FESTIVAL  
 

Announcing ACT-CO Festival 2017-2018

Good day,
I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, MaryAnn Swan as the new ACT-CO Festival Chair for the 2017-2018 Season. This is my third year on the ACT-CO Board, previously as a Director at Large/Drama Liaison last year and as a coordinator of the Ritz Raffle Fundraiser at the 2015 Gala. Some of you know me as a long-time member of the Curtain Club.
We say a heartfelt good-bye to Anne Currie-O'Brien as the outgoing chair for the last 8 years and thank her for the wonderful years of service and dedication. She will be missed. Anne has gifted me a well-oiled machine in the running of the Festival and I'm blessed to have such a wonderful teacher in this role.

So, with the ACT-CO Festival 2017-2018 is just around the corner, here are some important dates to remember:

Tue, Sep 12, 2017 Entry Deadline
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 Festival Opens
Sun, Mar 25, 2018 Festival Closes
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 -
Mon, Jan 08, 2018 Holiday Break - no Adjudications

Sat, Apr 07, 2018 Awards Gala, Borgata Wedding & Events Centre

The ACT-CO Festival Package is now available on the ACT-CO Website in both pdf and docx form.

  • Festival Package
  • Entry Form
  • Eligibility Form
  • Feedback Form
  • Festival Awards - an information update regarding changes to the number of awards

Please contact me at festival@actco.ca with any questions you have.

NOTE: Your theatre group must renew their membership for the 2017/18 season, before the entry deadline in order to be considered for Festival. Please follow this link: JOIN ACT-CO 2017-2018 for information regarding membership renewal and get the best price by renewing before July 31, 2017 at $75.

If you are no longer one of the contacts for your group, please pass this email on to the person who is and advise us so that we can update our records.

I look forward to serving you this season!

 
  MaryAnn Swan, Festival Chair  
   
 
 
  2017/2018 ACT-CO & Theatre Ontario Festivals  
 

ACT-CO Festival:
Tue, Sep 12, 2017: Entry Deadline
Tue, Oct 10, 2017: Opens
Sun, Mar 25, 2018: Closes

Adjudicators:
Comedy:  Heather Dick
Drama:   Brenda Kamino
Musical: Caroline Smith

ACT-CO Gala: (Borgata Wedding & Events Centre)
Sat, Apr 07, 2018

Theatre Ontario Festival May 16 - 20, 2018:
Hosted by: Theatre Ontario / WODL / London Community Players


Wed, May 16: WODL
Thu, May 17: ACT-CO
Fri, May 18: QUONTA
Sat, May 19: EODL
Sun, May 20: Awards
Mon, May 21: Victoria Day


Adjudicator: TBA

 
   
   
 
 
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