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Clarkson Music Theatre, Mississauga
MY FAIR LADY
a Musical by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (based on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion")
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  Sun, Aug 19, 2018
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Durham Shoestring Performers, Oshawa
YOUTH AUDITION
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  Mon, Aug 27, 2018 | 12:00am
  Tue, Aug 28, 2018 | 12:00am
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AUDITION
Georgetown Little Theatre, Georgetown
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
a Drama by Tennessee Williams
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  Sat, Sep 08, 2018 | 04:00pm
  Sun, Sep 09, 2018 | 07:00pm
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  Mon, Sep 17, 2018 | 07:00pm
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Theatre Aurora, Aurora
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
a Musical Comedy by Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin & Don McKellar
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  Sun, Aug 19, 2018
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  NEWS & EVENTS  
  Reminder: 2018-2019 Membership Fee & Form Are Due  
 

Thank you to those groups who have submitted their membership form and sent in their fees. 

There are a couple of instances where I have received a form without the fee as well as a fee without a form.  I need both pieces of information. 

Any questions, send me an email at membership@actco.ca.

 
  Anne Currie-O'Brien  
  Posted: August 01, 2018 | Take down: August 31, 2018  
 
 
  2018/2019 ACT-CO & Theatre Ontario Festivals  
 

ACT-CO FESTIVAL 2018/2019......

The ACTCO Festival Package is now available here 
Go to the Festival 2018/2019 menu on the left and select either the Word or PDF version of the package.  The Entry Form and the Award Eligibility Form are also available.

The key dates for Festival 2019 are:

  • Mon, Sep 10, 2018 - Entry Form Deadline
  • Tue, Oct 09, 2018 - Festival Opening
  • Sat, Mar 23, 2019 - Festival Closing
  • Sat, Apr 06, 2019 - The Gala

In order to submit an entry into Festival, your group must pay the Membership Fee for the 2018/2019 season first.  Follow this link to the Membership Form. 

If you have any questions about Festival or Membership, send an email to festival@actco.ca

I am looking forward to seeing some great community theatre.
 
Anne Currie-O'Brien, Festival Chair, ACT-CO Board of Directors


Adjudicators
Comedy......... Caroline Smith
Drama.......... Janet Kish
Musical........ Jenn Sellers
T.O. Festival.. tba


THEATRE ONTARIO FESTIVAL May 15 - 19, 2019
Hosted by Theatre Ontario / ACT-CO / tbd

Sun May 19.. Awards Presentation

 
   
  Posted: July 24, 2018 | Take down: May 20, 2019  
 
 
  ACT-CO News List for Homepage Vers. 1.1 Nov 15, 2016  
UPCOMING SHOWS
  A Bench In The Sun
a Comedy by Ron Clark
 
Markham Little Theatre at Markham Little Theatre Backsta
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A BENCH IN THE SUN Synopsis:
Harold and Burt, longtime friends, live in a retirement home and spend their days on a bench in the garden bickering. A once famous actress has just moved in, giving them something new to argue over. When they learn that the home is about to be sold and they will have to find a new residence, the three join forces to prevent this upsetting development.
  September 05 - 22, 2018
 
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  Dear Charles
a Comedy by Alan Melville
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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DEAR CHARLES Synopsis:
  September 07 - 22, 2018
 
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  Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
a Comedy by Ken Ludwig
 
Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY Synopsis:
  September 07 - 16, 2018
 
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  Crimes of the Heart
a Dramatic Comedy by Beth Henley
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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CRIMES OF THE HEART Synopsis:
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future — but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
  September 07 - 29, 2018
 
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  The Best Brothers
a Comedy by Daniel MacIvor
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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THE BEST BROTHERS Synopsis:
Bunny Best has met her unfortunate end after a mishap at a Gay Days parade. Now her two sons, Kyle and Hamilton, have the task of arranging her funeral and caring for her most beloved companion, a troublesome Italian greyhound named Enzo. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving, and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface.
  September 13 - 29, 2018
 
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  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)(Revised)
a Comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)(REVISED) Synopsis:
  September 20 - 29, 2018
 
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  It's Only A Play
a Comedy by Terrence McNally
 
Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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IT'S ONLY A PLAY Synopsis:
It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the pill-popping leading lady, treading the boards after becoming infamous in Hollywood; and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in-town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre—and for comedy. But don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.
  September 27 - 30, 2018
 
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  Noises Off
a Comedy by Michael Frayn
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village 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.
  October 05 - 20, 2018
 
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  Soldier"s Heart
a Drama by David French
 
Borelians Community Theatre at Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
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SOLDIER"S HEART Synopsis:
  October 11 - 20, 2018
 
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  Dancing At Lughnasa
a Drama by Brien Friel
 
Toronto Irish Players at Alumnae Theatre, Toronto
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DANCING AT LUGHNASA Synopsis:
  October 18 - November 03, 2018
 
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  A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
a Musical by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart (based on the plays of Plautus)
 
Etobicoke Musical Productions at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Synopsis:
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251 - 183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".
  October 19 - 28, 2018
 
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  Durang, Enough Said - 4 One-Acts
a Comedy by Christopher Durang
 
East Side Players at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
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DURANG, ENOUGH SAID - 4 ONE-ACTS Synopsis:
  October 19 - November 03, 2018
 
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  The Real World?
a Drama by Tremblay
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
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THE REAL WORLD? Synopsis:
  October 25 - November 03, 2018
 
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  The Odd Couple
a Comedy by Neil Simon
 
Theatre Etobicoke at Assembly Hall, Etobicoke
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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.
  October 25 - November 04, 2018
 
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  The Game's Afoot
a Comedy by Ken Ludwig
 
Milton Players Theatre Group at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milto, Milton
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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.
  October 26 - November 03, 2018
 
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  Oklahoma!
a Musical by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
 
Scarborough Music Theatre at Scarborough Village Theatre
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OKLAHOMA! Synopsis:
Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century (1900), the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
  November 01 - 17, 2018
 
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  The Amorous Ambassador
a Comedy by Michael Parker (Performed as a Farce)
 
Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
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THE AMOROUS AMBASSADOR Synopsis:
  November 01 - 10, 2018
 
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  Steel Magnolias
a Comedy by Robert Harling
 
Georgetown Little Theatre at John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
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STEEL MAGNOLIAS Synopsis:
Set in a beauty parlor in Louisiana it follows the lives of six women and the small town gossip that shadows the unending cycle of birth, marriage and death. “I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years!” Filled with hilarious Southern repartee and humorously revealing verbal collisions it makes a truly touching play.
  November 02 - 11, 2018
 
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  Anybody For Murder
a Thriller by Brian Clemens & Dennis Spooner
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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ANYBODY FOR MURDER Synopsis:
The three Verdeen cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette, could not have picked a worse time to through their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them.
  November 02 - 24, 2018
 
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  Blood Money
a Thriller by Heather Brothers
 
Verve Theatre Company at Newmarket Old Town Hall
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BLOOD MONEY Synopsis:
Womanizer Mike Mason, star of TV's 'Bargain Basement' and his wife Liz were involved in a hit and run accident in which a young teenage girl Carol Mitchell was killed. They believed they have got away with it until seven years later they receive a call from someone claiming to be the dead girl. Returning home that night from an award ceremony the couple find their house trashed and the name ‘Carol Mitchell’ painted on the wall...and so the nightmare begins. After a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns the play finally reaches its dramatic conclusion as the full shocking truth of Carol Mitchell’s death is revealed... along the identity of their protagonist.
  November 02 - 09, 2018
 
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  The Long Road
a Drama by Shelagh Stephenson
 
Durham Shoestring Performers at Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa
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THE LONG ROAD Synopsis:
When eighteen-year-old Danny is fatally stabbed in a random attack his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. His mother's determination to understand the atrocity brings her face to face with his killer and forces the family to confront the bitter senselessness of their loss. The play evolved out of a period of research with prisoners by Synergy Theatre Project, in collaboration with The Forgiveness Project and award-winning playwright Shelagh Stephenson. It premiered at London's Soho Theatre in 2008 and returned later that year after a sell-out run.
  November 02 - 10, 2018
 
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  First Date The Musical
a Musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
 
The Oakville Players at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL Synopsis:
  November 07 - 11, 2018
 
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  Next To Normal
a Musical by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
 
Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
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NEXT TO NORMAL Synopsis:
"Next to Normal" tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.
  November 08 - 24, 2018
 
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  Calendar Girls
a Comedy by Tim Firth
 
Markham Little Theatre at Flato Markham Theatre for the
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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.
  November 14 - 17, 2018
 
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  Enchanted April
a Comedy by Matthew Barber
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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ENCHANTED APRIL Synopsis:
When two proper London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two other, very different English women to share the cost and the experience. During their enchanted month in the Ligurian villa, the ladies fall under the spell of their idyllic, sun-drenched surroundings. There, amid the wisteria blossoms, they rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find just the romance they need, though perhaps not the romance we-or they-expect to find.
  November 15 - December 01, 2018
 
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  My Fair Lady
a Musical by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (based on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion")
 
Clarkson Music Theatre at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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MY FAIR LADY Synopsis:
Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.
  November 16 - 25, 2018
 
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  The Drowsy Chaperone
a Musical by Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin & Don McKellar (Performed as a Musical Comedy)
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Synopsis:
It started as a spoof of old musicals written by friends for the wedding of Martin and his wife, Janet. "Chaperone" pays tribute to the Jazz-age shows of the 1920s and the power those shows held to transport us into a dazzling fantasy and to lift our spirits in times of sadness. A rare combination of unprecedented originality and outrageous comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone" boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in Heaven, please let it be good,” this is the show for you! It all begins when a die-hard musical theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.
  November 29 - December 08, 2018
 
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  The Cemetery Club
a Comedy by Ivan Menchell
 
Newmarket Stage Company at Art Ferguson Clubhouse, Newmarket
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THE CEMETERY CLUB Synopsis:
  November 29 - December 08, 2018
 
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  An O. Henry Christmas
a Drama by Howard Burman
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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AN O. HENRY CHRISTMAS Synopsis:
  November 30 - December 15, 2018
 
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  Wait Until Dark
a Drama by Frederick Knott (Performed as a Thriller)
 
Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
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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.
  December 05 - 16, 2018
 
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  Doubt, A Parable
a Drama by John Patrick Shanley
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
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DOUBT, A PARABLE Synopsis:
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
  January 11 - 26, 2019
 
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  Moonlight And Magnolias
a Comedy by Ron Hutchinson
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS Synopsis:
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.
  January 11 - February 02, 2019
 
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  Love And Anger
a Comedic Drama by George F. Walker
 
Durham Shoestring Performers at Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa
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LOVE AND ANGER Synopsis:
  January 18 - 26, 2019
 
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  Proscenophobia
a Mystery by Bettine Manktelow (Performed as a Comedy)
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
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PROSCENOPHOBIA Synopsis:
A theatre company on tour includes a star and her understudy who were both married to the same man. When the understudy takes the stage at a provincial theatre, the gun fires bullets instead of blanks and she is killed. Who was the intended victim? Who loaded the gun? Focus is on human motivation rather than police investigation in this theatre mystery.
  January 24 - February 02, 2019
 
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  The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
a Drama by Beth Graham
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF BERNICE TRIMBLE Synopsis:
Iris Trimble is trying to hold it all together. She may very well fly off the face of the earth if she doesn’t hang on to the kitchen counter. At least that’s how she feels after her mother, Bernice, a lively, recently widowed fifty-nine-year-old breaks the news that she has Alzheimer’s. In an effort to cope with the stress, Iris makes her mother’s famous Everything That Is Bad For You Casserole, a childhood favorite. Her siblings, on the other hand, are on opposite sides of the spectrum: Sarah, the eldest, irately demands a second opinion, while Peter, the youngest, seems completely unfazed. As for Bernice, she’s still as vivacious as ever, always up for a good laugh, and, most of all, ready to finally put herself first.
  January 24 - February 09, 2019
 
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  Pygmalion
a Comedy by George Bernard Shaw
 
Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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PYGMALION Synopsis:
Based on classical myth, Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION plays on the complex business of human relationships in a social world. Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very Cockney Eliza Doolittle, not only in the refinement of speech, but also in the refinement of manner. When the end result produces a very ladylike Miss Doolittle, the lessons learned become much more far reaching. The successful musical of My Fair Lady is based on this Bernard Shaw classic.
  January 24 - 27, 2019
 
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  A Streetcar Named Desire
a Drama by Tennessee Williams
 
Georgetown Little Theatre at John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Synopsis:
The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely "normal" young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.
  February 01 - 10, 2019
 
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  Fire Alarm
a Comedy by Kristen Da Silva
 
Milton Players Theatre Group at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milto, Milton
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FIRE ALARM Synopsis:
  February 01 - 09, 2019
 
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  Next To Normal
a Musical by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
 
Scarborough Music Theatre at Scarborough Village Theatre
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NEXT TO NORMAL Synopsis:
"Next to Normal" tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.
  February 07 - 23, 2019
 
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  Two On The Aisle, Three In The Van
a Comedy by Mary Lynn Dobson
 
Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
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TWO ON THE AISLE, THREE IN THE VAN Synopsis:
Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighborhood Actors Summerfun Repertory Theatre. a friendly little playhouse where, due to a lack of wing space, the company spends their downtime in the parking lot around an aging hippie/now turned techie's van. Those looking for refuge at the asphalt oasis include: a stressed-out artistic director grappling for funding, a wanna-be diva who's realizing her ingenue expiration date has just about passed, a board member's nephew vying to direct the musicals with a Tarantino spin and the "I'm no chorus boy" chorus boy who thinks every show should have a kick line - including Glass Menagerie. These are just some of the egos and obstacles that fall into the lap of Mike, a nice-guy director who ends up with far more than he bargained for. Anyone who's ever seen a show may know these people. Anyone who's ever done a show may be these people.
  February 07 - 23, 2019
 
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  Mary Poppins - Disney And Cameron Mackintosh's
a Musical by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Julian Fellowes & George Stiles ( & Anthony Drewe )
 
Meadowvale Music Theatre at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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MARY POPPINS - DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH'S Synopsis:
Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
  February 08 - 17, 2019
 
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  The Mousetrap
a Comedy by Agatha Christie (Performed as a Mystery)
 
Markham Little Theatre at Flato Markham Theatre for the
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THE MOUSETRAP Synopsis:
The longest running play in history, "The Mousetrap" takes place in a boarding house during a snowstorm, where a group of strangers is stranded, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.
  February 13 - 16, 2019
 
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  Palmer Park
a Comedy by Graeme Powell
 
Borelians Community Theatre at Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
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PALMER PARK Synopsis:
  February 14 - 23, 2019
 
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  Blithe Spirit
a Comedy by Noel Coward
 
Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
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BLITHE SPIRIT Synopsis:
Charles Condomine is a successful novelist. Ruth is his charming, wife. To conduct research for Charles’ latest book, they invite a medium to their home to perform a séance, expecting that the psychic, Madame Arcati, will be a humourous shyster. Well, she is humourous, but her ability to summon the dead is genuine. After prancing about, Madame Arcati summons a ghost from Charles’ past: his first wife, Elvira!!! Charles can see her, but no one else can. Elvira is flirtatious and catty. Ruth thinks her husband is insane. Then, after watching a vase float across the room, Ruth accepts the strange truth. What follows is a darkly funny competition between the two wives as they battle for possession of their husband. But as the haunting and the hollering continue, Charles begins to wonder if he wants to be with either woman at all.
  February 14 - 23, 2019
 
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  The Land Grabber
a Drama by James Phelan & Edward F. Barrett ( based on "The Grabber by Edward F. Barrett )
 
Toronto Irish Players at Alumnae Theatre, Toronto
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THE LAND GRABBER Synopsis:
The original play was submitted to The Abbey and given dramaturgical notes by one William Butler Yeats; the current version has been extensively revised and re imagined by James Phelan, who has created new material for the work. Set in the early 1880's, it tells the story of the Foley family after Johnny Foley takes over the farm of his evicted neighbour. The consequences fall heavily on his wife Ellen, and his two children, Billy and Mary.
  February 14 - March 02, 2019
 
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  The Glitter Girls
a Comedy by Mark Dunn
 
Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
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THE GLITTER GIRLS Synopsis:
The play revolves around an ad hoc meeting of a north Georgia women’s social club called “The Glitter Girls,” convened by its richest member – one Trudy Tromaine – who is supposedly at death’s door and wishing to bequeath some of her millions to one lucky “Sister of the Gleam and Sparkle.” The hitch is that it’s the members themselves who must decide to whom to award the small fortune (with hopes that the Glitter Girl they select will see it in her heart to share the money with the rest of her “sisters.”). The play can be economically described as STEEL MAGNOLIAS meets SURVIVOR, with a big dose of quirky Mark Dunn humor thrown in for good measure.
  February 14 - 23, 2019
 
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  Time Stands Still
a Drama by Donald Margulies
 
East Side Players at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
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TIME STANDS STILL Synopsis:
The newest play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Dinner with Friends" and "Collected Stories", follows a wounded photojournalist and her husband in present day Brooklyn in the aftermath of the Iraqi war. A Tony nominee for Best Play during the 2010 Broadway season.
  February 22 - March 09, 2019
 
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  Kiss Of The Spider Woman
a Comedy by Manuel Puig
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
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KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Synopsis:
  February 28 - March 09, 2019
 
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  Late Company
a Comedy by Jordan Tannahill
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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LATE COMPANY Synopsis:
One year after the suicide of their teenage son Joel, Debora and Michael Shaun-Hastings sit down to dinner with their son’s bully and his parents. Closure is on the menu, but accusations are the main course as everyone takes a turn in the hot seat for their real or imagined part in the tragedy. Blame shifts over the course of the evening from one person to the next, raising questions no one is prepared to answer.
  March 01 - 23, 2019
 
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  While The Lights Were Out
a Comedy by Jack Sharkey
 
The Oakville Players at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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WHILE THE LIGHTS WERE OUT Synopsis:
A thunderstorm! The lights go out! An agonized voice! A pistol shot! The lights come up! A blonde in black lace stands over the dead man holding a bloody dagger! The detective examines the body and announces, "He's been strangled!" This is but the opening of one of the most astounding and hilarious murder mysteries ever staged. Every clue is a lulu and the plot twists furiously. The final solution involves the most bizarre motive ever conceived. The delightful evening of mayhem gallops madly about the stage and will leave your audience breathless with surprise and laughter. The mystery is top-notch, the characters marvelous, and the comedy explosive!
  March 06 - 10, 2019
 
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  The Mousetrap
a Comedy by Agatha Christie (Performed as a Drama)
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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THE MOUSETRAP Synopsis:
The longest running play in history, "The Mousetrap" takes place in a boarding house during a snowstorm, where a group of strangers is stranded, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.
  March 08 - 23, 2019
 
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  Mending Fences
a Comedy by Norm Foster
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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MENDING FENCES Synopsis:
Harry Sullivan hasn't seen his son Drew in thirteen years. And now Drew is coming to Harry's Saskatchewan ranch for a visit. This poignant comedy tells the story of two men who are too stubborn to give in to feelings of the heart. Canada’s best-loved playwright is the height of his craft, and seamlessly weaves pathos and humour in a play that will resonate with anyone who has ever been a father, mother, son or daughter.
  March 28 - April 13, 2019
 
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  Stepping Out
a Comedy by Richard Harris
 
Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
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STEPPING OUT Synopsis:
  April 04 - 13, 2019
 
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  Hamish
a Comedy by Michael Grant
 
Georgetown Little Theatre at John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
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HAMISH Synopsis:
  April 05 - 14, 2019
 
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  Caught In The Net
a Comedy by Ray Cooney
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
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CAUGHT IN THE NET Synopsis:
  April 05 - 20, 2019
 
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  Curtains
a Musical by Rupert Holmes, John Kander, Fred Ebb & Rupert Holmes (Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone) (Performed as a Musical Comedy)
 
Theatre Unlimited at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
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CURTAINS Synopsis:
It is the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston's Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!
  April 05 - 14, 2019
 
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  Shrek The Musical
a Musical by Jeanine Tesori & David Lindsay-Abaire (based on DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and book by William Steig)
 
Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
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SHREK THE MUSICAL Synopsis:
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…" And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.
  April 10 - 14, 2019
 
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  Rumors
a Comedy by Neil Simon
 
Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
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RUMORS Synopsis:
At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
  April 11 - 20, 2019
 
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  Murder In The First
a Drama by Dan Gorden
 
Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
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MURDER IN THE FIRST Synopsis:
In 1941, Alcatraz prisoner Willie Moore stands trial for the violent murder of a fellow inmate. In what at first appears to be an open-and-shut case, a bold young lawyer intervenes with the claim that Moore cannot be held responsible for his actions due to the brutality visited upon him during three years of solitary confinement. Inspired by an actual event, Murder in the First is a gripping courtroom drama that exposes an undercurrent of injustice and hypocrisy throughout the federal justice system.
  April 11 - 27, 2019
 
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  Unnecessary Farce
a Farce by Paul Slade Smith (Performed as a Comedy)
 
The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
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UNNECESSARY FARCE Synopsis:
Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.
  April 26 - May 18, 2019
 
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  Skin Flick
a Comedy by Norm Foster
 
Markham Little Theatre at Flato Markham Theatre for the
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SKIN FLICK Synopsis:
A tender, loveable comedy about four innocent people caught in the headlights of making an adult film. The character's shock and discomfort, as well as in the way Foster uniquely tells the story by way of Rollie, a charming narrator who uses asides to the audience about the play and even the playwright himself, all add up to pure fun! Naughty and affectionate all at once.
  May 01 - 04, 2019
 
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  The Tuesday Morning War
a Comedy by T. Gregory Argall
 
Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
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THE TUESDAY MORNING WAR Synopsis:
International tensions rise, leading to an increase in laughter, when a border guard mistakenly believes that Canada and the United States are at war. He’s determined to protect the single-lane border crossing at the isolated peninsula of Hobson’s Point, no matter what his friends north of the 49th parallel think.
  May 02 - 11, 2019
 
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  The Red Velvet Cake War
a Comedy by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones & Nicholas Hope
 
Milton Players Theatre Group at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milto, Milton
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THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR Synopsis:
The three Verdeen cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette, could not have picked a worse time to through their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them
  May 03 - 11, 2019
 
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  The Savannah Sipping Society
a Comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten
 
The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
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THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY Synopsis:
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch—and all alone. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jump-start their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!
  May 30 - June 15, 2019
 
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  Opening Night
a Comedy by Norm Foster
 
Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
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OPENING NIGHT Synopsis:
Jack and Ruth Tisdale celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an evening at the theatre. It's a dream come true for Ruth and an imposition for Jack, who would rather be at home watching the World Series. However, after the events both on and off the stage that fateful night, their lives and those of all involved are irreparably altered.
  May 31 - June 15, 2019
 
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  The Ladies Foursome
a Comedy by Norm Foster
 
Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
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THE LADIES FOURSOME Synopsis:
The day after their friend Catherine’s funeral, Margot, Tate, and Connie gather for a round of golf in honour of their recently departed fourth. At the gold course they are joined by another woman, an old friend of Catherine’s they’d never met. Over the course of eighteen holes, secrets and confessions unravel as the women discuss love, sex, children, and everything in between.
  June 28 - July 13, 2019
 
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