Some people have asked me for a list of shows that have happened this year in Toronto to help them vote for the TWISI Awards. This list does not pretend to be comprehensive, and please feel free to vote for productions not listed here, but it may be just the launching pad you need to email your votes in to firstname.lastname@example.org before JUNE 21ST. THANK YOU SO MUCH.*For a complete listing of the current Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival Seasons: Please See Their Websites.
Last year’s plays at Shaw were: An Inspector Calls, Wonderful Town, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Follies, Getting Married, The Little Foxes, After the Dance, The President, The Stepmother, A Little Night Music and Belle Moral.
Last year’s plays at Stratford were: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, All’s Well that Ends Well, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Music Man, Cabaret, Caesar and Cleopatra, Fuente Ovejuna, The Trojan Women, Emilia Galotti, Palmer Park, Moby Dick, Krapp’s Last Tape/ Hughie, Her Infinite Variety and There Reigns Love
A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper Theatre Company- adaptor/director- Michael Shamata. Starring Joseph Ziegler, John Jarvis, Daniel Chapman-Smith, Jaclyn A. Smith, Oliver Dennis, Patrick Galligan, Kevin Bundy, Maggie Huculak, Lucas Tennen, Lauren Cambone-Mannell…).
Festen (Company Theatre- director- Jason Byrne. Playwright- David Eldridge Starring Phillip Riccio, Allan Hawco, Tara Rosling, Caroline Cave, Eric Peterson, Rosemary Dunsmore, Richard Clarkin, Nicholas Campbell, Gary Reineke, Isabella Lobo…)
The Forbidden Phoenix (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People- director- Ron Jenkins- Playwright- Marty Chan/Robert Walsh (Canadian) StarringMichael Dufays, Troy Feldman, Lori Nancy Kalamanski, Shannon Kook-Chun, Richard Lee, Nadine Villasin…)
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People- director Allen MacInnis- playwright- Clark Gesner/Michael Mayer/Andrew Lippa. Starring Jessica Greenberg, Andrew Kushnir, Cyrus Lane, Jane Miller, Karim Morgan, Jay Turvey)
Shirley Valentine- (The Canadian Stage Company- director Roy Surette, playwright Willy Russell Starring Nicola Cavendish).
Miss Julie Freedom Summer (The Canadian Stage Company- director- Stephen Sachs Adaptation from August Strindberg by Stephen Sachs. Starring Caroline Cave, Kevin Hanchard, Raven Dauda.)
Poor Boy- (Zuppa Theatre Company- directed by Alex McLean, Created by the Company (Canadian) Starring Stewart Legere, Susan Leblanc-Crawford, Ben Stone, Kathryn McCormack and Claire Gallant).
Monty Python’s Spamalot (National Touring Company- Mirvish- Director- Mike Nichols. Playwright- Eric Idle/ John Du Prez. Starring Jonathan Hadary and Esther Stilwell)
Scorched (Tarragon Theatre- Director- Richard Rose- Playwright- Wajdi Mouawad. Starring: Valerie Buhagiar, Sergio Di Zio, Jerry Franken, Sophie Goulet, Janick Hebert, Nicola Lipman, Alon Nashman, Sarah Orenstein and Alex Poch-Goldin.)
Wild Dogs (Nightwood Theatre- Director- Kelly Thornton. Playwright- Helen Humphreys/Anne Hardcastle. Starring Les Carlson, Steve Cumyn, Raven Dauda, Stephen Joffe, Tony Nappo, Tamara Podemski and Taylor Trowbridge.)
Missing (Factory Theatre- Director: David Ferry. Playwright- Florence Gibson. Starring- Guy Bannerman, Shauna Black, Andrew Gillies, Kyra Harper, Fiona Highet, Emma Hillier, and Alan Van Sprang).
Travesties (Soulpepper. Director- Joseph Ziegler. Playwright: Tom Stoppard. Starring: Kevin Bundy, Oliver Dennis, Maggie Huculak, Diego Matamorors, Krystin Pellerin, Jordan Pettle, David Storch, Sarah Wilson).
Blackbird (Studio 180) Director: Joel Greenberg. Playwright David Harrower. Starring: Jessica Greenberg, Hardee T. Lineham
The Crackwalker (Staged and Confused- Director- Michael Murphy. Playwright- Judith Thompson (Canadian). Starring, Marie Jones, Hannah Miller, Craig Pike, Rick Jon Egan and Simon Paabar).
Edges (Acting UpStage Director: Evan Tsitsias, Musical Director: Reza Jacobs, Playwrights- Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Starring Jordan Bell, Eric Craig, Gabi Epstein and Sara Farb).
Scratch (Factory Theatre. Director: ahdri zhina mandiela Playwright: Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman (Canadian). Starring Kevin Bundy, Monica Dottor, Catherine Fitch, Ryan Hollyman, Mary Ann McDonald and Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman).
Frost/Nixon (Canadian Stage Company Director: Ted Dykstra Playwright: Peter Morgan. Starring Len Cariou and David Storch…)
The Sound of Music (Mirvish. Director: Jeremy Sams. Playwright: Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers. Musical Director: Jeffrey Huard. Starring Elicia MacKenzie, Burke Moses, Noella Huet, Jeff Irving and Blythe Wilson).
A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper) Director: Weyni Mengesha. Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry. Starring: Awaovieyi Agie, Abena Malika, Charles Officer, Kofi Payton, Clara Ricketts, Alison Sealy-Smith).
Top Girls (Soulpepper. Director: Alisa Palmer. Playwright: Caryl Churchill. Starring Diana Donnelly, Megan Follows, Kelli Fox, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Clara Pifko, Liisa Repo-Martell, Robyn Stevan,
Ring Around the Moon (Soulpepper. Director: Joseph Ziegler. Playwright Christopher Fry. Starring Jordan Pettle, Brenda Robins, Mike Ross and Kristen Thomson.)
The Real Inspector Hound/ Black Comedy (Soulpepper. Director Jim Warren Playwright: Tom Stoppard/ Peter Shaffer. Starring: Caroline Cave, Oliver Dennis, C. David Johnson, Corrine Koslo, Mike Shara, Michael Simpson, William Webster, Sarah Wilson).
The Black Rider (November Theatre- Director- Ron Jenkins. Playwright: Tom Waitts, Robert Wilson, William S. Burroughs. Starring Kevin Corey, Mackenzie Gray, Rachael Johnston, Colleen Winton, Ashley Wright and Michael Scholar Jr. Musical Director: Corinne Kessel.
Variations on a Nervous Breakdown (Talk is Free Theatre. Director: Richard Ouzounian. Playwright- Jonathan Monro. Starring Chilina Kennedy, Jonathan Monro, Cory O’Brien and Patricia Zentilli).
It’s A Wonderful Life (The Canadian Stage Company- Director: Donna Feore. Adapted by Philip Grecian from a film by Frank Capra. Starring Mike Shara, Kawa Ada, Leslie Arden, Juan Chioran, Diana Cofini, Tracey Ferencz, Steven Gallagher, John Gzowski, Douglas E. Hughes, Patrick McKenna, Marla McLean and Blair Williams).
A Chorus Line (National Touring Company. Mirvish. Director: Bob Avian. Playwright: Marvin Hamlisch/ Edward Kleban/ James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante.
Hard Sell (Necessary Angel/ Wyrd Productions Director: Daniel Brooks. Playwright Rick Miller/ Daniel Brooks. (Canadian) Starring Rick Miller.
Ubuntu (Tarragon Theatre. Director: Daryl Cloran. Created by the Ensemble. (Half-Canadian (haha) Starring: Mbulelo Grootboom, David Jansen, Holly Lewis, Michelle Monteith, Andile Nebulane.)
A New Brain (Acting UpStage. Director: Daryl Cloran. Playwright: William Finn. Starring Steven Gallagher, Barbara Barsky, Thom Allison, Juan Chioran, Parris Greaves, Allie Hughes, Steve Ross, Jonathan Tan, Paula Wolfson, Patricia Zentilli.
Glengarry Glen Ross (Soulpepper. Director: David Storch. Playwright: David Mamet. Cast: Kevin Bundy, Peter Donaldson, Michael Simpson, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Eric Peterson, Jordan Pettle, Albert Schultz, William Webster.
Another Home Invasion (Tarragon: Director Richard Rose. Playwright joan MacLeod. (Canadian) Starring Nicola Lipman)
Spring Awakening (National Touring Company. Mirvish. Director: Michael Mayer. Playwright: Steven Sater/ Duncan Sheik. Musical Director: Jared Stein. Starring Christy Altomare, Blake Bashoff, Kyle Riabko, Matt Doyle.)
You Fancy Yourself (Contrary Company/ Theatre Passe Muraille). Director: Mary Francis Moore. Playwright: Maja Ardal (Canadian) Starring Maja Ardal.
East of Berlin (Tarragon Theatre. Director: Alisa Palmer. Playwright: Hannah Moscovitch (Canadian). Starring: Brendan Gall, Diana Donnelly, Paul Dunn).
A Beautiful View (Tarragon Theatre. Director: Daniel MacIvor. Playwright Daniel MacIvor (Canadian). Starring Tracy Wright and Caroline Gillis).
Doubt (The Canadian Stage Company. Directed by Marti Maraden. Playwright: John Patrick Shanley, Seana McKenna, David Storch, Raven Dauda, Daniela Vlaskalic).
I, Claudia (Crow’s Theatre. Directed by Chris Abraham. Playwright: Kristen Thomson. (Canadian) Starring Kristen Thomson.)
Anne of Green Gables (Mirvish. Directed: Anne Allan. Playwright: Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Mavor Moore, Elaine Campbell. Starring: Amy Wallis, Janet MacEwan, Julain Molnar, Sandy Winsby.)
Sharron Matthews- Sharron’s Party
Patricia Zentilli/ Patti Loach
Jake and Gabi Epstein
Improv/Sketch Theatre Companies
Ghost Jail Theatre
Bad Dog Theatre
The Second City
The National Theatre of the World/ Impromptu Splendor