Indoor Offerings: 10 Shows Worth Catching

Though most indoor theatres close for the summer, there’s still plenty of stuff in June. A few theatres even crank the AC and push right through to fall. Here are 10 shows to catch.

Tawiah M’Carthy as Sizwe in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead

Tawiah M’Carthy as Sizwe in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead

May 25–June 18 (Soulpepper)

Obsidian Theatre artistic director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu takes on Tony-nominated South African play starring two of Canada’s brightest: Amaka Umeh and Tawiah M’Carthy.

Kelly v. Kelly

May 26–June 18 (Musical Stage Company/Canadian Stage)

Lauded musical theatre writer Britta Johnson premieres full production of new NYC-set musical at Berkeley Street Theatre. The 10-person cast includes Eva Foote, Jessica Sherman. Book by oftentimes-actor Sara Farb.

Perceptual Archaeology (or How To Travel Blind)

June 1–25 (Crow’s Theatre/Fire and Rescue Team)

Blind artist Alex Bulmer teams up with innovative director Leah Cherniak for solo show at one of Toronto’s fastest-growing theatres. Accessible for blind and sighted audiences.

Frame by Frame

June 2–11 (National Ballet of Canada)

Legendary theatre director Robert Lepage collaborates with choreographer Guillaume Côté on dance piece about Canadian experimental filmmaker Norman McLaren. Will doubtless have innovative design. At Four Seasons Centre.

Maria Christina Oliveras in Hadestown

Maria Christina Oliveras in Hadestown. Photo by Charles Erickson


July 5–Aug. 20 (Mirvish)

Tony-winning, Anaïs Mitchell- penned musical about Greek mythology finds its summer home at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Touring version of Rachel Chavkin’s acclaimed Broadway production.


June 3–24 (Factory Theatre)

New feminist play about a theatre tour from playwright Colleen Wagner. Directed by Jani Lauzon. Stars Zorana Sadiq, Paolo Santalucia, Mirabella Sundar Singh, Ryan Hollyman.


June 14–18 (Theatre Centre/ Luminato)

New Ian Kamau solo show, co-written with his father, hits Harbourfront Centre. Video, live music and storytelling combine for exploration of grief in Afro-Caribbean communities.

The Effect

July 9–30 (Coal Mine Theatre)

Immersive theatre director Mitchell Cushman tackles Canadian premiere of British play about clinical drug trial. Stars Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Aris Athanasopoulos, Leah Doz, Jordan Pettle. Set/lights by the always reliable Nick Blais.

King Gilgamesh & The Man of the Wild

July 26–Aug. 6 (Soulpepper)

Hybrid theatre-music production interweaves a present-day story with the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh. Music by Arabic-maqam fusion band Moneka Arabic Jazz. Stars Ahmed Moneka, Jesse LaVercombe.

Detroit: Music of the Motor City

Aug. 9–20 (Soulpepper)

Frank Cox-O’Connell, Travis Knights and Andrew Penner link the musical history of Detroit to its industrial history. Will be better than you think — this team knows how to put together an exciting theatrical concert.

SaMel Tanz in Make Them Letters Dance as part of SummerWorks

SaMel Tanz in Make Them Letters Dance as part of SummerWorks. Photo by Jerick Collantes

SummerWorks: A Curated Festival

Aug. 3 to 13

Once the chaotic free-for-all of Fringe fades into the July air, a smaller, more curated festival arrives: SummerWorks, which runs from Aug 3 to 13. Though they haven’t yet dropped this year’s programming, the city-spanning festival likes to spotlight the artistic process: alongside fully-developed works, they present experimental labs of work-in-progress. With this comes a big emphasis on community and artist-audience dialogue. On top of more conventionally rendered theatre, SummerWorks’s programming tends to include a sprinkling of visual art, performance art, and digital performance. The variety is always enlivening — and lots of it is free.

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