MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more / Men were deceivers ever,- / One foot in sea and one on shore, /To one thing constant never.” Frankly, we prefer comedies with a little cross-dressing. But with lines like that? Don’t miss it. At Shakespeare in Delaware Park through August 19, 856-4533, shakespeareindelawarepark.org.
STATIONS: Multimedia theatrical installations presented by Torn Space Theatre as part of the ongoing Response Festival. Stations is by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola and takes place August 17-19 at Silo City; tickets are $25 or $75 VIP, doors at 7:30pm and performances at 8pm. (VIP reception at 7pm.) Read more at dailypublic.com and reserve tickets at tornspacetheatre.com.
AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL:
THE BARONESS AND THE PIG: A Pygmalion-like tale, but with a baroness instead of a patronizing professor. Opens June 7.
GRAND HOTEL: Tony-award-winning musical based on the 1932 film based on the 1929 novel, set in 1920s Berlin.
HENRY V: In which Prince Hal becomes a king, in this production with World War I as a setting.
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: The world premiere of an adaptation of what is either the first or the sixth (depending on what edition you have) of C. S. Lewis’s The Narnia Chronicles.
OF MARRIAGE AND MEN: Two shorts by Shaw on the subject of marriage: How He Lied to Her Husband and The Man of Destiny.
O’FLAHERTY, V.C.: The Irish and World War I—it’s complicated. A lunch hour one-act.
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR: Also set in World War I, a musical comedy about the business of war.
THE ORCHARD (AFTER CHEKHOV): Imagine The Cherry Orchard re-cast with a Punjabi Sikh family who are trying to protect their orchard in the Okanagan Valley.
STAGE KISS: Exes in “real” life are cast as lovers on stage in the comedy by Sarah Ruhl.
Playing now at the Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.
AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
AN IDEAL HUSBAND: Oscar Wilde’s comedy about politics and blackmail.
BRONTE: THE WORLD WITHOUT: ”Three sisters live in poverty with their ailing father and dissolute, dying brother, jealously guarding the secrets of their disappointed hearts.”
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS: Slapstick, mistaken identity, ribald puns, in one of Shakespeare’s first comedies.
CORIOLANUS: One of Shakespeare’s later, grimmer tragedies.
JULIUS CAESAR: This is not the Shakespeare high schoolers should be asked to read first.
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT: Really just about the opposite, in every imaginable way, of the production above. Eugene O’Neill at the absolute top of his game dramatizing the bottom.
THE MUSIC MAN: And the pendulum (with a capital “P” and that rhymes with…) swings again. Meredith Willson’s classic musical.
PARADISE LOST: Inspired by Milton’s epic poem about the struggle between good and evil.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Dan Chameroy fills Frank-N-Furter’s fishnets. Drinks before, during, after the show.
THE TEMPEST: Ban, ban, Ca-caliban has a new master.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.
Playing now at the Stratford Festival, 55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.
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