Final Weekend: The Next Stage Theatre Festival is Selling Fast!

The Next Stage Theatre Festival is entering its last weekend – with great success! This year’s festival of ten shows has received a number of excellent reviews and sold out performances every evening. This means time and space are limited for these last few days of great winter theatre festing, so we’re here to help you sort out which shows you absolutely can’t live without seeing, and which ones to plan ahead for.

Check out the info below for reviews of each piece, as well as how to make sure you get your tickets while you can. Remember: to ensure your seat, you’re going to want to either order your tickets ahead of time or line up pretty early!

No time to read? If you’d like to skip all the handy info below and just get into whatever show you can, while you can, click here to be quickly linked to an easy overview of the full festival schedule.



AWAKE (Expect Theatre/ Spark Collective) – Awake takes the true stories of Toronto area youth growing up in the grimy inner city and explore the trials and tribulations they face day in and day out. Told through the true testimonials and interviews from their mothers, this production casts an introspective light. Read our review.

THE PEACE MAKER (Pomme Grenade Productions) – The Peace Maker follows the parallel stories of one woman, Sophie – a Canadian-Jewish musician, and her highly enthused and idealistic desire to forge her own bridge between two warring nations. Using elements of live music, song, and comedy to offset what could be a controversial tale, this is a performance that will get you laughing in your seats while being continuously moved. Read our review.

SUDDEN DEATH (Pyretic Productions) – Sudden Death is based on the tragic life of hockey enforcer John Kordic. At first sight of the set, we’re transported into Kordic’s world, on his last night on earth. Read our review.

THRONE OF GAMES (Bad Dog Theatre Company) –  Throne of Games takes improvisation to the realm of fantasy with a slightly different portrayal of George R.R. Martin’s Game of ThronesRead our review.


MEMORIAL (Next Step Productions) – In Memorial, a play by Steven Gallagher, Dylan (Mark Crawford), a terminally ill cancer patient is simultaneously planning both his wedding and his funeral. Read our review.

POST EDEN (Suburban Beast) – Post Eden is a multi-media show set on the aptly-named Neighbourly Lane in Richmond Hill, Ontario. This is a real street, and the program claims that while Post Eden is “a work of fiction from the imagination of the playwright” (Jordan Tannahill) it also is “inspired by, and incorporating verbatim excerpts from, interviews with five families” who actually live there. Read our review.

SALT BABY (Salt Baby Productions) – Salt Baby has left her home on the Six Nations reservation to live in the city and has started dating a Caucasian man. She feels these things pulling her away from her heritage and desperately wants to stay tied to her ancestry. She is so desperate that she takes advice from quacks, risks alienating her father, and sets her relationship on fire. Read our review.

WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN (QuestionMark-Exclamation Theatre) – If you’ve ever dabbled in love, heartbreak, the physical manifestations of feelings, therapy sessions, speed-dating, social media and/or public transit, you will have no qualms surrendering yourself for an hour to playwright Julia Lederer’s whimsical  With Love and a Major OrganRead our review.


LIZA LIVE (Total Betty Productions) – Liza Live! is conceived, produced and performed by Jennifer Walls. It is a 30-minute cabaret backed by a two-man band and it includes 5 songs, a trivia contest and some anecdotal history. Read our review.

PITCH BLOND (Convection Productions) – Pitch Blond is based on the life ofJudy Holliday. Holliday made a career out of playing dumb blondes. She won an Oscar and several other prestigious awards doing so. Meanwhile, she possessed an almost super-human intelligence. Read our review.


ONLINE – Click here!

BY PHONE – 416.966.1062
1pm – 7pm MON-FRI (Jan. 2nd – 19th)
Visa or Mastercard only.
*Gift Vouchers are available (by phone only)

NSTF Tickets can be purchased at the Factory Theatre one hour before the first show of the day, January 2nd – 13th, 2013.
Cash, Visa and Mastercard accepted (NO Debit or Amex).

$15 Evening Performances (7pm onwards start-time)
$12 Afternoon Performances (6:59pm or earlier start-time)
$10 Ante-Chamber performances


$48 – Four Play Pass: Good for 4 tickets, redeemable in advance by phone or at the door. Maximum of one ticket per play. Non-transferrable.

$88 Eight Play Pass: Good for 8 tickets redeemable in advance by phone or at the door / Maximum of two tickets per play per pass. This pass can be used by two patrons.