Women-led productions are taking the spotlight this month in Toronto. From comedic twists on history, to moving dramas, to stories of identity, loss, and family bonds, there’s something for everyone in this April’s theatre offerings.

Find a production that speaks to you, support local theatre artists, and take in a show created, written or starring incredibly talented women this month.


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El Terremoto

When an earthquake nearly destroys the city, a shocking turn of events splits the world of the Jurado sisters wide open. This dramatic comedy from Dora-Award-winning playwright Christine Quintana is a look into the lives of the three sisters and the life they’ve built in Canada 20 years post-immigration. El Terremoto is a show about how nothing matters, so everything matters. See it on stage at Tarragon Theatre from April 3-21. More info. 



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Mad Madge

Get acquainted with Margaret Cavendish—the outrageous 17th century poet, philosopher and scandal-maker, looking to leave her mark on history. This period-contemporary mashup from playwright and actor Rose Napoli explores one woman’s unbridled desire for attention with hilarious, whip-smart dialogue and stereotype-smashing characters. See it on stage at The Theatre Centre from April 9-21. More info.



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shaniqua in abstraction

In her daring new one-woman show, bahia watson blends razor-sharp humour with piercing cultural critiques. Following her 2022 hit Mashup Pon Di Road, bahia returns with her Crow’s Theatre playwriting debut. She describes shaniqua in abstraction as an “afrosurrealist tragicomedy”, exploring the shifting identities and boundaries defining Black womanhood. See it on stage at Crow’s Theatre from April 9-28. More info.



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Women of the Fur Trade

An all-Indigenous cast leads this lively historical satire about survival and cultural inheritance. In “eighteen hundred and something something” three women share their views on love, life, and the hot nerd…Luis Riel. Set against the backdrop of the Canadian fur trade, this production shifts perspective from the male gaze to the power of women in a rapidly changing world. See it on stage at Aki Studio from April 9-21. More info. 



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Woking Phoenix

Woking Phoenix is an intergenerational love story exploring the multifaceted food culture within the Chinese diaspora. Created, written, and directed by Silk Bath Collective, the story follows two decades of a family’s survival, as three siblings and their mother seek belonging and community through their restaurant in small-town Ontario. See it on stage from April 12-27 at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. More info.



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Things We Lost in the Fire

Deon Denton’s hit from last year’s Toronto Fringe Festival is reigniting the stage this month. When a tragic fire burns down an apartment complex, a determined investigator unwinds a web of deceit, love and loss, as the community grapples with grief and redemption. This dramatic, darkly funny play explores resilience and the scars that remain long after the flames have been extinguished. See it at Crow’s Theatre from April 13-21. More info.



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Murder With No Mystery: A Murder Mystery

This women-led show puts a twist on your typical murder mystery story. There’s a remote cottage, a party, and a murder… but only two suspects. Through an abundance of clues, twists and laughs, a bigger mystery is revealed. This comedic murder mystery is written by former sketch comedy partners Seema Lakhani and Laura Salvas, who star as the only guests at the party. See the story unfold at The Theatre Centre from April 25-27. More info.