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Monday, February 20, 2017

Tarragon Theatre shaking things up with music-focused season by J. Kelly Nestruck

Offerings include an opera, a “theatrical mixtape” and a rocking take on Shakespeare

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Friday, February 17, 2017

How the couple behind Come From Away created a Canadian musical hit by J. Kelly Nestruck

Come from Away creators David Hein and Irene Sankoff struggled as artists, found each other as life and business partners and became the dynamic duo of the Canadian musical

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Toronto’s Acting Up rebrands as The Musical Stage Company by J. Kelly Nestruck

After 13 years, Toronto theatre company is changing its name, doubling its budget and expanding its ambitious, innovative program

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Edmonton Othello production crossed line from subversive to regressive by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Walterdale Theatre cancelled its production of Othello with a white performer in the title role after allegedly receiving threats

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Inclusive, innovative, international: A new vision for Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre by J. Kelly Nestruck

From residential-school drama to Broadway-bound musical, Edmonton venue’s new artistic director creates buzz with 2017-18 season

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Shaw Festival posts $780,000 shortfall for 2016 season by J. Kelly Nestruck

Although attendance last year was up about 5,000 from 2015, the Niagara-on-the-Lake repertory theatre still posted a loss

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a meaty yet moving Canadian work by J. Kelly Nestruck

Robert Chafe’s sweeping new stage adaptation is a great small work of art about final founding father Joey Smallwood

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Canadian theatre star Chilina Kennedy comes home with Broadway musical by J. Kelly Nestruck

Theatre star Chilina Kennedy is taking a brief reprieve from New York to grace Toronto with her portrayal of American singer-songwriter Carole King

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Canadian Stage hopes to leave #CanstageSoWhite behind in 2017 by J. Kelly Nestruck

Leaving #CanstageSoWhite behind, managing director Matthew Jocelyn hopes to put more positive discourse centre stage in 2017

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Friday, December 23, 2016

The best, and worst, of the Canadian stage for 2016 by J. Kelly Nestruck

From a landmark musical to a thrilling Shakespeare shake-up, these were the best productions in a stellar year for Canadian theatre

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ride the Cyclone’s Jacob Richmond on dealing with death – on stage and off by J. Kelly Nestruck

Shorter after Ride the Cyclone started in off-Broadway previews, Richmond’s mother, Janet Wright of Corner Gas fame, died

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Winter’s Tale to be remounted at Winter Garden Theatre by J. Kelly Nestruck

Groundling Theatre Company to remount play in beautiful, intimate setting in Toronto

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

When Hamilton actor appealed to Mike Pence, theatre showed its strength by J. Kelly Nestruck

Brandon Victor Dixon, currently playing Aaron Burr in the musical about the American revolution and its aftermath, then spoke to Pence directly during the curtain call

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rufus Norris and London Road’s rocky path from stage to big screen by J. Kelly Nestruck

The possibility of London Road being a complete and utter disaster is what motivated director Rufus Norris to tackle it, first on stage at the National Theatre in London, then on film

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Toronto's Theatre Centre reaches goal with gift from Margaret Norrie McCain by J. Kelly Nestruck

Margaret Norrie McCain has requested the Theatre Centre be named after its artistic director, Franco Boni

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Come From Away goes home to Gander, Nfld. before Broadway by J. Kelly Nestruck

Newfoundlanders who sheltered 6,600 stranded 9/11 travellers get a preview of Broadway-bound musical based on their kindnesses

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Shaw Festival’s Tim Carroll poaches major talent from Stratford Festival by J. Kelly Nestruck

Michael Therriault, Sara Topham and Tom McCamus will be all be joining the Shaw Festival

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Crow’s Theatre lands permanent spot in Toronto’s Leslieville by J. Kelly Nestruck

The company is set to establish a permanent location on the first floor of an $11-million condo complex in January

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Stratford Festival taps talent old and new for season themed around identity by J. Kelly Nestruck

With a variety of faces and plays, this season explores themes of Canadian identity in the lead-up to the country’s 150th anniversary

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Before heading to Broadway, Come From Away musical gets standing ovation at home in Gander by J. Kelly Nestruck

Broadway-bound play set in Gander, Nfld., in days after 9/11, receives warm response at a special showing in the small Maritime town

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Indie theatre company director Nadia Ross wins Siminovitch Prize by J. Kelly Nestruck

The artistic director of STO Union takes the country’s richest prize for the stage

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Can diversity help Canadian theatre companies at the box office? by J. Kelly Nestruck

Anyone who believes that Toronto’s publicly subsidized theatres should reflect the actual public, at a time when “visible minorities” constitute a majority of the city’s population, …

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Friday, September 30, 2016

The fall-season theatre you cannot afford to miss by J. Kelly Nestruck

Musicals, remounts, tours and American up-and-comers are all on the slate this fall

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Siminovitch shortlist includes five nominees for the first time by J. Kelly Nestruck

This is the first time that the jury has chosen five rather than four on its shortlist.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Who is playing whom at Stratford next year by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Ontario repertory theatre company will not officially announce its casting for the 2017 season until next month – but information about who is starring in the big shows has already sta…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

How a Canadian theatre team has reimagined The Curious Incident by J. Kelly Nestruck

Director Heidi Malazdrewich and the ShowStages Collective are the first in Canada to take on the challenge of staging The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Facelift to restore Royal Alexandra Theatre to its former glory by J. Kelly Nestruck

In a $2.5-million effort, the Edwardian-era theatre is getting regilded mouldings, a revamped floor and brand-new seats

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Stratford’s The Hypochondriac is a classic crass comedy by J. Kelly Nestruck

For those of who bemoan the state of culture in the 21st century, Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino always programs one play each season to remind us that bawdy, body-base…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Shaw Festival moves beyond original mandate with plays set in Canada by J. Kelly Nestruck

Shaw Festival’s new artistic director Tim Carroll announces his first season, with two plays set in Canada on the bill

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Meet Tim Carroll, the Shaw Festival’s new artistic director by J. Kelly Nestruck

Carroll discusses diversity, directors and what he views as the festival’s mandate

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Nathan Carroll to star as Terry Fox in Marathon of Hope: The Musical by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Dora Award-winning up-and-coming actor will play the Canadian cancer activist and icon in Drayton Entertainment’s upcoming world premiere

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