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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: An Octoroon is taboo ridden, but thoughtful by J. Kelly Nestruck

The production plays with fiery subject matter, but carefully adapts a 1859 sensation and is worth staying until the end to experience

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Friday, July 14, 2017

How Shakespeare ensures summer stages still skew male by J. Kelly Nestruck

Although more women direct and write plays in Canada, it’s clear who’s to blame for the continuing gender imbalance on the stage

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Come From Away lands its cast for Toronto and Winnipeg by J. Kelly Nestruck

Twelve actors – a mix of musical theatre veterans and up-and-comers – will star in this second production of the Dora- and Drama Desk-winning show in 2018

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Inspired by an Ottawa tragedy, Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company heads to London’s West End by J. Kelly Nestruck

Canadian playwright’s production will transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2 in London’s commercial theatre district in August

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Toronto’s Soulpepper builds a bridge to New York – but what’s the payoff? by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Toronto company has invested a lot in its border-crossing project for Canada 150. The rewards could be tremendous

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Come From Away nabs Dora Award for best musical by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Canadian Broadway hit picks up another major award, while Soulpepper’s Father Comes Home From the Wars wins top prize in the play category

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Toronto’s thriving theatre scene deserves a better Dora Awards by J. Kelly Nestruck

With Toronto enjoying one of its strongest theatre seasons yet, the relative lack of buzz surrounding the awards is hard to ignore

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Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017

National Arts Centre names Kevin Loring as Indigenous Theatre head​ by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Nlaka’pamux actor and playwright will begin planning his first season to launch the theatre company in Ottawa in the fall of 2019

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Come From Away didn’t win big at the Tonys, but it’s primed for longevity by J. Kelly Nestruck

Three lessons we can learn from Come From Away’s Tony performance

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Come From Away nabs best direction of a musical, but not best musical, at Tony Awards by J. Kelly Nestruck

Canadian-penned Come From Away, about the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, in Gander, Nfld., was nominated for seven awards

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Come From Away lands eight Dora Award nominations by J. Kelly Nestruck

Nods include outstanding production of a musical and three for outstanding performance

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Musical director Donna Feore is Stratford’s secret weapon by J. Kelly Nestruck

Almost three decades after her festival debut in Guys and Dolls, the go-to musical director is set to bring it to the modern stage

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Musical theatre director Donna Feore is Stratford’s secret weapon by J. Kelly Nestruck

Almost three decades after her festival debut in Guys and Dolls, the go-to musical director is set to bring it to the modern stage

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Come From Away picks up three Toronto Theatre Critics Awards by J. Kelly Nestruck

Play written by Torontonians, now on the road to the Tonys, is the first ever to receive TTCAs’ best new Canadian musical and best overall production awards

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Shaw Festival’s 1837 returns with new perspective on Canadian history by J. Kelly Nestruck

Rick Salutin’s 1837 returns to the festival it once sought to revolutionize, but its themes mean something different a generation later

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Russians are coming … to a stage near you by J. Kelly Nestruck

A handful of long-in-development musicals, inspired by some of the country’s great 19th-century works, come at an odd time given current political climate

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stephen Fry to perform at Shaw Festival in 2018 by J. Kelly Nestruck

Popular English actor reveals his plans for next year at members event

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Niagara Catholic schools nixed play on gender for being ‘not age-appropriate’ by J. Kelly Nestruck

Niagara Catholic District School Board elementary schools cancelled a touring play because of fears it was beyond younger students’ comprehension

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Niagara catholic schools cancel touring play on gender identity by J. Kelly Nestruck

Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures, aimed at students from Grade 1 to 4, is centred on an eight-year-old named Simon/e who feels ‘boxed in by the restraints of gender’

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Canadian musical Come From Away lands seven Tony nominations by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Canadian musical is set in Gander, N.L., during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Midsummer, while plentifully playful, could use an extra sprinkling of stars by J. Kelly Nestruck

The romantic comedy, which shares a time of year and a character name with Shakespeare, presents a familiar story played out in a theatrical way

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sound of the Beast is an unusual, disarming display of poetic justice by J. Kelly Nestruck

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Sound of the Beast is a step away from the theatre norm we’re used to, with a collection of spoken word, mini essays and raps

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Monday, April 17, 2017

While Orphans seems topical and relevant, ugly is the most fitting label by J. Kelly Nestruck

While playwright Dennis Kelly may not agree with his profane characters or their violent actions, at some point it doesn’t matter

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

When the unexpected happens on stage, actors should react by J. Kelly Nestruck

Too often, performers’ instincts are to ignore flubs and surprises. But theatregoers crave these moments, and thespians should engage with them

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Healey’s 1979 takes Joe Clark’s political philosophy with the utmost seriousness by J. Kelly Nestruck

Michael Healy’s latest comedy takes the political philosophy of the short-tenured PM with the utmost seriousness

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

A surplus and high attendance: A standing ovation for Stratford’s success by J. Kelly Nestruck

Artistic and executive directors for the annual festival reach their budget and attendance goal four years after taking the helm

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Mrs Henderson Presents fails to push past its legacy as a British nudes story by J. Kelly Nestruck

The all-male creative team behind the Mirvish production seems flummoxed as to how to explore any of the complexities of the woman-focused plot

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Magnetic North cancels 2017 festival, shuts down permanently by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival has cancelled its 2017 edition in Ottawa and is shutting down operations permanently due to an accumulated deficit of $224,000

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Why Not Theatre: the sleeper outfit that will awaken with exciting 10th season by J. Kelly Nestruck

Independent and with no fixed address, Ravi Jain’s company has quietly made its mark on the Canadian scene – and it has a lot on the horizon

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Will Come From Away win a Tony? It’s too soon to tell​ by J. Kelly Nestruck

It’s way too early to talk about Come from Away’s prospects at the Tony Awards in June – but let’s do it anyway.

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