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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

For women’s theatre such as Toronto’s Nightwood, ‘the game has changed’ by J. Kelly Nestruck

As politics and news continue to stir the conversation around inequality, Toronto's female-fronted Nightwood Theatre has been burning brighter than ever. But for a 38-year-old company u…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: Heisenberg’s appeal lies in its unpredictability by J. Kelly Nestruck

You can’t quite tell where Heisenberg is going to go from scene to scene – and that’s part of the play’s appeal

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Review: This twist on A Christmas Carol has a few too many Scrooges loose by J. Kelly Nestruck

On the whole it does not work as well as a fairy tale for a panto – not offering enough opportunities for group dance numbers and having too set a structure

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Hadestown is immersing audiences in Edmonton, far from it’s Broadway roots by J. Kelly Nestruck

Keeping Hadestown away from Broadway, producers believe, maintains a level of anonymity beneficial to the production

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: Jabberwocky goes down rabbit hole to talk about what it means to be a man by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem goes from exaggerated whimsy to galumphing tragedy.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Vancouver playwright Youssef is a new kind of Siminovitch winner by J. Kelly Nestruck

Siminovitch Prize winner breaks new ground as a specialist in collaborations

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Shaw Festival to see major mounting of Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata from Why Not Theatre by J. Kelly Nestruck

New stage adaptation of the work, previously mounted by Peter Brook to immense success in the 1980s, is fuelled by a $375,000 grant and will feature a cast from the South Asian diaspora

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Soulpepper Theatre cut ties with director Laszlo Marton after sexual-harassment complaints by J. Kelly Nestruck

In recent weeks, Marton, an iconic figure in Hungary’s theatre world, has been publicly accused of sexual harassment by ten women who worked with him

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Saved from bankruptcy, Magnetic North gets a second chance by J. Kelly Nestruck

Theatre festival cancelled its 2017 edition and planned to declare bankruptcy, but a group of artists and administrators have saved it from shutting down permanently

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Review: In Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, collaboration produces beautiful music by J. Kelly Nestruck

Rather than focus on conflict, the show featuring a Northern and Southern artist opts for reconciliation

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Friday, October 20, 2017

The future of history theatre: avoiding conflict by including everyone’s voice by J. Kelly Nestruck

Ten playwrights of different backgrounds and languages come together to produce a play about Gabriel Dumont that pleases, puzzles and provokes through wildly shifting forms

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Women will play Prospero, Julius Caesar, Cassius at Stratford in 2018 by J. Kelly Nestruck

Stratford Festival says putting significant number of female actors in traditionally male role part of initiative to diversify casting approach

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Matthew Jocelyn to step down as Canadian Stage director by J. Kelly Nestruck

After nine years, he will program a final season before departing from his position in June of 2018

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott: ‘I quite like to be in the driver’s seat’ by J. Kelly Nestruck

Elliott discusses team-ups with Simon Stephens, remounting Angels in America on Broadway and her new company

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Reviews: Fish Eyes and Lukumi come to different conclusions on the effectiveness of trilogies by J. Kelly Nestruck

Anita Majumbar’s Fish Eyes Trilogy fails to recapture its original magic at first but manages a strong finish, while Lukumi features a typically excellent d’bi.young anitafrika performan…

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Canada 150: A summer of love for Canadian theatre around the world by J. Kelly Nestruck

Theatre companies both large and small took advantage of the spotlight and rare extra resources to bring Canadian works to the biggest performing-arts marketplaces in the world

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

After losing Sears sponsorship, student drama festival gets its second act by J. Kelly Nestruck

The National Theatre School and stagehand union IATSE are teaming up to back the 71-year-old high-school festival amid lost sponsorship from failing retailer Sears

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Friday, September 29, 2017

King Charles III's lack of diversity is a failure of the theatrical imagination by J. Kelly Nestruck

It’s pretty hard to put a Royal Family on stage that is less diverse than the actual one – but Studio 180 and Mirvish plan to do just that in February

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Enter stage right: a new, supernatural era of theatre by J. Kelly Nestruck

The Aliens and The Humans each take place on a single realistic set, feature characters who speak as actual people do – and allow action to unfold in its own time

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Rising young actor Jonah McIntosh left a mark on and off stage by J. Kelly Nestruck

Jonah McIntosh was a rising theatre star when he suddenly, inexplicably took his own life in July. J. Kelly Nestruck writes about the mark the young actor leaves, both on and off the stage

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

What to watch as a new season of Canadian theatre approaches by J. Kelly Nestruck

​As the country's theatre companies dabble in everything from personal tragedy to rock 'n' roll, a spell of hits is ahead ​

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Even before Donald Trump, we were living in the time of Tartuffe by J. Kelly Nestruck

Molière’s classic con-man comedy may seem of the moment – and indeed, there are plenty of parallels – but the truth is, we’re always living in the age of Tartuffe

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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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