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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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Will Come From Away win a Tony? Here's its biggest competition 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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Friday, March 17, 2017

How a Regina theatre community got past mourning to produce an ‘evolution’ by J. Kelly Nestruck

Bad Blood, a chronicle of director Joey Tremblay’s trip through Saskatchewan health care, is also a remembrance of late company founder Michele Sereda

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Canadian musical Come From Away conquers the Broadway critics by J. Kelly Nestruck

The 9/11 themed production has received numerous positive reviews, which increases its chances both of finding financial success and being considered a serious contender for best musical of …

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Drabinsky’s Sousatzka return is less a comeback than his chance to prove himself, again by J. Kelly Nestruck

The infamous name attached to upcoming musical Sousatzka reminds people of the corners he cut, not success he may have had

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Looking ahead at an ambitious season at the National Arts Centre by Robert Harris, J. Kelly Nestruck and Martha Schabas

What's ahead in theatre, dance and music at the National Arts Centre for Canada's sesquicentennial​

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Canadian Stage celebrates 30th anniversary with diverse program by J. Kelly Nestruck

Opera, concerts, dance and circus are major parts of the interdisciplinary company’s 2017-18 season

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Plays from around the globe lined up for Mirvish main stage in 2017-18 by J. Kelly Nestruck

The company will feature shows from the United States, England and Australia, while the Off-Mirvish season will be all local

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When will hip-hop musical Hamilton finally come to Toronto? by J. Kelly Nestruck

With a U.S. tour and a production set to open on London’s West End, Toronto theatregoers are hoping for a local production of the award-winning musical

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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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