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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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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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