Thursday, February 23, 2017

Theatre Calgary announces plans for 50th anniversary season by Marsha Lederman

The anniversary season, under interim artistic director Shari Wattling, begins in September with Sharon Pollock’s Blow Wind High Water

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mideast Minute: Pardis Parker lampoons U.S. propaganda efforts in Middle East by Brad Wheeler

The weekly short satirizes Alhurra, a Congress-funded television network established to promote the American point of view in the region

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Acclaimed Canadian theatre star Richard McMillan dies at age 65 by Lauren La Rose

McMillan was the first actor to portray the villainous Scar in the Canadian production of Disney’s The Lion King

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Arts Club Theatre Company artistic managing director Bill Millerd to retire by Marsha Lederman

B.C. theatre company’s board chair says more than 20 per cent of the productions staged during Millerd’s tenure were premieres of Canadian plays

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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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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

National Ballet’s 2017-18 season keen on shaking things up by Martha Schabas

NBOC announces next year’s lineup plus appointment of newly created associate artistic director position

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Singer-actress Beverly Knight on celebrating Whitney Houston by Brad Wheeler

Beverley Knight is in Toronto as the lead in the West End production of The Bodyguard, the movie-based musical featuring the songs of Whitney Houston

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Singer-actress Beverley Knight on celebrating Whitney Houston by Brad Wheeler

Beverley Knight is in Toronto as the lead in the West End production of The Bodyguard, the movie-based musical featuring the songs of Whitney Houston

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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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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal to make Broadway debut at historic Hudson Theatre

Gyllenhaal to star in musical Sunday in the Park with George

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Calgary Opera breaks new ground in reviving Canadian work Filumena by Bill Rankin

Fourteen years after Filumena premiered, the adventurous opera brings it back for a three-performance revival

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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

Remembering Joy Coghill: Doyenne of Vancouver’s theatre scene by Marsha Lederman

A pioneering performer, director, playwright and educator, she also co-founded the city’s Performing Arts Lodge

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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

Linked From The Globe and Mail at 03:00PM
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Divisive, ‘dangerous’ music of Richard Wagner takes centre stage in COC production by Robert Harris

As COC stages final leg of the Ring cycle – Gotterdammerung – conductor Johannes Debus reflects on the composer’s ‘dangerous’ music

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Come From Away looks to connect with Broadway audiences by Martin Knelman

The musical about Gander hospitality on 9/11 is Broadway bound and its producers are hopeful it will strike all the right chords

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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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Edmonton theatre cancels Othello production due to threats over casting

Walterdale Theatre Associates received threats over decision to cast white woman in lead role instead of the traditional person of colour

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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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Friday, January 27, 2017

Francis Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des Carmélites offers timely lessons about faith and intolerance by Robert Everett-Green

Despite being written in 1956, the opera's themes are easily relevant to current conditions

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How ventriloquist Jeff Dunham wedged himself into mainstream culture by John Semley

The arena-selling American ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has crafted a profitable shtick making slighty edgy, off-colour jokes – with puppets

Linked From The Globe and Mail at 03:23PM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kate Hennig on politics, Slinkys and the British monarchy by Brad Wheeler

While her play about the final wife of Henry VII is up and running, writer-actress Kate Hennig is also portraying Margaret Thatcher

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Tafelmusik announces Italy’s Elisa Citterio as new music director by Robert Harris

Announcement concludes a four-year search to replace Jeanne Lamon

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Acclaimed actor, director and playwright Joy Coghill-Thorne dies at 90

Coghill-Thorne, a trailblazer in the Canadian theatre community, died after suffering massive heart failure

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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, January 20, 2017

Carrie Fisher’s Montreal-shot comedy special to air Saturday by David Friend

An episode of Just For Laughs: All Access hosted by Fisher will run on the Comedy Network

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Alien Creature mercilessly paints multiple shades of sadness by Martha Schabas

Written by late playwright Linda Griffiths, Alien Creature quietly condemns the way free markets push artists to the socio-economic fringe

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What comedian Sandra Shamas is watching and reading by Brad Wheeler

Call them the seeds of her content. This time of year, the unsinkable comedian and vegetable enthusiast Sandra Shamas reads seed guides as she envisions her summer garden. The annual catalog…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Sequence lacks the depth required of this redolent math-themed show by Martha Schabas

Arun Lakra’s play, which focuses on themes that have been done to death, is ultimately too short on character

Linked From The Globe and Mail at 02:47PM

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