J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

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Past articles by J.:

Cliff Cardinal’s theatre production began as a ruse – now The Land Acknowledgement is a word-of-mouth hit

The entertaining, emotional and sometimes scorching solo show about the state of reconciliation in Canada is back in Toronto → Read More

Review: Rock of Ages is back on stage rocking Toronto

1980s big-hair rock is back on stage in Toronto with a big-budget revival that features an up-for-it Canadian cast with vocal chords of steel nailing a non-stop set list of songs → Read More

2023 Governor-General’s Performing Arts Awards to honour k.d. lang, Michel Marc Bouchard

Singer Molly Johnson and choreographer James Kudelka are also set to be honoured at Rideau Hall in the spring → Read More

Chris Hadfield’s The Darkest Dark – and other stage shows blasting off across Canada this week

Hadfield’s autobiographical bestseller has been adapted by Ian MacIntyre and, notably, Jim Millan, who is also directing → Read More

What theatres should take away from the attack on National Arts Centre’s Black Out Night

National Arts Centre targeted by Fox News and the New York Post for planned Black Out Night performance of Is God Is → Read More

Review: Fall On Your Knees stage adaptation is six powerful hours that will bring you to your feet

The show depicts multiculturalism existing in Canada long before official multiculturalism → Read More

From Women Talking to Fifteen Dogs, Room to Life of Pi, Canlit is all the rage on screen and stage

A host of new adaptations are helping get bums back in seats as the pandemic intermission recedes → Read More

The secret source of funding behind Forgiveness and 2023′s big year for new Canadian shows

Three of five shows I selected for my 2023 preview have something in common: a financial investment from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund → Read More

The death of alt-weeklies poses a challenge for Canadian theatre

The Internet makes it easy to find information about things you’re looking for, but it isn’t very good at helping you find out about things that you don’t yet know about but might be interested in → Read More

Review: The unsinkable Céline Dion fuels an off-Broadway sensation of Titanique proportions

By the time I found myself joining in a heartfelt singalong of My Heart Will Go On at the curtain call, the appeal of the show – and its off-kilter but true tribute Céline Dion – was entirely clear → Read More

Alan Kliffer: The New York-based Canadian comedy impresario who spotted a hit with Titanique

Alan Kliffer, a Winnipeg-born producer, is making waves running an improv and sketch outfit known as Asylum NYC → Read More

Finally, a happy new year for Canadian theatre: box office records, extension and very few COVID-19 cancellations

Checking back in this week with four companies who suffered 12 months ago, this time there was only optimism and celebration → Read More

Canadian musical theatre star Caissie Levy shines on Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt

Levy plays Eva Merz Jakobovicz in British playwright Tom Stoppard’s drama about a Jewish family living amid the resurgence of antisemitism in Vienna in the decades leading up to the Holocaust → Read More

Review: In Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard reckons with his past and depicts the patterns of Jewish history

The play’s final image is not just a memorial tableau, a stage photograph to help us remember, but also a mathematical visualization of genocide → Read More

Review: Broadway is a bloodbath for new musicals right now

Some Like it Hot, however, is fun but a show at war with itself that wants to say something about gender identity, just not too much → Read More

Theatre is back in full swing for 2023 – and it’s going big

Canadian theatre companies emerged from the pandemic with a new philosophy: Go big or go home → Read More

The Canadian cultural icons who made the arts better in 2022

The artists, animators, authors and kings of the world who lightened our lives in this up-and-down roller-coaster ride of a year: meet your Canadian arts heroes of 2022 → Read More

Review: Groundbreaking play ‘da Kink in My Hair is back for the holidays, both updated and true to its roots

TO Live and Soulpepper have united to bring a big, buoyant 20th anniversary revival of Trey Anthony’s ‘da Kink in My Hair to the Bluma Appel stage → Read More

Where to find Cirque du Soleil in Canada in 2023 (hint: not Ontario Place)

Ontario Place wasn’t the perfect site for a circus, it turns out → Read More

Review: Ross Petty takes final flight in Canada’s most successful holiday pantomime

I know I’m supposed to use this occasion to praise the producer for all the joy he’s brought to Toronto over the past 27 years – but, to be honest, I’m experiencing abandonment issues → Read More