J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

J. Kelly Nestruck

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RuPaul’s Drag Race queens are continuing to grow in popularity in Canada (as Justin Trudeau well knows)

I got sucked into Drag Race at the start of the pandemic when my evenings were suddenly very free – and found its mix of lip-syncing, pageantry and over-the-top comedy filled a theatrical hole for me while stages were shuttered → Read More

Review: Red Velvet’s portrait of 19th century Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge brings the thunder to Crow’s Theatre

Lolita Chakrabarti’s script deftly illustrates how questions of ‘style’ – such as how much an actor should bring himself to a role as opposed to escape into it – are loaded when you are visibly different → Read More

Review: Little Dickens and Snow White: Holiday shows provide new spins on 19th-century tales (for adults and for kids)

Little Dickens, now on at Canadian Stage, completely won over reviewer J. Kelly Nestruck → Read More

Is Second City Toronto set for a second wind with its new One York Street comedy venue?

Will this handsome new home help Second City Toronto find a strong second wind as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Canada under new American ownership? → Read More

Review: Review: Our Place explores undocumented lives in Toronto with lively language and a laughs

A strong new play by Kanika Ambrose looks at the precarious lives of two undocumented workers slinging jerk pork at a Caribbean restaurant in Scarborough → Read More

Review: Dark comedy Post-Democracy plays differently in front of a live audience

With a live audience, there was tension between those who laugh at terrible subject matter and those who find some subject matter too terrible to laugh at → Read More

On two teeny-tiny Sweeney Todds - and Treemonisha world premiere transplanted to Toronto

Plain Jane Theatre Company’s intimate Sweeney Todd, plus, Treemonisha will now have its world premiere as part of Luminato in Toronto → Read More

Surprises, mysteries and coincidences in the weird world of Canadian musical theatre

Canadian musical theatre saw two big surprises this week, with a Rock of Ages tease and a Come from Away Canadian revival in the works → Read More

Q&A: Oscar-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney on his play Choir Boy at Canadian Stage

Choir Boy centres on Pharus, a scholarship student who leads the gospel choir at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys → Read More

Review: Review: Of Three Sisters, one stands out in Howland Company’s uneven contemporary Chekhov adaptation

Caroline Toal gives as fine a performance as Masha as you’ll see, but the play’s overall atmosphere that just doesn’t gel → Read More

Review: The Waltz, a terrific romantic comedy that asks whether second-generation Canadians will fall in love at first sight

Second-generation Canadians Bea and Romeo explore what it means to fit in, and what it means to keep one’s identity → Read More

Five major surprises from Stratford Festival’s 2023 casting (other than Paul Gross)

Princess Diana, Louis Riel, Mimi, Richard II and plenty of big names for Les Belles-Soeurs → Read More

Paul Gross to play King Lear at Stratford Festival

Gross returns to the Stratford Festival for the first time since 2000 to star in King Lear from April 24 to Oct. 29 → Read More

C’est l’Halloween: Scary (and less scary) shows to see on stage across Canada this week

Although not as crowded as Christmas, theatres do provide some ambitious fare during Halloween → Read More

Review: Studio 180′s Indecent movingly explores the Jewish experience through the history of a controversial Yiddish play

The drama-about-a-drama is a fresh and unusual look at turn-of-the-century Jewish history → Read More

Review: Theatre Passe Muraille’s The Year of the Cello is a live, in-person duet about Hong Kong

The Year of the Cello marks the official return of live performances to Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, which has been renovated and officially rechristened the Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace → Read More

Forty years after being invented in Toronto, why aren’t surtitles being used by more Canadian theatre companies?

Surtitles could be used not just to persuade the English-understanding majority to watch theatre in other languages, but to make performances accessible to linguistic minorities, too → Read More

Review: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at Crow’s Theatre features sensational acting

The metaphysical play by Rajiv Joseph which is set in the early days of the Iraq War is reaching Toronto more than a decade since its original premiere and seems to struggle to find the right tone → Read More

Review: Un. Deux. Trois. explores why francophone identity in Canada today is a cacophony (like everything else)

The sprawling, four-and-a-half-hour trio of plays is currently touring the country → Read More

Three big changes at Theatre Passe Muraille, a company coming out of lockdown stronger than it went in

The alternative theatre reopens its doors this week with The Year of The Cello, a new work created by Marjorie Chan with Njo Kong Kie → Read More