Kelly Bedard

Director Jim Mezon’s staging of this GBS classic is full of light and laughter though its thematic consequences are limited once you excuse the dated gender politics (which, at a certain point, one learns to do automatically with dated texts). At one of the higher points in the play’s tumultuous central romance, frosty “New Woman” […]

  Kelly Bedard

Our Shaw Festival coverage this season is brought to you by the wonderful Highgrove Bed & Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A rare affordable option a short walk from the central Queen Street (15 minutes or less depending on the pace of your meander), this charming house named after Prince Charles’ residence is presided over by the […]

  Kelly Bedard

On Monday March 30th, the Toronto theatre community gathered together at The Great Hall on Queen West to celebrate all the amazing work that made it to the stage in 2014. They got their picture taken by Nick Pigeau Photography in front of our branded media wall, ate cupcakes and sushi provided by The Cupcake […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. A Toronto stage alum, Kevin Hanchard has been busy the last few years making his name in film and television. Now with a huge hit TV show under his belt (and heading into season three- keep your […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. We love Kate Hennig. In Stratford, at the Shaw, with Mirvish, at Next Stage, in musicals, in dramas, in comedies, in musical dramedies, in pretty much everything- Kate Hennig is a marvel. As the fiercely kind and […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. We can’t tell you much about The Mountaintop without ruining the glorious experience of seeing it firsthand but suffice it to say that the task that the ever insightful Best Director nominee Philip Akin took on for […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The last time we interviewed Gord Rand for the Nominee Interview Series, it was 2013 and he’d been nominated for a zero-budget workshop production staged in an abandoned office building. This time around the engrossing actor is […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. A consistent bright spot in the incredibly strong Shaw Festival company of players, the utterly charming Marla McLean shows off a huge range and host of great accents season after season but it’s her patented sweet-but-strong demeanour […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. In a pretty good Shaw season, Patrick Galligan’s enthralling turn as a small town draper gone mad was a defining moment of the year. One of the well-stocked festival’s most reliable talents, the Best Supporting Actor nominee’s […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Back in 2012, Alana won the My Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her stunning turn in the Shaw Festival’s production of the musical Ragtime. In 2014, her jump to straight theatre was […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The best selling production of the year at the Shaw Festival was a delightful ensemble comedy starring a whole host of the company’s most established artists, When We Are Married. All of said wonderful actors performed admirably […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. We love the Shaw Festival. Pound for pound they have our favourite acting company in the country and they consistently introduce us to interesting texts we’ve never seen produced. But there are few directors at the company […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Back with his second My Theatre Award nomination in a row, the chameleonic Jeff Lillico is not only one of our favourite actors, he’s one of the most highly regarded in the country with credits from every […]

  Kelly Bedard

Inner Monologue: “Do not talk about how period costumes and British accents on a proscenium stage is so boring and standard and Shaw Festival-y that you want to scream. Don’t talk about that, Kelly. Just move on, choose not to care this year, choose to get over it. Focus on the amusing captions that director […]

  Kelly Bedard

This was a fabulous season for the Shaw Festival. Out of ten productions, there was only one I thought just wasn’t very good (sorry, Juno). Everything else was a mix of the delightful, if common (Arms and the Man, The Philadelphia Story, most things at the Shaw), the astounding (The Mountaintop) and the inspiringly baffling […]

  Kelly Bedard

This is a very good season for The Shaw Festival. There isn’t a single truly bad production in the lot, Cabaret is making a splash, and The Mountaintop is a strong dramatic achievement. Among the more standard fare, Juno & the Paycock leaves something to be desired but everything else ranges from fairly to thoroughly […]

  Kelly Bedard

The strongest all-round cast of the Shaw season so far is about 70% of the reason that When We Are Married really works. Then there’s the 20% that comes down to the charming and insightful material itself (JB Priestley’s text is not groundbreaking but it is intimate, funny and sweet without being silly, which is […]

I don’t think we talk about Kate Hennig enough (related note: I saw her understudy in both Stratford shows last year and was thus Hennig-starved in 2013), so let’s talk about Kate Hennig a bit, shall we? In the Shaw Festival’s lunchtime show, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, four musical theatre actresses take on […]

  Kelly Bedard

Juno and the Paycock suffers from a simultaneous case of too much plot and too little, issues that do, counterintuitive though it may be, go hand in hand. Upon reading Belfast-raised Jackie Maxwell’s director’s note, I was intrigued by playwright Sean O’Casey’s Irish civil war drama. Unfortunately, the moments of war-torn tension and aching loss […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’m supposed to tell you that The Mountaintop is about Martin Luther King Jr.’s fictional encounter with a motel maid the night before he is assassinated. That’s not what The Mountaintop is about. I mean, technically, yes, that is what happens in the play but The Mountaintop is much much bigger than that. It’s just […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of Canadian theatre’s most beloved and inventive directors, Peter Hinton has been lending his artistic eye to The Shaw Festival of late, creating some of the most succesful productions in the past few years. Among his […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. This is Kyle Blair‘s third My Theatre Award nomination in a row. In 2011 he won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his wonkily physical take on the scarecrow in Ross Petty’s Wizard of Oz pantomime. […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Two-time My Theatre Award nominee Gray Powell is one of our favourite actors currently on the Canadian stage. He’s uniquely nuanced and endlessly captivating, pulling you irretrievably into his character’s emotional journey. In 2013, The Shaw Festival […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. There are few leading ladies as thoroughly charming as Nicole Underhay. As The Shaw Festival’s go-to woman for whip-smart banterers and sunny heroines, Nicole triumphs by pairing high-stakes emotion and powerful stage presence with an unparalleled ability […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Julia Course is the up-and-coming beauty who often plays The Shaw Festival’s bright-eyed sweethearts. That description came most true in last summer’s delightful production of W. Somerset Maugham’s Our Betters, a somewhat controversial but ultimately sweet play […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Best Actress in a Musical nominee Jenny L Wright’s firecracker Adelaide was a highlight of The Shaw Festival’s delightful Guys & Dolls. With a voice like Edith Bunker and a highkick like a rockette, she paired with […]