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    One Critic's Perspective On the State of the Art

    Writer-critic-teacher Margo Jefferson sees one role of a critic as being a consumer guide. "We are having a conversation with our audience. We're connecting a theatre experience to a person's own experience. We need to remind them how interesting it is to think and feel about theatre." She ...

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    The Festivals: Stratford and Shaw

    Though they're not geographically in Toronto, the Stratford and Shaw festivals are an important part of Toronto theatre life. Operating from April through November, the festivals--each a few hours' drive from Downtown--amount to our classical rep companies.

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    Theatre District Rezoning Endures CPC Review

    The controversial city plan to re-zone the theatre district, which will come before the full City Council this summer, is still with the City Planning Commission and was scheduled for another hearing on Wed., May 27 just as Back Stage was going to

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    REGIONAL ROUNDUP

    ROCKIES/SOUTHWEST - Meanwhile in Cedar City, USF has mounted six alternating productions (June 23-Aug. 30). In Hamlet on the indoor Randall stage, Martin Kildare plays the haunted Prince flat out. The Danish storm troopers guarding Elsinore with carbines immediately establish director Howard Jensen's choice of a contemporary

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    The Language Barrier

    Mark Twain called us two peoples separated by a common language. In the theatre, too, Brits and Yanks "talk different." For

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    Equity Reveals Details of CORST, RMTA, Outdoor Pacts

    Actors' Equity Association has emerged from the winter of 1997 with a clutch of new contracts, among them the Council of Resident Stock Theatres (CORST) agreement, the Resident Musical Theatre Agreement (RMTA), and the Outdoor Drama

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    Off the Bookshelf : Scenes and Monologues

    A conundrum. Actors love monologue and scene books; they are constantly in search of new audition material and class fodder which casting agents and teachers haven't seen a hundred times or more. Many casting agents tend to prefer readings from sides; they give the material to the actors that ...