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Deranged pirates. Young lovers. Big spenders. You'll find all these seemingly disparate characters and many more at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., now  well into its 53rd season. All 10 productions, from well-worn classics like George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" to jarring contemporary shows like Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" and Tony Kushner's r…

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The Thursday Theater Roundup features current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: "Romeo and Juliet," through July 11 in Delaware Park in a Shakespeare in Delaware Park production. ★★★ At the Shaw Festival "Peter and the Starcatcher," through Nov. 1 in the Royal George Theatre. ★★★★ "You Never Can Tell," through…

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Every summer, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., takes another tentative step away from the work of George Bernard Shaw, the prolific Irish playwright, thinker and provocateur whose imposing bronze statue seems to glower at theatergoers as they shuffle past its Queen Street pedestal. § But intellectually, as new plays by the likes of Tony Kushner, Caryl Chur…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – One of the most reliable pleasures of making the 45-minute drive from Buffalo to Niagara-on-the-Lake each spring is to find out what strange new dream Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald have conjured for their nearly perennial Shaw Festival production.The Toronto-based director-designer team has produced some of the Shaw’s most visual…