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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – The Shaw Festival season unfolds in waves of plays. The enormous logistics of the enterprise requires coordination of rehearsals and production, followed by juggling the roster of 11 shows, plus special theater events, spread over the Shaw’s theater spaces. The first titles, which began to roll out in the spring, bode well for what is turning…

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Each fall we look for a balm to soften the impending blow of winter. The grape harvest season provides just such a balm (more commonly known as wine). Here are some local winery events that feature both wine and food. Some events sell out fast, so we recommend getting tickets as early as possible, especially if you plan a group outing. Also be sure to have valid phot…

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Springtime and our fancy turns to food, especially the seasonal kind. (We are tired of eating oranges and out-of-season empire apples.) We know your summer calendar will fill up fast, so with that in mind, here are some local food and drink experiences to make plans for that highlight the season’s bounty: The gastro pub at Becker Farms/Becker Brewing (3724 Quaker Roa…

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As much as we would love to visit California wineries and winery restaurants, it's easy to forget we have lovely world-class wineries just across the border, where our neighbors to the north offer a more wallet-friendly (and convenient) experience. If you are like us and your world revolves around food and drink, we cannot stress enough that if you haven't been to Canad…

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The family dynamic has changed among some recent travelers to Clifton Hill.Blame the Niagara Brewing Co., which opened earlier this summer between the Rainforest Cafe and the Guinness Book of World Records Museum in the heart of the kitschy tourist district.“When a family sees we’re here, the mom and the dad have a discussion at the door. Then the dad…

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The search for the Shaw Festival's new artistic director is over. Tim Carroll, a British theater and opera director best known for his boundary -breaking productions of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" on London's West End and on Broadway, will succeed longtime artistic director Jackie Maxwell on Dec. 1, 2016. Carroll's appointment comes after a yearlong s…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – Canadian director Peter Hinton, whose retina-burning productions of “Cabaret” and “Lady Windemere’s Fan” at the Shaw Festival in recent seasons have raised the institution’s already sky-high bar for visual allure, has been let loose on George Bernard Shaw’s most popular play, “Pygmalion.”This is risky business for the Shaw Festival, whose old-sc…

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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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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – More money, more problems. More independence, more happiness.At least that’s the way it went for Kate (Moya O’Connell), the charming if smarmy main character in J.M. Barrie’s “The Twelve-Pound Look,” a seemingly weightless one-act in the Court House Theatre that sent the chattering crowd out into the drizzle with huge grins on their faces.The pr…

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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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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – The opening scene of the Shaw Festival’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea,” now in the Court House Theatre, is a thing of terrifying beauty.As the lights go up on an enormous rock formation at the center of the stage, a naked form pulls herself up from the water with noticeable effort. The distorted drone of Asessandro Juliani…

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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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As the Shaw Festival’s current season enters its final months, the repertory company in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has nailed down plans for next summer that include productions of the musical “Sweet Charity” and the popular George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion.” Morris Panych, who directed this summer’s thoroughly wacky production of “Arms and the Man” on the Royal George…

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From the first moments of the Shaw Festival’s production of Edward Bond’s bleak but hilarious 1973 play “The Sea,” you can tell this is not going to be your typical Shaw Fest comedy of manners. A woman enters the stage holding a metal thunder sheet advertising the “The East Anglia Amateur Theatrical Society,” occasionally shaking it in a disaffected way so that it makes a…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – It was another luxurious afternoon in the country, where members of a well-dressed society extolled the virtues of their estate, the flaws of their politics and the errors of their humanity. All with a polite chortle, a pronounced gasp and one subversive declaration of independence.The Shaw Festival’s propensity for meta-commentary…