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Tonight's opening performance of "Master Harold... And the Boys," a 2016 Shaw Festival production slated for a four-day run in Shea's 710 Theatre, has been canceled because of a visa issue, said Shea's marketing and communications director Sarah Heximer. According to a statement from Shea's President and CEO Michael Murphy and Shaw Festival Executive Director Tim Jennin…

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Philip Akin does not believe in "magic black people." So the plays he directs for Toronto Obsidian Theatre Company, the Shaw Festival and elsewhere avoid the simplistic characterizations of black men and women so common in Hollywood or on Broadway. "I call it the 'magification problem,' " said Akin, whose sterling 2016 production of Athol Fugard's play "Master Harold…