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A crowd awaits the 2023 Next Stage Theatre FEstival. iPhoto caption: Photo by Colleen Yates.

Beyond the Fringes: Next Stage guides artists into creative control

As artists experimented with form and design, the festival compelled audiences to reconsider the boundaries of traditional performance.

By Columbia Roy / Nov 8, 2023
iPhoto caption: Guildwood photo by Sean Stone, Dead Parents Society photo by Dahlia Katz.

REVIEW: Guildwood and Dead Parents Society traverse time and genre to examine community

Whether of laughter, sadness, or sympathy — there will be tears. And is that not what Aristotle said theatre was for?

By Zoe Marin / Nov 3, 2023

REVIEW: Black in Canada and Bremen Town at Next Stage offer something for everyone

From a triumphant dance piece about legacy and Blackness to a curious retelling of classic folk tales, Bremen Town and Black in Canada are standouts of this year's festival.

By Melissa Avalos / Oct 28, 2023
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REVIEW: ECHO is a chilling reflection of nightclub love and the pitfalls of passion

ECHO is an emotionally poignant, visually stunning story that questions our ability to nurture love and remain devoted to ourselves.

By Columbia Roy / Oct 27, 2023