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Randy Hughson
Randy Hughson

The joy of classic and comedic theater

NCPR's theater critic Connie Meng took in some of the plays this season at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She also spoke with a favorite Canadian stage actor, Randy Hughson. He grew up in Kingston, Ontario, and played hockey and lacrosse while in high school. But he also hung a poster from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on his bedroom wall. He did a play on a lark, and found performing so much fun that he studied acting at Ryerson University in Toronto. Connie spoke with him about working with Peter Hinton at the NAC in Ottawa on "Buried Child" earlier this year, and about his current productions, including playing Senex in the musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum" at Stratford this season.  Go to full article
<em>Ducks-on-Avon</em>, near the Stratford Festival site. Photo: Diana Tyndale
Ducks-on-Avon, near the Stratford Festival site. Photo: Diana Tyndale

A critic's view of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

NCPR's resident theatre critic Connie Meng made her annual trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario. It's one of the most prominent arts festivals in North America. Todd Moe asks her about the trip and why she went in early June.  Go to full article
Christopher Plummer as Caesar and Nikki M. James as Cleopatra
Christopher Plummer as Caesar and Nikki M. James as Cleopatra

Another theater marathon at Stratford Festival

Tony Award winner Christopher Plummer and Nikki M. James star in the Stratford Festival's "Caesar and Cleopatra." Our resident theatre critic Connie Meng has just returned from her annual whirlwind visit to Stratford, Ontario and told Todd Moe all about it.  Go to full article
Raquel Duffy as Nerissa in "Merchant of Venice"
Raquel Duffy as Nerissa in "Merchant of Venice"

Life as a young actor at Stratford Fest

A group of young actors has begun another season of intensive classical theatre training at the Stratford Festival's conservatory. They'll take classes on voice, movement, music and song. Earlier this summer, NCPR theatre critic Connie Meng visited the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and spoke with actor Raquel Duffy. She's a new member of the acting company. They talked about life at Stratford for young actors including whether they get to choose their theatrical roles.  Go to full article

Stratford Fest: from King Lear to Oklahoma!

NCPR resident theatre critic Connie Meng recently returned from her annual jaunt to the Stratford Festival in Ontario. She told Todd Moe it was one of the first and is still one of the most prominent arts festivals in Canada.  Go to full article
Colm Feore
Colm Feore

People: Actor Colm Feore

During her recent visit to Canada's Stratford Festival, NCPR theatre critic Connie Meng had a chance to sit down with Colm Feore, one of the leading men at Stratford this season. Feore is an award-winning theatre, film and television actor best known for his portrayal of Pierre Trudeau in a 2002 TV mini-series. Connie had questions for him about theatre and cooking.  Go to full article

Much Ado About Stratford

As the summer theatre season kicks off, Todd Moe talks with resident theatre critic Connie Meng about the Stratford Festival of Canada, which celebrates its 50th season this year.  Go to full article

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