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Shaw Festival announces 2011 season

Fans of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. have until Nov. 14 -- when the last performance of "Harvey" hits the stage of the Royal George Theatre -- to catch a play from its eclectic 2010 season. But this week, those who've had their fill of Shavian (and not so Shavian) theatre for this year can now start planning for next summer's season, detailed in the Shaw Fest's recently announced 2011 season.

Here's a rundown of what's on tap for next summer:

•Three plays by George Bernard Shaw: "Heartbreak House," "Candida," and, perhaps controversially, "On the Rocks," in which Shaw seems to advocte for the practical application of eugenics.

•"My Fair Lady" by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, based on Shaw's "Pygmalion." The show was produced earlier this year by MusicalFare Theatre.

•"Maria Severa," an original musical by Shaw vets by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli. Their last collaboration was the uneven "Tristan" in 2007.

•"The Admirable Crichton" by "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie

•"Drama at Inish: A Comedy" by Lennox Robinson

•"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams

•"The President" by Ferenc Molnar, produced in 2007 at the Shaw to huge crowds. Read my rave review of the 2007 production here.

•"Topdog/Underdog" by Suszan-Lori Parks and "When the Rain Stops Falling" by Andrew Bovell. These are part of the Shaw's new series of contemporary plays produced in its Studio Theatre.

Read more details about the Shaw's upcoming season in the official press release here.

--Colin Dabkowski




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