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My apologies for blogging so little of late. I've been working out the posting procedure for our pretty new website, ensconced in a busy festival season and feverishly posting to my new addiction, Twitter. (Follow me! Follow me!)

Speaking of which, I asked my fellow Twitterers what their favourite Canadian plays were yesterday, in honour of Canada Day.

Here are some of the answers I received:

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@thenextstagemag: Dickens of the Mounted is my favourite Canadiana play. And [Kevin Loring's] Where the Blood Mixes and [d'bi.young's]Blood Claat recently made the list.

@vancouverfringe: Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard.

@miscellany_miss: Don't get to see a lot of Canadian plays in the US. Liked [Michael Healey's]The Drawer Boy and [Morris Panych's]Girl in a Goldfish Bowl a great deal.

@rebeccachesley: Pretty much anything by Daniel MacIvor, with a soft spot for House ("House!") Also enjoy [Ann-Marie Macdonald's]Goodnight Desdemona, Good morning Juliet about 1 hour ago from web in reply to nestruck

@ianmackenzie:Favourite Canadian play? Hmm. How about Red Machine: Part One at the Toronto Fringe? [Cheeky self-promoter! Then again, it worked - I'm going to see this play tonight.]

As for me, as I tweeted, three of my honest-to-goodness favourite Canuck-penned scripts are getting prominent remounts in Ontario this summer.

  • Michel Tremplay's Albertine in Five Times opens at the Shaw Festival next week in a new translation by Linda Gaboriau. The very fact that this 25-year-old play is getting a second-generation translation is a sign of its endurance.
  • Soulpepper is remounting Billy Bishop Goes to War with its original creators, Eric Peterson and John Gray, in August. The pair's last revival of their WWI-flying-ace musical, in 1998, was wonderful.
  • Also in August, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is doing George F. Walker's Zastrozzi, a 1977 play I have never seen but have long wanted to see. Rick Roberts seems so perfect for the title role of "the master criminal of all Europe", I'm worried I'm building this production directed by too much in my mind and will be disappointed!

Back in April, I compiled my Super-Definitive List of the 49 Most Important Canadian Plays Ever. You can find it here, but I already have changed my mind about half of it.

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