THEATER: ON WITH THE SHAW

THE CANADIANS PUT THEIR ARTS FUNDING TO INSPIRED USE WITH A ONE-OF-A-KIND FESTIVAL DEVOTED TO G.B.S. AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES

A MODEST, HEALING PROPOSAL: since funding for the arts no longer seems a feasible practice in the U.S., why not send your arts dollars to Canada? Over the years, the Canadians have brought to the arts both a responsible and an inspired use of public funds. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp., with its urbane programming, provides a cool antidote to America's increasingly hotheaded airwaves. Toronto's ambitiously international Harbourfront reading series, which brings authors before live audiences, succeeds on a scale unknown in the U.S. And Canada's two primary drama festivals, the Stratford and the Shaw, are heartening examples of that unlikely process...

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