MOST VER­SA­TILE MALE AC­TOR

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Stage -

NIGEL SHAWN WIL­LIAMS There’s no more chameleon-like Toronto per­former than Nigel Shawn Wil­liams, a Dora win­ner for Two Words For Snow. But that pro­duc­tion, set in the Arc­tic, is only the tip of the ice­berg for the tal­ented Wil­liams. He’s played the MC in the mul­ti­me­dia show Var­iété (a role de­scribed as equal parts Tom Waits, Hunter S. Thomp­son and diva Jessye Nor­man), preened as a suave but danger­ous Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler and shown his skill in the pre­mieres of Har­lem Duet and Belle, key works about the black ex­pe­ri­ence. Wish we could have seen his lat­est turn, play­ing the usu­ally whiter-than-white com­poser Salieri in a Cal­gary stag­ing of Amadeus.

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