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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Audrey M. Ashley, First Lady of Canadian Theatre Critics, Dies at 83

by Kenneth Jones, Playbill

Audrey M. Ashley, the retired theatre critic of The Ottawa Citizen in Ontario, and one of the major theatre critics of 20th-century Canadian theatre, died Aug. 16 in her Stratford, Ontario, home with her family at her side.

The British-born 83-year-old Ms. Ashley had battled multiple myeloma that slowed her body, but not her feverish mind. In recent years, she wrote a memoir about her life (and her theatregoing life) in England and Canada. The book, "The Time of My Life," is dedicated to her son, Warwick, who announced the news of her passing. She is also survived by her husband, James, daughter-in-law Erin and grandchildren Devon and Meredith.

Full obituary by Kenneth Jones, Playbill.

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