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Mike Shara as Dan Doctoroff in The Master Plan

Dan Doctoroff is here to listen. In the opening moments of the stage play The Master Plan, actor Mike Shara’s fictionalized Sidewalk Labs CEO takes pains to present himself as a humble servant of the public good. It’s just that, in making his point, he can’t help yelling and interrupting everyone else. Written by Michael Healey, directed by Chris Abraham and based on Josh O’Kane’s book Sideways: The City Google Couldn’t Buy, the play chronicles the Sidewalk Toronto saga, which saw the global tech giant make a bold (and ultimately unsuccessful) play to build a neighbourhood “from the Internet up” on the city’s waterfront. This past fall, the production sold out a seven-week run at Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre (and scripts can now be...

On the Waterfront: Sidewalk Toronto and the Stuff of Theatre

On the heels of a popular play about Robert Moses, Dan Doctoroff and co.’s dreams for the Toronto waterfront took centre stage.

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