Monthly Archives: January 2017

Combustible dinner conversation: Disgraced comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  “O my god! What’s he going to say next!?” It’s 2012 and Raoul Bhaneja and his actor wife Birgitte Solem are in New York watching an Off-Broadway audience watch a play. Everybody is tense, alert, engrossed: … Continue reading

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Back at the apocalypse factory: Star Killing Machine reviewed

It’s playful. It’s smart. It’s playful about being smart. It’s funny. It’s a musical. And, oh, did I mention?, it’s about the end of the world. Yes, on the statistical probability charts, Star Killing Machine is right off the grid. … Continue reading

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A rocky road to a reveal: Annapurna at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The opening scene of Annapurna is a classic sitcom setup: a baggage sight gag. Ex-wife barges into ex-husband’s digs, dragging enough suitcases for a six-week spa tour of Europe and says she’s “passing through.” If this were … Continue reading

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Am I dreaming? Fortune Falls, Catalyst’s new musical: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Chocolate-coated stories prodding you to follow your dreams are not in short supply in the world. Stories that exhort you to find out who owns them first — maybe you’re just a renter; maybe your lease … Continue reading

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Shaun Johnston is back onstage in Annapurna at Shadow

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You can always tell when Shaun Johnston is in a theatre. Yes, there’s his beloved Chevy pick-up (c. 1990) outside the Varscona, a four-inch layer of snow on the cab. In a world of constant flux … Continue reading

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Star Killing Machine: the Broken Toys musical at the end of the world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you worked at a nuclear bomb factory,” Clinton Carew asks  pleasantly, by way of conversation opener, “how would you feel?” This is the kind of question that could lead to “I’m just doing my job; … Continue reading

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A problematic play for a troubled time: a joint Henry V reviewed

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It begins with incense and music, the flicker of light through stained glass, and a funeral procession.  It gives you a little shiver to realize that the star monarch of Henry V is already dead — … Continue reading

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A story, a life, a question in 59 minutes: Cardiac Theatre reviewed

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Maybe a voice will go through many different bodies in its life,” says the young man we meet in Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes. It’s a haunting thought (and the more you think it the more it … Continue reading

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New from Catalyst: a dark chocolate musical with a sweet tooth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Between the death of one dream and the what-comes-next is the unmapped territory where Fortune Falls, the latest musical creation from Catalyst Theatre, finds its footing.  After all, as Jonathan Christenson muses one morning last week, … Continue reading

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Cardiac’s Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes counts down to a finale

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca No pressure, Cardiac Theatre. But the clock is ticking. The play that opens Thursday in the PCL Studio Theatre starts at 8 p.m. And it ends precisely, unforgivingly, 59 minutes later. No need to be sneaking illicit … Continue reading

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