Monthly Archives: February 2017

Mum’s the word at SkirtsAfire, the “herArts Festival”

By Liz Nicholls, Everybody you know has one, alive or pushing up daisies, possibly on the phone asking why you don’t call or wear yellow more often. I refer of course to moms.  And the sheer cosmic strangeness of … Continue reading

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Stupid Fucking Bird: Does it give Chekhov wings or the raspberry? Let’s ask Dave Horak

By Liz Nicholls, The people of The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s first great masterpiece, are chafing with confusion, disappointment, unrequited desire, time, ego. The people of Stupid Fucking Bird, an irreverent modern remix by American playwright Aaron Posner, are like that … Continue reading

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The consolations of the Big Apple

By Liz Nicholls, The impending arrival of Rachel Chavkin and her creative team at the Citadel next season, to prepare a Broadway version of the original musical Hadestown is exciting news. Judging by her dazzling production of Natasha, Pierre, … Continue reading

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The song and dance of love: The Plain Janes’ Ah, Romance! reviewed

By Liz Nicholls, “It’s a grand night for singing/ The stars are bright above. / The earth is a-glow/ And to add to the show, I think I am falling in love! — Rodgers and Hammerstein, State Fair Barring … Continue reading

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Bello is about accepting outsiders: a new Vern Thiessen for kids

By Liz Nicholls, For 16 of its 27 years Concrete Theatre has been inviting people of every ethnic and cultural stripe, every calling, career or colour, to plant a Sprout. All they need, these playwrights or poets or painters, … Continue reading

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Kinky Boots the musical on tour: the blue collar gets sequins. A review

By Liz Nicholls, Touring in high heels: who does that? There’s a highlight moment in Kinky Boots, the feel-good Broadway touring hit currently drilling its stilettos into the Jube stage, when everything about the 2013 Cyndi Lauper/ Harvey Fierstein … Continue reading

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The Plain Janes are falling in love with love: Ah! Romance!

By Liz Nicholls,  “All these lovers want is one shining hour/ is that such a terrible lot to ask?/ Look around you, see for yourself! The romantic atmosphere.” — from She Loves Me Happy Valentine’s Day from Plain Jane Theatre! In … Continue reading

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Saluting Edmonton talent: Edmonton Arts Council award winners

By Liz Nicholls, Tonight, 23 of the city’s outstanding artists, both up-and-coming and established, of every discipline and original fusion, will receive awards from the Edmonton Arts Council. Nasra Adem, the multi-displinary artist/ slam poet/ whose work is devoted … Continue reading

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Not so elementary my dear Watson: Baskerville the Sherlockian spoof at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, “Simplicity itself!” declares Mr. Sherlock Holmes, that arrogant master of keen observation and logical deduction, totting up the clues on a stray walking stick at the outset of Baskerville. Well, yes and no. As the detective’s … Continue reading

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Putting the (Kinky) boot in: the musical arrives with a message

By Liz Nicholls, “You can change the world when you change your mind.”                                                     … Continue reading

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