Monthly Archives: February 2017

Boom goes bust and Bust goes boom: a review of the strange new Matthew MacKenzie comedy at Network

By Liz Nicholls, “You wake up one morning and you have nothing….” Moonlight over an eerie forest of skeleton trees, a geometry of charred trunks…. Bust, the moving and funny, audaciously strange new Matthew MacKenzie play premiering at Theatre … Continue reading

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Chasing Willie Nelson, a musical dream at the Fort

By Liz Nicholls, In the romantic evening that comes to Fort Edmonton’s vintage Capitol Theatre this weekend in honour of Valentine’s Day, the mysteriously supple talent of Andrea House wraps itself around a musical icon you might not expect … Continue reading

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Musical? Political satire? 2 of the country’s best directors step up

By Liz Nicholls, Two of the country’s most inventive directors, award-winners both, take on classics of their kind with student casts this week, at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre. At MacEwan University, Dave Horak of … Continue reading

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Expanse: “a celebration of art in motion”

By Liz Nicholls, Expanse has amply lived up to its name. In the 12 years since Amber Borotsik and Murray Utas first imagined a movement arts festival, something that “started small and local,” as Azimuth Theatre’s Kristi Hansen puts … Continue reading

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BAM! the new showcase for Edmonton’s black artists in Chinook Series

By Liz Nicholls, It started with a lack, and a need. “I needed it to be a festival that I would be excited to go to!” says the excited curator of Black Arts Matter (BAM!), a new  multidisciplinary celebration … Continue reading

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Bust: dark comedy, fire, family, Fort Mac in one Alberta story, at Network

By Liz Nicholls, OK, you’re at a gathering in Vancouver or Toronto, somewhere in Canada that isn’t Alberta. Inevitably there’s the moment when you get asked where you’re from.  The range of reactions? Pick one: the eye squint? the … Continue reading

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The Citadel: a new artistic director, an adventurous new season

By Liz Nicholls, Edmonton largest playhouse turns 52 next season — with a new artistic director, unusual international partnerships, and cultural/ethnic diversity initiatives on the mainstage and its trio of “add-on’s.”       Daryl Cloran, newly arrived at … Continue reading

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Innovation in the air: Chinook is back with warming trends in performance

By Liz Nicholls, Forecast: Breezy. An adventuresome wind — full of diverse sounds, sights, cultural ideas, challenges — is set to blow through the winter theatre season again this week.  Yes, Chinook is on its way to becoming an … Continue reading

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Collin Doyle’s Slumberland Motel is at Script Salon this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, He’s back. Theatres (and audiences) take note.  If you saw Collin Doyle’s wonderful Let The Light Of Day Through, in Theatre Network’s top-drawer 2013 premiere production, you already know something important about the work of this award-winning … Continue reading

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Celebrating winter and our three founding cultures: Flying Canoë Volant

By Liz Nicholls, If you go out in the woods tonight…. It’s a strange form of civic enchantment. Every year about this time, the good burghers of Edmonton, thousands of them, find themselves irresistibly drawn to follow a trail … Continue reading

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