Monthly Archives: March 2017

Bright Burning: a conflagration in the class divide. A review

By Liz Nicholls, A sense of absurdity hangs over the group portrait in constant motion in Colleen Murphy’s Bright Burning, currently trashing a beautiful set on the Timms Centre stage. A kid (Jake Tkaczyk) comes down a marble staircase … Continue reading

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Art and politics mix it up at Gravity cabaret

By Liz Nicholls, The situation is … grave. And getting graver. Yup, Gravity, “the cabaret of art and politics” that made its debut 18 months ago, has a lot to work with this time out.  We’re at a moment … Continue reading

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Colleen Murphy: burning brightly at Studio Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, “Our big fat myth,” declares Colleen Murphy (whose declarations tend to have a combustible edge to them) “is that we’re a classless society.” “The tremendous gap between the wealthy and the working poor, and the rage … Continue reading

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MacEwan’s new downtown arts centre: a peek inside

By Liz Nicholls There’s a surprise waiting for Edmonton downtown. It’s in an elegant glinting glass-wrapped box that catches the light on all sides. And it’s tied up with lime green ribbons. Here’s impossible magic for you: what’s contained … Continue reading

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The house of the rising son: The Fall of the House of Atreus, a review

By Liz Nicholls, Selfie opp: “I Survived The Fall Of The House Of Atreus” says the hand-lettered sign in the lobby of the Backstage Theatre. “Yee Haw!” And there’s helpful signage, too, for the confused, the bemused, the congenitally … Continue reading

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The Fall of the House of Atreus: fun and games with Greek tragedy

By Liz Nicholls, “Three actors, 300 prop gags!” “It’s either the highest of the lowbrow or the lowest of the highbrow. One or the other!” declares playwright Jessy Arden cheerily of The Fall of the House of Atreus, the … Continue reading

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Edmonton theatre veteran arrested on the charge of possessing child pornography

By Liz Nicholls, The Edmonton theatre community has been shocked by sad bad news today. Playwright/designer/sometime comic improviser David Belke was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Belke “has resigned from Shadow Theatre,” where he was a … Continue reading

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Panache: the Ponce is back for Pt. Deux of Firefly’s circus satire

By Liz Nicholls, There never would have been a sequel if the unthinkable hadn’t happened. When last we met Ponce de Ponce de Panache, 12 months ago,  it was at a pep rally for the self-glorifying blusterer and king … Continue reading

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Raising $ for theatre, the entertaining way

By Liz Nicholls, The seductions of entertainment to call your own: Edmonton’s theatres have to be creative in their unceasing efforts to generate funds to do what they were born to do … put on shows.  This spring you … Continue reading

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Serca: celebrating the Irish in us

By Liz Nicholls, For poetic impulses and vivid characters, and a certain raucous soulfulness and way with words, you can’t beat the Irish. And Serca (the Gaelic word for “love story) is the festival that celebrates that multi-faceted contribution. … Continue reading

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