Monthly Archives: April 2017

Chris Craddock talks about Irma Voth: novel, theatre, and film meet onstage

By Liz Nicholls, Naturally playwright/ actor/ master improviser/ filmmaker/ screenwriter/ “double-dad” Chris Craddock is relaxed at pre-12-hour rehearsal breakfast in Strathcona last week. Why wouldn’t he be? Surely, his life of late is a flat landscape of non-eventful tranquillity … Continue reading

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The end of the line in Dublin by night: the poetry of Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus

By Liz Nicholls, Irish triptych: Three brick gangways, with the sinister look of  autopsy slabs waiting for a body, up against three brick walls that tip forward and loom. Eerie industrial white noise as static in a dark theatre. … Continue reading

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The resurrection of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Mayfield: a review

By Liz Nicholls, It’s a diverse T-shirt and jean crowd that drifts onto the Mayfield stage at the start of Jesus Christ Superstar. There’s even a swaggering older dude in a suit who strides in, and looks slightly sinister … Continue reading

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Get your Fairy Godmother on the case: Cinderella is coming to town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight. ca “Impossible, for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage./ Impossible, for a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage….”  Impossible? Well, hang on … actually, there is a precedent. And you’ll see … Continue reading

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Wanna tour night-time Dublin? Terminus takes us on a “metaphysical odyssey”

By Liz Nicholls, “Good storytelling isn’t just telling,” says director Jim Guedo. “A good storyteller makes you feel it’s happening in the present…. It’s in the now.”  And that ‘now’ gets darker, stranger, more brutal in the fantastical urban … Continue reading

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9 parts of desire: a review of The Maggie Tree production

By Liz Nicholls, War can be survived (humans are extraordinarily resilient). But the experience can never be un-experienced. You’ll be carrying that thought with you out of the theatre when you see 9 Parts of Desire, the remarkable documentary/play … Continue reading

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How Peter Pan got his groove: Peter and the Starcatcher at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, “To have faith is to have wings,” declares says the earnest little smarty-pants Molly (Andrea Rankin) to a gaggle of skeptical onlookers in Peter and the Starcatcher. Faith, that is to say, in the theatre and … Continue reading

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La Raccourcie: a father/son confrontation at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, There are mysteries at the heart of La Raccourcie, the 1991 two-hander by Quebec writer Jean-Rock Gaudreault that opens at L’UniThéâtre this week, in French with English surtitles. It’s a father-son confrontation in the woods that … Continue reading

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Players De Novo replaces Belke play as annual fundraiser

By Liz Nicholls, Five weeks before opening night Players de Novo and Workshop West Playwrights Theatre announced their decision Wednesday to replace David Belke’s Forsooth My Lovely as their upcoming fundraising production.  This is their statement: “After careful consideration, … Continue reading

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Catching ‘starstuff’ onstage: Peter and the Starcatcher at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, “Use your thoughts to hoist the sails,” advises the stalwart Victorian captain of a British frigate in the prologue to Peter and the Starcatcher, opening on the Citadel’s Maclab stage Thursday. Which is exactly what director … Continue reading

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