Monthly Archives: June 2017

For the love of the screwball: Going, Going, Gone! by comedy star Jana O’Connor at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls@12thnight.ca The hero of Going, Going, Gone! Jana O’Connor’s new 30s-style screwball comedy, is an antiques dealer: “shy, uptight, uncommitted, afraid to make a wrong move in life” as the amused playwright describes him. Everything, in short, that … Continue reading

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Prying opera out of its standard choices: Opera Nuova’s 2017 festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The performance venue is unusual. The stagecraft is unusual. And there’s this: I think we can safely call the Opera Nuova production of Eugene Onegin (opening Thursday at the west end Oasis Centre) a moving experience. … Continue reading

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The Citadel’s Beyond the Stage, where theatre, dance, and music collide: the 2017-2018 lineup announced

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the centre of the Citadel’s upcoming Beyond The Stage series, a quartet of innovative mash-ups of theatre, music and dance, is a startling, multi-award-winning production that goes directly to the heart of trauma, shock, grief.  … Continue reading

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June is bustin’ out all over (two Carousels spin onto the stage this month)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was never an easy musical — to cast, to act, to sing, to dance, to stage. And its dauntingly dark source, a 1909 play by the Hungarian Ferenc Molnár (Liliom), wasn’t exactly a natural for … Continue reading

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Márquez meets Buster Keaton in Speechless, at Improvaganza

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Even by the globe-trotting, frontier-busting standards of the  international improv comedy world, Speechless is an unlikely creation. Two acrobatic circus-trained improvisers from Bogotá, Colombia and a female DJ from Winnipeg? Come on, the odds-against factor doesn’t … Continue reading

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The fine art of the spontaneous: Improvaganza invites the world

    By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca True fact about the big wide world of improv comedy: it’s smaller than you think. It’s the eve of an international comedy festival that will demonstrate this, in ways you didn’t see coming. Rapid … Continue reading

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Workshop West announces its upcoming 39th season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the centre of Workshop West Playwrights Theatre’s upcoming 39th season, announced Thursday, is the world premiere of a new play by Edmonton’s Beth Graham. In Pretty Goblins, by the multi-talented actor/playwright (The Gravitational Pull of … Continue reading

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Having Patience: Opera Nuova festival opens with G&S

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Twenty lovesick maidens we….” Let romantic melancholy descend, my friends…. Patience may be a virtue, but it’s also a rarely performed 1881 musical satire/ operetta by the redoubtable team of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Their … Continue reading

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I went to that bash at Brad’s: Everyone We Know Will Be There

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, I was at this house party last night…. Brad was turning 17, and (thank god) his parents were out of town. People got high. Kids got trashed, in every sense of the word. Kids had … Continue reading

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A Sterling year onstage: nominations for Edmonton’s theatre awards

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A musical comedy in which a town and its citizens are transformed by putting on a show — a notion that Edmonton can enthusiastically get behind — proved the top choice of jurors as the 30th … Continue reading

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