Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Receptionist: oh god, another day at the office. But wait… A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Receptionist (Stage 14, Holy Trinity Anglican Church) “Good morning, North East Office,” trills Beverly the receptionist in the Adam Bock comedy of that name.  “Can I put you through to voice mail?” The sing-song — … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Big Bald Head unleashed on any play: a review of improv comedy at its most deluxe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Gordon’s Big Bald Head: The Play’s The Thing (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) There is a trio of performers at this Fringe who do something insanely difficult better than anyone else anywhere. Armed only with a Fringe … Continue reading

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With Glowing Hearts: uncorseting Canadian feminist history. A guest Fringe review by Todd Babiak

With Glowing Hearts: A Canadian Burlesque Revue (Stage 22, Garneau Theatre) by Todd Babiak Nellie McClung, played by Ellen Chorley, is a hyper-aware woman. Yes, she helped change the lives of millions of women in Canada and around the world. … Continue reading

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Breakneck Julius: a guest Fringe review by Marc Horton

Breakneck Julius Caesar (Stage 8, Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) By Marc Horton It takes only a flip of his toga for actor Timothy Mooney to transform himself into Calpurnia, Caesar’s nervous wife. Another flip and the toga sleeve becomes a … Continue reading

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Pompeii, L.A.: city of angels, city of ashes. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Pompeii, L.A. (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) Exposés of the arsonist Hollywood machine that makes, then torches, its child stars, ashes to ashes, are a dime a dozen, onstage and screen. Pompeii, L.A. is one of those, … Continue reading

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Fringe review: Kill Shakespeare (well, find him first, then kill him)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Kill Shakespeare (Stage 5 King Edward Elementary School) “Now is the winter of Hamlet’s discontent….” No more of that Danish brooding about dad’s ghost; no more moping around wondering whether to be or not to be. … Continue reading

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Fringe review: Multiple Organism

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Multiple Organism (Stage 36, L’UniThéâtre) A lyrical pas de deux between two horny toothbrushes in love isn’t something you’re likely to see any time soon on the country’s mainstages. Who does that? Which might be reason … Continue reading

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Princess Confidential: Fortress Falls. A guest Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Princess Confidential: Fortress Falls (Stage 11, Studio Theatre) by Todd Babiak The third instalment in the Princess Confidential series, a Fringe favourite, continues the ingenious mash-up of the first two: film noir plus fairy tales. Princess Abigail (Merran Carr-Wiggin) and … Continue reading

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Fringe review: The Small Things

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Small Things (Stage 37, Suzanne Thibadeau Auditorium) An old man and an old woman, the two old characters in this chilly 2005 play by the Irish playwright Enda Walsh, sit separately onstage, lost in their … Continue reading

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Chasing Willie Nelson, a guest Fringe review by Marc Horton

Chasing Willie Nelson – A Tribute (Stage 39, CKUA) By Marc Horton What to leave in? What to leave out? In tracing the history of the remarkable and remarkably durable Willie Nelson, should you put in Hello Walls and leave … Continue reading

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