Monthly Archives: September 2017

A funny and wistful season finale at Teatro La Quindicina: Shocker’s Delight!, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m concerned about our ability to function outside the academic world,” says Julia, a ballroom dance major at the University of Continental North America, to her childhood friend Markus, who’s in philosophy. The college pals are … Continue reading

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PattyZee@TheRoxy: Theatre Network launches a new cabaret series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Music and storytelling merge at close range!” Actor/singer Patricia Zentilli, one of the country’s most accomplished cabaret artists, says that’s the closest she can come to a definition of cabaret. And Edmonton audiences will have a … Continue reading

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Play the Fool sends in the clowns

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Those that are fools, let them use their talents….” — Shakespeare, Twelfth Night An outbreak of clowns is at hand in this theatre town. And, as you’ll see at Play The Fool, the “festival of clown … Continue reading

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Shocker’s Delight! Ron Pederson directs his favourite play at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In 1993, a kid named Ron Pederson fell deeply in love. With a play. The object of his affection struck him as funny and wistful, complicated but simple, and sad, a highly unusual kind of comedy. … Continue reading

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In love with Shakespeare: the Citadel’s season-opener is a sumptuous love letter to theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the entertainment world there’s no shortage of movies transformed into stage extravaganzas (thank Disney for a slew of them). It happens all the time, with motives no one would call pure. So it’s a special … Continue reading

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Seasonal returns: High Tea and the Theatre 6-Pack

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Let no one argue that Firefly Theatre & Circus doesn’t take the high road. With the return of their annual High Tea Sunday, Firefly takes vertical integration literally, and tea-time to dizzy new heights. You can … Continue reading

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The sounds of music: a strong cast of singers climbs every mountain

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the world catalogue of “favourite things” The Sound of Music gets its own gold star.  Just mention brown paper packages tied up in string, or goatherds, and something magical happens. The 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein … Continue reading

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From Romeo to Shakespeare: meet Andrew Chown, the actor who plays the mystery man

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca So who is William Shakespeare anyhow? The world has always wondered. And in the romantic comedy that opens the season Thursday on the Citadel mainstage, we meet the mystery man himself — as a young working … Continue reading

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“We’re all in this together” forsooth: the spirit of inclusion in the Citadel season opener

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Shall I compare thee to a … sum … a sum … a something, something… Damn it.” In the opening scene of the play that launches the new Citadel  season Thursday, we meet an up-and-coming playwright … Continue reading

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The new theatre season begins: hey, Edmonton has play dates!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And the wall keeps out the enemy/ And we build the wall to keep us free….” —Hadestown In Hadestown, the Broadway-bound musical whose out-of-town opening happens at Edmonton’s largest playhouse the Citadel (Nov. 11 to Dec. … Continue reading

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