Monthly Archives: November 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like … and other weekend possibilities on Edmonton stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We’ll start with things of a wintry, possibly Yule-ish, tinge, and their antidotes. •If you’ve already had it up to here with the fa-la-la’s even though you’re still eating crappy leftover Halloween candy … If the … Continue reading

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A legendary clown guru returns to the stage … in a box: Over Her Dead Body at Fringe Theatre Adventures

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’ve been spending a lot of time in a coffin lately,” says Jan Henderson cheerfully. “Talk about rubbing your nose in mortality.”  As a way to celebrate a return to the stage after 25 years, the … Continue reading

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Nuns get down, and raise your spirits: Sister Act at MacEwan’s snazzy new theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s something pretty sweet about christening a new theatre with a musical that includes an all-inclusive singing benediction like the one you’ll hear in Act II of Sister Act: “Bless the songs we’re gonna sing./ Bless … Continue reading

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Fun with espionage: Our Man In Havana, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The turquoise paint is fading picturesquely, the shuttered windows are open, laundry is hanging, the light feels warm. Musica cubana is in the air. Batista’s Havana in the ‘50s — as conjured festively by designers Chantel … Continue reading

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I spy with my little eye: Our Man In Havana launches the Varscona Theatre Ensemble

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the comical spy thriller that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, you’ll see two worlds that (to my knowledge) rarely meet actually collide: the world of espionage and the world of vacuum cleaner sales. In … Continue reading

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Shakespeare reimagined into Cree cosmology: Pawâkan Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Whenever you do indigenous theatre, it’s never just theatre,” says Reneltta Arluk. “It’s theatre and….” The Inuvialuit Cree Dene actor/ playwright/ director/ artistic director — and the Banff Centre’s new head of indigenous arts — is … Continue reading

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The road to hell is paved in song: Hadestown at the Citadel, a review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hell … yes! If you get yourself a ticket to the Underworld — and really you must! and soon! — you’ll be going to hell and back wrapped in a ravishing dream of love and … Continue reading

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Meet the god of the underworld himself: Patrick Page talks about Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And the wall keeps out the enemy/ And we build the wall to keep us free/ That’s why we build the wall….” In Hadestown, the Anaïs Mitchell musical that opens at the Citadel Thursday en route to Broadway, … Continue reading

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And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? A haunting new show from The Old Trouts at Theatre Network: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the start of Jabberwocky there’s a momentous drum roll, and a classic old-school red velvet theatre curtain parts — to reveal another. Which parts to reveal … another. Which…. Ah yes, layers of anticipation and further … Continue reading

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The high line to Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How to get to Hadestown/ You’ll have to take the long way down….” And as the world-weary god/narrator Hermes sings “there ain’t no compass, brother, ain’t no map.” Yes, the road to Hadestown is long, uncharted, … Continue reading

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