Monthly Archives: December 2017

Surprise! A holiday theatre quiz

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Curl up, wear thermal socks, check out our review of 2017 theatre highlights, and try our detoxifying winter theatre quiz.  What sport is studied, in detailed and scholarly fashion, in the Stewart Lemoine comedy Shocker’s Delight, … Continue reading

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Looking back: Edmonton theatre in 2017

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Shakespeare In Love, the playful, sumptuously romantic opening gambit of Daryl Cloran’s first season as the Citadel’s new artistic  director, took us into the world of 17th century London theatre. Crazy deadlines, fraught rehearsals, fragile egos, … Continue reading

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“The hottest show in town”: the unmissable Burning Bluebeard brings its strange magic back for the holidays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s playful, it’s dark, it’s magical. Dave Horak’s production of Burning Bluebeard is back on the Roxy stage. And what a strange and wonderful Christmas show it is. You won’t see anything like it anywhere. I … Continue reading

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Holiday traditions in every size and shape

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Edmonton theatre knows that holiday traditions come in every size and shape, layer on layer, reimagined or reinvented. Have a gander at these:  PANTO AND POST-PANTO PANTO At Fort Edmonton, starting tonight in the vintage Capitol … Continue reading

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Bill and Ted are back in the ’80s, rockin at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The scene: Tuesday night, and a packed house at the Mayfield. The last time we met them — hey, last year around this time at the Mayfield —  Bill and Ted were erupting from a time-travelling … Continue reading

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Away (far away) in a manger: The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant returns to the Varscona this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Don’t get just anyone’s baby for Jesus Christ. Get a quiet one….” That’s the sage advice from the usual director of the small-town Newfoundland Christmas pageant to her temporary replacement. What Mrs. O’Brien inherits is a … Continue reading

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Burning Bluebeard: out of the flames and into the festive season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the resolutely cheery world of holiday entertainments, where the halls (and not your relatives) get decked and grinches see the errors of their ways, there is nothing quite like the macabre, strangely joyful circus/vaudeville that … Continue reading

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The Citadel’s A Christmas Carol: a new addition to the Scroogian gallery

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca When a frozen man declares, with some heat, that “Christmas, sir, is a cheat!” you’re in the presence of a Christmas tradition. And there’s magic to it: Ebenezer Scrooge, the poster boy for last-minute heart thaws, … Continue reading

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Yule Be Swell! Teatro La Quindicina’s musical comedy concert tonight

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The stockings were hung by the green room with care…. In the fraught world of Yuletide concerts (which account for a disproportionate percentage of the world’s supply of opening night nerves), you have a chance tonight … Continue reading

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