Monthly Archives: January 2018

Nature at risk: Bears, Matthew MacKenzie’s “dark comedy about pipelines” is back to provoke

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Three years ago Edmonton audiences found themselves in the presence of the season’s (make that the decade’s) only “multi-disciplinary comedy about the Northern Gateway Pipeline.” And they watched, spellbound, as a man on a flight through … Continue reading

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The complex lives of fathers and sons: Empire of the Son comes to the Citadel Club

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the hit touring show that arrives Thursday in the Citadel Club, a son tells the story of a remote, unapproachable father: his own.  Countries get adopted, and left behind; continents get crossed — and so, … Continue reading

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Where did the time go? Nighty-night at the Slumberland Motel: a review of Collin Doyle’s comedy, premiering at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What is a salesman but a teller of stories and a purveyor of dreams? Willie Loman knew it. And so does Edward, the more optimistic half of the pair of travelling vacuum cleaner salesmen who find … Continue reading

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What light through yonder window breaks? Shakespeare’s R & J is back, a 12thnight review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Directors with concept envy have always been hot to get their mitts on Romeo and Juliet. And you can see why. The defiance, the crazy courage, the valiance of hot-blooded young lovers up against generational hostilities … Continue reading

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The sounds of revolution: The Listening Room, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a piece of theatre that owed star billing to the sound designer, it’s Cardiac Theatre’s premiere production of The Listening Room, by Calgary-based Michaela Jefferey. Everything about the premise depends on sound: … Continue reading

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“Drink harder, dance longer,” fall in love: the hot-blooded rock musical Onegin, a 12thnight review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the opening number of Onegin, a spirited ensemble assembles onstage and offers up the quintessential theatre invocation. “Our dear father up in heaven,” they sing, vodka in hand and eyes cast towards a theatrical firmament … Continue reading

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Across the universe: salvaging the sounds of the past in The Listening Room

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box; they tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe – The Beatles It’s the turn of the next century. And in the post-apocalyptic desert … Continue reading

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Out of the footnotes and onto the stage: the wild women of the Wild West get revealed in Send In The Girls’ new burlesque

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Wild West. Where men were men. And women were…. well, who were they anyhow, besides wearers of gingham or garters?  That’s what Send In The Girls is for. They don’t just roll up their sleeves … Continue reading

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Onegin: the country’s hottest new rock musical arrives at Catalyst. Meet the team who created it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An original Canadian indie rock musical arrives on Catalyst’s home stage Thursday. And it trails the kind of buzz and rapturous reviews to fight duels for — not mention a big, juicy, romantic Russian story. Onegin, … Continue reading

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O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Kill Your Television returns with Shakespeare’s R&J

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Meet Daphne.” A quartet of Edmonton’s hottest young actors, all in their early 20s, did the introductions last week at the end of a rehearsal day at the Roxy. Their director was amused.  In the course … Continue reading

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