Monthly Archives: January 2018

“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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Did you hear the one about the two salesmen? Collin Doyle’s Slumberland Motel premieres, at Shadow

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I always seem to write old guys,” laughs playwright Collin Doyle. Now just into his 40s, Doyle wonders if he’s getting to be one.  Doyle, whose keynote in conversation is a self-deprecating  blend of wry and … Continue reading

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In an uncertain world, The Humans takes us home for Thanksgiving dinner: a review of the Citadel/ Canadian Stage production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I wish you had more of a view,” says a mother to her irritated younger daughter in The Humans, surveying the alley from the sole window of a run-down duplex in lower Manhattan. Later in Stephen … Continue reading

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At the Citadel, a new focus for developing new plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The fun of a block party is the unpredictable  mix of people who live in proximity, get included, and show up to play. Block Party is the nickname, and “community” the theme of the inaugural edition … Continue reading

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The terrors of family life: Jackie Maxwell directs The Humans at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I thought I’d be settled by my age, but, man, it never ends…. Dontcha think it should cost less to be alive?” Now there’s an open-ended question for the angsty existentialists among you. It’s put to … Continue reading

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12thnight goes to Twelfth Night: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Wonder and confusion, sadness and joy, thread their way through a comedy that’s always catching you a little off-guard, like the post-Christmas (hangover) season of the year itself. So in a way, the built-in contradictions of … Continue reading

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