Monthly Archives: January 2018

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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From melancholy to mirth: The Malachites are back with Twelfth Night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “What country, friends, is this?” This is Canada, lady — as someone in these parts might have informed Viola, the shipwrecked heroine of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night who asks the question near the outset. But The Malachites … Continue reading

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And the theatre season continues: take your seats people, Act II is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.… The theatre season isn’t ending; that’s not how the calendar works. There’s still Act II, and it’s about to begin. It’s the moment to cast aside regrets and look forward. What looks … Continue reading

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