Monthly Archives: February 2018

Romantic comedy turns spy thriller: The Romeo Initiative at SkirtsAfire

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Against the odds, it’s happening. He’s been a little late in his entrance but your leading man has appeared, finally. Yes, you’ll star in your own romance, finally. Your footing on the terra firma of being … Continue reading

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A diary, an inheritance, and a struggle come to life in Blood of Our Soil

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How can our land not be fertile when so much blood, both Ukrainian and foreign, has seeped into it?” Five years ago Lianna Makuch discovered a handwritten book that would have a seismic impact on her … Continue reading

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Gimme gimme gimme … the past! How can I resist you? Mamma Mia! at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We’ve done it all before, now we’re back to get some more….” Mamma Mia! There: you’re looking at two words that, just on sight, will weasel their way into your brain, and unlock an entire archive … Continue reading

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Mamma Mia, here we go again! Meet director Ashlie Corcoran

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life… It is no surprise to find that the director of a certain big full-bodied jukebox musical — you may have heard of it — opening … Continue reading

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A coming-of-age play called Métis Mutt comes of age: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s always started with jokes. A lot of jokes. “What do you call an Indian on a bike?” And since the man onstage is remembering his time as a teenage stand-up comic, empowered by audience laughter, … Continue reading

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The Plain Janes get dizzy in Madrid: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome to the edge, the verge, the ledge….” sing five agitated women who find themselves thrown together, teetering crazily, in the Act I finale of the riotous musical screwball that the Plain Janes have brought to … Continue reading

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The thorny issue of Consent: Concrete Theatre steps up

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Was there consent? It’s the timeliest of questions — confusing, contentious, discussable. It’s the stuff of headlines. And it’s the raison d’être of Mieko Ouchi’s Consent, the play that Concrete Theatre has bravely been touring to … Continue reading

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Taking a taxi through ’80s Madrid: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, the musical

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the first song of the musical comedy cum romantic screwball that ricochets across the Varscona stage Thursday, a Madrid taxi driver apostrophizes his beloved home town in the ‘80s.  “Give me directions straight into the … Continue reading

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Métis Mutt: Sheldon Elter’s journey beyond the punch lines

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hello. My name is Sheldon Elter. And I’ll be your Native comedian for this evening.” Sheldon Elter, the startlingly multi-talented Métis actor/ playwright/ screenwriter/ musician/ director, shudders when he thinks of the jokes he told as … Continue reading

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The Unrepentant Necrophile: the punk rock musical that’s a test case for female empowerment

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Brooklyn duo the Coldharts are undeniably into dark and shivery. Take their unnerving Fringe hit Edgar Allan, in which the terrifying young Poe is haunted by a doppelgänger he can’t shake. Or The Legend of … Continue reading

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