Monthly Archives: March 2018

Surviving the unsurvivable: the astonishing creation that is Betroffenheit, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What are you supposed to do with fathomless tragedy? The kind of limitless grief that consumes your mind and melts your bones?  Betroffenheit is about that. In its harrowing and brilliantly executed way, this astonishing dance/theatre … Continue reading

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Brian Webb on Betroffenheit, and other matters theatrical for the weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Thoughts from Brian Webb, artistic director of the dance company that’s teamed up with the Citadel to bring Betroffenheit our way this weekend: “Crystal is the cream!,” says Webb of Crystal Pite, the star Kidd Pivot … Continue reading

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Cleave, a sense of possibility in contradiction: a review of Tiny Bear Jaws’ latest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca No wonder we’re screwed up. We’re looking for definitive clarity and judgment in a language full of unruly verbs —  dust, sanction, screen, bolt, cleave — that contain their own opposites. Cleave: to hold together. Cleave: … Continue reading

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Gender, sexuality, identity: Elena Belyea’s Cleave asks questions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Elena Belyea thinks about the punchy title of her new play with a certain unmistakeable satisfaction. Cleave, after all, has two completely opposite meanings: to pull together and to wrench apart. Families, those repositories of contradictory … Continue reading

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Out of trauma and into artistic creation: Jonathon Young talks about the acclaimed dance/theatre fusion Betroffenheit

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The intersection of real life and artistic creation can seldom have been so high-stakes as it is in the acclaimed dance/theatre production that arrives at the Citadel Friday for three performances. Betroffenheit, which has gathered awards … Continue reading

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Onstage: a weekend theatre update

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Your weekend could include a musical. There’s a couple to choose from, and though both are a challenge (for very different reasons) for the form, they’re at opposite ends of the musical spectrum •One of the … Continue reading

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Come From Away is featured in the upcoming 20th anniversary Broadway Across Canada season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Next season on the Jubilee Auditorium stage, you’ll be seeing a homegrown Canadian musical that celebrates the generous and inclusive spirit of this country at its best. The grand finale of the upcoming 20th anniversary season … Continue reading

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Three musicals and two plays: a new season announced at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the course of next season on the Mayfield Dinner Theatre stage, announced this week by artistic director Van Wilmott, audiences will find themselves watching one of the great contemporary farces, as well as a hit … Continue reading

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Can life move forward after great trauma? Poison, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The unexpected thing about Poison isn’t its intensity. After all, its starting point is unimaginable loss. No, the unexpected thing about Poison, as you’ll see in this stunningly acted Wild Side production directed by Jim Guedo, … Continue reading

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The theatre of the supernatural: Cat Walsh’s Do This In Memory Of Me, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Do This In Memory Of Me, a strange and captivating new coming-of-age comedy by Cat Walsh, takes us into the richly decorated, permeable mind of a highly imaginative 12-year-old Catholic girl.  Geneviève’s is a mind with … Continue reading

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