Monthly Archives: April 2018

Bonfire: the improv festival that plays with matches

By Liz Nicholls, How’s this for a cool and crazy idea for an improv show? Lights up. Go. What if … a show was improvised from its own sequences of lighting cues? That’s Lumen, one of the 24 experiments … Continue reading

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“Is it possible I just like sex?” Slut, at Northern Light Theatre: a review

By Liz Nicholls, S. L. U. T. The funniest set design of the season  — and the only one (to my knowledge) that actually engages in smart-ass repartee with the character onstage — is to be found in the … Continue reading

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Tense negotiations over tea: Going to St. Ives at the Varscona, a review

By Liz Nicholls, The negotiations at the heart of Going To St. Ives involve a doctor and a patient, and a hard-fought exchange of favours. They have nothing to do with waiting lists. In this knotty two-hander by American … Continue reading

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Going Undercover with the crack improvisers of Spontaneous Theatre: a review

By Liz Nicholls, “I like your thinking,” says the tough-cookie Det. Sergeant (Rebecca Northan), snapping her gum approvingly at the rookie detective from time to time in the course of Undercover. “I like your thinking” is the mantra of … Continue reading

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“Doing it and enjoying it”: Slut is opening at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, “I’m just having fun being single. Is that a crime?” In the, er, tart little solo comedy that opens Friday at Northern Light Theatre, we meet a middle-aged accountant whose zest for sex, and generous-mindedness about … Continue reading

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Big issues in small rooms: Atlas Theatre is back with Going To St. Ives

By Liz Nicholls, “As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives.…” The thorny  little two-hander that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, the finale of the inaugural Varscona Theatre Ensemble series, invokes that … Continue reading

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Undercover: spontaneous detective work with improv queen Rebecca Northan

By Liz Nicholls “Everyone has the capacity to improvise,” declares Rebecca Northan decisively, looking for inspiration on a lunch menu last week. “We all improvise all the time!” Not everyone, I think to myself, wincing visibly at a couple … Continue reading

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