Monthly Archives: May 2018

Planting seeds for kids theatre: the 17th annual Sprouts Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For 17 springs now, Concrete Theatre has planted new plays for future seasons at their annual Sprouts Festival — and watered them for future seasons. The idea from the start was to stimulate growth in the … Continue reading

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Escape Room theatre adventure puzzle: The Snow Queen is Azimuth’s latest collaboration

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In The Snow Queen, a strange and haunting fairy tale by the 19th century Danish master Hans Christian Andersen, a magic troll mirror distorts everything it reflects. It shatters, scattering icy splinters across the world. Anyone … Continue reading

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“I need you like water”: relationships in a time of oil in Last Chance Leduc

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The fulcrum of Katherine Koller’s Last Chance Leduc — the third in her Alberta Landworks Trilogy about human relationships destabilized by seismic shifts in industry — is the moment of Alberta’s gold rush. I refer, of … Continue reading

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A man, his ghosts, his dog, his quest for meaning: Terry and the Dog, a review of Collin Doyle’s mysterious new play

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m trying to find meaning here,” Terry tells us in the very first line of Terry and the Dog. It’s a theme he’ll return to at the end, and regularly in between. So are we all, … Continue reading

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Seek out Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We all come out of the same box,” declares the top-hatted bushy-bearded Wanderer (Ben Caplan) who’s just emerged from an outsized shipping container at the start of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. What is so … Continue reading

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Katherine Koller’s Last Chance Leduc: marriage on the brink of the boom

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that opens tonight at the Backstage Theatre is poised at the moment of a dramatic shift — in thinking, in focus, in perspective. In Alberta in 1947, big oil was discovered near Leduc. One … Continue reading

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The curious incident of Terry and the Dog: the new Collin Doyle premieres at Edmonton Actors Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the archive of Edmonton Actors Theatre — an award-winning indie company with a solemn name but wildly playful theatrical appetites — there’s everything but the kitchen sink. There’s a a gleeful, insurrectionist satire, Fatboy. There’s … Continue reading

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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. The folk tale/ rock concert/ Off-Broadway hit arrives at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Refugees, fleeing violence, looking for a safe place to live and love in a hostile world: it’s one of the powerful narrative currents of our time. And here’s the uncanny perpetual timeliness of the original klezmer … Continue reading

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Defying the laws of gravity: Gravity, the cabaret of art and politics, is back Monday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What’s happened to the laws of gravity when the world seems upside down? Grave? SNAFU, now officially a verb, has gone TARFUN. Yes, Things Are Really Fucked Up Now. And Monday night at the Westbury Theatre, … Continue reading

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Just in time: on Edmonton stages this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca •Last chance this weekend for the Theatre Network production of Hannah Moscovitch’s fascinating Infinity — a smart, accessible and strangely affecting play about time — the shortage of it, the meaning of it, the misuse of … Continue reading

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