Monthly Archives: August 2018

You’ll be swell, you’ll be great! Everything’s Coming Up Chickens, a Plain Janes revue. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything’s Coming Up Chickens: A Revue (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) This highly entertaining revue is what happens when you let a company of musical theatre experts roam through their specialty repertoire (the odd, the neglected, the … Continue reading

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Have you heard the one about… Punch Up, a FRINGE REVIEW

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Punch Up (Stage 9, Telus Phone Museum) Punch Up is a classic joke set-up on legs. SO … The Most Pathetic Guy Ever kidnaps The Funniest Man Alive, so he can learn to make The Saddest … Continue reading

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The acquisition of, well, in a word, joy! A Lesson in Brio, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Lesson in Brio (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) The verdict is out on whether charm or perfect pitch, any more than a first-rate digestion, can be learned. But Stewart Lemoine’s A Lesson Brio, very timely in … Continue reading

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Taking holy orders, holy smoke: Bad Habits, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Bad Habits(Stage 37, Auditorium at Campus Saint-Jean) Sister Florence welcomes us postulates in a gruff accent, with a hint of New Jersey. It comes with a warning: entering the convent isn’t easy. Becoming a bride of Christ is not for … Continue reading

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Joining the circus: Merk du Soleil, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Merk du Soleil (Stage 21, El Cortez Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar) Well, one thing about this show is its wonderful venue, the downstairs mine/vault of El Cortez, one of the city’s hippest, best-designed restaurants. There’s a bar down there and … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes in Bountiful, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Bountiful (Stage 35 L’Unithéâtre at La Cité francophone) Surely there is a compelling theatre piece to be written and staged surrounding the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints community in Bountiful, B.C. For years, Warren Jeffs — the American “Prophet” of the … Continue reading

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The ultimate in home births: The Alien Baby Play, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Alien Baby Play (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) “Thank you so much for coming!” beams the cordial, slightly breathless woman we meet in The Alien Baby Play, the latest from Impossible Mongoose. “It means a lot … Continue reading

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Puzzling out the paradox of identity: Fetch, a 12thnight Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Fetch (Stage 28, The Playhouse) Two women stand before us, in identical dresses, with identical hairdos, holding identical boxes. They are both named Hannah Morgan. And in Cat Walsh’s clever new mind-bender, which turns the mystery … Continue reading

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An experiment in other selves: Rig Pig Fantasia, a 12thnight Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Rig Pig Fantasia (Stage 1, Westbury Theatre) An eerie boreal forest of tall swaying translucent trees hangs from the sky. Sometimes they’re skeletal, backlit by an ominous red glow. Sometimes they seem to glow from within, … Continue reading

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Truth and Fiction: Stewart Lemoine’s The Many Loves of Irene Sloane, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

The Many Loves of Irene Sloane (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) “Chaos will yield to order,” says Irene Sloane, played by Marissa Tordoff. “Music always makes it so.” In Stewart Lemoine’s universe, this is what music does. And for audiences, this … Continue reading

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