Monthly Archives: August 2018

Check in at the Hotel Vortruba! A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Hotel Vortruba (Stage 37, Auditorium at Campus Saint-Jean) Welcome to the Hotel Vortruba. You can check out any time you want — but you’ll never want to leave. Vancouver’s RAGMOP Theatre, who dazzled audiences here last Fringe with Falling Awake, isback … Continue reading

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Fun in roommate hell: Terms and Conditions, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Terms & Conditions (Stage 18, Sugar Swing Ballroom — Main Floor) It is terribly awkward to move in with a stranger. They don’t have the same taste in music, the same interest in cleaning, the same attitude toward houseplants. We … Continue reading

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Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo: The Zoo Story, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Zoo Story (Stage 17, Roxy on Gateway) The struggle between what’s socialized and what’s primal about us human animals: that’s what propels the one-act that rocketed Edward Albee into the forefront of American theatre two … Continue reading

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And the plot thickens: The Real Inspector Hound, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Real Inspector Hound (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) In Tom Stoppard’s cunning 1968 comedy, you’re watching two theatre critics watch a hoary English country manor house whodunit à la Dame Agatha. “Has it started?” wonders one … Continue reading

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A multi-cultural collision as comedy: FOB, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

FOB (Stage 10, Acacia Hall) One of the valuable aspects of any Fringe worth its salt is offering younger, less experienced — or locally less known — performers and creators the opportunity to strut their stuff (or at least try … Continue reading

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The life and times story of a great artist: Josephine, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Josephine (Stage 1, Westbury Theatre) Here is an entertaining, if gentle primer on the life and times of Josephine Baker, the multi-threat talent African-American performer who — generations ago — escaped the mean streets of St. Louis and became the … Continue reading

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God is back: An All New God Is A Scottish Drag Queen, a 12thnight guest Fringe review by Todd Babiak

An All New God is a Scottish Drag Queen (Stage 22, Garneau Theatre) “I don’t know if you’ve heard the news,” says God, a portly Scottish man in an 80s skirt and blazer combo, “but people don’t give a shit … Continue reading

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The weird world of WASP: A 2thnight Fringe guest review by Todd Babiak

WASP (Stage 5, King Edward Elementary School) By Todd Babiak The white protestant family has a lot to answer for and much of it is on display in WASP, Steve Martin’s 1990s take on the 1950s. Dad is cruel, sexist, … Continue reading

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A dark night of the soul on the 24-hour news cycle. Tragedy: A Tragedy. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tragedy: A Tragedy (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre The title’s a tip-off — and media types should permit themselves a little wince of apprehension. Yup, they take it in the neck in the sharp and funny parody … Continue reading

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Breaking the rules of love, Red Bastard: Lie With Me. A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Red Bastard: Lie With Me (Stage 11, Nordic Studio Theatre) The Red Bastard is a white-faced, red-eyed beast in a unitard with a balloon-stuffed midriff. He jumps, dances, slurps, spins, shouts, cackles, and snorts across the stage trying to understand … Continue reading

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