Monthly Archives: October 2018

From Nootka Sound to Vimy Ridge: Redpatch, an Indigenous soldier’s tale comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You could do a lot of exhuming in the archives, in novels, diaries, war poetry, and never discover this striking and mysterious fact: more than four thousand Indigenous Canadians signed up to fight in the First … Continue reading

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Theatre takes to the trenches: Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And make it funny!” barks the Major at the soldier.    And so it starts, the remarkable true Canadian story that comes to life in Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company. The new play by a writer … Continue reading

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Laughter in the face of death: Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company launches the Shadow season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Neil Grahn and comedy. He’s sidled, plunged, back-flipped into it. He’s written it and improvised it, acted it, produced it, directed it, studied it at a distance and up close, for stage for film for TV. … Continue reading

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Chills and thrills in a theatre town: stake out a stage near you

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Uncanny, isn’t it?, how often the words “ordinary nice polite guy-next-door” show up in reports of homicidal rampages? Researcher Eugene Crowley, the noted “mind-hunter,” is in town this week to give a public lecture on the … Continue reading

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Defy gravity at your peril: Dead Centre Of Town XI at Fort Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The principle of “what goes up must come down” as applied to air travel isn’t an entirely comforting thought. Defying gravity might have been a blast for Peter Pan but, trust me, it doesn’t always work … Continue reading

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In the land of Pretenderos, a plot of epic proportions: Die-Nasty returns with a Lord of Thrones season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Epic battles, dynastic conflicts and alliances, murderous intrigues, lethal challenges, fierce creatures (in striking character roles), aspirational heroes, ancient grievances, copious references to The Throne, a plot that no one person can fully understand…. Yes, smells … Continue reading

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“Thicker than water and stronger than bone”: twin performances in Blood: A Scientific Romance at The Maggie Tree. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the beating heart of Meg Braem’s intricate Blood: A Scientific Romance are twin sisters whose mysterious bond is an elixir of life. Beyond empathy, beyond heredity, beyond biology, Angelique and Poubelle seem to be joined at … Continue reading

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The fear of flying, and the return of Dead Centre of Town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ladies and gentlemen, we will be boarding tonight by zone. The dead centre zone. For 11 years now, Catch the Keys Productions has been leading us on nocturnal Halloween expeditions into the macabre, digging in the … Continue reading

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“It calls bullshit on scientific distance.” Blood: A Scientific Romance opens its mysteries under The Maggie Tree.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Something odd is happening to Jayce Mckenzie and Gianna Vacirca. Their cast-mates in Blood: A Scientific Experiment have noticed it. So has their director Brenley Charkow; ditto their producer Kristi Hansen of The Maggie Tree, an … Continue reading

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The mysterious twin bonds of life and art: meet playwright Meg Braem

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You try to make sense of things,” says Meg Braem, whose chosen line of work is the transmutation of real life — in all its perplexing, maddening, intriguing potential — into art. “You’re always searching….”  Braem … Continue reading

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