Monthly Archives: October 2018

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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A great leap forward, by excavating the past: Origin of the Species opens the NLT season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Archaeology, says an elderly member of that profession in Origin of the Species, is “simply knowing where to look.” It would seem to have that at least in common with theatre, judging by the mysterious discoveries … Continue reading

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And in other theatre news: Tonight! Teatro’s season-end grand finale bash and Collin Doyle’s new play at Script Salon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This is how the Teatro La Quindicina mind ticks: the last production of their 2018 season, Skirts On Fire, has just closed, ergo it’s the moment for a grand finale … of grand finales.  Bring Down … Continue reading

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A mission to defeat time: Jezebel, At The Still Point. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It beings with an explosion somewhere in the galaxy, a crash landing, smoke, red emergency lights, a siren.  Matt Schuurman’s video design, spread across jagged meteor fragments amid showers of light (by Elise Jason) is, quite … Continue reading

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No one’s staying home this weekend: why would you? A wealth of choices on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  At the U of A’s Studio Theatre, it’s back in the USSR with Lenin’s Embalmers, Vern Thiessen’s black and absurdist 2008 tragicomedy (imagined from a true story) about two competing Jewish biochemists landing the unenviable joint … Continue reading

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