Monthly Archives: November 2018

Enter smiling, glass in hand: the Varscona Theatre Ensemble season begins with Fallen Angels

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the effervescent 1924 comedy that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, you will see two married women, bored with contentment and longing for passion, restore the zing of excitement to their lives. They levitate into … Continue reading

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If you could live forever… Tuck Everlasting the musical at St. Albert Children’s Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If “the music!” is the answer, what is the question? It seems wise to consult musical theatre experts. Janice Flower and Jackie Pooke, director/artistic director and choreographer respectively, are on the phone explaining their attraction to … Continue reading

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A love story and a cautionary tale: a riveting production of What A Young Wife Ought To Know at Theatre Network

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Love,” Sophie tells us near the start of What A Young Wife Ought To Know, “is a strange sort of madness that comes over you and makes the future go dark.” In Hannah Moscovitch’s gut-wrenching coming-of-age … Continue reading

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What A Young Wife Ought To Know: a 20s love story with a modern reverb opens the Theatre Network season:

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Ladies, you’ve come by it, have you? Can I ask, do you tell your Husbands…that you’ve come by it, or…do you….keep it from them….?”  — Sophie in What A Young Wife Ought To Know, Hannah Moscovitch In … Continue reading

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Raising a little hell: Canada 151 at the Mayfield. A review.

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know you’re in Canada when the Beachcombers theme is in the air pre-show. And the band arrives onstage in lumberjack shirts. And your heart melts just a little when everyone in the opening production … Continue reading

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How to meet people you never meet: thoughts on Viscosity

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Life is full of surprises. Last night I found myself sitting at a bar stool next to a woman I’d just never run into in my usual life of 7:30 curtain times. She’s a heavy-equipment operator … Continue reading

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One fine night (or the case of the reluctant star): Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the history of the Great White Way, there’s no shortage of musicals, jukebox and otherwise, that are defined by the showbiz gene: the drive for stardom, the magnetic pull of performance, the compelling need to … Continue reading

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Viscosity: Theatre Yes challenges preconceptions about big oil and the people who work it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s not exactly a play, although there are actors. It’s not exactly journalism, although the monologues are transcribed (and edited) verbatim from interviews with real-life people. And you might resist calling it an exhibit, although you … Continue reading

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Some kind of wonderful: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical comes to the Jube. Meet the star Sarah Bockel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “She’s … normal,” says Sarah Bockel, musing on the woman she plays in the jukebox musical that arrives on the Jube stage Tuesday under the Broadway Across Canada touring banner. “She’s grounded. Pretty self-effacing. And also … Continue reading

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The quest to be a warrior: an Indigenous story gets a powerful telling in Redpatch. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the striking opening moments of Redpatch a masked prophet in a pyramid of light asks “what is life?” and then vanishes into mist. It’s a question with legs (and vast reservoirs of imaginative and aerobic … Continue reading

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