Monthly Archives: November 2018

Is history spinning forwards or backwards? Shows at Studio and MacEwan wonder about that

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It is a disconcertingly à propos moment in the space-time continuum for both the plays opening this week at Edmonton’s biggest theatre schools. You can easily make yourself dizzy wondering whether history is catapulting forward or … Continue reading

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“The elephant in the room is … an elephant.” Conni Massing’s Matara opens the Workshop West season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca That not one but two new plays by Conni Massing are premiering this season is noteworthy. That they open a  mere two weeks apart, the work of two different theatre companies, is more striking still.    … Continue reading

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“Ripe for a lapse”: Fallen Angels is a Bright Young Things lark. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The “nice part” of Julia is perfectly content with matrimonial “happiness and tranquillity.” There lurks, however, “a beastly, unworthy thing waiting to spring.” And, she adds darkly, “it hasn’t been fed for a long LONG time….” … Continue reading

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Miss Bennet gets a romantic comedy to call her own: Jane Austen revisited at the Citadel in a delightful holiday show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the charmer of a holiday show up and running (well, alighting gracefully) on the Citadel’s Shoctor stage, characters are startled when they notice the live tree in the drawing room. In the course of Miss … Continue reading

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“My first happy play…” Nancy McAlear makes her Citadel directing debut with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It makes me … happy,” says Nancy McAlear, with a tiny hesitation and a smile of musing wonder — maybe about using that word.  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, the larky romantic comedy of the holiday … Continue reading

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Happy hour from Bright Young Things: meet the stars of Fallen Angels

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “My mind is a mass of corruption,” Noel Coward told the Evening Standard in 1925. “England’s solid-gold jazz baby,” as his biographer John Lahr described him, was responding to the selection of epithets dusted off by … Continue reading

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The forgotten sister comes into her own: meet Mikaela Davies, star of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I grew up with the kindest, cleverest, and most beautiful elder sisters in the country; and with the loudest, silliest, and prettiest younger sisters in the country,” says Mary, in the romantic comedy that brings a … Continue reading

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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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