Monthly Archives: January 2019

Lake of the Strangers: a magical mystery tour of a vast universe. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last night I had a haunting experience. It was the summer of 1973. And a young Indigenous boy and his little brother, on a fishing expedition together, were sitting in a pool of water up among … Continue reading

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Miss Teen premieres at Shadow Theatre: game actors, tired script. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Miss Teen a strapped, single mother enters her awkward, bookish daughter in a local teen pageant. “It’ll be good practice … for life,” argues Coco brightly, undeterred by Margaret’s reaction, a mixture of appalled and … Continue reading

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The Citadel’s upcoming 54th season: local stars in an international galaxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The new logo is just the tip-off. Monday afternoon at Edmonton’s largest playhouse artistic director Daryl Cloran unveiled an ambitious upcoming Citadel season —  its 54th and his third as the architect of the company lineup. … Continue reading

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From story to myth: Lake of the Strangers asks “how do we heal?”

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Lake of the Strangers, the solo play that premieres this week at the Backstage Theatre, you’ll meet two Indigenous brothers, 10 and seven, on a mission out in the natural world. “It’s their last summer … Continue reading

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The Cardiac Shadow: where the soul goes under extreme duress. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the theatre, the dim light glints off the barbed wire that separates us from the stage. At the back we can just make out a kind of altar, draped in bulbs. It turns out to … Continue reading

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Sweat, a blue-collar tragedy of work and race, at the Citadel: A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you’ve ever wondered why disenfranchised workers seem to vote, time and again, against their own economic self-interest — and it’s a moment in history to be awestruck by that — the play currently onstage at … Continue reading

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Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs: the fascination of escape, an unlikely radical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The international stage repertoire has no shortage of shows about the entertainment world and its fractious backstage — where dreamers and achievers, stars and wannabes, artsy bright-idea types and antsy bottom-line producers, collide. Still, Minerva – … Continue reading

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The Cardiac Shadow, a multi-disciplinary exploration of human resilience at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We were the thermometers of these men. The mercury was in our veins, rising and falling with every heartbeat. Our bodies measured the temperature of death.” The Cardiac Shadow, Clay McLeod Chapman In the play the … Continue reading

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The collapse of the blue-collar dream: Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “They don’t understand that human decency is at the core of everything. They squeeze us like a sponge, drain every last drop of blood out and then throw us away.” — Stan the bartender in Sweat, … Continue reading

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Hell tour via the circus: Firefly Theatre’s Inferno

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Go to hell. That’s what Jocelyn Ahlf and Belinda Cornish have been wanting to do for years. And now they have. Firefly Theatre’s 14-performer workshop production of Inferno, that takes to the stage, and also the … Continue reading

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