Monthly Archives: February 2019

“You have to put it right!” Matilda the Musical, at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Wicked, I tell you. Wicked fun, that is, the smart, joyful musical that’s currently promoting anti-authoritarian resistance, empowerment, and self-determination  — for children! — from the Citadel’s Shoctor stage. Based on Roald Dahl’s delightfully dark 1988 … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , ,

The road to Mesa: a buddy pic with a difference. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Funny how the concept “road trip” conjures two sets of images, almost entirely contradictory. One is fuelled by sheer romance, the cinematic sweep of conquering vastness in a first-hand way: the questing spirit with car keys, … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , ,

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: theatre magic in New York

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca NEW YORK — “Keep The Secrets” say the little buttons you get handed out when you leave the Lyric Theatre near Times Square. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t apply to the golden star-studded blue ceiling in … Continue reading

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Haunted by the past: The Ferryman in New York

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca NEW YORK – It’s a chilly winter’s night in New York (that’s “chilly” not “arctic”). And the mid-town working population — hotel bellpersons to parking valets to ticket takers to Sabrett’s hot dog vendors — seem … Continue reading

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

On the road again: Mesa is a trip across the border, and the generations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know what they say (it’s probably somewhere in the extra-fine print on the AMA website, just kidding): You never really know someone till you travel together. The buddy pic/ road trip through America that opens … Continue reading

Posted in Previews | Tagged , , , , ,

“A little bit naughty”: Matilda rewrites her story in the hit musical opening at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We are revolting children/ living in revolting times. We sing revolting songs/ using revolting rhymes. Kicking, punching, and stomping are de rigueur in the rehearsal rooms of the Citadel these days. “We talk about fighting, not about … Continue reading

Posted in Previews | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Élise contre l’extinction totale: a new L’UniThéâtre show for and about kids – and the planet – hits the road

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Anxiety about climate change and the fate of the earth isn’t the exclusive domain of adults. And “save the planet” isn’t vaguely theoretical, or metaphorical, or political: 16,306 species of animals are currently at risk of … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , ,

The tricky question of belief: We Are Not Alone at Theatre Network. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “What am I doing here?” asks Damien Atkins more than once in the course of his smart, sly, funny solo show We Are Not Alone. Its declared subject is one that raises either your hopes or … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me: a coming-of-age deaf/hearing chamber opera at Chinook

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “This is the story of how my mom helped me find my voice,” says the narrator (the excellent Kieran Martin Murphy) in Songs My Mother Never Sung Me, a touching, and ingenious, new bilingual chamber opera” … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , ,

Close encounters with Damien Atkins: We Are Not Alone at Theatre Network

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you tell someone you are thinking of writing a play about UFO’s, usually there will be a little silence, and then a little laugh.” – We Are Not Alone It comes with the territory. Some … Continue reading

Posted in Previews | Tagged , , , , , , ,