Monthly Archives: February 2019

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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Happy Valentine’s champagne and a show: where to take your date to celebrate

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Of all the high holidays, the one that shares a name with a variety of massacres and martyrdoms is coming up. It’s also the ultimate date night. So in order to celebrate romance, there are a … Continue reading

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Ins Choi at Chinook: the Kim’s Convenience creator goes solo

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s pretty much what I’ve always wanted to do!” says a genial, amused voice on the phone from Toronto. “Talk directly to the audience about my life. And make people laugh….”  That double-barrelled thought has propelled … Continue reading

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