Monthly Archives: March 2019

“If I’m honest…”: 19 Weeks steps up to the wall of silence. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The woman we meet up close in 19 Weeks, folding laundry in a toy-strewn room, says “if I’m honest…” and “being honest …” and “in all honesty …” a lot. And then she looks right at … Continue reading

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The season’s craziest logistics: Kat Sandler’s two new political comedies at the Citadel happen at the same time

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s beyond, (way beyond) coincidence that 4:05 minutes into two plays that both run on the same night, with the same cast, in two different theatres at the Citadel (starting tonight in preview), a scene begins … Continue reading

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19 Weeks: “It’s not something anybody talks about.” Emily Steel’s story of a harrowing real-life decision, her own

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “One of the things that made it so hard was that you feel completely isolated — because it’s not something anyone talks about. I had no reference points. I had nobody to talk to, nobody who’d … Continue reading

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Say Yes to flight: Slight of Mind takes us through the secret caverns of the Citadel

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What goes up must come down. In the multi-pronged flight of fancy that opens Friday at the Citadel, you’ll do a little of both as Slight of Mind takes you on a journey into the … Continue reading

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Lungfuls of anxiety: Lungs at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Times being what they are, are you still “good people” if you decide to become parents? To bring another being into a world that’s already over-crammed with beings? A kid leaves a carbon footprint that’s bigger … Continue reading

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Improvised Star Wars on the planet YEG, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Spring seat sale: I visited the planet YEG last night, a gritty post-apocalyptic landscape (and cantina) “far from everything that’s really happening.” Kanuck, cantina proprietor and aspirational Bounty Hunter in training, had evidently screwed up his … Continue reading

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Dear Evan Hansen arrives in the upcoming Broadway Across Canada season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An innovative award-winner of a Broadway musical with every kind of contemporary traction is the finale of the upcoming three-show Broadway Across Canada season. Dear Evan Hansen, arriving at the Jube Feb. 11 to 16 2020, … Continue reading

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Small Mouth Sounds: the human comedy gets the silent treatment at the Roxy. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There aren’t many words in it, but Small Mouth Sounds isn’t what you’d call quiet. The silent treatment is loud in the ingenious, funny, and mysteriously affecting play that the indie company Wild Side has brought … Continue reading

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Small Mouth Sounds and the silent scream: a unique challenge comes to the Roxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When you see the ocean, you may not be able to return. To the well.” – Small Mouth Sounds The play that gets its Canadian premiere tonight in Theatre Network’s Roxy Performance Series is a theatrical … Continue reading

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Poly Queer Love Ballad at SkirtsAfire: negotiating romance in a complicated world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last night at SkirtsAfire, I caught a charming and  intricate new two-hander musical that explores, in an original way, how to tell a contemporary, perpetually-in-progress love story. The eighth and (at 10 days) biggest-ever edition of … Continue reading

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