Monthly Archives: July 2019

Hello. He’s Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, It’s one of the signature showbiz openers of the 20th century: “Hello. I’m Johnny Cash.” That greeting is the raison d’être of Ring of Fire, the musically fulsome/ dramatically skimpy jukebox musical that’s currently eliciting full-house cheers … Continue reading

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Directing the man in black: a homecoming for Tracey Flye

By Liz Nicholls, “’Til things are brighter, I’m the man in black….” There’s a story built into the Johnny Cash songs you’ll hear in the  jukebox musical that opens on the Citadel’s Maclab stage Thursday. Via a catalogue of … Continue reading

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The Bad Seed returns to chill at Teatro La Quindicina. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, That angelic smile. That impeccable posture. Those unassailably perfect braids.… “Too good to be true,” someone says admiringly of eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark near the start of The Bad Seed. It’s meant to be the ultimate compliment. … Continue reading

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The Bad Seed at Teatro: the “perfect little girl” and her mom. Meet the stars

By Liz Nicholls, “She’s perfect perfect perfect,” grins Lilla Sólymos, cheerfully assessing the lethally goal-oriented little girl she plays in the 1954 thriller that returns to the Teatro La Quindicina repertoire Friday after 30 years. “And she uses that.” … Continue reading

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A strange fairy tale, rescued magically by Time from tragedy: The Winter’s Tale in the park

By Liz Nicholls, There is a strange magic about a play where brute tragedy gives way to pastoral comedy, realism mixes it up with romance, and dramatic scenes abut presentational vaudeville. The Winter’s Tale has the optical weirdness of … Continue reading

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Sleuth: a vintage thriller at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, It’s a tricky business to give a theatre audience a spine-tingle of suspense, clenches of tension, periodic jolts of surprise, an invitation to exercise their own puzzle-decoding skills — ah, and laughter. That’s the fun of … Continue reading

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Did you hear about the party? A world of surveillance in Bevin Dooley’s In Camera at Found Fest

By Liz Nicholls, Shhhh. This weekend in Old Strathcona you may find yourself doing something subversive, illegal, and quite possibly dangerous. No, not jaywalking, my friends (or plotting against the damn Edmonton parking app). You’ll be in a one-bedroom … Continue reading

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Finding yourself at Found, the festival of art in unexpected places

  By Liz Nicholls, Finding art, and artists, in places you never expected to run into them: hey, Edmonton has a festival for that. With the return of the Found Festival Thursday, for an eight annual weekend of surprising … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys: taking the mickey out of male bonding in Two Gents, a bitter comedy in the park

By Liz Nicholls, A passing squirrel, who turned his back to the stage, was not convinced. And the wind whispering through the poplars sounded downright skeptical this weekend in the park when a lovestruck young man tore himself away … Continue reading

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