Monthly Archives: September 2019

Vidalia and “briefcase syndrome”: Teatro ends the season with a larky Lemoine screwball.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I feel pretty confident in declaring that Vidalia, the screwball comedy that opens Friday at the Varscona (the finale to the Teatro La Quindicina summer season), is the only example in the world-wide screwball repertoire to … Continue reading

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Owning a black story: The Color Purple propels an empowering narrative across the Citadel stage. A preview.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What about tears when I’m happy? What about wings when I fall? I want you to be/ A story for me/ That I can believe in forever. — What About Love?, The Color Purple There are ground-breaking … Continue reading

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An outbreak of clowns: Play The Fool, E-Town’s “festival of clown and physical comedy” is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown….” — Cole Porter “It is meat and drink to me to see a clown.” — Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act V, scene i This theatre town … Continue reading

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A Newfoundland wake turns into a musical: No Change In The Weather

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How many songs do you actually know the words to, that you could sing?” wonders the Newfoundlander on the phone from the Rock last week. “A couple of campfire songs? Happy Birthday? A Christmas carol or … Continue reading

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It’s show time in Edmonton theatre: what to not miss this season on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “That was what had been missing from his life all these years. His career, his city, this bonehead province. Mythic Power.” — The Garneau Block. In Todd Babiak’s wry and funny novel The Garneau Block, reborn … Continue reading

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In a lather at Big Little Lake: the 27th annual Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Funny how a charming resort village like Big Little Lake, where the  well-toned meet the well-heeled over white wine spritzers, can turn suddenly … well, sinister. Murder has a way of doing that. It populates the … Continue reading

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A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on: Million Dollar Quartet at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Every once in a blue moon history serves up one of those those born-to-be-mythology moments where the greats happen to converge behind the scenes (and give the entertainment industry something juicy to speculate about). One of … Continue reading

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A new season at Theatre Network, and 3 Canadian plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Three Canadian plays, two by star playwrights and one by a hot up-and-comer, are the 2019-2020 lineup Theatre Network announced this week. There will be a moment (more than one) in this upcoming 45th season that … Continue reading

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“There’s only now”: the eternal present of Rent. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In one of the anthems to outsiders in Rent, the characters pay tribute to their gritty low-rent East Village world of starving artists, junkies, dealers, the homeless, the destitute, the marginalized of every sexual persuasion, “anyone … Continue reading

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