Monthly Archives: October 2019

Do shebangs come in partials? Simone et le whole shebang opens the L’UniThéâtre season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a certain heat-seeking rom-com engine driving Simone et le whole shebang, the raucous, tart-tongued season-opener at L’UniThéâtre, Edmonton’s francophone theatre. At the centre is an unexpected encounter between two hostile, elderly characters, who are up … Continue reading

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Type A fabulous: Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs at Northern Light. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The chandeliers give off a lurid red glow. The bandstand will make you smile; a sparkly set of outsized teeth with pointy incisors, the inspiration of director/ set and costume designer Trevor Schmidt. The stage accoutrements? … Continue reading

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A rare backstage pass: E Day takes you behind the scenes of an election. A review of Jason Chinn’s new political comedy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome! Thanks for volunteering your time,” says a bright young woman with a smile and a clipboard as you enter the theatre. You’ve wandered into a cluttered makeshift office (designer: Beyala Hackborn, lighting by Scott Peters), … Continue reading

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Fight Night gets the vote out, in a fun and disconcerting way

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Uncanny. It’s all about us. Sorry to be self-centred, but it’s hard to believe that Fight Night, a fascinating five-year-old show from the innovative Belgian collective Ontroerend Goed, wasn’t custom-made for us, right now. So here … Continue reading

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Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs: a bloodthirsty cabaret to launch the season at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Everyone’s grandmother has an accordian in the basement,” says Kristin Johnston, pointing at a battered case with judicious applications of duct tape. This venerable objet is not some sign of random self-improvement on Johnston’s part. She’s … Continue reading

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Simone et le whole shebang: the season opens at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the intricate dark comedy that launches the L’UniThéâtre season Friday, a couple of 60-something-plus strangers from elsewhere, sporting symmetrically opposed damages, meet  — in a nursing home in Fort McMurray, the unofficial Canadian home of … Continue reading

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E Day: Jason Chinn’s new political comedy inspired by the 2015 election sweep

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How did we get here?” Playwright Jason Chinn remembers a night four years ago, a night like no other in Alberta. And since he was volunteering with the campaign that swept Rachel Notley’s NDP into office, … Continue reading

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Why do we vote the way we do? Fight Night is on it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca No doubt about it: the star avant-garde Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed has an exquisite sense of timing. This week they bring to the Citadel’s new alternative Highwire series a show that throws this question at … Continue reading

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Giving thanks for theatre: the long weekend on E-town stages

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s the moment to be thankful for Edmonton’s most captivating arts asset – our theatre scene. Many possibilities are waiting for you this weekend, including a macabre entertainment spun from our own neglected history. And … Continue reading

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Dead Centre of Town unearths our dark civic secrets

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We have a checkered past, my friends. You could say we’re haunted. For a dozen years now, in the season of ghostly chills, Catch The Keys Productions has been taking us on location, into the boneyard … Continue reading

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