Monthly Archives: July 2020

A Telethon kicks off the strange summer when the Edmonton Fringe went online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything that’s happening is changing the landscape…. Let’s make our own destiny!” — Edmonton Fringe director Murray Utas The Fringe, Edmonton’s beloved August giant of a theatre festival, and a game-changer for this town in every … Continue reading

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Live theatre: has it found a footing on a platform instead of a stage in Zoom-laden times?

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A lifetime ago (March 25, 2020 to be precise), Malachite Theatre’s resourceful artistic director Benjamin Blyth explained to me that the company had borrowed an interactive online platform from the business world for a new venture. … Continue reading

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The Fringe That Never Was comes to you, with Fringe Revue episode 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The fateful moment of the Fringe-less August approaches in the distance (OK, let’s not think about that right now). I know I know. You can’t actually go to the Fringe this year. But The Fringe That … Continue reading

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Theatre Six Pack 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s happened for two decades, and it’s always sold out in a flash. One of Edmonton theatre’s perennial bright ideas is a subscription series that’s a cross-section sampling of the work of this town’s theatre companies. … Continue reading

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Gender? I Hardly Know Them: the queer sketch comedy duo zooms back with a new online show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How do you capture a sense of humour in words? On the eve of their new (mostly) live web series httpeepee, launching Tuesday, the queer sketch comedy duo Gender? I Hardly Know Them is brainstorming on … Continue reading

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The spirit of mirth, brought to you live: Lodestar Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I have had a most rare vision,” says Bottom, a stage-struck weaver with boundless enthusiasm for theatrical pursuits, late in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had one of those, too. Friday night I dreamed I found … Continue reading

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Hungry for theatre? Lodestar Theatre delivers … to your own back yard

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. In this unpredictable and isolating moment, which has sent live theatre into lockdown exile on screens, Lodestar Theatre is its own creative resistance movement. The rep company, originally from Liverpool … Continue reading

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The fun of real live theatre (socially distanced, of course): Chamber Obscura at the Found Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Special occasion: tonight was the night I got to see real live people in real live theatre. It felt so … radical. So cool. So Zoom-defiant. The play is Chamber Obscura, a 15-minute gothic folk thriller, … Continue reading

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Meet nine exciting artists at The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This month you’ll get to meet and mingle with some of the country’s most exciting creators — nine Indigenous artists from Alberta, across Canada and beyond. The meeting place: The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub. The Hub … Continue reading

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