Monthly Archives: August 2020

And back to the live! a horizon-expanding experiment at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca On Friday March 13 I went to the theatre — the Varscona, to see Shadow Theatre’s production of Heisenberg, starring Amber Borotsik and Glenn Nelson. I haven’t stepped into a theatre since. Until Saturday night. Which … Continue reading

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We’ll meet again: Melanie Gall returns to active duty in her Vera Lynn show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In her TV address of April, when Queen Elizabeth encouraged the British people to be strong and stay resolute in a new kind of Blitz, she was invoking the spirit of the wartime 40s — and … Continue reading

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Heart + Soul: EPCOR’s good news for the performing arts

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Every theatre company (and performing arts organization) in this live theatre town has sustained a devastating blow in the sudden, and continuing, shutdown of the industry six months ago. In a bleak landscape for live performance, … Continue reading

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The Free Willies: the ‘sounds and sweet airs’ of travelling troubadours

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Some time before the end of the month, it will happen. You’ll be in a park. Or a community playground. At a farmer’s market. Or chilling on a front deck. And suddenly, a little troupe of … Continue reading

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Fringe FOMO: House of Hush burlesque goes live

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take it off! No, wait…. In the age of COVID, burlesque, a teasing vaudeville involving the playful progressive doffing of apparel, can remove just about everything — everything, that is, but the mask.  Masked showgirls: now, … Continue reading

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And back at the castle: a radio play version of Guys in Disguise’s Dragula

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like a sublime punchline: a drag show, in all its be-wigged glam-frocked glory, as a radio play? True, there’s a certain captivating perversity about the Guys in Disguise revival of their hit Fringe show … Continue reading

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Signs of life: live theatre is coming back, with cautious first steps

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And they’re back! Very cautiously, of course, experimentally, a little tentatively, with ultra-sanitized jazz hands. And not full-blast: nary a large-scale musical in sight, needless to say. But live theatre is starting to be back … … Continue reading

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The might-have-been hits home: it’s Fringe Eve in Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For months I knew it would come. The weirdest week of a weird summer. The week the Fringe doesn’t happen. It’s a might-have-been that leaves us face to face with the strangest, most unrecognizable of vistas … Continue reading

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Remembering the enchantment: Brent Carver in Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There was an unmistakeable magic about seeing Brent Carver onstage. People felt it; they remembered the enchantment. I was struck again by that with the many heartfelt responses that came my way with the terrible news … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance playwright: have a one-on-one consultation with Workshop West’s new resident dramaturg

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Got a script in your sock drawer? A draft in your Google Docs? An idea for a play rattling around in your head? Workshop West Playwrights Theatre has an invitation for you. Their latest initiative, under … Continue reading

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