Monthly Archives: September 2020

Canada as a work-in-progress: All That Binds Us at Azimuth Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight There has likely never been a more all-inclusive welcome to a piece of theatre than the one we get from Kit (Sheldon Elter), our “guide of sorts,” in the opening moments of All That Binds Us. … Continue reading

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Big, memorable, and live: Catalyst is part of Grand Acts of Theatre across the country

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the fateful summer of 2020, Jillian Keiley’s thoughts turned to … live. And she was not alone. Four months into the new, weird, screen-dominated pandemical world, the artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s English … Continue reading

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Through the window and out in the world: some thoughts on Plain Jane’s Scenes From The Sidewalk

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Varscona Theatre opened its door this past weekend for the first time since March. The door to the lobby, that is. Which is where 20 of us sat (distanced and masked) on Sunday at 5:30, … Continue reading

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Clowning around … online: the 5th annual Play The Fool Fest goes digital

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Clowns work as well as aspirin, but twice as fast.” –Groucho Marx And for the major migraine that is COVID, it’s high time we had some. Clowns, that is. The only thing is, clowns thrive on real … Continue reading

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Off the cuff and on the spot: Gordon’s Big Bald Head makes (up) a movie

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, tonight I was in the virtual audience at the Grindstone, i.e. the invisible sweatpants brigade online at home. And I was watching an amazingly dexterous improv duo onstage do, off the cuff, something that is … Continue reading

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Scenes From The Sidewalk: from the Plain Janes, a cabaret that turns theatre inside out

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Alienation 2020. The world seems upside down and inside out to you — and why wouldn’t it?. The laws of gravity have been cancelled. You’re either inside looking out (wistfully) or outside looking in (wistfully); no … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Big Bald Head infiltrates movie history in Good Head, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They are smart. And they are funny. But there is nothing cautious, or predictable, or even sane about the entertainment proposition that the deluxe improv troupe Gordon’s Big Bald Head offers the world. They own a … Continue reading

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All That Binds Us: a new Azimuth Theatre creation ponders connection in a fragmented world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a thought with special reverb in a world of fragmentation, enforced distance, separation, isolation: “People don’t want perfection; they want connection,” declares Reneltta Arluk, director of All That Binds Us, premiering Friday in a live … Continue reading

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Look up! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s an opera singer on the roof: drive-in opera and other experiments from Edmonton Opera

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The thrill of live: it’s undeniable, yes, both for artists and their audiences who thrive on connection, the charge of closeness, of being part of a gathering. If we hadn’t fully realized it before, by default … Continue reading

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The Horizon Series LIVE! At the Citadel, the return to live continues

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lights up. Gather ‘round (in a socially distanced way, of course). The Citadel continues its return to live in-person performance with the three-show series announced Thursday. Horizon Series LIVE! is a trio of small-cast productions programmed … Continue reading

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