Monthly Archives: August 2021

Off the page and onto the stage, with murderous intent: Murder He Wrote, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Murder He Wrote: A Dickens Of An Hour (La Cité francophone theatre) The stories are vividly dramatic, ’tis true. But the translation of Charles Dickens’s rich, descriptive prose style, and his gallery of vivid characters, into … Continue reading

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What are friends for? Everything Is Beautiful, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything is Beautiful (La Cité francophone theatre) Two old guys on a park bench: a study in contrast. One is a gloomy gus scowler; one is a determinedly chipper smiler. One accuses restaurant servers of purposely … Continue reading

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The world is on fire and there’s silence in the land of dreams: Patina, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Patina (Old Strathcona Performing Arts) What in the world is happening to the world? It’s on fire. It’s drowning. It’s melting. Its axis is slipping. Patina Bellweather (Rebecca Starr), the official child minder in Smaland, “the … Continue reading

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Coming out, in a brand new musical: One Song, a review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca One Song (La Cité Auditorium) “I think I just met myself … ” sings Rye (Manny Aguerrevere) in the opening number of One Song, a striking new musical for young audiences about being young, coming out, … Continue reading

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A cultural survey of Cuba in a hot dance musical: Mi Habana Querida, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Mi Habana Querida (Westbury Theatre) The idea is intriguing: a cultural survey of Cuba in a dance musical. And so is the Romeo and Juliet theatrical premise, a tale of lovers, one Cuban and one American, … Continue reading

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Landing lightly on a shameful chapter in our history: Camping, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Camping (Vanta Group Outdoor Stage) Breathing life into our history onstage is the raison d’être of MAA and PAA Theatre. This little 35-minute play, by David Cheoros and his 10-year-old daughter Sophia Cheoros, alights on a … Continue reading

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A play date with … us: Merk du Solapocalypse, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Merk du Solapocalypse (Westbury Theatre) In this latest instalment of Dammitammy Productions’ loopy Merk du Soleil series, the twin concept goofy/giddy really comes into its own. There is no real way to explain the nutbar down-at-heel … Continue reading

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Cracking up, a black comedy about glueing ourselves together: The Man Who Fell To Pieces, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Man Who Fell To Pieces (Garneau Theatre) The man we meet in this absurdist black comedy by the Belfast playwright Patrick O’Reilly has gone to pieces. Literally. He’s cracked up, and his body parts are … Continue reading

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Taking sword in hand. Win The Warrior: a King Arthur Tale, a Fringe review,

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Win the Warrior, Vanta Group Outdoor Stage The 12-year-old heroine of Ellen Chorley’s new play Win The Warrior: A King Arthur Tale, for kids and the adults they tend to bring with them, has a particularly … Continue reading

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A fizzy offshore reunion: Destination Wedding, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Destination Wedding (Westbury Theatre) Like the drinks at a tropical all-inclusive — where you have no serious cultural obligations except buying jewelry with seashells in it and having fun — the clues keep coming in this … Continue reading

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