Monthly Archives: October 2021

Finding comedy in deep places: Hiraeth premieres in a Bright Young Things production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that premieres Friday on the Varscona stage in a Bright Young Things production, is a test case of sorts for the uncanny way comedy gets a special access pass to the deepest, most serious … Continue reading

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A journey of transformation into the heart of nature: Bears hits the big stage

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Six years ago, in a tiny theatre space deep inside the Arts Barn, we watched a man set forth on a journey from the city into the heart of Nature — through mountains to the sea … Continue reading

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In the house of mismatched dreams: Michael Mysterious. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m just a piece of scenery,’ says the 15-year-old title character in Geoffrey Simon Brown’s Michael Mysterious. In another kind of play by another kind of playwright, there would be a weight of tragic grievance or … Continue reading

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Finding a family in the quest for happiness: Michael Mysterious premieres in a Pyretic production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve with this play,” says Geoffrey Simon Brown of Michael Mysterious.   One of the hottest of the country’s younger generation of playwrights, Brown is musing on the play, years in … Continue reading

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Makings of a Voice, Dana Wylie’s story about storytelling is back to live, at the Arden

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We need to know we have a story…. We need to know we are a story.” — Makings of a Voice When Dana Wylie returned to the world of theatre last March from a decade as a … Continue reading

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Workshop West: the playwrights’ theatre is back, live, with a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre turns 43 this season with a live, all-Canadian lineup, dubbed “Daring Greatly,” that includes two premieres by Edmonton playwrights, the return after a decade to a signature WWPT new play development festival, … Continue reading

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The artist as work-in-progress: Azimuth Theatre has a new program for that

                By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the creative world of what-if’s where theatre lives, here’s an alluring one: “Wouldn’t it be great if … instead of a part-time job to pay for your … Continue reading

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