Monthly Archives: May 2022

An ensemble devoted to expanding the comedy spectrum: Teatro at 40, the birthday season continues

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Teatro La Quindicina at 40. An artist-run company specially tuned to comedy, with co-artistic directors who both made their Teatro debuts as actors: same season (2005-2006), different plays, roles written specially for them by playwright/Teatro muse … Continue reading

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Sexual assault in the world of Friend or Unfriend: Tell Us What Happened at Workshop West. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Michelle Robb’s tense new play, premiering at Workshop West in Heather Inglis’s production, young characters slam up hard against complicated questions — at contradictory angles. But here’s the rub: they live in a world that … Continue reading

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Revenge, cartoon-style: 9 to 5 the musical at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Joy to the girls. The vintage revenge fantasy now charging around the office on the Citadel’s Maclab stage — propelled by Dolly Parton songs and a perennial point about exploitation of women in the work place … Continue reading

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‘It’s no o’clock’: Bloomsday at Shadow Theatre, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A rosy glow suffuses the Varscona stage (designer: Even Gilchrist):  it’s either dawn or dusk, nearly day or nearly night, in a Dublin that’s both real and literary. And the sound (designer: Dave Clarke) is a … Continue reading

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Lighting the Bonfire: Rapid Fire’s wildest festival is back, and it’s live

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For two years, the members of the Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble have been storing up their wildest, coolest, most ridiculously challenging new ideas in improv. And that, my friends, is a lot of pent-up crazy. RFT’s … Continue reading

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Taking down the boss: 9 to 5 the musical at the Citadel, a preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight. ca Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living….  “It’s joyful, it’s funny, it’s absolutely a revenge story!” says director Rachel Peake of the musical comedy that opens this week at the Citadel, … Continue reading

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Tell Us What Happened: sexual assault and social media, in Michelle Robb’s new play at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The new play that premieres Thursday in Heather Inglis’s Workshop West production invites us into a circle of young female friends who find themselves in crisis in the fraught border country between social media and the … Continue reading

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‘Orchid, pause recording’: I Don’t Even Miss You, a Tiny Bear Jaws dance musical for a contactless world. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you think that the last two years have kicked the crap out of satire, think what they’ve done to speculative fiction. Or existential crises. With I Don’t Even Miss You, premiering in RISER Edmonton’s 2022 … Continue reading

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An inheritance in stories: ren & the wake, a new Catch the Keys musical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a funny thing, don’t you find, the way memory works. How the past gets unearthed from its subterranean lair in detached moments, a snippet of melody, a smell, the sound of a laugh, a scribble … Continue reading

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You can’t not discuss this one: As You Like It, A Radical Retelling is the first play at the New Roxy, a (very) short review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Thus we may see … how the world wags.” — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II, vii It’s bold. It’s ballsy, a genuinely provocative theatre experiment. And — here’s a 100 per cent guarantee — … Continue reading

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