Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

On the road again: Mesa is a trip across the border, and the generations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know what they say (it’s probably somewhere in the extra-fine print on the AMA website, just kidding): You never really know someone till you travel together. The buddy pic/ road trip through America that opens … Continue reading

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“A little bit naughty”: Matilda rewrites her story in the hit musical opening at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We are revolting children/ living in revolting times. We sing revolting songs/ using revolting rhymes. Kicking, punching, and stomping are de rigueur in the rehearsal rooms of the Citadel these days. “We talk about fighting, not about … Continue reading

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Élise contre l’extinction totale: a new L’UniThéâtre show for and about kids – and the planet – hits the road

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Anxiety about climate change and the fate of the earth isn’t the exclusive domain of adults. And “save the planet” isn’t vaguely theoretical, or metaphorical, or political: 16,306 species of animals are currently at risk of … Continue reading

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The tricky question of belief: We Are Not Alone at Theatre Network. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “What am I doing here?” asks Damien Atkins more than once in the course of his smart, sly, funny solo show We Are Not Alone. Its declared subject is one that raises either your hopes or … Continue reading

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Songs My Mother Never Sung Me: a coming-of-age deaf/hearing chamber opera at Chinook

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “This is the story of how my mom helped me find my voice,” says the narrator (the excellent Kieran Martin Murphy) in Songs My Mother Never Sung Me, a touching, and ingenious, new bilingual chamber opera” … Continue reading

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Close encounters with Damien Atkins: We Are Not Alone at Theatre Network

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you tell someone you are thinking of writing a play about UFO’s, usually there will be a little silence, and then a little laugh.” – We Are Not Alone It comes with the territory. Some … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s champagne and a show: where to take your date to celebrate

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Of all the high holidays, the one that shares a name with a variety of massacres and martyrdoms is coming up. It’s also the ultimate date night. So in order to celebrate romance, there are a … Continue reading

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Ins Choi at Chinook: the Kim’s Convenience creator goes solo

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s pretty much what I’ve always wanted to do!” says a genial, amused voice on the phone from Toronto. “Talk directly to the audience about my life. And make people laugh….”  That double-barrelled thought has propelled … Continue reading

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Lend Me A Tenor: a classic ’30s door-slammer at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “These things happen, sir,” ventures Max, the rabbity assistant manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, trying to look on the bright side. In view of the premise of Ken Ludwig’s ingeniously engineered old-school 1986 farce … Continue reading

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A new Ellen Chorley play is the centrepiece of the upcoming Northern Light season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The centrepiece of Northern Light Theatre’s upcoming season, announced Saturday, is a new play by one of Edmonton’s most unusual artists. Ellen Chorley, the director of Nextfest since 2016, is an award-winning playwright, actor, director, dramaturg, … Continue reading

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