Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Get down and festive, at an Edmonton festival this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a festive week in Edmonton live entertainment. The moment, both historically and seasonally, is at hand for you to venture forth and join in. It’s a choose-your-festival week; sample widely: the Found Festival, the New … Continue reading

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Doors will slam, towels will drop: Farren Timoteo goes farcical in A Grand Time in the Rapids at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I love watching actors work hard,” says Farren Timoteo. “It’s one of my favourite things about theatre. I love it when you see them changing too much, running around too much, negotiating crazy entrances and exits … Continue reading

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Surprise! Finding yourself at Found 2022: the festival of art in unexpected places

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At  Found 2022 you could find yourself … following a story into a fort in the river valley. You could find yourself in a hidden nook of Old Strathcona, in a park, in a garbage enclosure … Continue reading

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Sexual assault, scorched earth, and the fire that burns: Smoke, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Smoke is both of the air and the earth. And so is Elena Belyea’s challenging and elusive play, getting its Edmonton premiere at Co*Lab in a Tiny Bear Jaws production with two casts.   Smoke is … Continue reading

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‘Immigrants get the job done’: Hamilton’s finally here, in a first-rate touring production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hamilton: it’s epic. It’s crazy rich in its language, music, and theatricality. And it explodes onto the stage with an offer, no, a demand, to focus both history and musical theatre from the outsider perspective. It’s … Continue reading

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Where there’s fire there’s … Smoke: assault, consent and gender in a play with two casts

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Smoke, getting its Edmonton premiere Thursday at Co*Lab, a woman opens her apartment door to discover that the past has showed up. Aiden’s -ex is there to confront her about allegations she’s made to a … Continue reading

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Sex in the city, hypocrite puritans, corrupt politicians … who’s ever heard of that? Measure For Measure in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The opening image of Nancy McAlear’s production of Measure For Measure, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival’s companion piece to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Hawrelak Park this summer, is a male pole dancer in a cage. It’s … Continue reading

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More about folly than love: A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings Freewill Shakespeare back to the park. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Blow blow thou winter wind…”  oops, wrong play.  After two years of wandering the town in small-cast entertainments, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival is back on the big stage in Hawrelak Park. And on Tuesday’s blustery, unremittingly … Continue reading

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Their long journeys to Canada and the shoes they wore: The Shoe Project at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca To understand someone you must first walk a mile in their shoes. The old truism gets renewed and powerful resonance in the performance event happening at Workshop West this weekend. In The Shoe Project, Saturday and … Continue reading

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Let the journeying begin: Northern Light Theatre announces a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The journey. After two years of our collective fretfulness — isolation, scrambling on the ground, pivoting on one foot, running on the spot as the world crumbles — theatre’s favourite metaphor gathers new dimensions. Journeys, and … Continue reading

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