Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

The feel-anxious comedy of First Date, at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Are you ever gonna find The One?” wonders the rousing opening number of First Date, the funny, sweetly unassuming little romantic comedy musical that opened Friday at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. A chorus tots up rather … Continue reading

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Little Willy: the great marionettist Ronnie Burkett is back, with the raucous Daisy Theatre ensemble, and Shakespeare

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ronnie Burkett is back.  Call it a reunion, or maybe a homecoming. The show that opens Wednesday at the Roxy for four performances marks the return to this theatre town, and to Theatre Network, of a … Continue reading

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Collecting souls: where’s the job satisfaction? After Faust, the opening show in RISER Edmonton’s 2023 series. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like an OK gig. And you can argue that aspirational clients, like Dr. Faustus, get what they deserve when they sign away their souls for unlimited knowledge, power, worldly pleasure, and the 24/7 services … Continue reading

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Unsung: Tales From The Front Line, living portraits of the health care people who risked everything to keep us safe. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What just happened here? That leading question is the raison d’être of the “performance installation” currently running at Workshop West. In the ongoing COVID pandemic,  frontline healthcare workers have risked everything to do their jobs keeping … Continue reading

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The Citadel announces its upcoming season of nine shows: here’s the lineup

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Opportunities for people to make theatre part of their lives again!” That’s the mantra under which Citadel Theatre artistic director Daryl Cloran unveiled the upcoming $13 million 2023-2024 lineup Monday night at Edmonton’s largest playhouse.  “Our … Continue reading

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Deaf, and an expert in the absurdities of the world: Chris Dodd’s Deafy at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Deafy, currently running in the Citadel’s Rice Theatre, we meet a man with a fine-tuned sense of the absurdities of the world. In his wry way he’s an expert in negotiating obstacles both large and … Continue reading

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Enough, the aerial view of a mysterious dread, at Northern Light. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I am the image of escape,” says one of the two globe-trotting flight attendant characters in Enough, getting its Canadian premiere in the Northern Light Theatre season. There they are, trim and calm and smiling, 30,000 … Continue reading

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Judy Unwin: curious, feisty, fun, and tirelessly passionate about theatre. A big loss for Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hi. It’s me, Judy. Listen, I’m at the theatre; I’ll meet you there….”  She was outspoken, opinionated, generous, and funny — an artist herself who stood up fiercely and in all kinds of ways for live … Continue reading

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Negotiating a route through the Deaf and hearing worlds: Chris Dodd’s Deafy, at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The production that opens tonight at the Citadel is in its own special way a groundbreaker. For the first time in its 58-season history a play by a Deaf playwright will occupy a stage at the … Continue reading

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Fresh Hell: in Conni Massing’s new play an unusual case of female bonding. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ll never guess who Dorothy Parker ran into the other day. On a stage. In Edmonton.   Of all the historical figures that you might reasonably expect the New York wit, poet, satirist to conjure at … Continue reading

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