Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Conjuring Patsy in concert, live at the Mayfield: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home.” The singing invitation comes from Miss Virginia Patterson Hensley of Winchester, Virginia, whose early-career name change is part of the show to follow. She … Continue reading

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Why Edmonton? Why Garneau? What’s in a ‘hood? We ask novelist Todd Babiak about The Garneau Block

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “LET’S FIX IT.” A rallying cry? A call to action? A cosmic signal? It sounds like a communal mantra for our fraught and broken time. That mysterious three-word sign, duct-taped to trees in a signature Edmonton … Continue reading

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Together once more, on the street where you live: The Garneau Block at the Citadel. Meet playwright Belinda Cornish.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “There was something quite magical,” says Belinda Cornish, “about having us all come together, to be a community together that one night…. It felt very special. And I felt lucky to be there.”    She’s talking … Continue reading

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A good night’s sleep and A Fit, Happy Life, Teatro’s third filmed production. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s what I do! It’s what I love!” declares a man in earnest defence of the job that is his chosen career and his avocation. Mike Brack (Mathew Hulshof) is an expert in the field of … Continue reading

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Capturing the Patsy Cline essence: Sara-Jeanne Hosie is back at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Sixteen years ago, an award-winning musical theatre triple threat from the West Coast got offered an unusually specific starring role. One that would involve surprising low notes and some yodelling. How’d you like to be our … Continue reading

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Towards a more inclusive theatre: Postmarginal Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At a moment in history when so many of our artistic assumptions are ready for their close-up, the intertwined questions of how theatre gets made, how it’s experienced — and by whom — are up for … Continue reading

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And behind the door … a stranger. A Second Round of Seconds, Lost Lemoine part 2 at Teatro. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Anyone unalterably convinced that a life of celibacy is much to be preferred to a blind date with a stranger should probably avoid Lost Lemoine Part 2: A Second Round of Seconds at all costs. On … Continue reading

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After a year of streaming, the Métis version of Mary’s Wedding is back, and live, at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are layers of wispy fiddle music like aural smoke in the air, a haze of past and present. “Tonight is just a dream,” advises Charlie (Cree actor/playwright Todd Houseman), the lovestruck Métis boy who leads … Continue reading

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‘Burning it down, admitting defeat, and starting over’: Northern Light Theatre announces its 46th season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a question that speaks, with eerie precision, to our moment: how do we find the resilience to start again after a setback? The three mainstage plays in Northern Light Theatre’s live upcoming 46th season, “Burning … Continue reading

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Fun on film: Lost Lemoine Part 1 opens the Teatro season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You aren’t a very interesting patient,” says the psychiatrist (Mark Meer) to the imperturbable woman on the consultation couch (Jocelyn Ahlf) in The Crazy Woman, one of the six short plays in the Lost Lemoine Part … Continue reading

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