Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

“What lies ahead?” asking the oracle in ’20s New York: a review of The Salon of the Talking Turk

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Will I be ever again be as happy as I was on the happiest day of my life so far? It’s a question that haunts all of us, on tiptoes at the hidden intersection between what’s … Continue reading

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You’ll be binging at A MIdsummer Night’s Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca ‘Tis very midsummer madness!” Oops, wrong Shakespeare play. Right spirit. Our upcoming 36th annual Edmonton Fringe Festival, the oldest on the continent and still the biggest, has its signature theme. As announced Thursday, come August 17 … Continue reading

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Consulting the fortune teller at Teatro: let’s ask Mark Meer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was a pungent, not to say eye-watering, debut. Fifteen years ago, an actor/improviser of expandable comic talents got enlisted by Teatro La Quindicina for a new screwball comedy. The play? Vidalia, named for the sweet, … Continue reading

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Teatro turns 35 with a new season of comedies, variously hued

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Oh, it’s beyond fun….”  — Dominica, in The Talking Turk Now, there’s a mantra for a Teatro season. In The Salon of the Talking Turk, the vintage Stewart Lemoine comedy that launches Teatro La Quindicina’s  2017 … Continue reading

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As the crow flies: Nicole Moeller’s new play gets under your skin at Azimuth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the first moments of The Preacher, The Princess, And A Crow, a man bursts headlong into a tower room above a street. He triple-locks the door behind him. Jasper is a man under siege. But … Continue reading

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Exit, pursued by a crow: Nicole Moeller’s new play asks tough questions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Jasper has to save the princess.” When Nicole Moeller follows the thread of her new play back back back to its birthplace, that’s the line she heard in her head. Intriguing, yes, and not just because … Continue reading

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Concrete plans for a big upcoming season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s no coincidence that the most influential and travelled show in Concrete Theatre history has a title with a question mark: Are We There Yet?. For the 28-year-old Edmonton theatre, devoted to exploring the thorniest social … Continue reading

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Dungeons and Dragons, and other theatrical matters

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Nerd Alert: Saturday is Dungeons & Dragons night at Rapid Fire Theatre. Actually, every Saturday in May is Dungeons & Dragons night at Rapid Fire Theatre. Mark Meer, a veritable scholar of nerd-ly arcana, game theory … Continue reading

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The Virgin, The Whore, Something In between: Northern Light announces a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Next season Northern Light Theatre and L’UniThéâtre will share the premiere of a new play by Edmonton’s Cat Walsh, a playwright who specializes in the dark-unto-macabre end of the comedy spectrum. Trevor Schmidt’s production of Do … Continue reading

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The Shadow knows: Collin Doyle’s Slumberland Motel premieres next season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Stellar news for Edmonton theatre-goers! After 11 years of being an “exciting prospect,” Collin Doyle’s long-awaited Slumberland Motel will actually arrive on stage next season — at Shadow Theatre. Billed as “a road-weary comedy,” the 2006 … Continue reading

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