Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

UnCovered: The Music of Dolly Parton alights here (digitally), courtesy of Catalyst

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here they come again…. Some of the country’s top musical theatre talent has a date Saturday night — at your place. Toronto’s Musical Stage Company returns with a digital version of their hugely popular annual “signature … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre, six bright up-and-comers: meet designer Beyata Hackborn

They’re young, adaptable, and creative. And as theatre returns in this late-pandemic grind, and the doors open to live audiences, we’ll be seeing the work of these theatre artists light up, and transform, the scene here, on- and backstage. Meet … Continue reading

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A mysterious encounter en route to the Promised Land: The Mountaintop opens the Shadow season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why America is going to hell … ” repeats the man before us, testing different ways of rolling off each syllable for a speech-in-progress. It’s a sonorous voice gone scratchy around the edges by hard use … Continue reading

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The Mountaintop: a human portrait of a hero and the landscape of dreams, at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Like most men you ain’t gone be able to finish what you started. — The Mountaintop The play that launches Shadow Theatre’s delayed three-play live season Thursday is named for one of Martin Luther King’s most … Continue reading

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The Hunchback Variations: the quest for the elusive. Meet director Davina Stewart

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The comedy that opens Friday in a Northern Light Theatre production starts in absurdity, a concept that’s taken a beating from reality, times being what they are. Start with this: The Hunchback Variations is a panel … Continue reading

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Rapid Fire Theatre: back live, and back on their home turf in Old Strathcona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Rapid Fire Theatre has a new home for the new year. The agile Edmonton improv company, 41 seasons old (but young at heart), de-camped this week from downtown and moved back to their traditional stomping ground, … Continue reading

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Getting excited about Edmonton theatre in 2022, a how-to guide

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I sometimes have to wonder if my annual ‘what to look forward to in theatre’ piece in January has become speculative fiction in our pandemical world. A universal disclaimer seems to hang over everything like ice … Continue reading

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Richard Gishler: Edmonton theatre has lost part of its story and its heart

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A hard year in theatre got harder still in December. With the passing this month of actor/ playwright Richard Gishler, at 74, this theatre town has lost some of its lustre: part of its origin story, … Continue reading

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2021: the year in Edmonton theatre, part two

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2021 was the year a mystery box, gift-wrapped in silver with a Do Not Open warning, arrived at the house. At showtime three days later, it turned out to contain cues for a play — no, … Continue reading

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2021: the year Edmonton theatre returned to live (part one)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In theatre, 2021 is a year that isn’t ending as it began. It was more than half over when The Pivot pivoted. Live performance gradually, cautiously ventured out of its online exile, where it had creatively … Continue reading

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