Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

The “what’s next?” comes to you: the 2020 Nextfest goes online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “O my gosh!” declares Nextfest director Ellen Chorley, who has a great and natural talent for celebration. “I’m absolutely blown away by how special and magical it is! I’m so thrilled!” The playwright/ actor/ director/ mentor/ … Continue reading

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The strangest of seasons: a truncated year on Edmonton stages in Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two high-contrast shows, one a subterranean prairie slow-burn tragedy and the other a riotous blood-spattered revenge comedy of the Shakespearean persuasion, proved the top choices of jurors as the 33rd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced … Continue reading

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A world of uncertainty: a playground for improv. Dungeons, Dragons, and Die-Nasty

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a world of uncertainty, improv makes perfect sense. It’s no coincidence that in a crisis, award-winning artists in this improv-crazy theatre town have stepped up to the challenge, and improvised new ways to take performance … Continue reading

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Girl Brain goes the (social) distance in a new series of online comedy sketches

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Proposition: there is a funny side to everything. If you approach from oblique angles.  While Ellie Heath was spending a month in quarantine at her mom’s place, she overheard a rambunctious maternal Zoom cocktail get-together. “Mom … Continue reading

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The Desperate Izmores: portrait of a marriage in crisis. Don’t you dare laugh.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca She’s bored — with a chaser of exasperation and an adenoidal voice that makes your fillings hurt. He’s a sad-sack sulker, a dimwit who’d  be a poster boy for morosity (if that ever becomes an actual … Continue reading

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FringeLiveStream: a new Fringe season venture in bringing live performances direct to your screen

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A summer without Fringes? It’s a strange and defoliated calendar for us audiences — and a daunting one for theatre artists, already struggling to survive the shutting down of the performing arts industry. Fringe veteran Jon … Continue reading

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Cocktails at Stewart’s: Teatro La Quindicina throws an online party to celebrate a birthday and a season on hold for a year

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Listen, life is valuable…. If it ends, you’d miss it. Remember that, but also forget about it. I’m done. Where’s my drink?” The woman who delivers an impromptu Best Lady acceptance speech in Stewart Lemoine’s 2003 … Continue reading

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“Where are you?” Tracks, an online experiment, takes us home with the cast.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A preamble to Tracks, the online theatre that’s happening this week on your own screen…. Ever since going out to theatre, my way of life for forever, abruptly ended a thousand years ago (or 10 weeks, … Continue reading

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Sandy Moser: mask-maker to the stars

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Live theatre gave Sandy Moser the big-M Moment that turned everything around for her. And she’s returning the favour, though she’d never put it that way in a million years. “What would I be doing otherwise?” … Continue reading

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Tracks: choose your route in an online theatre adventure from Amoris Projects

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It started out as an ambulatory theatre adventure. Tracks let its audiences loose to wander in an unexpected assortment of rooms and spaces — a theatre box office, dressing rooms, bathrooms, the playwright’s car — to … Continue reading

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