Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Hey, Old Friend! The Janes and the Varscona toast Sondheim

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “But us, old friends, What’s to discuss, old friends? Here’s to us! Who’s like us? Damn few!” — Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Sondheim  Edmonton’s top musical theatre artists gather on the Varscona stage Oct. 8 … Continue reading

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Theatre Network at 48: a new season for a new building

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are many firsts attached to Theatre Network’s 48th season, announced Thursday.  The trio of mainstage productions is led by Jim Guedo’s innovative all-new Joni Mitchell musical, and includes a powerful drama by Canadian star Hannah … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes in war, a story of human resilience: Barvinok, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “My Baba has a secret,” says Ukrainian-Canadian Hania in the opening moments of Barvinok. “A secret she is bringing with her to her grave.” As we learn in Lianna Makuch’s suspenseful and moving play, inspired by … Continue reading

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Assault by the (corporate) media: Network, opening the Citadel season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  Before memes became meme-ish, when the medical profession had sole ownership of “viral,” there was the scene in Network, the Paddy Chayefsky film of 50 years ago, in which a veteran TV anchor declared “I’m mad … Continue reading

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Heart and soul in 2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The charming, poignant, and very funny musical comedy now at the Mayfield begins in classic concert fashion: the bow from the waist and the flipping of the tuxedo tails. Two men in formal tuxes take their … Continue reading

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Rising Sun Theatre throws a magic/music bash

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Magic and music: some of this theatre town’s top-drawer talent in both are featured in Rising Sun Theatre’s benefit bash at the Gateway Theatre Oct. 1. Ron Pearson, a virtuoso magician/illusionist with a theatrical bent (Minerva: … Continue reading

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Mad as hell: Network launches the Citadel season. A preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The word “prescient” has been floating over the Citadel for weeks now, threading through rehearsals for the play getting its Canadian premiere Thursday on the Shoctor stage.  It’s attached to a (very) dark comedy satire about … Continue reading

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Workshop West announces a new season devoted to Canadian plays and their creators

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre bookends its upcoming 44th “Persistence of Vision” season, announced Thursday, in a way that has always characterized a theatre company devoted to the development and showcasing of new Canadian plays and their … Continue reading

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A cultural inheritance, a quest, and a haunting: Barvinok launches a tour here

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “The universal desire, the need, desire, to understand who you are, where you came from….” That’s what drew Ukrainian-Canadian playwright Lianna Makuch across the ocean to her ancestral homeland. And that quest was her creative inspiration, … Continue reading

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Facing the fall-out: A Doll’s House Part 2 launches the season at the Varscona. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The stage is dominated by a door, a giant door. The room has the outlines of wainscoting and six sealed windows — all bleached out, painted over, uninhabited. There’s no human clutter: a couple of chairs, … Continue reading

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