Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs: a bloodthirsty cabaret to launch the season at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Everyone’s grandmother has an accordian in the basement,” says Kristin Johnston, pointing at a battered case with judicious applications of duct tape. This venerable objet is not some sign of random self-improvement on Johnston’s part. She’s … Continue reading

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Simone et le whole shebang: the season opens at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the intricate dark comedy that launches the L’UniThéâtre season Friday, a couple of 60-something-plus strangers from elsewhere, sporting symmetrically opposed damages, meet  — in a nursing home in Fort McMurray, the unofficial Canadian home of … Continue reading

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E Day: Jason Chinn’s new political comedy inspired by the 2015 election sweep

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How did we get here?” Playwright Jason Chinn remembers a night four years ago, a night like no other in Alberta. And since he was volunteering with the campaign that swept Rachel Notley’s NDP into office, … Continue reading

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Why do we vote the way we do? Fight Night is on it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca No doubt about it: the star avant-garde Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed has an exquisite sense of timing. This week they bring to the Citadel’s new alternative Highwire series a show that throws this question at … Continue reading

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Giving thanks for theatre: the long weekend on E-town stages

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s the moment to be thankful for Edmonton’s most captivating arts asset – our theatre scene. Many possibilities are waiting for you this weekend, including a macabre entertainment spun from our own neglected history. And … Continue reading

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Dead Centre of Town unearths our dark civic secrets

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We have a checkered past, my friends. You could say we’re haunted. For a dozen years now, in the season of ghostly chills, Catch The Keys Productions has been taking us on location, into the boneyard … Continue reading

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Hey, the theatre season has landed: a weekend on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You may have noticed: the stars have aligned; the E-town theatre season is underway. This week there are musicals, plays, an original screwball comedy. There’s a staged reading of a play that’ll open on a stage … Continue reading

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Capturing the screwball effect: Vidalia, the larky Teatro season finale. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you’ve ever had the feeling that chaos was a mere blink away — and really, who hasn’t? — the screwball comedy is your go-to form. The unnerving sense that the fabric of modern life could … Continue reading

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“I’m beautiful. And I’m here”: The Color Purple at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I believe I have inside of me/ Everything that I need to lead a bountiful life,” sings a confident woman in the last moments of the heart-grabbing musical currently on the Citadel mainstage. The heroine of … Continue reading

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Vidalia and “briefcase syndrome”: Teatro ends the season with a larky Lemoine screwball.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I feel pretty confident in declaring that Vidalia, the screwball comedy that opens Friday at the Varscona (the finale to the Teatro La Quindicina summer season), is the only example in the world-wide screwball repertoire to … Continue reading

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