Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

“Changing time for you”: Infinity at Theatre Network, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The downside of infinity, as the odd comic has noted, is that it’s really long getting to the end. But when does infinity start? That’s one of the intriguing questions that engages us in the highly … Continue reading

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The siren call of the wild: Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins, a review

Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Something happened to me today,” says Lizzie in Pretty Goblins. “Something happens to everyone every day,” says her twin sister Laura. There it is, in a nutshell: the hard, maybe irreducible, human mystery at the crux of … Continue reading

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Capturing time for the theatre: Hannah Moscovitch talks about Infinity

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Time. It surrounds us, envelopes us, embeds us in a present that’s gone before you know it. It accumulates when you don’t want it and dwindles to nothing when you do. It keeps the past and … Continue reading

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Sisterhood and addiction: Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins premieres at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Morning and evening/ Maids heard the goblins cry: “Come buy our orchard fruits,/Come buy, come buy…. – Goblin Market Christina Rossetti’s 1859 fantasy Goblin Market, a piece of Victorian erotica which has got to be one of … Continue reading

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All Shook Up shakes up the jukebox at the Mayfield: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Finally. A jukebox musical with an actual jukebox. And it’s busted. Which should tell you something about the sassy, light-hearted self-awareness of All Shook Up, currently at the Mayfield cavorting its way through the Elvis canon … Continue reading

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Secrets of the staff room revealed: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge at Bonfire 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Haven’t you always wanted to go backstage in the education system? Admit it. Haven’t you always wondered what goes on in the teachers’ lounge after the bell rings? What — and who — are the nation’s … Continue reading

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Bonfire: the improv festival that plays with matches

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How’s this for a cool and crazy idea for an improv show? Lights up. Go. What if … a show was improvised from its own sequences of lighting cues? That’s Lumen, one of the 24 experiments … Continue reading

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“Is it possible I just like sex?” Slut, at Northern Light Theatre: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca S. L. U. T. The funniest set design of the season  — and the only one (to my knowledge) that actually engages in smart-ass repartee with the character onstage — is to be found in the … Continue reading

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Tense negotiations over tea: Going to St. Ives at the Varscona, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The negotiations at the heart of Going To St. Ives involve a doctor and a patient, and a hard-fought exchange of favours. They have nothing to do with waiting lists. In this knotty two-hander by American … Continue reading

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Going Undercover with the crack improvisers of Spontaneous Theatre: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I like your thinking,” says the tough-cookie Det. Sergeant (Rebecca Northan), snapping her gum approvingly at the rookie detective from time to time in the course of Undercover. “I like your thinking” is the mantra of … Continue reading

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