Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Remembering the enchantment: Brent Carver in Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There was an unmistakeable magic about seeing Brent Carver onstage. People felt it; they remembered the enchantment. I was struck again by that with the many heartfelt responses that came my way with the terrible news … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance playwright: have a one-on-one consultation with Workshop West’s new resident dramaturg

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Got a script in your sock drawer? A draft in your Google Docs? An idea for a play rattling around in your head? Workshop West Playwrights Theatre has an invitation for you. Their latest initiative, under … Continue reading

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What do you know now that you didn’t know on March 12? 12thnight asked theatre artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s been a learning curve.” Once more, with feeling. Since March I’ve heard the line from theatre artists too many times to count. And it’s been delivered in every intonation and cadence: exasperation (sardonic or direct), … Continue reading

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Portrait of an Indigenous artist in a Fringe-less summer: Todd Houseman

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A summer without Fringes? Without real live audiences to test new material? “It’s been a deeply reflective time,” says Todd Houseman thoughtfully, of the four months-plus since in-person performances suddenly vanished from the land. “A time … Continue reading

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A Telethon kicks off the strange summer when the Edmonton Fringe went online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything that’s happening is changing the landscape…. Let’s make our own destiny!” — Edmonton Fringe director Murray Utas The Fringe, Edmonton’s beloved August giant of a theatre festival, and a game-changer for this town in every … Continue reading

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Live theatre: has it found a footing on a platform instead of a stage in Zoom-laden times?

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A lifetime ago (March 25, 2020 to be precise), Malachite Theatre’s resourceful artistic director Benjamin Blyth explained to me that the company had borrowed an interactive online platform from the business world for a new venture. … Continue reading

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The Fringe That Never Was comes to you, with Fringe Revue episode 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The fateful moment of the Fringe-less August approaches in the distance (OK, let’s not think about that right now). I know I know. You can’t actually go to the Fringe this year. But The Fringe That … Continue reading

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Theatre Six Pack 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s happened for two decades, and it’s always sold out in a flash. One of Edmonton theatre’s perennial bright ideas is a subscription series that’s a cross-section sampling of the work of this town’s theatre companies. … Continue reading

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Gender? I Hardly Know Them: the queer sketch comedy duo zooms back with a new online show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How do you capture a sense of humour in words? On the eve of their new (mostly) live web series httpeepee, launching Tuesday, the queer sketch comedy duo Gender? I Hardly Know Them is brainstorming on … Continue reading

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The spirit of mirth, brought to you live: Lodestar Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I have had a most rare vision,” says Bottom, a stage-struck weaver with boundless enthusiasm for theatrical pursuits, late in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had one of those, too. Friday night I dreamed I found … Continue reading

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