Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

The Tudor period: heads of state in wigs. 2 Queens & A Joker: A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2 Queens & A Joker (Stage 17, The Roxy on Gateway) It’s been a while (OK, a decade) since Guys in Disguise, those flamboyant cultural historians, applied themselves to the Tudor period, famous for its strong … Continue reading

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The appropriation dance: Whiteface. A Fringe review

Whiteface (Stage 4, Academy at King Edward) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Is there a way out? Does anybody know a way out?” The masked figures trapped onstage are increasingly frantic. No suggestions are forthcoming. Masks are the chief theatrical device, … Continue reading

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Experiment with this one: For Science! A guest Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

For Science! (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) There’s pretty big fun in this big science show via playwright Christine Lesiak. As we walk in, with dance-mix classics on the box (there is a link near the joy-induced finale of the show), … Continue reading

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Shopping at Barbra’s place: Buyer & Cellar. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Buyer & Cellar, Stage 10 (Acacia Hall) It can’t possibly be true. And yet it is. Yes, Barbra Streisand, mega-star celebrity and über-shopper, does have an entire mall in her basement. That’s the bizarre, open-for-satire, real-life … Continue reading

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The trouper, the angel, and the mantra: the show must go on!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a dramatic testimonial to theatre as a collaborative art form, in the grand odds-against “show must go on” tradition, it’s got to be the back story of The Great Whorehouse Fire of … Continue reading

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Random thoughts and suggestions on Fringe opening day

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the ongoing quest to devise a fruitful plan of attack for seeing Fringe shows, one long-time theatre administrator I knew eliminated pre-festival anxiety (and also 99 per cent of her theatre-going activity) by her strict … Continue reading

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Great moments in history … on balconies. Heather D. Swain stays home for her new Fringe show. A Fringe preview.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca One evening two summers ago the veteran Fringe and Street artist Heather D. Swain was sitting on her Strathcona balcony having a cocktail with friends, watching The People go by. And that’s when it came to … Continue reading

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When worlds collide: Chris Bullough is feeling the reverb in his new Rig Pig Fantasia. A Fringe preview

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “ Here I am,” sighs Chris Bullough wincing slightly over his de-caf last week. “An artist. My artistic career funded by oil. Questioning the ethics of oil production and use.”  His new play Rig Pig … Continue reading

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A tale of two Fringe directors. Chapter 2: Michael Bradley

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A cultural theory: There’s a kind of crazy total-immersion charge about the Fringe that’s a magnet to Edmonton theatre artists. It explains why veteran Edmonton theatre pros — Bradley Moss, Trevor Schmidt, Darrin Hagen, Dave … Continue reading

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A tale of two Fringe directors. Chapter 1: Suzie Martin

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A cultural theory: There’s a kind of crazy total-immersion charge about the Fringe that’s a magnet to Edmonton theatre artists. It explains why veteran Edmonton theatre pros — Bradley Moss, Darrin Hagen, Dave Horak, Trevor … Continue reading

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