Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Kiss the cod: Come From Away at the Jube, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Come From Away wasn’t Away long, in real time. And yet, the world has changed in such unmistakeable ways since March 2019, when the American touring production arrived here, bringing a story of Canadian-ness back to … Continue reading

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Teatro Live! new season, new calendar, new name

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ya turn 40, ya make changes….  Teatro La Quindicina goes into its new decade with a newly streamlined moniker (with a built-in exclamation point), a new logo, a new and Fringe-less yearly calendar, and an expanding … Continue reading

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The Fringe, and fringers, are back! The curtain comes down tonight

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If Fringe director Murray Utas is looking a little dazed — a rarefied combo of surprise, delight, and fatigue — who can blame him? It’s the last day of Destination Fringe, the 41st annual edition of … Continue reading

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What I learned at this year’s Fringe: thoughts of a Fringed brain

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I want to go to the beautiful place and enjoy the view and then come back. I think we all do.” — Leo in Stewart Lemoine’s The Margin of the Sky  You can’t go off to … Continue reading

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A last weekend at the Fringe: how did THAT happen? See some shows!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How on earth did it happen? Amazingly, it’s the final weekend of Destination Fringe. So much theatre, so little time. True, the Fringe has been unfailing creative, non-stop, about not vanishing during The Great Pause. But … Continue reading

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And there’s more … Fringe holdovers next week in two locations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Oh no, it’s true. The Fringe ends Sunday. But if your GPS went wonky and you haven’t managed to arrive at Destination Fringe yet, or your might-have-seen’s haven’t quite materialized, regrets are premature. You’ve had a … Continue reading

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Gathering dreams: Dreamers Cantata, a new revue from the Plain Janes. A Fringe review

Dreamer’s Cantata – A New Revue (Stage 11, Varscona Theatre) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What would we do without the Plain Janes?  In addition to their excavations in the corners of the musical theatre repertoire where the forgotten or neglected, … Continue reading

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Insights honed to a knife edge: Horseface, a Fringe review

Horseface (Stage 14, La Cité Auditorium) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the heart of this whip-cracking solo show is a smile — wide, tight-lipped, ambiguously ulterior. This is what seething looks like when it’s smiling. In this funny sharp-eyed solo … Continue reading

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And put your hands together for … Jesus Teaches Us Things, a Fringe review

Jesus Teaches Us Things (Stage 16, Sue Paterson Theatre, Campus Saint Jean) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ve got to hand it to Jesus. He’s more famous for his exits, right? (well, exit singular really). But the guy really knows how … Continue reading

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Inner critics be gone! Ellie Heath takes charge in Fake n’ Bake, a Fringe review

Fake n’ Bake (Stage 28, Lorne Cardinal Theatre at the Roxy) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a solo show for a likeable, vivacious woman, who arrives onstage to tell us a story, wow, trailing her own personal Greek chorus. They’re … Continue reading

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