Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Judy Unwin: curious, feisty, fun, and tirelessly passionate about theatre. A big loss for Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hi. It’s me, Judy. Listen, I’m at the theatre; I’ll meet you there….”  She was outspoken, opinionated, generous, and funny — an artist herself who stood up fiercely and in all kinds of ways for live … Continue reading

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Negotiating a route through the Deaf and hearing worlds: Chris Dodd’s Deafy, at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The production that opens tonight at the Citadel is in its own special way a groundbreaker. For the first time in its 58-season history a play by a Deaf playwright will occupy a stage at the … Continue reading

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Fresh Hell: in Conni Massing’s new play an unusual case of female bonding. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ll never guess who Dorothy Parker ran into the other day. On a stage. In Edmonton.   Of all the historical figures that you might reasonably expect the New York wit, poet, satirist to conjure at … Continue reading

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Unsung: Tales From The Front Line, real-life stories from health care workers in a new ‘performance installation’

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are dramatic schisms in history that divide our lives into the Before and the After. 9-11 was one. The pandemic is another, says Heather Inglis. “It’s the defining moment of our lifetime.” “Something significant happened … Continue reading

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Another F!*#@$G Festival! It’s at Theatre Network and the headliner is the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Not Another F!*#@$F Festival! You say that, Edmonton, but you know you love them. Theatre Network is launching a new festival at the Roxy, of the adult contemporary multi-disciplinary stripe, Feb 7 to 12. You get … Continue reading

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I feel the earth move under my feet … Enough gets its Canadian premiere at Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “In every season there’s one show that scares me,” says Trevor Schmidt. “One show that challenges me as a director or designer. And this is the one.” Northern Light Theatre’s artistic director is talking about Enough, … Continue reading

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Fresh Hell: Career women Joan of Arc and Dorothy Parker hit the stage together (really!) in a new Conni Massing play

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The new play that premieres in the Shadow Theatre season this week has a premise that’s bound to make you smile. Conni Massing’s Fresh Hell brings together on one stage two women who not only didn’t … Continue reading

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A coming-of-age thriller: Freaky Green Eyes at Fringe Theatre, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The opening image of Freaky Green Eyes is a girl poised on a diving board, about to take the plunge. In Emma Houghton’s solo show, an artful stage adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s 2003 powerfully dark … Continue reading

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Sad news in Edmonton theatre: Judy Unwin, a theatre pioneer with the public service gene, is gone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the start of the new year, there’s very sad news today in Edmonton theatre.  With the untimely death, at 76, of Judy Unwin, we’ve lost a bona fide arts pioneer, a public-spirited artist who played … Continue reading

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The mystery behind the memory: Freaky Green Eyes, how a novel became a new play, premiering at Fringe Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hi! I don’t know if I have the right email address. I’m a theatre artist from Edmonton, Alberta. I really love your book. And I’d really love to adapt it into a stage show….”  It took … Continue reading

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