Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

A winning homage to one of the greats: Coat of Many Colours, a guest Fringe review by Marc Horton

Coat of Many Colours (Stage 41, CKUA Performance Space) By Marc Horton In country music there’s Patsy and Loretta, Emmylou and Reba, Kitty and Skeeter, Naomi and Winonna, Tammy, Shania and Trisha. Fans are on a first-name basis with them … Continue reading

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A brilliant solo tour de force: Fear and Loathing and Lovecraft. A guest Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

By Alan Kellogg Fear and Loathing and Lovecraft (Stage 13 (Old Strathcona Public Library) If there is a Fringe godhead, surely Mark Meer and P.J. Dawe are part of it, floating somewhere in the ether. Or perhaps….below, somewhere, in this … Continue reading

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“A rich, tempestuous life” comes to the stage: unmissable Josephine, a guest Fringe review by Marc Horton

Josephine (Stage 1, Westbury Theatre) By Marc Horton Last year on a visit to Paris we stayed at a charming hotel where each floor was dedicated to a famous resident of that wonderful city. For example, folks stepping from the … Continue reading

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Back in the fairy ring: Flora & Fawna Have Beaver Fever (and so does Fleurette). A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Flora & Fawna Have Beaver Fever (and so does Fleurette), Stage 12 (Varscona Theatre) “Thank you and welcome for coming,” says Fawna, gamely trying to overcome natural melancholy and achieve stage vivacity. She’s one of the … Continue reading

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My three (perfect) sons: Gossamer Feast, a Fringe review

Gossamer Feast (Stage 15, Holy Trinity Anglican Church) Ah, the family dinner, site of countless tense dramas: This puckish and salty little 2009 comedy by Gerald Osborn is an antidote for everyone who’s ever doubled down on Tums wondering how … Continue reading

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It’s the biggest opening night of the year! And the generations assemble

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We’ll eat you up – we love you so!” — Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are Tonight’s the night, the biggest opening night of the year in this theatre town. And Where The Wild … Continue reading

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Step up, be a patron, support theatre coverage: it’ll be fun!

Hello theatre friends! How did this happen? Suddenly, magically, it’s the eve of the Fringe, the biggest edition ever of Edmonton’s favourite summer festival, best idea, most influential export ever. Live theatre is on everyone’s mind in this exciting theatre … Continue reading

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Sing it don’t say it: musical theatre at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take a quick flip through the Fringe program, a tome of epic weight and proportions, and you’ll notice there’s nothing run of DeMille about the musicals at this year’s edition of our big alternative summer theatre … Continue reading

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Those who can, teach: a new theatre company debuts at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Those who can, do. Those who aren’t afraid to, teach…. And then they get up onstage at the Fringe. The production of Almost, Maine that opens Friday at the Fringe (BYOV Stage 25) introduces a new … Continue reading

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‘Hello everybody, my name is TJ’ – 25 years of Fringe for TJ Dawe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hello everybody. Thanks for coming. My name’s TJ. I’m here to tell you a story….” It’s been 25 years since an underachieving West Coast actor, fresh from theatre school, discovered something unexpected and empowering about the … Continue reading

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