Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

“We’re back to who we are!” Murray Utas launches Fringe Revue

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you were in any doubt before that, the moment in mid-April the mighty Edmonton Fringe pulled the plug on its 39th annual edition in August, was a capital-M Moment of confirmation that the world had … Continue reading

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Letters of the Pandemic: be-wigged, bothered, and bewildered by the times

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You knew this already. But it bears repetition, in an era that has deprived us of the hug:  and the handshake: never under-estimate the ingenuity of our artists. What happens when an actor and a writer … Continue reading

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Looking for a sign: Hayley Moorhouse’s Bird Signs at Nextfest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca See that bunch of sparrows hanging out on the cable that goes to your house?  Obviously it’s a signal from the cosmos vis-à-vis your career plans. Yes, you should definitely apply for med school, or become … Continue reading

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‘How do I find my place in the world?’ Meet Nextfest actor/playwright Dylan Thomas-Bouchier

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “My brain is spinning with this show,” says actor/playwright Dylan Thomas-Bouchier “It’s very much my conversation with myself.… How do I, as a new artist, find my my place in the world?” That show is Finding … Continue reading

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The “what’s next?” comes to you: the 2020 Nextfest goes online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “O my gosh!” declares Nextfest director Ellen Chorley, who has a great and natural talent for celebration. “I’m absolutely blown away by how special and magical it is! I’m so thrilled!” The playwright/ actor/ director/ mentor/ … Continue reading

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The strangest of seasons: a truncated year on Edmonton stages in Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two high-contrast shows, one a subterranean prairie slow-burn tragedy and the other a riotous blood-spattered revenge comedy of the Shakespearean persuasion, proved the top choices of jurors as the 33rd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced … Continue reading

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A world of uncertainty: a playground for improv. Dungeons, Dragons, and Die-Nasty

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a world of uncertainty, improv makes perfect sense. It’s no coincidence that in a crisis, award-winning artists in this improv-crazy theatre town have stepped up to the challenge, and improvised new ways to take performance … Continue reading

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Girl Brain goes the (social) distance in a new series of online comedy sketches

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Proposition: there is a funny side to everything. If you approach from oblique angles.  While Ellie Heath was spending a month in quarantine at her mom’s place, she overheard a rambunctious maternal Zoom cocktail get-together. “Mom … Continue reading

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The Desperate Izmores: portrait of a marriage in crisis. Don’t you dare laugh.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca She’s bored — with a chaser of exasperation and an adenoidal voice that makes your fillings hurt. He’s a sad-sack sulker, a dimwit who’d  be a poster boy for morosity (if that ever becomes an actual … Continue reading

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FringeLiveStream: a new Fringe season venture in bringing live performances direct to your screen

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A summer without Fringes? It’s a strange and defoliated calendar for us audiences — and a daunting one for theatre artists, already struggling to survive the shutting down of the performing arts industry. Fringe veteran Jon … Continue reading

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