Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

The quest for happiness, one little item at a time. A review of Every Brilliant Thing, starring John Ullyatt, at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This will seem a wintry, back-handed way to start a review. But there are many reasons in advance to dread Every Brilliant Thing. Not so much because the dark subject of death by suicide is involved … Continue reading

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“It’s what happens when you say Yes!” Feel the breeze at the 2020 Chinook Series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Chinook “is what happens when you say Yes!” laughs Vanessa Sabourin. She’s talking about the cutting-edge curated performance series that skips as lightly across artistic disciplines as the surprising winter breeze with the built-in warming trend. … Continue reading

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What makes life worth living? Every Brilliant Thing makes a list, and star John Ullyatt takes you through it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca He’s a mainstage leading man with character actor instincts. We’ve seen him clamour fearlessly through the audience, as the tarnished extrovert MC in Cabaret. Or talk to us directly as the stage manager in Burning Bluebeard. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare gets a Cree cosmology re-fit: Pawâkan Macbeth arrives for Chinook

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Feel the breeze. Chinook, the resource-sharing multi-disciplinary series devoted to melting our preconceptions and expanding our experience of live performance and creation, is at hand. It’s a measure of creative vision (and chutzpah) that the 2020 … Continue reading

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Catalyst’s new musical takes us into the girls’ club of elite secret agents. Meet the creators of The Invisible

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Espionage: Upstagers and exhibitionists need not apply.  In the long-awaited new Catalyst musical that finally gets its Edmonton debut Friday on the Maclab stage, we infiltrate a shadowy, high-risk world of wartime spies where the job … Continue reading

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A brave new gender-less world? Happy Birthday Baby J, a new Nick Green comedy at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I was saying my authenticity mantra,” declares a progressive bourgeois mommy at the start of Happy Birthday Baby J. Yes indeed, “authenticity” (and an assortment of other contemporary mantras) will be up for discussion, dissection, and … Continue reading

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A riotous black comedy from Colleen Murphy at Theatre Network: Titus Bouffonius is all good unwholesome fun. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a rare evening at the theatre that gets you laughing out loud, gives you a good smack upside the head — and makes you wonder later whether you might have dreamed the whole thing. AND … Continue reading

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Ketchup ketchup everywhere! The fearless Colleen Murphy revisits Shakespeare’s grisliest play

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Colleen Murphy has undertaken some audacious theatrical projects in her time. Who else in this country do you go to for a 23-actor play with a time span of 500 years, and a polar bear protagonist … Continue reading

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The Citadel’s upcoming “Season of the Rebel”: here’s the lineup

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more.” It’s from a TV anchor’s famous exhortation to his viewers in Network — rise up, lean out your windows, and yell — that … Continue reading

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Hamilton is coming: Broadway Across Canada announces a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Edmonton audiences will get their first crack at the most acclaimed musical of the era next season. Hamilton, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical of 2015, arrives on the Jube stage July 27 to Aug. … Continue reading

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