Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer, frat party kegger of a satire. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I would never lie; I’ve taken poli-sci.” This declaration in song from the goofball hero got a big laugh from the preview night crowd at Grindstone Theatre’s new musical satire Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer. Hey, … Continue reading

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‘Our opportunity to meet the moment’: 366 Days, the latest from Major Matt Mason

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a strange, unsettling thought: We are all hybrid creatures. That’s how we have to live now, forever straddling the live and the digital, not fully existing in one world or another. Are we then our … Continue reading

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The Best Summer Ever, mantra for a musical satire: Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Best Summer Ever. Four words destined to live in infamy. An open invitation to disaster, as well we know (and everyone knew at the time). And, hey, a banner for Alberta to carry onto the … Continue reading

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‘That piano arrived in my life for a reason’: Metronome, a new Darrin Hagen solo show premieres at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Have you ever tried something new, and instantly thought ‘O! I feel like I’ve been doing this my whole life?’” That’s how Darrin Hagen remembers the exact day when everything changed for the small-town Alberta trailer … Continue reading

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A spiral into comic chaos, through 7 doors: The Fiancée, a new farce by Holly Lewis, premieres at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Theatre is a serious work, my friends. It requires commitment, bold attack, research, tough backstage choices approached face-on. Holly Lewis walked into a rehearsal room at the Citadel after lunch one day a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Have a peek

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Oh, you know, the usual…. A new theatre is glowing from the inside out. Shows are ending their runs, a live season of Die-Nasty is about to begin, Opera … Continue reading

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Noodling with The Stroganoffs: Die-Nasty returns with the first of three mini-seasons

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca    A weekday morning in the life of an improviser: Wayne Jones is hanging with Chekhov. He’s spent the a.m. watching The Seagull and Uncle Vanya. Who does that? The producer/artistic director of the 30th annual … Continue reading

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The comedy of excavation: Hiraeth at the Varscona in a Bright Young Things production. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a visceral way, there’s nothing more gut-wrenching than hope. It puts your dreams into a never-ending spin cycle. You can’t get a grip on grief, or heartbreak. You can’t even grab onto sadness properly, much … Continue reading

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An ode to bountiful Nature on the big stage: Bears at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If there was one thing Floyd loved, it was bears,” says Floyd of himself near the outset of Matthew MacKenzie’s boldly weird and wonderful play. In the course of Bears, Floyd, a Métis oil patch worker … Continue reading

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It’s the theatre season, and you have options this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, there’s a Theatre Season (now, there’s a term that’s gotten a little rusty) going on in this town. There’s live theatre in your weekend — two openings Friday night alone — and you have options. … Continue reading

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