Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

What? A rueful, affectionate Mamet? A Life In The Theatre, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Life in the Theatre (Stage 28, The Playhouse) In theory, letting David Mamet loose to satirize the world of theatre and its practitioners is a bit like offering a buffet of legs to a shark. … Continue reading

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The fine art of Quatsch: An honest* History of Bullshit. A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Marc Horton

An honest* History of Bullshit (Stage 8, Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) By Marc Horton In German there are any number of ways to say “bullshit.” Paco Erhard, a Berlin comic making his second welcome stop at the Fringe, probably … Continue reading

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Laughter … and something sinister in Imaginary Friend: A New Musical, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Imaginary Friend: A New Musical (Venue 35, La Cité francophone Theatre) By Alan Kellogg It’s been a good year for original Edmonton musicals at the Fringe. And here is another local production worthy of your notice, written by Stephen Allred … Continue reading

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Life’s rich pageant at the pub: Two, a Fringe review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) “Wot’s your poison, luv?” says our genial host (Julien Arnold) in a rowdy pub somewhere in the north of Jolly Olde. His other half (Ruth Alexander), too, is pulling pints behind … Continue reading

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Special of the day, a genuine home-cooked musical: Meat, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Meat (The Musical) (Venue 34, Varscona Hotel, Thomas Bennett Room) By Alan Kellogg The history of talented (and not so talented) actors, dancers and singers supplementing their income with stints at a restaurant likely goes back to harlequins and the medieval … Continue reading

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The fascination of escape: Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs (Stage 17, Roxy on Gateway) This show premiered in the Roxy Performance Series in January. It’s back at the Roxy on Gateway (aka Stage 17) for the Fringe. Here’s my … Continue reading

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The anti-rom-com rom-com: You Are Happy, a Fringe review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You Are Happy (Stage 19, Sugar Swing Ballroom, Upstairs) There are two kinds of people in the world, as Bridgette (Jenny McKillop) briskly explains in this sour, tart little fable by the young Quebec playwright Rebecca … Continue reading

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The crazy spirit of the Fringe, on legs: Are You Lovin’ It?, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Are You Lovin’ It (Venue 5, King Edward School) By Alan Kellogg Need a non-alcoholic break from one too many coming-of-age identity plays or satanic jugglers? Look no further, dear festival-goers. Relief is available from Osaka’s Theatre Group GUMBO. Here is, … Continue reading

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And the kids came through! Raymond and the Monster, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Marc Horton

By Marc Horton Raymond and the Monster (Stage 16, Sanctuary Stage at Holy Trinity Anglican Church) In the interests of full and complete disclosure, I must say that I didn’t want to review this play. What if the kids in … Continue reading

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Full of sound and fury and signifying … you know. I Hate Shakespeare!, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Marc Horton

By Marc Horton I Hate Shakespeare! (Stage 2, Backstage Theatre) When Hamlet and Laertes face off at the end of Act V and engage in swordplay that will see bodies litter the stage, the would-be ref in the scrap judges … Continue reading

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