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Meet the god of the underworld himself: Patrick Page talks about Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And the wall keeps out the enemy/ And we build the wall to keep us free/ That’s why we build the wall….” In Hadestown, the Anaïs Mitchell musical that opens at the Citadel Thursday en route to Broadway, … Continue reading

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The high line to Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How to get to Hadestown/ You’ll have to take the long way down….” And as the world-weary god/narrator Hermes sings “there ain’t no compass, brother, ain’t no map.” Yes, the road to Hadestown is long, uncharted, … Continue reading

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A homecoming for playwright Trina Davies, at Concordia U, Walterdale and SkirtsAfire

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A couple of decades ago, an Edmonton kid found herself onstage, at a theatre festival where the plays were new, and specially designed for teen actors and their teen audiences. It was at the Citadel Teen … Continue reading

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Monday nite special: seductive looks, upward mobility in CAL-gry, as Die-Nasty soaps return

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to the archive of lingering glances and lip-quivering gazes: troubled, dreamy, steamy, wistful, reflective, yearning, sultry, moody, sultry-moody crossover. Yes, the new season of Die-Nasty — “Die-Nasty does Dynasty,” makes Edmonton’s award-winning live improvised weekly … Continue reading

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See “something Edmonton never gets to see” this week: Bibish de Kinshasa at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Well, Edmonton, your theatre week is full of intriguing shows that “Edmonton never gets to see,” as L’UniThéâtre’s Brian Dooley puts it.  *Starting Wednesday, L’UniThéâtre, our hospitable francophone theatre, is hosting a cabaret/play like no other. … Continue reading

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A direct link between theatre and our shared history: Indecent in New York

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “There is a story we want to tell you….” There is no shortage, in the theatre archive, of plays about plays, the writing of them, the putting on of them, the view of them from … Continue reading

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Bringing Canada to New York: Soulpepper on 42nd Street

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last week in New York I had the excitement of seeing what a top-drawer Canadian theatre company, venturing forth, can bring to the stage in a highly demanding world theatre capital.    Coming from away for … Continue reading

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Why stop now? A (newly expanded) theatre quiz for summer! More questions for you!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Repair to your deck, clutch a mojito or an iced latte, and muse on the theatre season: What was the very first play that the Free Will Players produced in Hawrelak Park 29 summers ago? (a) … Continue reading

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A (newly expanded) theatre quiz in honour of summertime!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Repair to your deck, clutch a mojito or an iced latte, and muse on the theatre season: What was the very first play that the Free Will Players produced in Hawrelak Park 29 summers ago? (a) … Continue reading

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For the love of the screwball: Going, Going, Gone! by comedy star Jana O’Connor at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls@12thnight.ca The hero of Going, Going, Gone! Jana O’Connor’s new 30s-style screwball comedy, is an antiques dealer: “shy, uptight, uncommitted, afraid to make a wrong move in life” as the amused playwright describes him. Everything, in short, that … Continue reading

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