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Consulting the fortune teller at Teatro: let’s ask Mark Meer

By Liz Nicholls, It was a pungent, not to say eye-watering, debut. Fifteen years ago, an actor/improviser of expandable comic talents got enlisted by Teatro La Quindicina for a new screwball comedy. The play? Vidalia, named for the sweet, … Continue reading

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Hey, emerging audience! it’s a weekend to go out to the theatre

By Liz Nicholls, There’s always anticipation in theatre, as there should be, about  “emerging” playwrights, directors, actors. There are whole festivals devoted to them, like the upcoming 2017 edition of Nextfest. Leave aside for another day the tricky question … Continue reading

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Celebrate Will’s birthday: see who he cut from Hamlet before opening night

By Liz Nicholls, Thoughts for Shakespeare’s birthday weekend.… It’s entirely possible there’s a theatre play ready for germination in every playwright brain. By that I mean a play about the theatre, and there’s a wealth of raw material to … Continue reading

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MacEwan’s new downtown arts centre: a peek inside

By Liz Nicholls There’s a surprise waiting for Edmonton downtown. It’s in an elegant glinting glass-wrapped box that catches the light on all sides. And it’s tied up with lime green ribbons. Here’s impossible magic for you: what’s contained … Continue reading

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The consolations of the Big Apple

By Liz Nicholls, The impending arrival of Rachel Chavkin and her creative team at the Citadel next season, to prepare a Broadway version of the original musical Hadestown is exciting news. Judging by her dazzling production of Natasha, Pierre, … Continue reading

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Hey! Intermission’s over; welcome to Act II

By Liz Nicholls, I know what you’re thinking. You’re lost in the dark forest of Top 10 lists, regrets, bleak self-improvement projects. You’ve drunk the champagne of finality. You’re thinking the curtain has come down and the year is … Continue reading

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Looking back: Edmonton theatre in 2016

By Liz Nicholls, “You were funny and weird, and you made me feel better. And I remembered people can do that,” says one of the characters in The Realistic Joneses, the sly, quirky Will Eno play that got its Canadian … Continue reading

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