Category Archives: Features

What do you know now that you didn’t know on March 12? 12thnight asked theatre artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s been a learning curve.” Once more, with feeling. Since March I’ve heard the line from theatre artists too many times to count. And it’s been delivered in every intonation and cadence: exasperation (sardonic or direct), … Continue reading

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , ,

Portrait of an Indigenous artist in a Fringe-less summer: Todd Houseman

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A summer without Fringes? Without real live audiences to test new material? “It’s been a deeply reflective time,” says Todd Houseman thoughtfully, of the four months-plus since in-person performances suddenly vanished from the land. “A time … Continue reading

Posted in Features, Previews | Tagged , , , ,

Live theatre: has it found a footing on a platform instead of a stage in Zoom-laden times?

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A lifetime ago (March 25, 2020 to be precise), Malachite Theatre’s resourceful artistic director Benjamin Blyth explained to me that the company had borrowed an interactive online platform from the business world for a new venture. … Continue reading

Posted in Features, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hungry for theatre? Lodestar Theatre delivers … to your own back yard

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. In this unpredictable and isolating moment, which has sent live theatre into lockdown exile on screens, Lodestar Theatre is its own creative resistance movement. The rep company, originally from Liverpool … Continue reading

Posted in Features, Previews | Tagged , , , , ,

Meet nine exciting artists at The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This month you’ll get to meet and mingle with some of the country’s most exciting creators — nine Indigenous artists from Alberta, across Canada and beyond. The meeting place: The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub. The Hub … Continue reading

Posted in Features, Previews | Tagged , , , ,

Finding a new way at Found, the festival of unexpected encounters

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If ever there was a moment in history when artists and audiences have had to find each other in new, experimental, reimagined ways, this has got to be it, my stir-crazy friends. And, hey, Edmonton has … Continue reading

Posted in Features, Previews | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Back to live theatre: are you game? That’s the question as E-town theatres make (and re-make) plans for the fall

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lessons from the pandemic: “Phases” may come (and go). But a great triple-sided mystery remains. You can throw open theatre doors. But will people want to return? Under what conditions? And when? The good news is … Continue reading

Posted in Features, News/Views | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Dreams delayed: a cross-border 2020 theatre story starring designer Stephanie Bahniuk

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Stephanie Bahniuk is sitting on the front porch of the 1850s house in the leafy university town of New Haven, Conn. where she’s lived for three years. She’s musing on the way life’s big-M Moments can … Continue reading

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , ,

Looking to the future: the Citadel moves its season to 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight “I used to be the good news guy,” sighs Daryl Cloran. “I got to call people to tell them ‘hey we’re gonna do your show’ and ‘hey, you’re in the cast’….” COVID has changed all that. … Continue reading

Posted in Features, News/Views | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Letters of the Pandemic: be-wigged, bothered, and bewildered by the times

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You knew this already. But it bears repetition, in an era that has deprived us of the hug:  and the handshake: never under-estimate the ingenuity of our artists. What happens when an actor and a writer … Continue reading

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , ,