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Judy Unwin: curious, feisty, fun, and tirelessly passionate about theatre. A big loss for Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hi. It’s me, Judy. Listen, I’m at the theatre; I’ll meet you there….”  She was outspoken, opinionated, generous, and funny — an artist herself who stood up fiercely and in all kinds of ways for live … Continue reading

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Wait, there’s more…. Act II of the theatre season is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Stay tuned; face forward. There’s more! Intermission’s over, my friends, and Act II of the Edmonton theatre season is about to begin. Freaky Green Eyes, Emma Houghton’s original adaptation of the Joyce Carol Oates novel, premieres … Continue reading

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2022: the year in Edmonton theatre, part 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a small sampling, in no particular order, of assorted highlights from a year when live theatre on Edmonton stages rose to the occasion, and did what theatre can do best, conjure worlds through other eyes, … Continue reading

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2022: the year in Edmonton theatre, part 1

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2022: it was a year in theatre that started with a calendar dotted with  hopeful pencilled-in dates.  After a complicated 2021 of cancellations and postponements (and a late-summer re-Pivot of The Pivot), audiences were, cautiously, ready … Continue reading

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An update on E-town holiday shows: overcoming grinch-itude and getting festive, part 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lighten up everyone. If stress and/or seasonal ennui have overtaken your festive spirit and malled it beyond recognition, it’s obvious that you need a holiday show booster. And, like sweaters with antlers and shameless pom-poms on … Continue reading

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Overcoming Grinch-itude and getting festive: holiday shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Could this be you? “You’re a monster, Mister Grinch, Your heart’s an empty hole, Your brain is full of spiders, You have garlic in your soul….”  If your holiday spirit has been eroded by spending time … Continue reading

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We’ve lost a giant: Thomas Peacocke, the small-town kid who changed Canadian theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A giant is gone.  With the passing of Thomas Peacocke last week at 89, we’ve lost at one go an actor/director/teacher/mentor/administrator/advocate who has played a leading, vivid role in building and shaping theatre here in this … Continue reading

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Face the dusk: off the couch everyone, and into the theatre this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Our outdoor colour scheme has gone monochromatic; something weird has happened to the evening lighting. There is an obvious fix: face the gathering darkness, arise from the couch and go to the theatre. There’s been a … Continue reading

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Workshop West announces a new season devoted to Canadian plays and their creators

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre bookends its upcoming 44th “Persistence of Vision” season, announced Thursday, in a way that has always characterized a theatre company devoted to the development and showcasing of new Canadian plays and their … Continue reading

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It’s time to play: a peek at the new Edmonton theatre season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Destination Fringe, with its 95,000 or so tickets sold, was a hint (we deal in big hints here in #yeg. People know what they’ve been missing; they want live in-person theatre experience and the sharing that … Continue reading

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