Category Archives: Features

Métis Mutt: Sheldon Elter’s journey beyond the punch lines

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hello. My name is Sheldon Elter. And I’ll be your Native comedian for this evening.” Sheldon Elter, the startlingly multi-talented Métis actor/ playwright/ screenwriter/ musician/ director, shudders when he thinks of the jokes he told as … Continue reading

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A Latinx dance lesson: Broken Tailbone is moving theatre, in every sense

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Take off that coat! You’ll be too hot otherwise!” There is nothing usual about Broken Tailbone, the highly original Carmen Aguirre creation that occasions her first-ever visit to Edmonton, courtesy of Workshop West’s Canoe Festival, and … Continue reading

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The sense of connection: Paradise at the Chinook Series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In 1992, Patti Flather’s father, a family doctor, was murdered outside his North Vancouver home — shot by a former patient with an undiagnosed mental illness. Reflections on that traumatizing event eventually found their way into … Continue reading

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Feel the breeze: Chinook blows through with cutting-edge live theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Chinook: finally, the moment in the deep midwinter when “cutting edge” doesn’t refer to the wind chill factor.  Edmonton’s international multidisciplinary performance series blows through the winter theatre season again starting tonight. For this third annual … Continue reading

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“Reimagining” the Citadel: Daryl Cloran announces a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Reimagine” is the rallying cry at Edmonton’s largest playhouse as it turns 53 next season. Artistic director Daryl Cloran unveiled the upcoming Citadel season, the second he’s fashioned for the company, in the Club cabaret Monday … Continue reading

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When you meet a grizzly…. Matthew MacKenzie’s Bears

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you run into a grizzly, keep the following in mind: They have an aversion to authority. They never back down. And there’s no use playing dead. “There’s no such thing as neutral in the bear … Continue reading

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A wealth of choices on Edmonton stages this weekend (the groundhog needs to get out more)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The existentialists were right. Our real problem, ladies and gentlemen, isn’t hypothermia. It’s choice. There’s a wealth of possibilities on Edmonton stages: consider the weekend possibilities.  •“Now give three cheers and one cheer more for the … Continue reading

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Onegin: the country’s hottest new rock musical arrives at Catalyst. Meet the team who created it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An original Canadian indie rock musical arrives on Catalyst’s home stage Thursday. And it trails the kind of buzz and rapturous reviews to fight duels for — not mention a big, juicy, romantic Russian story. Onegin, … Continue reading

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The terrors of family life: Jackie Maxwell directs The Humans at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I thought I’d be settled by my age, but, man, it never ends…. Dontcha think it should cost less to be alive?” Now there’s an open-ended question for the angsty existentialists among you. It’s put to … Continue reading

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And the theatre season continues: take your seats people, Act II is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.… The theatre season isn’t ending; that’s not how the calendar works. There’s still Act II, and it’s about to begin. It’s the moment to cast aside regrets and look forward. What looks … Continue reading

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