Category Archives: Features

‘Hello. My name is Jamie Cavanagh. And I want to be Wolverine’.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a mapless, chaotic universe, it’s kind of reassuring to find a goal, and a campaign, to get behind. Here’s one, and it even has clarity and showbiz sense on its side: Jamie Cavanagh wants to … Continue reading

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The Digital Fringe: Chase Padgett’s bright idea for tough times

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Fringe has always been a lab for bright ideas. That’s why the people love it; that’s what it’s for, this bright idea hatched in Edmonton 38 summers ago. So here’s a new one, from Fringe … Continue reading

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When the curtain doesn’t open: strange nights without theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a strange feeling. I’ve spent most of my adult life encouraging people to go to live theatre. Exhorting people to share the excitement, the fun, the surprise, the laughter and the tears, the shared gasp, … Continue reading

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Sad news: In Barbara Reese Edmonton theatre has lost a fine artist

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca With the death last month of Barbara Reese, Edmonton theatre has lost a fine artist, a generous collaborator and friend to artists, and an irreplaceable player in the drama of its history. Her departure has left … Continue reading

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10 years with the Janes: Plain Jane Theatre celebrates with a new revue, Get Happy!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Happiness. So how’s that going for you? Is the state of happiness a democratic republic? Is happiness something to be approached gradually, on tiptoe? Something to be pursued vigorously and wrestled to the ground? Or chosen? … Continue reading

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Welcome back! Act II of the Edmonton theatre season is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking — post-festivity regret, punishing resolutions, the sense of finale. But cast off these thoughts: the theatre season isn’t ending. It’s only intermission. And intermission is over. Welcome back; Act II is … Continue reading

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The return of the 12thnight holiday quiz

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Curl up, hoist a glass to the intrepid energy and invention of our theatre artists, check out our review of 2019 theatre highlights here— and try our holiday theatre quiz. In which show, produced this year … Continue reading

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The year in Edmonton theatre: looking back on 2019

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Social media, video games, pop culture, the 2-D screen world … “all worthless, and we don’t even watch the same worthless things together,” rages Vanya, letting loose an elegiac full-blooded rant on the modern devaluation of … Continue reading

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Give yourself a festive treat: Holiday shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Like socks with reindeer antlers and figgy puddings, festive holiday shows are definitely not one-size-fits-all. They come in every pattern, every size, every budget from lavish to cash-strapped ingenuity. And, for that matter, every gradation of … Continue reading

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Do not ask for whom the Belles toil (a tale of two actors, two theatres, two cities, and a show): A Christmas Carol

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They met 17 years ago as kids in the single-digit age bracket, in a show that would be a life-changer for both of them. They each landed a high-impact role in the two-year-old production, big and … Continue reading

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