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The trouper, the angel, and the mantra: the show must go on!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a dramatic testimonial to theatre as a collaborative art form, in the grand odds-against “show must go on” tradition, it’s got to be the back story of The Great Whorehouse Fire of … Continue reading

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Random thoughts and suggestions on Fringe opening day

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the ongoing quest to devise a fruitful plan of attack for seeing Fringe shows, one long-time theatre administrator I knew eliminated pre-festival anxiety (and also 99 per cent of her theatre-going activity) by her strict … Continue reading

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A tale of two Fringe directors. Chapter 2: Michael Bradley

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A cultural theory: There’s a kind of crazy total-immersion charge about the Fringe that’s a magnet to Edmonton theatre artists. It explains why veteran Edmonton theatre pros — Bradley Moss, Trevor Schmidt, Darrin Hagen, Dave … Continue reading

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A tale of two Fringe directors. Chapter 1: Suzie Martin

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A cultural theory: There’s a kind of crazy total-immersion charge about the Fringe that’s a magnet to Edmonton theatre artists. It explains why veteran Edmonton theatre pros — Bradley Moss, Darrin Hagen, Dave Horak, Trevor … Continue reading

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The secret life of small towns: Michele Vance Hehir’s One Polaroid takes us back to Roseglen for the third of a trilogy. A Fringe preview.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca She lives in a city (one where a great big 37-year-old Fringe starts Thursday). But small towns have always had a particular fascination for Michele Vance Hehir. The secrets both open and closed, the partial knowledge, … Continue reading

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The Fringe is back, bigger than ever! So … what looks promising?

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The rumours are true: the Fringe is back, larger than life,  in the theatre town where the continent’s fringe phenom began. Fringe ‘O’ Saurus Rex, the 37th annual edition of Edmonton’s full-bodied summer theatre bash, starts … Continue reading

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Adventures Off-Broadway in New York

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca NEW YORK — On a sultry Monday night at 2nd Stage, a signature non-profit Off-Broadway company, the packed house is full of actors, directors, agents. They’ve stepped through the spicy scent of lilies (courtesy of a corner … Continue reading

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“The Great Work begins” … again: Angels in America in New York

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca NEW YORK — It’s one of those grand, visionary plays that change the way you think about everything  — including theatre. At least that’s how it was for me. And so last week in New York … Continue reading

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30 summers of Shakespeare in the great outdoors

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca ‘Tis wondrous strange, but there was a time, now receding into the mists of the past, when Shakespeare (Will to his friends) didn’t camp out in the river valley every summer. When you couldn’t drift down … Continue reading

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What to see at Improvaganza: thoughts from sampler night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Improvaganza is back — and with it the chance to be with people, onstage and off- who are making it up as they go along.  Rapid Fire Theatre’s 18th annual international extravaganza, which assembles top improv … Continue reading

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