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A direct link between theatre and our shared history: Indecent in New York

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “There is a story we want to tell you….” There is no shortage, in the theatre archive, of plays about plays, the writing of them, the putting on of them, the view of them from … Continue reading

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Bringing Canada to New York: Soulpepper on 42nd Street

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last week in New York I had the excitement of seeing what a top-drawer Canadian theatre company, venturing forth, can bring to the stage in a highly demanding world theatre capital.    Coming from away for … Continue reading

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Why stop now? A (newly expanded) theatre quiz for summer! More questions for you!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Repair to your deck, clutch a mojito or an iced latte, and muse on the theatre season: What was the very first play that the Free Will Players produced in Hawrelak Park 29 summers ago? (a) … Continue reading

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A (newly expanded) theatre quiz in honour of summertime!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Repair to your deck, clutch a mojito or an iced latte, and muse on the theatre season: What was the very first play that the Free Will Players produced in Hawrelak Park 29 summers ago? (a) … Continue reading

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For the love of the screwball: Going, Going, Gone! by comedy star Jana O’Connor at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls@12thnight.ca The hero of Going, Going, Gone! Jana O’Connor’s new 30s-style screwball comedy, is an antiques dealer: “shy, uptight, uncommitted, afraid to make a wrong move in life” as the amused playwright describes him. Everything, in short, that … Continue reading

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Psst, are you going to Brad’s party? Everyone We Know Will Be There

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey everybody, we’re invited to a party at Bradley Freeman’s house. He’s turning 17 and, yay, his parents are away somewhere, on a yacht. So he’s having people over. In Everyone We Know Will Be There: … Continue reading

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Consulting the fortune teller at Teatro: let’s ask Mark Meer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was a pungent, not to say eye-watering, debut. Fifteen years ago, an actor/improviser of expandable comic talents got enlisted by Teatro La Quindicina for a new screwball comedy. The play? Vidalia, named for the sweet, … Continue reading

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Hey, emerging audience! it’s a weekend to go out to the theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s always anticipation in theatre, as there should be, about  “emerging” playwrights, directors, actors. There are whole festivals devoted to them, like the upcoming 2017 edition of Nextfest. Leave aside for another day the tricky question … Continue reading

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Celebrate Will’s birthday: see who he cut from Hamlet before opening night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Thoughts for Shakespeare’s birthday weekend.… It’s entirely possible there’s a theatre play ready for germination in every playwright brain. By that I mean a play about the theatre, and there’s a wealth of raw material to … Continue reading

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MacEwan’s new downtown arts centre: a peek inside

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca There’s a surprise waiting for Edmonton downtown. It’s in an elegant glinting glass-wrapped box that catches the light on all sides. And it’s tied up with lime green ribbons. Here’s impossible magic for you: what’s contained … Continue reading

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