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The year in Edmonton theatre: looking back on 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company, an infantry division of First World War fighting men, amidst the nightmare of unremitting horrors,  are ordered to create light-hearted musical comedy They are a hit; they tour the Western … Continue reading

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Abandon your grinch, all ye who enter here: holiday shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Give yourself a holiday treat this week. This week on E-town stages, you can feel the holiday spirit in a live radio play (It’s A Wonderful Life), a Christmas panto (Little Red Riding Hood), or a … Continue reading

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“The season when abundance rejoices”: a splendid Christmas Carol retires at the Citadel after 19 seasons

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Christmas, sir, is a cheat!” snaps Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge with a grimace of distaste that may strike a chord in your own soul — especially if you’ve done time in a mall, barraged by retail jollity … Continue reading

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Enter smiling, glass in hand: the Varscona Theatre Ensemble season begins with Fallen Angels

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the effervescent 1924 comedy that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, you will see two married women, bored with contentment and longing for passion, restore the zing of excitement to their lives. They levitate into … Continue reading

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Song-and-dance con men, two World War I plays, and more… a theatre weekend in E-town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A con game (with song and dance) is one of your options for a night out at live theatre this weekend. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a larky musical by the team of David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, … Continue reading

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I sing of Pretenderos, land of plot complications. The return of Die-Nasty to a lawless land

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Trolls? You want trolls? How about a dragon? “I’ll make it happen,” says a portentous rumbling voice from the dark. “This is a world with No Rules.” Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.  Welcome to … Continue reading

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Chills and thrills in a theatre town: stake out a stage near you

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Uncanny, isn’t it?, how often the words “ordinary nice polite guy-next-door” show up in reports of homicidal rampages? Researcher Eugene Crowley, the noted “mind-hunter,” is in town this week to give a public lecture on the … Continue reading

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The mysterious twin bonds of life and art: meet playwright Meg Braem

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You try to make sense of things,” says Meg Braem, whose chosen line of work is the transmutation of real life — in all its perplexing, maddening, intriguing potential — into art. “You’re always searching….”  Braem … Continue reading

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No one’s staying home this weekend: why would you? A wealth of choices on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  At the U of A’s Studio Theatre, it’s back in the USSR with Lenin’s Embalmers, Vern Thiessen’s black and absurdist 2008 tragicomedy (imagined from a true story) about two competing Jewish biochemists landing the unenviable joint … Continue reading

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The dystopian vision of Trevor Schmidt: a new season at Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Frankly, I’ve always been more interested in women’s stories than men’s,” says Trevor Schmidt, his dander up on a break last week from rehearsals for Origin of the Species. The highly unusual feminist two-hander comedy by … Continue reading

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