Category Archives: Fringe 2018

The magic of a delightful play: The Importance of Being Earnest, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

The Importance of Being Earnest (Stage 15, Holy Trinity Anglican Church) Oscar Wilde understood the potential of the English language, to delight, better than almost anyone who came before or after him. This is how we can have two successful … Continue reading

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The brain “spamming itself”: Jem Rolls: I, Idiot, a Fringe review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Jem Rolls: I, Idiot (Stage 13, Old Strathcona Public Library) At a festival full of people running around using the word “genre” indiscriminately (even though they really just mean sitcom, say, or musical), the quixotic … Continue reading

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Put on your bridal face. Don’t Frown At The Gown, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Don’t Frown At The Gown (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) A monster mother stands like a Colossus (in size 13 pumps) astride the latest from Guys in Disguise, Don’t Frown At The Gown, by the team of … Continue reading

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In a cabaret past the end of the world, Roy Versus The Red Baron. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Roy Versus The Red Baron (Stage 35, L’UniThéâtre) In an officer’s mess past the end of the world, where history goes to let down its hair and have a few drinks, two mortal enemies of a … Continue reading

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Fun at the apocalypse, and a Fringe discovery for reviewer Todd Babiak! Today, For Now, a review

Today, For Now (Stage 7, Yardbird Suite) We are haunted by a prospect of a huge asteroid hitting the earth and killing everyone. Why? Maybe the dinosaurs. Maybe because we are sickos. Writers and directors have addressed themselves to the … Continue reading

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The lost dreams of Roseglen: One Polaroid, the last of the trilogy. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca One Polaroid (Stage 9, Telus Phone Museum) What happens to golden moments and lost dreams anyhow? Judging by Michele Vance Hehir’s Roseglen plays, they linger in in the air of small prairie towns, contribute to sunsets, … Continue reading

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The Coldharts are back, with another shivery show: Eddie Poe, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Eddie Poe (Stage 37, Auditorium at Campus Saint-Jean) Brooklyn-based “minimalist music theatre artists” The Coldharts (Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan) are back with the second instalment of a triptych of their shows inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe semi-autobiographical doppelganger short … Continue reading

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Let the experts make you laugh: TEDxRFT, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

TEDxRFT(Stage 11, Nordic Studio Theatre) A TED talk, if you have escaped the phenomenon, is an opportunity for someone who knows a lot about something to talk about it for twenty minutes, usually without notes, usually with slides. These are … Continue reading

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A timely look at a hot topic: Wellspring, a guest 12thnight.ca Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Wellspring (Stage 13, Old Strathcona Public Library) From Edmonton’s fearless Frente Theatre Collective, the same folks who brought us a play about tailings ponds, here is a meditation on fracking. Even largely unrepentant lefties like yours truly might try to toss … Continue reading

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A century after its premiere, The Soldier’s Tale comes to the Fringe. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Soldier’s Tale (Stage 5, King Edward School) A Fringe Tale. A multi-disciplinary cross-section of talents — a symphony orchestra conductor, seven professional musicians, three actors, a dancer — gather on a a stage in a small … Continue reading

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