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Merry Merry quite contrary: the Christmas spirit up against resistance, 4 festive shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, Merry Merry quite contrary. Some are born with the festive spirit; some achieve it, and some have it thrust upon ’em. And sometimes, as you know, seasonal high spirits have to be released (or wrestled down) … Continue reading

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And so it begins, the new theatre season. Edmonton has play dates, and here’s a teaser!

By Liz Nicholls, “If you’re stuck in your story and want to get out … sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty….” Matilda. In Matilda, the joyously subversive musical spun from Roald Dahl’s novel, our activist eight-year-old … Continue reading

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Rex has done it! A record-busting Fringe came to an end Sunday night

By Liz Nicholls, Fringe‘O’Saurus Rex hasn’t exactly tiptoed through town. Larger-than-life Rex has trampled the records. By Sunday evening’s finale, the 37th annual edition of Edmonton’s giant summer theatre bash crashed through last year’s record-breaker by selling 134,276 tickets … Continue reading

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Rex is on a roll: Get fringing before the curtain comes down Sunday night

By Liz Nicholls, If you’ve squeezed your butt into the very last seat in a Fringe theatre this past week (as I have, nearly every show), you’ll have a sense that Rex is on a roll. And your sense … Continue reading

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Held Over at the Varscona: hit Fringe shows continue con brio next week!

The Varscona Theatre (aka Stage 12) is holding over four of its hot-ticket shows next week, Tuesday through Saturday. There’s Stewart Lemoine’s A Lesson in Brio, of course; it’s part of Teatro La Quindicina’s summer season. There’s also Gordon’s Big … Continue reading

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Rex will rampage next week: Fringe show holdovers at the Arts Barns

Fringe’O’Saurus Rex hasn’t finished with you yet, my friends. You’ve had a reprieve on those hit shows you haven’t managed to squeeze into your Fringe menu yet. Fringe Theatre Adventures is holding over four Fringes at the Westbury (aka Fringe … Continue reading

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The giant Fringe approaches: be very excited. Tickets go on sale at noon today

By Liz Nicholls, Tickets go on sale at noon today for Fringe ‘O’ Saurus Rex, the outsized 228-show 37th annual edition of our summer theatre extravaganza, the continent’s first and still biggest fringe festival (Aug; 16 to 26). And … Continue reading

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Big news from

  Hello theatre friends! It’s the eve of the Fringe, Edmonton’s favourite summer festival, best idea, and most influential export ever. Live theatre, the most exciting and immediate art form of all, is on our minds! Eighteen months ago, I … Continue reading

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An all-Canadian trio of mainstage productions for season 44 at Theatre Network

By Liz Nicholls, At the centre of Theatre Network’s all-Canadian upcoming three-production mainstage season announced this week is a new play inspired by a remarkable life — and a life-changing moment in our collective history. In The Empress & … Continue reading

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Things I learned at the Sterling Awards gala: a coda

By Liz Nicholls, Thoughts from the Sterling gala (directed by Kate Ryan and written by Shannon Blanchet and Belinda Cornish). •For openers: Co-hosts Rachel Bowron and Hunter Cardinal were sparklers. They opened the show with Beauty, a witty and … Continue reading

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