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Richard Gishler: Edmonton theatre has lost part of its story and its heart

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A hard year in theatre got harder still in December. With the passing this month of actor/ playwright Richard Gishler, at 74, this theatre town has lost some of its lustre: part of its origin story, … Continue reading

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2021: the year in Edmonton theatre, part two

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2021 was the year a mystery box, gift-wrapped in silver with a Do Not Open warning, arrived at the house. At showtime three days later, it turned out to contain cues for a play — no, … Continue reading

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2021: the year Edmonton theatre returned to live (part one)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In theatre, 2021 is a year that isn’t ending as it began. It was more than half over when The Pivot pivoted. Live performance gradually, cautiously ventured out of its online exile, where it had creatively … Continue reading

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Merry, merry … further suggestions for your holiday entertainment this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This is the week you can get Santa to say Merry Christmas to you in a language of your choice — for $4.38 (including fees). It’s also the week you can go backstage in the notoriously … Continue reading

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A bona fide hit with Jason in the title? Say, what? The second, third, and fourth wave of Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca C’mon, who could have predicted that the hottest ticket in the first half of the Edmonton theatre season would be a show with “Jason Kenney” in the title? Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer is a bona … Continue reading

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What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Have a peek

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Oh, you know, the usual…. A new theatre is glowing from the inside out. Shows are ending their runs, a live season of Die-Nasty is about to begin, Opera … Continue reading

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It’s the theatre season, and you have options this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, there’s a Theatre Season (now, there’s a term that’s gotten a little rusty) going on in this town. There’s live theatre in your weekend — two openings Friday night alone — and you have options. … Continue reading

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Workshop West: the playwrights’ theatre is back, live, with a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre turns 43 this season with a live, all-Canadian lineup, dubbed “Daring Greatly,” that includes two premieres by Edmonton playwrights, the return after a decade to a signature WWPT new play development festival, … Continue reading

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The artist as work-in-progress: Azimuth Theatre has a new program for that

                By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the creative world of what-if’s where theatre lives, here’s an alluring one: “Wouldn’t it be great if … instead of a part-time job to pay for your … Continue reading

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EDMONten is back, to showcase full-length 10-minute plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They’re new, they’re full-length, and, impossibly, they’re 10 minutes long, curtain up to curtain down. EDMONten is back this week, live and online from the Grindstone Comedy Theatre, for a second annual showcase of six original … Continue reading

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