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Teatro turns 35 with a new season of comedies, variously hued

By Liz Nicholls, “Oh, it’s beyond fun….”  — Dominica, in The Talking Turk Now, there’s a mantra for a Teatro season. In The Salon of the Talking Turk, the vintage Stewart Lemoine comedy that launches Teatro La Quindicina’s  2017 … Continue reading

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Concrete plans for a big upcoming season

By Liz Nicholls, It’s no coincidence that the most influential and travelled show in Concrete Theatre history has a title with a question mark: Are We There Yet?. For the 28-year-old Edmonton theatre, devoted to exploring the thorniest social … Continue reading

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The Virgin, The Whore, Something In between: Northern Light announces a new season

By Liz Nicholls, Next season Northern Light Theatre and L’UniThéâtre will share the premiere of a new play by Edmonton’s Cat Walsh, a playwright who specializes in the dark-unto-macabre end of the comedy spectrum. Trevor Schmidt’s production of Do … Continue reading

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The Shadow knows: Collin Doyle’s Slumberland Motel premieres next season

By Liz Nicholls, Stellar news for Edmonton theatre-goers! After 11 years of being an “exciting prospect,” Collin Doyle’s long-awaited Slumberland Motel will actually arrive on stage next season — at Shadow Theatre. Billed as “a road-weary comedy,” the 2006 … Continue reading

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Players De Novo replaces Belke play as annual fundraiser

By Liz Nicholls, Five weeks before opening night Players de Novo and Workshop West Playwrights Theatre announced their decision Wednesday to replace David Belke’s Forsooth My Lovely as their upcoming fundraising production.  This is their statement: “After careful consideration, … Continue reading

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Edmonton theatre veteran arrested on the charge of possessing child pornography

By Liz Nicholls, The Edmonton theatre community has been shocked by sad bad news today. Playwright/designer/sometime comic improviser David Belke was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Belke “has resigned from Shadow Theatre,” where he was a … Continue reading

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Raising $ for theatre, the entertaining way

By Liz Nicholls, The seductions of entertainment to call your own: Edmonton’s theatres have to be creative in their unceasing efforts to generate funds to do what they were born to do … put on shows.  This spring you … Continue reading

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Shocker: the outstanding Penny Ritco is leaving the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, The dramatic theatre news of the day comes from the Citadel: executive director Penny Ritco has announced she’s leaving the company after 13 years. One of the country’s most accomplished, astute, and respected theatre leaders, Ritco … Continue reading

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Saluting Edmonton talent: Edmonton Arts Council award winners

By Liz Nicholls, Tonight, 23 of the city’s outstanding artists, both up-and-coming and established, of every discipline and original fusion, will receive awards from the Edmonton Arts Council. Nasra Adem, the multi-displinary artist/ slam poet/ whose work is devoted … Continue reading

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The Citadel: a new artistic director, an adventurous new season

By Liz Nicholls, Edmonton largest playhouse turns 52 next season — with a new artistic director, unusual international partnerships, and cultural/ethnic diversity initiatives on the mainstage and its trio of “add-on’s.”       Daryl Cloran, newly arrived at … Continue reading

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