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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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‘Burning it down, admitting defeat, and starting over’: Northern Light Theatre announces its 46th season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a question that speaks, with eerie precision, to our moment: how do we find the resilience to start again after a setback? The three mainstage plays in Northern Light Theatre’s live upcoming 46th season, “Burning … Continue reading

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‘A lovely step back into live performing’: What was it like to be a Fringe artist in 2021? We asked.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For artists, the Fringe has always been an experiment. Does their new show have potential? Will it attract an audience? How will the audience react? Will they get it? Laugh in weird places? In 2021, when … Continue reading

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The finale, an update: The Fringe returned, small but live, and the people came…

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “A grand experiment.” That’s that’s how Megan Dart, Fringe Theatre’s interim executive director, describes this year’s trimmed one-of-a-kind adaptation of the Edmonton Fringe which ends its 11-day run tonight. “Like any good show you don’t know … Continue reading

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The Fringe returns to its experimental roots: tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The name of this year’s edition of the Edmonton Fringe is itself is a spirit-lifter, par excellence: Together We Fringe. It’s a salute to live gathering — in a nutshell exactly what we’ve been missing in … Continue reading

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Together We Fringe: the second annual live Telethon happens Friday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last year about this time, we were still reeling from the woulda/coulda been’s — and the heartbreak that the 39th annual Fringe was cancelled. That was a first. And so was the telethon that The Fringe … Continue reading

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Mamma Mia! here we go again: live theatre is back at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like the blueprint for a door-slammer farce to be sure (the kind that the Mayfield Dinner Theatre propels across its stage from time to time). After closing and re-opening and re-closing the doors a … Continue reading

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Summer, live theatre, and a message for you, theatre friends, from 12thnight

Hello theatre friends, and salutations of the summer season from 12thnight.ca! Live theatre with live audiences. In person! Now there’s a concept that could catch on. Exciting to see live theatre is en route back, re-emerging in a variety of … Continue reading

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