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The Edmonton Fringe bids farewell to Executive Director Adam Mitchell

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Edmonton Fringe Theatre is bidding adieu to its Executive Director. After five years in the demanding administration job atop the company that presents Edmonton’s giant International Fringe Theatre Festival (the country’s oldest, largest, and most influential … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s weekend: have some theatre with your champagne

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Let’s try to ignore for the moment the origins of Valentine’s Day as a feast day in honour of a martyr, and, more recently, a massacre. Or the source of a bottomless supply of gummy limericks, … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 2021 in Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking.… The world has been so chaotic and unpredictable this past year that you’d have to be crazy to ink in a calendar of upcoming theatre events.      But one thing … Continue reading

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A wish for the new year from 12thnight.ca

Happy New Year, theatre friends! It was a year (was it only a year?) unimaginable in advance. A year of devastating losses and challenges for the performing arts. A year in which Edmonton’s valiant community of theatre-creators rose to the … Continue reading

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Mieko Ouchi: meet the Citadel’s new associate artistic director

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Stepping down and stepping up … on the same day.” That’s how Mieko Ouchi describes the double-sided moment in late November when Concrete Theatre announced her departure and the Citadel announced her arrival. It was dramatic … Continue reading

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Three days from opening, Mary’s Wedding is on hold at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca After a day of investigating the implications of the Alberta government’s perplexing new restrictions announced Tuesday afternoon, the Citadel Theatre has decided to postpone its upcoming live production of Mary’s Wedding: A Metis Love Story, which … Continue reading

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Waiting for … everything: a couple of online shows for our time

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Waiting and wondering in the weird no-man’s land between past and present: that would be us, in late 2020. Samuel Beckett is the playwright of choice for this moment. If there ever was a time to … Continue reading

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Antidotes to a gruesome week: here’s a couple of surprising beautiful theatre “concerts” on film

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Looking for an antidote? It’s been a gruesome nail-biter of a week on multiple fronts; everyone knows what exactly what that question means. So, the doctor is IN. I caught a couple of truly original and … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the Varscona … a homecoming for Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca General rule of thumb: On any joyful occasion you can never really go wrong with dancing. If there’s singing, so much the better. It frames Welcome Home, a celebration of the re-opening of the Varscona Theatre … Continue reading

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The experimental spirit lives on in Edmonton theatre, live and in unusual hybrids

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Calling the pandemic an “obstacle” to live theatre, or maybe a “challenge,” is a bit like saying COVID is the flu. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on an art whose raison d’être is the … Continue reading

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