Category Archives: News/Views

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

By Liz Nicholls, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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Hands across the border: the Citadel and a Chicago international new play festival

By Liz Nicholls, Tonight at 6 p.m., Zoom brings us, live, an unusual collaboration, cross-border in both its production and subject matter. A Distinct Society, by the Canadian-born New York-based playwright/director Kareem Fahmy, who’s of Egyptian extraction, represents Canada … Continue reading

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Rapid Fire Theatre is back live, across the river

By Liz Nicholls, “Flexibility!” declares Matt Schuurman. “It’s all about being flexible, in a space that’s flexible….” He’s talking about improv, to be sure, a theatrically acrobatic subject on which he is an expert practitioner, mentor, producer. But the … Continue reading

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Cool breath in, warm breath out: Catalyst’s ‘until the next breath’ in the great outdoors

By Liz Nicholls, From the River Road at dusk, you catch a glimpse of something mysterious through the trees of Victoria Park. Rounded huts — hives? a village perhaps? — glowing from within, and strung with twinkling lights. We’ve … Continue reading

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Big, memorable, and live: Catalyst is part of Grand Acts of Theatre across the country

By Liz Nicholls, In the fateful summer of 2020, Jillian Keiley’s thoughts turned to … live. And she was not alone. Four months into the new, weird, screen-dominated pandemical world, the artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s English … Continue reading

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Through the window and out in the world: some thoughts on Plain Jane’s Scenes From The Sidewalk

By Liz Nicholls, The Varscona Theatre opened its door this past weekend for the first time since March. The door to the lobby, that is. Which is where 20 of us sat (distanced and masked) on Sunday at 5:30, … Continue reading

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