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Vern Thiessen to leave his post as Workshop West artistic director

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Time to move on,” says Vern Thiessen of his decision after five years to leave his post as artistic director of Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, effective Aug. 31. He won’t be leaving Edmonton, though. “I need … Continue reading

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A weekend at the theatre in E-town: happy birthday Varscona, A Likely Story, Improvaganza…

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca It’s the weekend in E-Town. So obviously you need to be in a theatre. Have a peek at some of your options. You could… •Go to a theatre party. Three years ago, something dramatic happened to … Continue reading

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On, and above, the stages in Edmonton: a week of possibilities

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The week on, and above, the stages in Edmonton. Consider the possibilities. •Firefly refuses to stay put, in either time or space. Edmonton’s pioneer theatre/ circus company and academy, devoted to defying gravity, is having an … Continue reading

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The week on, and above, Edmonton stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The week on, and above, the stage in E-town. Consider the possibilities. •Firefly refuses to stay put, in either time or space. Edmonton’s pioneer theatre/ circus company and academy, devoted to defying gravity, is having an … Continue reading

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A year on Edmonton stages: the Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A highly unusual coming-of-age coming-out musical in which a cartoonist unravels in flashback frames her mysterious family history proved the top choice of jurors, as the re-vamped 32nd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced Monday at … Continue reading

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A new comedy to launch a new season at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Likely Story, says playwright Stewart Lemoine, “is one of those titles you have to Google because you can’t believe it hasn’t already been used.”  That puckish name, with its tantalizing whiff of skepticism, now belongs … Continue reading

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Where The Wild Things Fringe: the monster is coming!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And now, let the wild rumpus start!” As announced Thursday, the upcoming 38th annual edition of the Fringe Edmonton’s roaring summer theatre monster — the oldest and still the biggest on the continent — has its … Continue reading

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No week to stay home: festivals, musicals, plays, improv … E-town stages are full of possibilities

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This is no week to stay home, my theatre-loving friends.  For one thing, the summer festival season really begins: the 38th annual Kids’ Fest Tuesday, Nextfest Thursday. The 28th Die-Nasty season, Lord of Thrones, reaches its … Continue reading

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Can’t fight this feeling: Rock of Ages is onstage at the Mayfield next season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As the life-coach sages commonly known as Journey have taught us, don’t stop believin’. The Mayfield’s Van Wilmott didn’t. For months, he’s been working on getting the rights for Rock of Ages, the unrepentantly good-time hair … Continue reading

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The Shadow knows: putting the comedy back into Chekhov, and the new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If everyone took anti-depressants, Chekhov would have had nothing to write about….” The playwright himself called it “Chekhov in a blender.” But Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by the raucous American absurdist Christopher Durang … Continue reading

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