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Happy Valentine’s champagne and a show: where to take your date to celebrate

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Of all the high holidays, the one that shares a name with a variety of massacres and martyrdoms is coming up. It’s also the ultimate date night. So in order to celebrate romance, there are a … Continue reading

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A new Ellen Chorley play is the centrepiece of the upcoming Northern Light season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The centrepiece of Northern Light Theatre’s upcoming season, announced Saturday, is a new play by one of Edmonton’s most unusual artists. Ellen Chorley, the director of Nextfest since 2016, is an award-winning playwright, actor, director, dramaturg, … Continue reading

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Abandon your grinch, all ye who enter here: holiday shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Give yourself a holiday treat this week. This week on E-town stages, you can feel the holiday spirit in a live radio play (It’s A Wonderful Life), a Christmas panto (Little Red Riding Hood), or a … Continue reading

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Merry Merry quite contrary: the Christmas spirit up against resistance, 4 festive shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Merry Merry quite contrary. Some are born with the festive spirit; some achieve it, and some have it thrust upon ’em. And sometimes, as you know, seasonal high spirits have to be released (or wrestled down) … Continue reading

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And so it begins, the new theatre season. Edmonton has play dates, and here’s a teaser!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you’re stuck in your story and want to get out … sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty….” Matilda. In Matilda, the joyously subversive musical spun from Roald Dahl’s novel, our activist eight-year-old … Continue reading

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Rex has done it! A record-busting Fringe came to an end Sunday night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Fringe‘O’Saurus Rex hasn’t exactly tiptoed through town. Larger-than-life Rex has trampled the records. By Sunday evening’s finale, the 37th annual edition of Edmonton’s giant summer theatre bash crashed through last year’s record-breaker by selling 134,276 tickets … Continue reading

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Rex is on a roll: Get fringing before the curtain comes down Sunday night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you’ve squeezed your butt into the very last seat in a Fringe theatre this past week (as I have, nearly every show), you’ll have a sense that Rex is on a roll. And your sense … Continue reading

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Held Over at the Varscona: hit Fringe shows continue con brio next week!

The Varscona Theatre (aka Stage 12) is holding over four of its hot-ticket shows next week, Tuesday through Saturday. There’s Stewart Lemoine’s A Lesson in Brio, of course; it’s part of Teatro La Quindicina’s summer season. There’s also Gordon’s Big … Continue reading

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Rex will rampage next week: Fringe show holdovers at the Arts Barns

Fringe’O’Saurus Rex hasn’t finished with you yet, my friends. You’ve had a reprieve on those hit shows you haven’t managed to squeeze into your Fringe menu yet. Fringe Theatre Adventures is holding over four Fringes at the Westbury (aka Fringe … Continue reading

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The giant Fringe approaches: be very excited. Tickets go on sale at noon today

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tickets go on sale at noon today for Fringe ‘O’ Saurus Rex, the outsized 228-show 37th annual edition of our summer theatre extravaganza, the continent’s first and still biggest fringe festival (Aug; 16 to 26). And … Continue reading

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