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How does it feel to have your face misrepresented? Whiteface, the play and now the film

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the outset of Whiteface, a smug chalky-faced couple chat over dinner about their culinary and entertainment options.“Here we go,” sighs the woman, overcome with ennui and exasperation. “We’re always the monsters….” The man rolls his … Continue reading

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Can live theatre live online? Ask improv and video expert Matt Schuurman

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a strange moment in history when live theatre has been struck down by the lack of its traditional venue (and raison d’être) — the room where people gather, and actors and audiences connect, in person. … Continue reading

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Freewill Shakespeare Festival reschedules for 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Alas, one woe doth tread upon another’s heel.… The COVID crisis has claimed another arts victim. Not unexpectedly, the 2020 edition of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, the Bard’s annual summer foray into Hawrelak Park, has been … Continue reading

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The year in podcast dramas: The Alberta Queer Calendar Project

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lately I feel like I’m constantly on the edge of a vortex. Swimming. Trying to keep my head above water.” — Local Diva, Liam Salmon In January when his “one-person drag queen drama” premiered in podcast … Continue reading

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Shadow Theatre focuses on local writers next season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Shadow Theatre will finish its current season — but not until the fall. The Wrong People Have Money, the Shadow season finale with the resonant title (I can see you nodding), was to have premiered at … Continue reading

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‘Hello. My name is Jamie Cavanagh. And I want to be Wolverine’.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a mapless, chaotic universe, it’s kind of reassuring to find a goal, and a campaign, to get behind. Here’s one, and it even has clarity and showbiz sense on its side: Jamie Cavanagh wants to … Continue reading

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The Digital Fringe: Chase Padgett’s bright idea for tough times

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Fringe has always been a lab for bright ideas. That’s why the people love it; that’s what it’s for, this bright idea hatched in Edmonton 38 summers ago. So here’s a new one, from Fringe … Continue reading

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Zoom in on Shakespeare: Malachite Theatre bridges the gap

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At a stressful moment when a virus is conspiring to make borders, to divide us from each other, what is live theatre to do? It is, after all, an art devoted by very definition to creating … Continue reading

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Bring on the women: Northern Light Theatre’s 45th anniversary season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a certain wincing irony attached to cancelling the run of a play called Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver, to be sure. And that’s what happened, sadly, in the case of Northern Light Theatre’s season finale, … Continue reading

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Are you Stuck-In-The House? The Citadel can help with that (an update from E-town’s biggest theatre)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca True, you can’t show up for a live in-person experience at the theatre. But Edmonton’s largest theatre company invites you to share the work of our impressive talent pool of local artists anyway — in your … Continue reading

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