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Back to live theatre: are you game? That’s the question as E-town theatres make (and re-make) plans for the fall

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lessons from the pandemic: “Phases” may come (and go). But a great triple-sided mystery remains. You can throw open theatre doors. But will people want to return? Under what conditions? And when? The good news is … Continue reading

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Looking to the future: the Citadel moves its season to 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight “I used to be the good news guy,” sighs Daryl Cloran. “I got to call people to tell them ‘hey we’re gonna do your show’ and ‘hey, you’re in the cast’….” COVID has changed all that. … Continue reading

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The “what’s next?” comes to you: the 2020 Nextfest goes online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “O my gosh!” declares Nextfest director Ellen Chorley, who has a great and natural talent for celebration. “I’m absolutely blown away by how special and magical it is! I’m so thrilled!” The playwright/ actor/ director/ mentor/ … Continue reading

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The strangest of seasons: a truncated year on Edmonton stages in Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two high-contrast shows, one a subterranean prairie slow-burn tragedy and the other a riotous blood-spattered revenge comedy of the Shakespearean persuasion, proved the top choices of jurors as the 33rd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced … Continue reading

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Teatro La Quindicina postpones its 2020 summer season for a year

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The upcoming Teatro La Quindicina 2020 summer season, which would have launched at the end of May with a revival of Stewart Lemoine’s Evelyn Strange, has been postponed by a year. Be patient, theatre fans. The … Continue reading

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Just in time for Will’s birthday, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival has a new artistic director: Dave Horak

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Many happy returns, Will. True, the 32nd edition of E-town’s outdoor festival in his honour has, alas, been cancelled this summer, postponed till 2021, and for entirely good reasons. But there’s welcome news to be had … Continue reading

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And back at the Citadel — a theatre update

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s not easy to plan, or even to use the word “postpone,” when the “until…” is up in the (thin) air. As Daryl Cloran says, circumstances “are constantly moving the goal post.” We checked back with … Continue reading

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Theatre heartbreak: a summer without the Edmonton Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s the saddest of theatre news: brace yourself, Edmonton, for a summer without the Fringe. The upcoming 39th edition of our mighty Fringe, slated for Aug. 13 to 23, has been cancelled. The (250) shows cannot … Continue reading

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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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