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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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The House Series: comedy, cabaret, and music at the Citadel next season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Girl Brain, the sketch comedy troupe that zigzags through the lively minds of three smart and funny women, is being lured downtown for a weekend next season at the Citadel. Alyson Dicey, Caley Suliak and Ellie … Continue reading

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Nun but the brave: for your theatre habit, a grand assortment on E-town stages this weekes this week

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What is it with all the nuns on Edmonton stages this week? It’s a bumper crop, second to nun. In The Candidate at the Citadel, you will see two different heavenly examples, (in a sense … Continue reading

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Dear Evan Hansen arrives in the upcoming Broadway Across Canada season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An innovative award-winner of a Broadway musical with every kind of contemporary traction is the finale of the upcoming three-show Broadway Across Canada season. Dear Evan Hansen, arriving at the Jube Feb. 11 to 16 2020, … Continue reading

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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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