Category Archives: Previews

Capturing time for the theatre: Hannah Moscovitch talks about Infinity

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Time. It surrounds us, envelopes us, embeds us in a present that’s gone before you know it. It accumulates when you don’t want it and dwindles to nothing when you do. It keeps the past and … Continue reading

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Sisterhood and addiction: Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins premieres at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Morning and evening/ Maids heard the goblins cry: “Come buy our orchard fruits,/Come buy, come buy…. – Goblin Market Christina Rossetti’s 1859 fantasy Goblin Market, a piece of Victorian erotica which has got to be one of … Continue reading

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Secrets of the staff room revealed: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge at Bonfire 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Haven’t you always wanted to go backstage in the education system? Admit it. Haven’t you always wondered what goes on in the teachers’ lounge after the bell rings? What — and who — are the nation’s … Continue reading

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Bonfire: the improv festival that plays with matches

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How’s this for a cool and crazy idea for an improv show? Lights up. Go. What if … a show was improvised from its own sequences of lighting cues? That’s Lumen, one of the 24 experiments … Continue reading

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“Doing it and enjoying it”: Slut is opening at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m just having fun being single. Is that a crime?” In the, er, tart little solo comedy that opens Friday at Northern Light Theatre, we meet a middle-aged accountant whose zest for sex, and generous-mindedness about … Continue reading

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Big issues in small rooms: Atlas Theatre is back with Going To St. Ives

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives.…” The thorny  little two-hander that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, the finale of the inaugural Varscona Theatre Ensemble series, invokes that … Continue reading

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Undercover: spontaneous detective work with improv queen Rebecca Northan

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca “Everyone has the capacity to improvise,” declares Rebecca Northan decisively, looking for inspiration on a lunch menu last week. “We all improvise all the time!” Not everyone, I think to myself, wincing visibly at a couple … Continue reading

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Gender, sexuality, identity: Elena Belyea’s Cleave asks questions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Elena Belyea thinks about the punchy title of her new play with a certain unmistakeable satisfaction. Cleave, after all, has two completely opposite meanings: to pull together and to wrench apart. Families, those repositories of contradictory … Continue reading

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Out of trauma and into artistic creation: Jonathon Young talks about the acclaimed dance/theatre fusion Betroffenheit

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The intersection of real life and artistic creation can seldom have been so high-stakes as it is in the acclaimed dance/theatre production that arrives at the Citadel Friday for three performances. Betroffenheit, which has gathered awards … Continue reading

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The byways of grief: director Jim Guedo talks about Poison

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that opens tonight in the Roxy Performance Series introduces audiences here to an award-winning Dutch playwright whose reputation continues to expand in Europe and around the world in eight languages (to date). Poison, Lot … Continue reading

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