Category Archives: Previews

Concrete Theatre’s Sprouts Festival grows new plays, online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Edmonton’s Concrete Theatre, a company with a national profile in theatre-for-young-audiences, is into its mid-30s with a new pair of co-artistic directors — and in this strange pandemic time, the need to re-invent one of its … Continue reading

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To be or not to be: Hamlet served six ways, from Thou Art Here Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The time is out of joint (I think we can all agree with Prince of Denmark on that). Isolating, infuriating, anxiety-making, rippling with hints of mortality and “the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh … Continue reading

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New plays for big stages: Collider, the Citadel’s debut play development festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Line most often heard from Canadian theatre producers by playwrights labouring on new scripts. “Great, but could you make it smaller? How about three actors, better yet two, instead of five?” If ‘think small’ is the … Continue reading

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Follow the ‘once upon a time’ through the fairy tale world: The Secret in the Wings at Studio Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Don’t let the ‘happily-ever-after’s fool you. Fairy tales are not, contrary to popular belief, a Disney invention, the have-a-great-life tag to rom-coms on a roll. The production that opens today online, in the Studio Theatre season,  … Continue reading

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Transformations: what would it take to change the world? Catalyst Theatre enlisted three artists to ask the question

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When you sign ‘new’ it means ‘to grow’.” — Chris Dodd, The Transformers: Regrowth Can something positive, something transforming emerge from a year of devastation? To imagine a better future for the world, who better to consult … Continue reading

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A relationship between the lines: Something Unspoken, streamed by Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s just that I feel that there’s something unspoken between us that ought to be spoken….” — Something Unspoken, Tennessee Williams         The 1950s Tennessee Williams one-act play that opens online Friday — the … Continue reading

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Bonfire: the festival of new and flammable improv ideas, from Rapid Fire Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How crazy is this? What if … you were quarantined in a room, and you had to improvise all by yourself — for an entire show? And you didn’t know whether anyone was watching or not? … Continue reading

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Unwrapping an adventure: La Boîte Sensorielle delivers a box to your place

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Life can be full of surprises. You, my friend, are going to get a mysterious package delivered to your door. It’s wrapped; it has your name on it. But you mustn’t open it until  showtime a … Continue reading

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SOUND OFF gathers Deaf artists from across the country and beyond for its online 2021 edition

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In an age of probing questions about inclusivity in theatre, here’s a model of accessibility — forged in the fire of experience, years of it,  of being marginalized, and finding alternate pathways to communicating. SOUND OFF, Canada’s … Continue reading

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Expanse 2021, the festival of bodies in motion, moves online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Creating more space.” It’s a phrase that recurs like a mantra, and an invitation, when Azimuth Theatre’s two new co-artistic producers Sue Goberdhan and Morgan Yamada talk about this year’s Expanse Festival, opening tonight on an … Continue reading

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