Category Archives: Previews

Hey, Old Friend! The Janes and the Varscona toast Sondheim

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “But us, old friends, What’s to discuss, old friends? Here’s to us! Who’s like us? Damn few!” — Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Sondheim  Edmonton’s top musical theatre artists gather on the Varscona stage Oct. 8 … Continue reading

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Rising Sun Theatre throws a magic/music bash

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Magic and music: some of this theatre town’s top-drawer talent in both are featured in Rising Sun Theatre’s benefit bash at the Gateway Theatre Oct. 1. Ron Pearson, a virtuoso magician/illusionist with a theatrical bent (Minerva: … Continue reading

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Mad as hell: Network launches the Citadel season. A preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The word “prescient” has been floating over the Citadel for weeks now, threading through rehearsals for the play getting its Canadian premiere Thursday on the Shoctor stage.  It’s attached to a (very) dark comedy satire about … Continue reading

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Workshop West announces a new season devoted to Canadian plays and their creators

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre bookends its upcoming 44th “Persistence of Vision” season, announced Thursday, in a way that has always characterized a theatre company devoted to the development and showcasing of new Canadian plays and their … Continue reading

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A cultural inheritance, a quest, and a haunting: Barvinok launches a tour here

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “The universal desire, the need, desire, to understand who you are, where you came from….” That’s what drew Ukrainian-Canadian playwright Lianna Makuch across the ocean to her ancestral homeland. And that quest was her creative inspiration, … Continue reading

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Knock knock who’s there? Nora’s back, A Doll’s House Part 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And it’s crucial there be a door. A very prominent door to the outside….” playwright stage directions, A Doll’s House Part 2 by Lucas Hnath It’s the door that Nora Helmer slammed as she walks out … Continue reading

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It’s time to play: a peek at the new Edmonton theatre season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Destination Fringe, with its 95,000 or so tickets sold, was a hint (we deal in big hints here in #yeg. People know what they’ve been missing; they want live in-person theatre experience and the sharing that … Continue reading

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Be very pumped: further thoughts on a big Fringe opening night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tonight’s the night: the biggest opening night in town, by a considerable margin. Come 8 p.m. Destination Fringe, with its 164 shows on 27 venues (artfully scaled down from the gargantuan 2019 edition) is up and … Continue reading

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‘A space of possibility’: The Péhonán Series at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The TeePee: there it stands, a striking 16-footer right in the heart of the Fringe, a tangible symbol of Indigenous presence at our summer festival of artists. Péhonán (Cree for gathering place, waiting place), last year’s … Continue reading

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Where do new musicals come from? Meet the creators of The Erlking and Conjoined at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Where do new musicals come from anyhow? The 2022 Fringe has a surprising number. What sort of theatre  artists are moved to complicate their lives immeasurably by channelling their storytelling through music and lyrics? 12thnight caught … Continue reading

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