Category Archives: Previews

It’s the theatre season, and you have options this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, there’s a Theatre Season (now, there’s a term that’s gotten a little rusty) going on in this town. There’s live theatre in your weekend — two openings Friday night alone — and you have options. … Continue reading

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Finding comedy in deep places: Hiraeth premieres in a Bright Young Things production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that premieres Friday on the Varscona stage in a Bright Young Things production, is a test case of sorts for the uncanny way comedy gets a special access pass to the deepest, most serious … Continue reading

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A journey of transformation into the heart of nature: Bears hits the big stage

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Six years ago, in a tiny theatre space deep inside the Arts Barn, we watched a man set forth on a journey from the city into the heart of Nature — through mountains to the sea … Continue reading

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Finding a family in the quest for happiness: Michael Mysterious premieres in a Pyretic production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve with this play,” says Geoffrey Simon Brown of Michael Mysterious.   One of the hottest of the country’s younger generation of playwrights, Brown is musing on the play, years in … Continue reading

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Makings of a Voice, Dana Wylie’s story about storytelling is back to live, at the Arden

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We need to know we have a story…. We need to know we are a story.” — Makings of a Voice When Dana Wylie returned to the world of theatre last March from a decade as a … Continue reading

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Workshop West: the playwrights’ theatre is back, live, with a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre turns 43 this season with a live, all-Canadian lineup, dubbed “Daring Greatly,” that includes two premieres by Edmonton playwrights, the return after a decade to a signature WWPT new play development festival, … Continue reading

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The artist as work-in-progress: Azimuth Theatre has a new program for that

                By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the creative world of what-if’s where theatre lives, here’s an alluring one: “Wouldn’t it be great if … instead of a part-time job to pay for your … Continue reading

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Awwright! Hanging with the guy who can walk on water, and other lessons at the Play The Fool Fest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, how was your Monday? Me? I went to a festival (online) and met Jesus. It was a learning experience. “The man who can walk on water,” as billed (for, like, forever), turned out to be … Continue reading

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Sending in the clowns (online): Play The Fool Fest is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Clowns: it takes all kinds. And we have the festival to prove it. At Play the Fool, returning Thursday (online again) for a sixth annual edition, you’ll meet “the world’s first German Nihilist life coach,” for … Continue reading

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Jenny McKillop: meet the star of Teatro’s live in-person season finale Fever Land

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the live in-person grand finale to Teatro La Quindicina’s highly compressed summer season of filmed productions, we meet a shy, unassuming junior high Home Ec teacher who sings in a choir. In Winnipeg. In the … Continue reading

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