Category Archives: Previews

Little Willy: the great marionettist Ronnie Burkett is back, with the raucous Daisy Theatre ensemble, and Shakespeare

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ronnie Burkett is back.  Call it a reunion, or maybe a homecoming. The show that opens Wednesday at the Roxy for four performances marks the return to this theatre town, and to Theatre Network, of a … Continue reading

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Negotiating a route through the Deaf and hearing worlds: Chris Dodd’s Deafy, at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The production that opens tonight at the Citadel is in its own special way a groundbreaker. For the first time in its 58-season history a play by a Deaf playwright will occupy a stage at the … Continue reading

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Unsung: Tales From The Front Line, real-life stories from health care workers in a new ‘performance installation’

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are dramatic schisms in history that divide our lives into the Before and the After. 9-11 was one. The pandemic is another, says Heather Inglis. “It’s the defining moment of our lifetime.” “Something significant happened … Continue reading

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I feel the earth move under my feet … Enough gets its Canadian premiere at Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “In every season there’s one show that scares me,” says Trevor Schmidt. “One show that challenges me as a director or designer. And this is the one.” Northern Light Theatre’s artistic director is talking about Enough, … Continue reading

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Fresh Hell: Career women Joan of Arc and Dorothy Parker hit the stage together (really!) in a new Conni Massing play

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The new play that premieres in the Shadow Theatre season this week has a premise that’s bound to make you smile. Conni Massing’s Fresh Hell brings together on one stage two women who not only didn’t … Continue reading

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The mystery behind the memory: Freaky Green Eyes, how a novel became a new play, premiering at Fringe Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hi! I don’t know if I have the right email address. I’m a theatre artist from Edmonton, Alberta. I really love your book. And I’d really love to adapt it into a stage show….”  It took … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Season: a new holiday/horror mashup, a one-night one-screen film premiere

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Five friends in full flight mode escape to a remote cabin in the woods. That always works, right? In Spirit of the Season, the indie holiday/ horror mash-up comedy film getting a one-night premiere screening Wednesday … Continue reading

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An update on E-town holiday shows: overcoming grinch-itude and getting festive, part 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lighten up everyone. If stress and/or seasonal ennui have overtaken your festive spirit and malled it beyond recognition, it’s obvious that you need a holiday show booster. And, like sweaters with antlers and shameless pom-poms on … Continue reading

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So what happens next? Die-Nasty does A Christmas Carol part 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So what happens to the Cratchits, the Fezziwigs, and Old Scratch himself after that fateful make-over Christmas, anyhow? Don’t tell me the question has never crossed your mind. Tonight at the Varscona Theatre is your only … Continue reading

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Die Harsh, a new Christmas musical satire from the Hot Boy Summer team

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca No wonder Byron Martin and Simon Abbott write musical comedies together.  It was a partnership meant to be. In a case of extreme showbiz (and seasonal) compatibility, their favourite Christmas movie of all time is … … Continue reading

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