Category Archives: Previews

Look up! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s an opera singer on the roof: drive-in opera and other experiments from Edmonton Opera

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The thrill of live: it’s undeniable, yes, both for artists and their audiences who thrive on connection, the charge of closeness, of being part of a gathering. If we hadn’t fully realized it before, by default … Continue reading

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Good Women Dance Collective launches a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They leap effortlessly across the frontier between dance and theatre as if it didn’t exist.  They’re into sharing; unusual musical and theatrical partnerships are their signature. At the centre of the new Good Women Dance Collective … Continue reading

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Dance inspired by stage design: Mile Zero Dance’s season-opener is an experimental cabaret

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a sassy what-if? streak in the Mile Zero Dance DNA. And you’ll see it in action Saturday night in a new way when the new MZD digital season, De-Program, comes to life on Zoom. What … Continue reading

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Impossible? EDMONten, a showcase of full-length 10-minute plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If we didn’t know it before, we do now, after six months of theatre trying hard and being ingenious on screen, size isn’t everything. (And as for duration, haven’t you asked yourself what’s happened to your … Continue reading

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Playing With Fire: the Mayfield straps on the blades, live, with the Theo Fleury story

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The show that skates (really!) onto the Mayfield Dinner Theatre stage next week — live — is the story of a small-town prairie boy from a neglectful and chaotic family, who makes a big life-changing discovery. … Continue reading

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We’ll meet again: Melanie Gall returns to active duty in her Vera Lynn show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In her TV address of April, when Queen Elizabeth encouraged the British people to be strong and stay resolute in a new kind of Blitz, she was invoking the spirit of the wartime 40s — and … Continue reading

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The Free Willies: the ‘sounds and sweet airs’ of travelling troubadours

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Some time before the end of the month, it will happen. You’ll be in a park. Or a community playground. At a farmer’s market. Or chilling on a front deck. And suddenly, a little troupe of … Continue reading

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Fringe FOMO: House of Hush burlesque goes live

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take it off! No, wait…. In the age of COVID, burlesque, a teasing vaudeville involving the playful progressive doffing of apparel, can remove just about everything — everything, that is, but the mask.  Masked showgirls: now, … Continue reading

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And back at the castle: a radio play version of Guys in Disguise’s Dragula

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like a sublime punchline: a drag show, in all its be-wigged glam-frocked glory, as a radio play? True, there’s a certain captivating perversity about the Guys in Disguise revival of their hit Fringe show … Continue reading

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Signs of life: live theatre is coming back, with cautious first steps

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And they’re back! Very cautiously, of course, experimentally, a little tentatively, with ultra-sanitized jazz hands. And not full-blast: nary a large-scale musical in sight, needless to say. But live theatre is starting to be back … … Continue reading

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