Category Archives: Previews

Portrait of an Indigenous artist in a Fringe-less summer: Todd Houseman

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A summer without Fringes? Without real live audiences to test new material? “It’s been a deeply reflective time,” says Todd Houseman thoughtfully, of the four months-plus since in-person performances suddenly vanished from the land. “A time … Continue reading

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A Telethon kicks off the strange summer when the Edmonton Fringe went online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything that’s happening is changing the landscape…. Let’s make our own destiny!” — Edmonton Fringe director Murray Utas The Fringe, Edmonton’s beloved August giant of a theatre festival, and a game-changer for this town in every … Continue reading

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The Fringe That Never Was comes to you, with Fringe Revue episode 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The fateful moment of the Fringe-less August approaches in the distance (OK, let’s not think about that right now). I know I know. You can’t actually go to the Fringe this year. But The Fringe That … Continue reading

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Gender? I Hardly Know Them: the queer sketch comedy duo zooms back with a new online show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How do you capture a sense of humour in words? On the eve of their new (mostly) live web series httpeepee, launching Tuesday, the queer sketch comedy duo Gender? I Hardly Know Them is brainstorming on … Continue reading

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Hungry for theatre? Lodestar Theatre delivers … to your own back yard

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. In this unpredictable and isolating moment, which has sent live theatre into lockdown exile on screens, Lodestar Theatre is its own creative resistance movement. The rep company, originally from Liverpool … Continue reading

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Meet nine exciting artists at The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This month you’ll get to meet and mingle with some of the country’s most exciting creators — nine Indigenous artists from Alberta, across Canada and beyond. The meeting place: The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub. The Hub … Continue reading

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Finding a new way at Found, the festival of unexpected encounters

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If ever there was a moment in history when artists and audiences have had to find each other in new, experimental, reimagined ways, this has got to be it, my stir-crazy friends. And, hey, Edmonton has … Continue reading

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Home Again: a journey to the desert in podcast form at Nextfest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was when the cast was rehearsing the kissing scene in Home Again that playwright/director Calla Wright knew, irrevocably, that Nextfest 2020 had created its own kooky creative wonderland. For one thing Home Again, which runs … Continue reading

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“We’re back to who we are!” Murray Utas launches Fringe Revue

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you were in any doubt before that, the moment in mid-April the mighty Edmonton Fringe pulled the plug on its 39th annual edition in August, was a capital-M Moment of confirmation that the world had … Continue reading

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‘How do I find my place in the world?’ Meet Nextfest actor/playwright Dylan Thomas-Bouchier

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “My brain is spinning with this show,” says actor/playwright Dylan Thomas-Bouchier “It’s very much my conversation with myself.… How do I, as a new artist, find my my place in the world?” That show is Finding … Continue reading

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