Category Archives: Previews

Merry Merry quite contrary: the Christmas spirit up against resistance, 4 festive shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, Merry Merry quite contrary. Some are born with the festive spirit; some achieve it, and some have it thrust upon ’em. And sometimes, as you know, seasonal high spirits have to be released (or wrestled down) … Continue reading

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The double-optic on Christmas: meet the real-life couple starring in Oh! Christmas Tree

By Liz Nicholls, If Lora Brovold and Collin Doyle, the real-life couple who star in Oh! Christmas Tree, have a special rapport with the characters in Conni Massing’s new comedy (opening Thursday at Theatre Network), it’s not surprising. They’ve … Continue reading

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To tree or not to tree, that is the question: Conni Massing’s new comedy Oh! Christmas Tree at the Roxy

By Liz Nicholls, In Oh! Christmas Tree, the new Conni Massing romantic comedy that opens Thursday at Theatre Network, a relationship is under extreme pressure. Is it money? Snoring? Musical tastes? Lunatic relativies? Whether to acquire a shitsu? No, … Continue reading

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“The season when abundance rejoices”: a splendid Christmas Carol retires at the Citadel after 19 seasons

By Liz Nicholls, “Christmas, sir, is a cheat!” snaps Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge with a grimace of distaste that may strike a chord in your own soul — especially if you’ve done time in a mall, barraged by retail jollity … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like …

Liz Nicholls, There’s mistletoe, a tree, and an against-the-odds nerd romance in the delightful holiday show currently running at the Citadel.  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, has taken the initiative on seasonal entertainments, by transplanting us in the evergreen … Continue reading

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Is history spinning forwards or backwards? Shows at Studio and MacEwan wonder about that

By Liz Nicholls, It is a disconcertingly à propos moment in the space-time continuum for both the plays opening this week at Edmonton’s biggest theatre schools. You can easily make yourself dizzy wondering whether history is catapulting forward or … Continue reading

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“The elephant in the room is … an elephant.” Conni Massing’s Matara opens the Workshop West season

By Liz Nicholls, That not one but two new plays by Conni Massing are premiering this season is noteworthy. That they open a  mere two weeks apart, the work of two different theatre companies, is more striking still.    … Continue reading

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“My first happy play…” Nancy McAlear makes her Citadel directing debut with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Liz Nicholls, “It makes me … happy,” says Nancy McAlear, with a tiny hesitation and a smile of musing wonder — maybe about using that word.  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, the larky romantic comedy of the holiday … Continue reading

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Happy hour from Bright Young Things: meet the stars of Fallen Angels

By Liz Nicholls, “My mind is a mass of corruption,” Noel Coward told the Evening Standard in 1925. “England’s solid-gold jazz baby,” as his biographer John Lahr described him, was responding to the selection of epithets dusted off by … Continue reading

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The forgotten sister comes into her own: meet Mikaela Davies, star of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Liz Nicholls, “I grew up with the kindest, cleverest, and most beautiful elder sisters in the country; and with the loudest, silliest, and prettiest younger sisters in the country,” says Mary, in the romantic comedy that brings a … Continue reading

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