Category Archives: Previews

Seasonal returns: High Tea and the Theatre 6-Pack

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Let no one argue that Firefly Theatre & Circus doesn’t take the high road. With the return of their annual High Tea Sunday, Firefly takes vertical integration literally, and tea-time to dizzy new heights. You can … Continue reading

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From Romeo to Shakespeare: meet Andrew Chown, the actor who plays the mystery man

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca So who is William Shakespeare anyhow? The world has always wondered. And in the romantic comedy that opens the season Thursday on the Citadel mainstage, we meet the mystery man himself — as a young working … Continue reading

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“We’re all in this together” forsooth: the spirit of inclusion in the Citadel season opener

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Shall I compare thee to a … sum … a sum … a something, something… Damn it.” In the opening scene of the play that launches the new Citadel  season Thursday, we meet an up-and-coming playwright … Continue reading

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The new theatre season begins: hey, Edmonton has play dates!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And the wall keeps out the enemy/ And we build the wall to keep us free….” —Hadestown In Hadestown, the Broadway-bound musical whose out-of-town opening happens at Edmonton’s largest playhouse the Citadel (Nov. 11 to Dec. … Continue reading

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The 25th anniversary edition of the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon is sudsing up

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to Dystopia! The 25th annual edition of Edmonton’s venerable improv comedy tradition, the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon, is at hand. Starting this very evening, 7 p.m. at the Varscona Theatre, the forces of the improv elite — the … Continue reading

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That masked man is back: a new Phantom of the Opera sings the music of the night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera, a mystery never fully explained….” With this opening gambit, and signature organ arpeggio, a 1911 beauty-and-the-beast potboiler by an obscure Parisian hack/bon … Continue reading

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Getting away with murder? Stewart Lemoine’s new mystery-comedy I Heard About Your Murder premieres at Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Stewart Lemoine’s new murder mystery thriller comedy — a tricky theatrical category with precious few representatives — you’ll meet a married couple of Canuck urbanites with an idyllic rural retreat. Little do Howard and Dodie … Continue reading

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A festive spirit prevails in E-Town tonight: 2 festivals and a screwball comedy set to open

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” And then let up later, for heaven’s sake! It’s opening night this very evening for not one but two of Edmonton’s summer arts festivals. AND Teatro La Quindicina’s new screwball … Continue reading

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Losing yourself at Found, the festival of art in unexpected places

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Unexpected things happen when you take theatre out of theatres.  And we have a festival for that. The Found Festival returns Thursday to Old Strathcona for a sixth annual weekend of strange and surprising encounters, up … Continue reading

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Once more unto the park dear friends: the 29th Freewill Shakespeare Festival draws nigh

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The love of summer Shakespeare runs deep in this town. One morning last week, the guest director at this year’s 29th annual Freewill Shakespeare Festival arrived for rehearsal at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park. … Continue reading

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