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, 12thnight.ca 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, 12thnight.ca 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, 12thnight.ca 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, 12thnight.ca “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, 12thnight.ca 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, 12thnight.ca 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, 12thnight.ca 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, 12thnight.ca “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, 12thnight.ca “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, 12thnight.ca “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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