Category Archives: Previews

The Mountaintop: a human portrait of a hero and the landscape of dreams, at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Like most men you ain’t gone be able to finish what you started. — The Mountaintop The play that launches Shadow Theatre’s delayed three-play live season Thursday is named for one of Martin Luther King’s most … Continue reading

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The Hunchback Variations: the quest for the elusive. Meet director Davina Stewart

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The comedy that opens Friday in a Northern Light Theatre production starts in absurdity, a concept that’s taken a beating from reality, times being what they are. Start with this: The Hunchback Variations is a panel … Continue reading

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Rapid Fire Theatre: back live, and back on their home turf in Old Strathcona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Rapid Fire Theatre has a new home for the new year. The agile Edmonton improv company, 41 seasons old (but young at heart), de-camped this week from downtown and moved back to their traditional stomping ground, … Continue reading

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Getting excited about Edmonton theatre in 2022, a how-to guide

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I sometimes have to wonder if my annual ‘what to look forward to in theatre’ piece in January has become speculative fiction in our pandemical world. A universal disclaimer seems to hang over everything like ice … Continue reading

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Sharing the story: a new version of Lake of the Strangers opens the Fringe Theatre season on stage and screen

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the play you’ll see Saturday night — either live on Fringe Theatre’s Westbury stage or live-streamed on Fringe TV from there — you’ll meet two little Indigenous brothers, 10 and seven. They’re out on a … Continue reading

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A windfall for actresses: Brad Fraser’s 5@50 at Walterdale

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that opens Wednesday live on the Walterdale stage does something rare in theatre. In a world where aging is a vanishing act for women artists, Brad Fraser’s 5@50 provides a windfall: five big, juicy … Continue reading

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Some day soon we all will be together… A Christmas Carol is back live at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Daryl Cloran has discovered an infallible new applause line, simple but profound. He’s used it in pre-show remarks to audiences at the Citadel’s productions of The Fiancée, Bears, and The Garneau Block this fall. Same effect … Continue reading

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Linda Wood Edwards reimagines a mysterious chapter in our history: The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In December 26, 1921, just outside the small Alberta town of Big Valley, a brothel started by an enterprising woman burned to the ground.Narrow escapes ensued, as duly reported by The Big Valley News that week. … Continue reading

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‘Our opportunity to meet the moment’: 366 Days, the latest from Major Matt Mason

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a strange, unsettling thought: We are all hybrid creatures. That’s how we have to live now, forever straddling the live and the digital, not fully existing in one world or another. Are we then our … Continue reading

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The Best Summer Ever, mantra for a musical satire: Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Best Summer Ever. Four words destined to live in infamy. An open invitation to disaster, as well we know (and everyone knew at the time). And, hey, a banner for Alberta to carry onto the … Continue reading

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