Category Archives: Previews

And in other theatre news: Tonight! Teatro’s season-end grand finale bash and Collin Doyle’s new play at Script Salon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This is how the Teatro La Quindicina mind ticks: the last production of their 2018 season, Skirts On Fire, has just closed, ergo it’s the moment for a grand finale … of grand finales.  Bring Down … Continue reading

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No one’s staying home this weekend: why would you? A wealth of choices on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  At the U of A’s Studio Theatre, it’s back in the USSR with Lenin’s Embalmers, Vern Thiessen’s black and absurdist 2008 tragicomedy (imagined from a true story) about two competing Jewish biochemists landing the unenviable joint … Continue reading

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A new artistic director and a new season at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the play that launches L’UniThéâtre’s 26th season tonight in a Nancy McAlear production, we meet a trio of characters who just can’t seem to help being pissed off — at daycare workers, at other people’s … Continue reading

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The dystopian vision of Trevor Schmidt: a new season at Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Frankly, I’ve always been more interested in women’s stories than men’s,” says Trevor Schmidt, his dander up on a break last week from rehearsals for Origin of the Species. The highly unusual feminist two-hander comedy by … Continue reading

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Gertrude and Alice go sitcom, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Gertrude and Alice: They’re the famously eccentric American couple who held court as paid-up members of the glittering Parisian avant-garde of the ‘20s. And now, once a month, you’ll find Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, … Continue reading

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Exploring space and time, with a dog: Jezebel, At The Still Point

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca On a break from rehearsal this past week, the cast of Jezebel, At the Still Point are hanging out in the Theatre Network green room. One of them — the one with the speaking role — … Continue reading

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Pinocchio: a new production of an Alberta Opera original opens the Roxy Performance Series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Seven years ago, a musical-writing duo with a string of sassy re-angled fairy-tale musicals for kids to their credit got their mitts on a different sort of adventure. It was free-wheeling and fantastical, crazily episodic — … Continue reading

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Unlacing Shakespeare’s women: the Bard goes burlesque at the Capitol Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Think of them as the ultimate theatre buffs: reveals are their speciality. Send In The Girls Burlesque comes to the stage of Fort Edmonton Park’s vintage Capitol Theatre Friday and Saturday, in honour of Alberta Culture … Continue reading

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The fine art of foolery: the return of Play The Fool, E-Town’s “festival of clown and physical comedy”

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Foolery, sir, doth walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere.” – Twelfth Night III, i. Edmonton, we are about to have an outbreak — an eruption? an infiltration? invasion? effervescence? collision? conflagration? — … Continue reading

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Once … upon a time: meet Ann Hodges, director of the cult film-turned-musical that launches the Citadel season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Once … upon a time there was a winsomely offbeat 2007 indie Irish film, about the unlikely friendship between a Dublin street musician and a Czech immigrant. It was made for a dime (well, $150,000), shot … Continue reading

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