Category Archives: Previews

Shakespeare reimagined into Cree cosmology: Pawâkan Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Whenever you do indigenous theatre, it’s never just theatre,” says Reneltta Arluk. “It’s theatre and….” The Inuvialuit Cree Dene actor/ playwright/ director/ artistic director — and the Banff Centre’s new head of indigenous arts — is … Continue reading

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Meet the god of the underworld himself: Patrick Page talks about Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And the wall keeps out the enemy/ And we build the wall to keep us free/ That’s why we build the wall….” In Hadestown, the Anaïs Mitchell musical that opens at the Citadel Thursday en route to Broadway, … Continue reading

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The high line to Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How to get to Hadestown/ You’ll have to take the long way down….” And as the world-weary god/narrator Hermes sings “there ain’t no compass, brother, ain’t no map.” Yes, the road to Hadestown is long, uncharted, … Continue reading

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Beware the Jabberwock: the Old Trout Puppet Workshop is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Beware the Jabberwock, my son!/ The jaws that bite, the claws that catch…. You can’t help noticing. There’s a storybook rabbit on a chair, head only and larger than life, gazing balefully into the mid-distance. His body … Continue reading

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Don’t let preconceptions define you: meet the stars of John Ware Reimagined

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca On a cold morning last week before rehearsals started for the day, I met up with Jesse Lipscombe and Jameela McNeil, who play John Ware and his wife in the production of Cheryl Foggo’s John Ware … Continue reading

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The making of a (black) cowboy legend: John Ware Reimagined at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca He was a high rider, a figure carved from the X-large dimensions of Western mythology. A late 19th century Alberta cowboy of extraordinary  skill and savvy, capable of startling feats of agility, daring, horsemanship. What young … Continue reading

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A homecoming for playwright Trina Davies, at Concordia U, Walterdale and SkirtsAfire

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A couple of decades ago, an Edmonton kid found herself onstage, at a theatre festival where the plays were new, and specially designed for teen actors and their teen audiences. It was at the Citadel Teen … Continue reading

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The Boo! Revue: the new Varscona Theatre Ensemble says hello Sunday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Three of Edmonton’s most inventive little indie theatre companies are forming a trio — in a new umbrella ensemble that will produce a subscription season of shows at the Varscona Theatre. Together, Plain Jane Theatre, Bright … Continue reading

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It’s Jesus’s mom’s turn to speak: The Testament of Mary at Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The star of the famous story gets top billing and a lot of press. And he always has, being the Son of God and starting a world-wide religion and all. But you don’t hear from his … Continue reading

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Music, stories, cabaret, ‘infotainment’, opera, and plays: a weekend of trick and treat on Edmonton stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a musical journey that cuts to the soul of a turbulent history. In Freedom Singer, which arrives at the Citadel Club starting tonight as part of a cross-country tour, the Detroit-born Canadian musician Khari Wendell … Continue reading

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