Category Archives: Previews

Taking comedy and tragedy to the park: the Freewill Shakespeare Festival returns

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a vast expanse of theatrical distance between the two shows you’ll see alternating in the outdoor Shakespeare festival that opens tonight in the river valley. Tonight’s show is a comedy, and a farcical one at that; … Continue reading

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30 summers of Shakespeare in the great outdoors

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca ‘Tis wondrous strange, but there was a time, now receding into the mists of the past, when Shakespeare (Will to his friends) didn’t camp out in the river valley every summer. When you couldn’t drift down … Continue reading

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But hark, a new play! Thou Art Here at Freewill Shakespeare Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “For the long and short is, our play is preferred….”  (IV, ii, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) In one of the most reliably hilarious (and heartwarming) sequences in all of Shakespeare, a co-op of serious and inept … Continue reading

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The art of spontaneity enters a disturbing new dimension: The Society of Strange comes to Improvaganza 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Unlikely. Improbable. Unpredictable. Improvaganza, the 10-day festival with bona fide global connections, expressly devoted to the adrenalized art of the spontaneous, is all of that. With The Society of Strange, arriving from across the pond for the … Continue reading

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A marriage and a dinner party: The Gooseberry at Nextfest

The mainstage theatre lineup at Nextfest 2018 includes four productions of strikingly diverse and unusual inspirations and theatrical styles. 12thnight.ca talked to the playwrights. Meet Juniper Wisniewski, creator of The Gooseberry, a black comedy in which a dinner party is the … Continue reading

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A convergence of paths en route to healing: Where do we Begin? at Nextfest

The mainstage theatre lineup at Nextfest 2018 includes four productions of strikingly diverse and unusual inspirations and theatrical styles. 12thnight.ca talked to the playwrights. Meet Lady Vanessa Cardona, Joanna Simon, and Roya Yazdanmehr, creators (and stars) of Where do we Begin?, a … Continue reading

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A jazzy new musical with a bank robber folk hero: Pretty Boy The Musical at Nextfest

The mainstage theatre lineup at Nextfest 2018 includes four productions of strikingly diverse inspirations and theatrical styles. 12thnight.ca talked to the playwrights. Meet Mark Vetsch, creator and director of Pretty Boy: The Musical, a jazzy new musical with a Depression Era … Continue reading

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Moonshine at Nextfest: a journey for identity in stories and music

The mainstage theatre lineup at Nextfest 2018 includes four productions of strikingly diverse inspirations and theatrical styles.  12thnight.ca talked to the playwrights. First, meet Larissa Pohoreski, creator and star of Moonshine.  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s a celebration of my … Continue reading

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What’s next? Find out at Nextfest, the festival that celebrates the next generation of artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Prepare to be surprised. Starting today in Old Strathcona, two groups of five emerging artists from the whole spectrum of disciplines — playwrights, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians — will gather. Together they’ll spend the … Continue reading

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The Finest of Strangers aren’t strangers at all: Teatro’s season-opening premiere

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There was a moment last fall when Stewart Lemoine found himself standing on a Winnipeg street, peering through the front window of a house he once knew, rooted to the spot. “I knew I shouldn’t be … Continue reading

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