Category Archives: Previews

It’s show time in Edmonton theatre: what to not miss this season on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “That was what had been missing from his life all these years. His career, his city, this bonehead province. Mythic Power.” — The Garneau Block. In Todd Babiak’s wry and funny novel The Garneau Block, reborn … Continue reading

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In a lather at Big Little Lake: the 27th annual Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Funny how a charming resort village like Big Little Lake, where the  well-toned meet the well-heeled over white wine spritzers, can turn suddenly … well, sinister. Murder has a way of doing that. It populates the … Continue reading

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A new season at Theatre Network, and 3 Canadian plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Three Canadian plays, two by star playwrights and one by a hot up-and-comer, are the 2019-2020 lineup Theatre Network announced this week. There will be a moment (more than one) in this upcoming 45th season that … Continue reading

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Rent is due: the 20th anniversary tour arrives. Meet the original choreographer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been nearly two decades since a young dance-theatre choreographer from New York’s downtown alt-art scene got invited to meet up with a little-known composer to make plans for a revolutionary new rock musical. It would … Continue reading

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They do! Chase and Christina tie the knot, in a Fringe show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a love story for the ages. They met at the Fringe after the late-night cabaret. On Aug. 23 2017, “I yelled at him outside Steel Wheels,” says Christina Garies of her fiancé Chase Padgett (Chase … Continue reading

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It’s the biggest opening night of the year! And the generations assemble

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We’ll eat you up – we love you so!” — Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are Tonight’s the night, the biggest opening night of the year in this theatre town. And Where The Wild … Continue reading

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Sing it don’t say it: musical theatre at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take a quick flip through the Fringe program, a tome of epic weight and proportions, and you’ll notice there’s nothing run of DeMille about the musicals at this year’s edition of our big alternative summer theatre … Continue reading

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Those who can, teach: a new theatre company debuts at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Those who can, do. Those who aren’t afraid to, teach…. And then they get up onstage at the Fringe. The production of Almost, Maine that opens Friday at the Fringe (BYOV Stage 25) introduces a new … Continue reading

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‘Hello everybody, my name is TJ’ – 25 years of Fringe for TJ Dawe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hello everybody. Thanks for coming. My name’s TJ. I’m here to tell you a story….” It’s been 25 years since an underachieving West Coast actor, fresh from theatre school, discovered something unexpected and empowering about the … Continue reading

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A “rolling world premiere” at the Fringe: The Trophy Hunt

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a damn big, unwieldy country, coast to coast. And no one knows that better than theatre artists — playwrights, actors, directors, producers. That’s partly what makes Trina Davies’ experimental initiative on the Canadian Fringe circuit … Continue reading

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