Category Archives: Previews

A mash-up of holiday classics (with ghosts) at Fort Edmonton: It’s A Wonderful Christmas Carol

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m not the man I was….”  No kidding. The flinty Mr. Scrooge gives off new sparks in the panto-radio play mash-up that opens at the Capitol Theatre in Fort Edmonton Park Thursday, as part of the … Continue reading

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A new Scrooge for the Citadel’s Christmas Carol: John Ullyatt dons the pinstripes

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a theatre town where a lavish Citadel production of A Christmas Carol isn’t just another entertainment choice but a bona fide civic tradition, “Bah, Humbug!” is by now the “to be or not to be” … Continue reading

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The fascinating journey of painter Agnes Martin: The Innocence of Trees premieres at Theatre Network’s new Roxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I would like my pictures to represent beauty, innocence, and happiness…. I would like them all to represent that. Exaltation.” — Agnes Martin Theatre Network formally launches the beautiful new Roxy on 124th Street, and their … Continue reading

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A life transformed by hip-hop: Evandalism opens the Fringe Theatre season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Henry Andrade (aka MC RedCloud) has a story. It’s personal, it’s dramatic, it’s hopeful, it crucially involves hip-hop. And, starting Friday on the Westbury stage, he’s sharing it from the stage in a one-man storytelling performance/show … Continue reading

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Two sparring playwrights in a vintage thriller: Deathtrap opens the Teatro Live! season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The twisty comedy thriller that opens the Teatro season on the Varscona stage Friday is a classic, Ira Levin’s vintage 1978 Broadway hit Deathtrap.  But the production that launches the Teatro La Quindicina of old into … Continue reading

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Up close and chilling: a small-scale Sweeney Todd for our time, from the Plain Janes

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd/ He served a dark and vengeful god….” Starting Friday in a small and intriguing downtown space (CO*LAB), up close enough to smell blood, Plain Jane Theatre brings us a small-cast chamber … Continue reading

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Capturing a complicated holiday: a new Canadian musical by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman, with songs by Hawksley Workman

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s the first snow of the year/ Guess it happens once a year….” from Almost A Full Moon, Hawksley Workman “Christmas is a complicated holiday,” says playwright Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman, pausing to consider the multiple facets of … Continue reading

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Love takes us backstage at a kids’ TV show: Die-Nasty lathers up for a new season of Monday night episodes

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Suds alert: We’re backstage at DNTV, a television studio where tensions are on red alert and the real drama happens in this age of streaming.  TV executives, actors both human and puppet, camera people, script writers … Continue reading

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‘Everyday horror’ mined for comedy: that’s Girl Brain, and they’re back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s nothing like a pandemic to make a sketch comedy trio revel in being together again — in person, in a spanky theatre, rehearsing a new show, with a fog machine.  “Where are we?” says Ellie … Continue reading

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A cutting edge artist in her own right: Dora Maar: the wicked one, at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the solo play that launches the Workshop West Playwrights Theatre season Thursday you’ll meet a remarkable artist, a multi-media groundbreaker in the ‘30s and ‘40s. She was a cutting edge photographer with commercial cred and … Continue reading

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