Category Archives: Previews

Playing the game: culturecapital, that is, the custom-made trading card game about the performing arts industry in Alberta

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two brainy Vancouver-based performance artists with an appetite for games have custom-made one for us — an original collectible trading card game about the performing arts industry in Alberta. Welcome to culturecapital, by the team of … Continue reading

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“It’s what happens when you say Yes!” Feel the breeze at the 2020 Chinook Series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Chinook “is what happens when you say Yes!” laughs Vanessa Sabourin. She’s talking about the cutting-edge curated performance series that skips as lightly across artistic disciplines as the surprising winter breeze with the built-in warming trend. … Continue reading

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What makes life worth living? Every Brilliant Thing makes a list, and star John Ullyatt takes you through it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca He’s a mainstage leading man with character actor instincts. We’ve seen him clamour fearlessly through the audience, as the tarnished extrovert MC in Cabaret. Or talk to us directly as the stage manager in Burning Bluebeard. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare gets a Cree cosmology re-fit: Pawâkan Macbeth arrives for Chinook

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Feel the breeze. Chinook, the resource-sharing multi-disciplinary series devoted to melting our preconceptions and expanding our experience of live performance and creation, is at hand. It’s a measure of creative vision (and chutzpah) that the 2020 … Continue reading

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Catalyst’s new musical takes us into the girls’ club of elite secret agents. Meet the creators of The Invisible

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Espionage: Upstagers and exhibitionists need not apply.  In the long-awaited new Catalyst musical that finally gets its Edmonton debut Friday on the Maclab stage, we infiltrate a shadowy, high-risk world of wartime spies where the job … Continue reading

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Ketchup ketchup everywhere! The fearless Colleen Murphy revisits Shakespeare’s grisliest play

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Colleen Murphy has undertaken some audacious theatrical projects in her time. Who else in this country do you go to for a 23-actor play with a time span of 500 years, and a polar bear protagonist … Continue reading

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Can the future be gender-free? Nick Green’s new comedy Happy Birthday Baby J wonders. Meet the playwright.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca When Nick Green moved to Toronto 10 years ago this month, Edmonton theatre sustained a double loss. There was Green the charismatic young actor (and U of A theatre grad) we’d seen in Catalyst’s Frankenstein musical … Continue reading

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“See our bodies. Hear our stories.” A complex human portrait of disability in Cost of Living, says actor/activist Teal Sherer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I live my life. I work. I’m married. I have a kid. I deal with the same things as anybody else.” The voice on the phone from Seattle is amused. Teal Sherer is used to being … Continue reading

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Who am I? Where do I belong? A couple of theatre kids in love in Ellen Chorley’s Everybody Loves Robbie, at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the comedy that premieres Friday at Northern Light Theatre, a starry high school couple, drama kids who live and breathe the oxygenated air of musical theatre, come up against doubts. The kind of doubts that … Continue reading

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But soft, enter our first Winter Shakespeare Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As the playwright has said (zestfully, in Twelfth Night) “this is very midsummer madness.” Except that it’s in the bleak midwinter. Have a peek at Edmonton’s newest festival, the Winter Shakespeare Festival inside the vintage wooden … Continue reading

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