Category Archives: Previews

The Particulars: the invasion of the minutiae. Punctuate! is back in town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Poor Gordon. He has a complicated problem. His life, an infestation of minutiae moment to moment, is driving him crazy. Especially at night. The scratching of vermin in the walls. The chewing of insects in his … Continue reading

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Crime plays: The Ballad of Peachtree Rose, a new thriller from Nicole Moeller, opens the Workshop West season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Who are the monsters?” That’s what playwright Nicole Moeller wonders. It’s what she’s always drawn to wonder in her plays, and the answer is never clear-cut. She asks again in the new high-speed thriller that premieres … Continue reading

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Writing for women of a certain age: meet Jen Silverman, the author of The Roommate

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Jen Silverman is the New York-based playwright/ screenwriter/ novelist who wrote the comedy The Roommate. Last produced at Chicago’s Steppenwolf in 2018, it’s the season-opener at Shadow Theatre. She made time in her schedule for some … Continue reading

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Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs: a bloodthirsty cabaret to launch the season at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Everyone’s grandmother has an accordian in the basement,” says Kristin Johnston, pointing at a battered case with judicious applications of duct tape. This venerable objet is not some sign of random self-improvement on Johnston’s part. She’s … Continue reading

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Simone et le whole shebang: the season opens at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the intricate dark comedy that launches the L’UniThéâtre season Friday, a couple of 60-something-plus strangers from elsewhere, sporting symmetrically opposed damages, meet  — in a nursing home in Fort McMurray, the unofficial Canadian home of … Continue reading

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E Day: Jason Chinn’s new political comedy inspired by the 2015 election sweep

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How did we get here?” Playwright Jason Chinn remembers a night four years ago, a night like no other in Alberta. And since he was volunteering with the campaign that swept Rachel Notley’s NDP into office, … Continue reading

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Why do we vote the way we do? Fight Night is on it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca No doubt about it: the star avant-garde Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed has an exquisite sense of timing. This week they bring to the Citadel’s new alternative Highwire series a show that throws this question at … Continue reading

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Dead Centre of Town unearths our dark civic secrets

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We have a checkered past, my friends. You could say we’re haunted. For a dozen years now, in the season of ghostly chills, Catch The Keys Productions has been taking us on location, into the boneyard … Continue reading

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Hey, the theatre season has landed: a weekend on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You may have noticed: the stars have aligned; the E-town theatre season is underway. This week there are musicals, plays, an original screwball comedy. There’s a staged reading of a play that’ll open on a stage … Continue reading

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Vidalia and “briefcase syndrome”: Teatro ends the season with a larky Lemoine screwball.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I feel pretty confident in declaring that Vidalia, the screwball comedy that opens Friday at the Varscona (the finale to the Teatro La Quindicina summer season), is the only example in the world-wide screwball repertoire to … Continue reading

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