Category Archives: Previews

Nassim, an adventure in language and connection: meet playwright Nassim Soleimanpour

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The last time I talked to Nassim Soleimanpour, six years ago, the Iranian playwright was in the middle of Tehran on a cellphone that kept fading out, and I had laryngitis. There’s got to be an … Continue reading

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Two big birthdays, one big bash: Rubaboo and Dreamspeakers festivals

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The celebration of Indigenous artists and their many-sided contributions to our shared culture takes another step forward with the tandem anniversary editions of the Rubaboo Arts Festival and the Dreamspeakers Film Festival today through May 7. … Continue reading

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“The hour’s now come”: deaf and hearing actors together in The Tempest at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “O brave new world, that has such people in’t,” as Miranda, the daughter of a deposed ruler in exile, says in wonder towards the end of one of Shakespeare’s most mysterious and haunting plays. In the … Continue reading

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The House Series: comedy, cabaret, and music at the Citadel next season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Girl Brain, the sketch comedy troupe that zigzags through the lively minds of three smart and funny women, is being lured downtown for a weekend next season at the Citadel. Alyson Dicey, Caley Suliak and Ellie … Continue reading

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An anniversary, and a new Darrin Hagen play: we talk to the playwright and his co-star in The Empress & The Prime Minister

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been half a century, amazingly, since a spontaneous, and violent, demonstration in a dive bar in New York’s Greenwich Village that would prove to be a galvanizing event in the history of the American gay … Continue reading

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Nun but the brave: for your theatre habit, a grand assortment on E-town stages this weekes this week

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What is it with all the nuns on Edmonton stages this week? It’s a bumper crop, second to nun. In The Candidate at the Citadel, you will see two different heavenly examples, (in a sense … Continue reading

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Alison at three ages, and the actors who play her in groundbreaking Fun Home

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything about the clever, heart-wrenching musical that opens Friday at the Varscona stands off the beaten track in the musical theatre-land. And it’s produced by a little company that specializes in off the beaten track musicals, … Continue reading

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A work-out for body and brain: Martha Burns is running in The Party and The Candidate at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are two plays getting their world premieres simultaneously tonight in the Citadel. Martha Burns is in both of them. Burns and her nine cast-mates play characters who inhabit not one but two new Kat Sandler … Continue reading

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The season’s craziest logistics: Kat Sandler’s two new political comedies at the Citadel happen at the same time

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s beyond, (way beyond) coincidence that 4:05 minutes into two plays that both run on the same night, with the same cast, in two different theatres at the Citadel (starting tonight in preview), a scene begins … Continue reading

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19 Weeks: “It’s not something anybody talks about.” Emily Steel’s story of a harrowing real-life decision, her own

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “One of the things that made it so hard was that you feel completely isolated — because it’s not something anyone talks about. I had no reference points. I had nobody to talk to, nobody who’d … Continue reading

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