Category Archives: Previews

From story to myth: Lake of the Strangers asks “how do we heal?”

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Lake of the Strangers, the solo play that premieres this week at the Backstage Theatre, you’ll meet two Indigenous brothers, 10 and seven, on a mission out in the natural world. “It’s their last summer … Continue reading

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The Cardiac Shadow, a multi-disciplinary exploration of human resilience at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We were the thermometers of these men. The mercury was in our veins, rising and falling with every heartbeat. Our bodies measured the temperature of death.” The Cardiac Shadow, Clay McLeod Chapman In the play the … Continue reading

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The collapse of the blue-collar dream: Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “They don’t understand that human decency is at the core of everything. They squeeze us like a sponge, drain every last drop of blood out and then throw us away.” — Stan the bartender in Sweat, … Continue reading

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Hell tour via the circus: Firefly Theatre’s Inferno

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Go to hell. That’s what Jocelyn Ahlf and Belinda Cornish have been wanting to do for years. And now they have. Firefly Theatre’s 14-performer workshop production of Inferno, that takes to the stage, and also the … Continue reading

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Minerva, Queen of the Handcuffs: a woman trapped in a man’s world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “In life you feel you’re trapped in a situation and there’s no out, no gap, no light. Everyone can relate to that feeling of being stuck, in some way…. There’s a real-ness to that.”  — Miranda … Continue reading

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Hoist a pint, tell a tale: Cardiac Theatre’s KaldrSaga at The Almanac

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the dead of winter in dark northern cities, humans put on their boots and gravitate to pubs. There they congregate, hoist beer, and tell tales.  That time-honoured oral tradition is honoured in the play/ storytelling … Continue reading

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They rise again: The Malachites are back with Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When shall we three meet again/ In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” chant the Witches in the opening moment of Shakespeare’s fleet, dark, violent Macbeth.  Or in snow? Yes, Malachite Theatre, a London/Canada collective whose mission … Continue reading

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Merry Merry quite contrary: the Christmas spirit up against resistance, 4 festive shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Merry Merry quite contrary. Some are born with the festive spirit; some achieve it, and some have it thrust upon ’em. And sometimes, as you know, seasonal high spirits have to be released (or wrestled down) … Continue reading

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The double-optic on Christmas: meet the real-life couple starring in Oh! Christmas Tree

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If Lora Brovold and Collin Doyle, the real-life couple who star in Oh! Christmas Tree, have a special rapport with the characters in Conni Massing’s new comedy (opening Thursday at Theatre Network), it’s not surprising. They’ve … Continue reading

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To tree or not to tree, that is the question: Conni Massing’s new comedy Oh! Christmas Tree at the Roxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Oh! Christmas Tree, the new Conni Massing romantic comedy that opens Thursday at Theatre Network, a relationship is under extreme pressure. Is it money? Snoring? Musical tastes? Lunatic relativies? Whether to acquire a shitsu? No, … Continue reading

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