Category Archives: Previews

If you could live forever… Tuck Everlasting the musical at St. Albert Children’s Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If “the music!” is the answer, what is the question? It seems wise to consult musical theatre experts. Janice Flower and Jackie Pooke, director/artistic director and choreographer respectively, are on the phone explaining their attraction to … Continue reading

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What A Young Wife Ought To Know: a 20s love story with a modern reverb opens the Theatre Network season:

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Ladies, you’ve come by it, have you? Can I ask, do you tell your Husbands…that you’ve come by it, or…do you….keep it from them….?”  — Sophie in What A Young Wife Ought To Know, Hannah Moscovitch In … Continue reading

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Viscosity: Theatre Yes challenges preconceptions about big oil and the people who work it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s not exactly a play, although there are actors. It’s not exactly journalism, although the monologues are transcribed (and edited) verbatim from interviews with real-life people. And you might resist calling it an exhibit, although you … Continue reading

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Some kind of wonderful: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical comes to the Jube. Meet the star Sarah Bockel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “She’s … normal,” says Sarah Bockel, musing on the woman she plays in the jukebox musical that arrives on the Jube stage Tuesday under the Broadway Across Canada touring banner. “She’s grounded. Pretty self-effacing. And also … Continue reading

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Song-and-dance con men, two World War I plays, and more… a theatre weekend in E-town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A con game (with song and dance) is one of your options for a night out at live theatre this weekend. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a larky musical by the team of David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, … Continue reading

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From Nootka Sound to Vimy Ridge: Redpatch, an Indigenous soldier’s tale comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You could do a lot of exhuming in the archives, in novels, diaries, war poetry, and never discover this striking and mysterious fact: more than four thousand Indigenous Canadians signed up to fight in the First … Continue reading

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Laughter in the face of death: Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company launches the Shadow season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Neil Grahn and comedy. He’s sidled, plunged, back-flipped into it. He’s written it and improvised it, acted it, produced it, directed it, studied it at a distance and up close, for stage for film for TV. … Continue reading

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Chills and thrills in a theatre town: stake out a stage near you

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Uncanny, isn’t it?, how often the words “ordinary nice polite guy-next-door” show up in reports of homicidal rampages? Researcher Eugene Crowley, the noted “mind-hunter,” is in town this week to give a public lecture on the … Continue reading

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In the land of Pretenderos, a plot of epic proportions: Die-Nasty returns with a Lord of Thrones season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Epic battles, dynastic conflicts and alliances, murderous intrigues, lethal challenges, fierce creatures (in striking character roles), aspirational heroes, ancient grievances, copious references to The Throne, a plot that no one person can fully understand…. Yes, smells … Continue reading

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The fear of flying, and the return of Dead Centre of Town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ladies and gentlemen, we will be boarding tonight by zone. The dead centre zone. For 11 years now, Catch the Keys Productions has been leading us on nocturnal Halloween expeditions into the macabre, digging in the … Continue reading

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