Category Archives: Previews

Happy Valentine’s weekend: have some theatre with your champagne

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Let’s try to ignore for the moment the origins of Valentine’s Day as a feast day in honour of a martyr, and, more recently, a massacre. Or the source of a bottomless supply of gummy limericks, … Continue reading

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The Situation We Find Ourselves In, and other theatrical possibilities for your weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And for your cold winter weekend … theatre to the rescue. Yes, there are plays, two-minute films, a new book club — all online, from Punctuate! Theatre, Northern Light, Theatre Network, Play The Fool Festival, Catalyst.  … Continue reading

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The play that haunts Darrin Hagen: the debut edition of Theatre Network’s new online book club (for plays)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In February of 1983, a kid from Rocky Mountain House, newly arrived in town, went with a pal to the theatre. The play Darrin Hagen saw that winter night would linger in his mind over the … Continue reading

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Identity crisis in mascara and blush: The Look, streaming from Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m going to let you in on a secret, girls. Eyelashes are back,” advises Marilyn Miles, the original face of Estelle Cosmetics, in The Look. Lashes may be back. Live in-person theatre (formerly known as ‘Tteatre’), … Continue reading

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Eager-beaver thespians at the manger: two Christmas shows from Dammitammy and Whizgiggling Productions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Holiday shows come in all shapes and sizes (and degrees of fa-la-la-la-la and levity), as well you know. And since this year you’ll be home decking the  halls (and not your irritating second-cousins, after 3 eggnogs), … Continue reading

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The 12 Days of Christmas: a dozen nights of virtual celebration from the St. Albert Children’s Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If it were just a matter of a partridge in a pear tree, things would be so simple. But Janice Flower never thinks small. And neither does the 39-year-old St. Albert Children’s Theatre, where full-bodied Broadway … Continue reading

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We need a little Christmas, right this very minute: the Varscona’s first-ever Virtual Holiday Gala

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a daunting year for live theatre, when the sound of Cheers! has rarely been heard across the land (and the sound of even one hand clapping is now a faint echo in the imagination), the … Continue reading

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Mary’s Wedding: a new Métis version of the Canadian classic at the Citadel (online)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tonight is just a dream. I ask you to remember that. It begins at the end and ends at the beginning…. Mary’s Wedding, available for streaming to cross-country audiences from the Citadel Dec. 22, takes us … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol for our time: the Citadel brings its production to you, at home

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Some day soon we all will be together/ If the fates allow/ Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow…. If there ever was a Christmas carol for 2020, it’s got to be Have Yourself A Merry Little … Continue reading

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The complicated world of university theatre: Too Much Zoom Makes Us All Go Blind

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You can learn to use the subjunctive, make meringues, prune junipers, do a downward-facing dog, tour the Prado, or say screw you in Gaelic … online. No problem. And theatre? You can attend a lecture on … Continue reading

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