Category Archives: Previews

Rent is due: the 20th anniversary tour arrives. Meet the original choreographer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been nearly two decades since a young dance-theatre choreographer from New York’s downtown alt-art scene got invited to meet up with a little-known composer to make plans for a revolutionary new rock musical. It would … Continue reading

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They do! Chase and Christina tie the knot, in a Fringe show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a love story for the ages. They met at the Fringe after the late-night cabaret. On Aug. 23 2017, “I yelled at him outside Steel Wheels,” says Christina Garies of her fiancé Chase Padgett (Chase … Continue reading

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It’s the biggest opening night of the year! And the generations assemble

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We’ll eat you up – we love you so!” — Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are Tonight’s the night, the biggest opening night of the year in this theatre town. And Where The Wild … Continue reading

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Sing it don’t say it: musical theatre at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take a quick flip through the Fringe program, a tome of epic weight and proportions, and you’ll notice there’s nothing run of DeMille about the musicals at this year’s edition of our big alternative summer theatre … Continue reading

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Those who can, teach: a new theatre company debuts at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Those who can, do. Those who aren’t afraid to, teach…. And then they get up onstage at the Fringe. The production of Almost, Maine that opens Friday at the Fringe (BYOV Stage 25) introduces a new … Continue reading

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‘Hello everybody, my name is TJ’ – 25 years of Fringe for TJ Dawe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hello everybody. Thanks for coming. My name’s TJ. I’m here to tell you a story….” It’s been 25 years since an underachieving West Coast actor, fresh from theatre school, discovered something unexpected and empowering about the … Continue reading

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A “rolling world premiere” at the Fringe: The Trophy Hunt

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a damn big, unwieldy country, coast to coast. And no one knows that better than theatre artists — playwrights, actors, directors, producers. That’s partly what makes Trina Davies’ experimental initiative on the Canadian Fringe circuit … Continue reading

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Have you seen Minerva? Further thoughts on what to catch at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take a chance! True, the kingdom where the wild things fringe is unpredictable. By very definition. Check out a selection of promising, intriguing what-to-see prospects for your fringing in the companion piece HERE.  But there’s this: … Continue reading

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Where the wild things fringe: what to see at the monster bash

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Amazing but true: starting Thursday the Fringe, Edmonton’s favourite summer festival, is back — back in the theatre town where the continent’s fringe phenom began (and “fringe” was reinvented as a verb). Where The Wild Things … Continue reading

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Directing the man in black: a homecoming for Tracey Flye

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “’Til things are brighter, I’m the man in black….” There’s a story built into the Johnny Cash songs you’ll hear in the  jukebox musical that opens on the Citadel’s Maclab stage Thursday. Via a catalogue of … Continue reading

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