Category Archives: Previews

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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The Bad Seed at Teatro: the “perfect little girl” and her mom. Meet the stars

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “She’s perfect perfect perfect,” grins Lilla Sólymos, cheerfully assessing the lethally goal-oriented little girl she plays in the 1954 thriller that returns to the Teatro La Quindicina repertoire Friday after 30 years. “And she uses that.” … Continue reading

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Did you hear about the party? A world of surveillance in Bevin Dooley’s In Camera at Found Fest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Shhhh. This weekend in Old Strathcona you may find yourself doing something subversive, illegal, and quite possibly dangerous. No, not jaywalking, my friends (or plotting against the damn Edmonton parking app). You’ll be in a one-bedroom … Continue reading

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Finding yourself at Found, the festival of art in unexpected places

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Finding art, and artists, in places you never expected to run into them: hey, Edmonton has a festival for that. With the return of the Found Festival Thursday, for an eight annual weekend of surprising … Continue reading

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Camping out with Shakespeare in the park: Freewill Shakespeare Festival returns with an intriguing pair of plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If this be magic, let it be an Art as lawful as eating.” — The Winter’s Tale The actors pull up at rehearsals in shorts on their bikes, dodging geese (mosquitoes, squirrels  and the odd coyote), … Continue reading

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