Category Archives: Reviews

The uneasy geometry of the love triangle: Pinter’s Betrayal. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I think I thought you knew,” says a man to his oldest friend in one of In one of the most quietly unnerving scenes you’re ever likely to see onstage. In Betrayal, Harold Pinter’s infinitely clever … Continue reading

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A kickstart for Chekhovian ennui: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Shadow. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Oh let’s not talk. I’ll keep my sadness to myself,” says a mopey sister to a melancholy brother near the start of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Yeah, right. Like that’s gonna happen. As … Continue reading

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Have you met our new friend? thoughts on Nassim at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are many things I can’t tell you about Nassim (tempting though it is). (a) It just wouldn’t be fair. The show created by the Iranian playwright artist Nassim Soleimanpour, who travels the world with it, … Continue reading

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Romance into tragedy: the dark, violent, original new hearing-deaf Tempest at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It never stops raining in the version of The Tempest that’s now lashing and splashing and skidding across the Citadel mainstage. As the Fool in Twelfth Night sings (borrowed by this wettest of Tempests for the … Continue reading

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“Congratulations, Your Majesty!” The Empress and the Prime Minister at Theatre Network. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a week when inclusivity, tolerance, equality took a major body blow in the Alberta election, it was particularly moving — almost uncanny, really — to see The Empress and the Prime Minister at Theatre Network. … Continue reading

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Sanctifunkadelic: Sister Act at the Mayfield. A review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Raise the stakes! Raise the game! Raise your voice,” sing the nuns of Sister Act, newly kitted out as a showbiz soul ensemble by the latest recruit to the Sisterhood. “Feel the flow, dig the … Continue reading

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A grown-up homecoming in a moving musical: Fun Home, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We are all haunted, every one of us. By the great mysteries of our past: our families. By the questions we live with that never got answered. By the tiny moments that slipped by at the … Continue reading

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Farce within farce within farce: politics, celebrity and the media. Two new Kat Sandler comedies running simultaneously at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Talk about real-life horning in on theatre (stealing punchlines, sucking up the supply of public outrage, eating all the fake cheese out of the collective fridge). Here’s the thing: It’s an age when politics (in many … Continue reading

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Slight of Mind: boarding now at the Citadel, flights into the unknown. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Notes from the departure lounge: We’ve been welcomed by a ground crew of beaming and perky flight attendants. We’ve been through security. Very professional. “Have you been on a farm?” No. “Have you consumed anything organic?” … Continue reading

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“If I’m honest…”: 19 Weeks steps up to the wall of silence. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The woman we meet up close in 19 Weeks, folding laundry in a toy-strewn room, says “if I’m honest…” and “being honest …” and “in all honesty …” a lot. And then she looks right at … Continue reading

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