Category Archives: Reviews

“Where are you?” Tracks, an online experiment, takes us home with the cast.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A preamble to Tracks, the online theatre that’s happening this week on your own screen…. Ever since going out to theatre, my way of life for forever, abruptly ended a thousand years ago (or 10 weeks, … Continue reading

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Heisenberg: the zigzag path to romance, at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s named for a scientific principle that’s all about the unprincipled nature of the particulate world — its randomness and unpredictability. (You can’t measure the position and momentum of a particle simultaneously with any precision, according to … Continue reading

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The Children: a mystery, and a subtle Wild Side production. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a play that domesticates a big issue, to find a more expansively human one, The Children is it. By the hot young Brit playwright Lucy Kirkwood, the fascinating  2015 “eco-thriller” that Wild … Continue reading

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The Blue Hour: nobody writes ‘prairie plays’ like it these days. Some thoughts on the SkirtsAfire premiere

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Just in the nick of time I finally got a chance on the weekend to catch The Blue Hour.  Named for the magical moment of ambiguity when light shades into darkness, Michele Vance Hehir’s new play … Continue reading

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Got To Get You Into My Life: Will and the Fab Four do love love love. As You Like It at the Citadel, a review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Party time. True, there are as many ways to century-swap and play dress-up with Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy As You Like It as there are theatre artists, impresarios, and music industry sages to dream them up. … Continue reading

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The sound of many doors slamming: Noises Off at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As Julie Andrews famously said in The Sound of Music, when one door closes another opens. She was not in fact talking about farces at the time. But she might have been. The oil business rolls … Continue reading

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“Is anybody waving back at me?” Dear Evan Hansen at the Jube. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What does it feel like to live in a buzzing world of cross-hatched ever-escalating and fading images and phrases, a metastasizing, translucent tangle of entries, posts, links, tags, photos? Where the music of the spheres (not … Continue reading

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Stunning, strongly sung, compellingly theatrical: The Invisible at Catalyst. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, an Allied team of World War II super-warriors are recruited and trained, each with a specialty in the stealth warrior skill set. And then they’re unleashed behind enemy … Continue reading

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The quest for happiness, one little item at a time. A review of Every Brilliant Thing, starring John Ullyatt, at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This will seem a wintry, back-handed way to start a review. But there are many reasons in advance to dread Every Brilliant Thing. Not so much because the dark subject of death by suicide is involved … Continue reading

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A brave new gender-less world? Happy Birthday Baby J, a new Nick Green comedy at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I was saying my authenticity mantra,” declares a progressive bourgeois mommy at the start of Happy Birthday Baby J. Yes indeed, “authenticity” (and an assortment of other contemporary mantras) will be up for discussion, dissection, and … Continue reading

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