Category Archives: Reviews

Juliet writes her own story: Juliet: A Revenge Comedy. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Juliet: A Revenge Comedy (Stage 36, La Cité Auditorium) “I don’t think I’m in Verona any more,” says Juliet. No kidding. Funny how possibilities for travel seem to multiply when you don’t die on purpose, at … Continue reading

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Meet Barry, the hipster ‘bot: Artisanal Intelligence, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Artisanal Intelligence (Venue 10, Acacia Hall) By Alan Kellogg Well, here we are, apparently a group of über-hip start-up types, ready to pitched by Jane (Hannah Everett) on a revolutionary new product. It’s Barry, (Drew Carlson) and she (or pick yer … Continue reading

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Paying the price for crime: A Momentary Lapse, a Teatro comedy. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Momentary Lapse (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) Enter, shackled together. In one way A Momentary Lapse is part of the canon of plays that trap deliberately mismatched characters together to see what rapprochement is possible (nun … Continue reading

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A great story, and a teller to match: Good At Cults, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Good At Cults (Venue 47, The Buckingham) By Alan Kellogg So, we’re in the middle of a job interview, and an attractive late 20s-something-ish (New Yorker Cait Elliot) in a sensible summer dress is verbally punching up her resumé for a … Continue reading

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A pint-sized activist in a tiny town: Look At The Town! A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Look at the Town! (Stage 35, La Cité Francophone Theatre) How can you possibly resist the sweet charms of a tale set in a miniature town, with a tiny perfect houses, a Thrift Store, not one … Continue reading

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Why do people sing together? Crescendo!, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Crescendo! (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) Why do people sing? And why do they sing together? There is something both touching and exhilarating about a musical that takes these questions and runs with it, the way this … Continue reading

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A wild journey, and an unlikely friendship: Kevin, King of Egypt. A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

By Alan Kellogg Kevin, King of Egypt (Venue 8 (Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) Among other attractions, The West Midlands county town of Leicester has been variously known for potato chips, pork pies and a rather tasty red cheese. On the … Continue reading

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Best in the biz: Ron & Wayne, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Ron & Wayne Venue 2 (Big Rock Backstage Theatre) By Alan Kellogg Many yuks, hoots etc. here from two absolute masters of improv comedy with impeccable credentials, Ron Pederson and Wayne Jones. In classic fashion, they ask for a patron … Continue reading

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The modest dreams of the grocery cashier: Check Me Out, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Check Me Out (Stage 15, Holy Trinity Anglican Church) In his new comedy, premiering in a NextGen Theatre production, Trevor Schmidt, who has written so often and so well for women, sets about capturing the dynamics … Continue reading

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What? A rueful, affectionate Mamet? A Life In The Theatre, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Life in the Theatre (Stage 28, The Playhouse) In theory, letting David Mamet loose to satirize the world of theatre and its practitioners is a bit like offering a buffet of legs to a shark. … Continue reading

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