Category Archives: Reviews

A shared responsibility for human happiness: A Christmas Carol is back at the Citadel, live. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Snow’s a given. Sunset before happy hour, also a given. But in Edmonton it’s never really “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” till A Christmas Carol opens at the Citadel. That’s just the way it … Continue reading

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Holding the torch in a man’s world: The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 at Northern Light Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca History is the springboard for The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921, the cunningly knotted little play that opens the Northern Light Theatre season in Trevor Schmidt’s crackling production. The title reveals the small-town crime, recorded by … Continue reading

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Rave on: Buddy Holly is back at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You have about as much sex appeal as a telegraph pole,” an old-timey Texas country radio DJ tells a nerdy, bespectacled young man with rock n’ roll on his mind at the outset of Buddy: The … Continue reading

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The (88) keys to the kingdom: Darrin Hagen’s solo show Metronome. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In his new solo play Metronome, Darrin Hagen sits at a table under a giant arc, a rainbow of piano fragments, strings, unstrung sounding plates, keyboards. At one end, attached to the ground like the mythical … Continue reading

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The door slams and they’re off! The Fiancée, a deluxe new farce at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There they stand before us, seven closed doors. A tidy pink and cream apartment (designer: Whittyn Jason). A vision of domestic harmony: orderly arrangements of size-gradated kitchen canisters, a slice of cake under a glass dome, … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer, frat party kegger of a satire. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I would never lie; I’ve taken poli-sci.” This declaration in song from the goofball hero got a big laugh from the preview night crowd at Grindstone Theatre’s new musical satire Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer. Hey, … Continue reading

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The comedy of excavation: Hiraeth at the Varscona in a Bright Young Things production. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a visceral way, there’s nothing more gut-wrenching than hope. It puts your dreams into a never-ending spin cycle. You can’t get a grip on grief, or heartbreak. You can’t even grab onto sadness properly, much … Continue reading

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An ode to bountiful Nature on the big stage: Bears at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If there was one thing Floyd loved, it was bears,” says Floyd of himself near the outset of Matthew MacKenzie’s boldly weird and wonderful play. In the course of Bears, Floyd, a Métis oil patch worker … Continue reading

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In the house of mismatched dreams: Michael Mysterious. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m just a piece of scenery,’ says the 15-year-old title character in Geoffrey Simon Brown’s Michael Mysterious. In another kind of play by another kind of playwright, there would be a weight of tragic grievance or … Continue reading

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In the kingdom of high spirits: Fever Land, the live season finale at Teatro. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How do you get to Fever Land? The kingdom where your temperature heats up, your spirit rises, your vivacity escalates, and that gray clammy feeling is vanquished?    Try the theatre, live and in person. The … Continue reading

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