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“Drink harder, dance longer,” fall in love: the hot-blooded rock musical Onegin, a 12thnight review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the opening number of Onegin, a spirited ensemble assembles onstage and offers up the quintessential theatre invocation. “Our dear father up in heaven,” they sing, vodka in hand and eyes cast towards a theatrical firmament … Continue reading

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In an uncertain world, The Humans takes us home for Thanksgiving dinner: a review of the Citadel/ Canadian Stage production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I wish you had more of a view,” says a mother to her irritated younger daughter in The Humans, surveying the alley from the sole window of a run-down duplex in lower Manhattan. Later in Stephen … Continue reading

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12thnight goes to Twelfth Night: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Wonder and confusion, sadness and joy, thread their way through a comedy that’s always catching you a little off-guard, like the post-Christmas (hangover) season of the year itself. So in a way, the built-in contradictions of … Continue reading

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“The hottest show in town”: the unmissable Burning Bluebeard brings its strange magic back for the holidays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s playful, it’s dark, it’s magical. Dave Horak’s production of Burning Bluebeard is back on the Roxy stage. And what a strange and wonderful Christmas show it is. You won’t see anything like it anywhere. I … Continue reading

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Bill and Ted are back in the ’80s, rockin at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The scene: Tuesday night, and a packed house at the Mayfield. The last time we met them — hey, last year around this time at the Mayfield —  Bill and Ted were erupting from a time-travelling … Continue reading

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The Citadel’s A Christmas Carol: a new addition to the Scroogian gallery

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca When a frozen man declares, with some heat, that “Christmas, sir, is a cheat!” you’re in the presence of a Christmas tradition. And there’s magic to it: Ebenezer Scrooge, the poster boy for last-minute heart thaws, … Continue reading

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Nuns get down, and raise your spirits: Sister Act at MacEwan’s snazzy new theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s something pretty sweet about christening a new theatre with a musical that includes an all-inclusive singing benediction like the one you’ll hear in Act II of Sister Act: “Bless the songs we’re gonna sing./ Bless … Continue reading

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Fun with espionage: Our Man In Havana, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The turquoise paint is fading picturesquely, the shuttered windows are open, laundry is hanging, the light feels warm. Musica cubana is in the air. Batista’s Havana in the ‘50s — as conjured festively by designers Chantel … Continue reading

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The road to hell is paved in song: Hadestown at the Citadel, a review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hell … yes! If you get yourself a ticket to the Underworld — and really you must! and soon! — you’ll be going to hell and back wrapped in a ravishing dream of love and … Continue reading

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And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? A haunting new show from The Old Trouts at Theatre Network: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the start of Jabberwocky there’s a momentous drum roll, and a classic old-school red velvet theatre curtain parts — to reveal another. Which parts to reveal … another. Which…. Ah yes, layers of anticipation and further … Continue reading

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