Category Archives: Reviews

Hanging our obsessions on the tannenbaum: Oh! Christmas Tree. A guest review by Todd Babiak

By Todd Babiak Those who love Christmas tend to have trouble empathizing with those who — for no solid religious or cultural reasons — don’t feel it. From Charlie Brown and The Grinch to Ebenezer Scrooge and the incontinent drunk … Continue reading

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Keeping Christmas in our hearts: A Christmas Carol to lift your spirits at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?” For 19 years, Edmonton theatre audiences have had their own special answer, hand-delivered from the stage live and in person. It’s come to … Continue reading

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Keeping Christmas in our hearts: A Christmas Carol to lift our spirits at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?” For 19 years, Edmonton theatre audiences have had their own special answer, hand-delivered from the stage live and in person. It’s come to … Continue reading

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Dreaming of home: Matara takes us to the zoo and a lone elephant, at Workshop West. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “This is her home. And we are her family.”  That’s Karen the zookeeper (Elinor Holt) taking on protesters and talking about her charge, who’s big, exotic, fascinating — and languishing a world away from her ‘country … Continue reading

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“Ripe for a lapse”: Fallen Angels is a Bright Young Things lark. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The “nice part” of Julia is perfectly content with matrimonial “happiness and tranquillity.” There lurks, however, “a beastly, unworthy thing waiting to spring.” And, she adds darkly, “it hasn’t been fed for a long LONG time….” … Continue reading

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Miss Bennet gets a romantic comedy to call her own: Jane Austen revisited at the Citadel in a delightful holiday show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the charmer of a holiday show up and running (well, alighting gracefully) on the Citadel’s Shoctor stage, characters are startled when they notice the live tree in the drawing room. In the course of Miss … Continue reading

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A love story and a cautionary tale: a riveting production of What A Young Wife Ought To Know at Theatre Network

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Love,” Sophie tells us near the start of What A Young Wife Ought To Know, “is a strange sort of madness that comes over you and makes the future go dark.” In Hannah Moscovitch’s gut-wrenching coming-of-age … Continue reading

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Raising a little hell: Canada 151 at the Mayfield. A review.

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know you’re in Canada when the Beachcombers theme is in the air pre-show. And the band arrives onstage in lumberjack shirts. And your heart melts just a little when everyone in the opening production … Continue reading

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How to meet people you never meet: thoughts on Viscosity

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Life is full of surprises. Last night I found myself sitting at a bar stool next to a woman I’d just never run into in my usual life of 7:30 curtain times. She’s a heavy-equipment operator … Continue reading

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One fine night (or the case of the reluctant star): Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the history of the Great White Way, there’s no shortage of musicals, jukebox and otherwise, that are defined by the showbiz gene: the drive for stardom, the magnetic pull of performance, the compelling need to … Continue reading

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