Category Archives: Reviews

The Innocence of Trees, a strange and wonderful fantasia on making art, opens the new Theatre Network season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Theatre Network mainstage is overhung with canvases, dropped at every angle, catching the light in different ways. The back wall, the horizon of the theatre, is a single canvas, and a vertical black line moves … Continue reading

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From a big bad dangerous world, to us: Evandalism, a surprising original at Fringe Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It wasn’t a promising start to a life: “a little Mexican Indian whose mom and dad didn’t want him.” The guy who stands before us, tattooed and smiling in front of a big magic board, is … Continue reading

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A comedy thriller inside a comedy thriller: Deathtrap at Teatro Live! A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a play that judges success when the audience gasps together, then laughs at its own collective surprise, it’s the one that opens the season at Teatro Live! (the newly renamed Teatro La … Continue reading

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Is that a giant ice cube I see before me? Titanical the Musical at Spotlight Cabaret, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How are we doing … emotionally?” the Unsinkable Molly Brown (Aimée Beaudoin) asks us at the outset, from the stage of the Spotlight Cabaret.  Well, pretty darn chipper, actually. The joint is packed on a Sunday … Continue reading

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From Plain Jane, Sweeney Todd in close-up: feel the rage. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You don’t want to think too hard about the dark smudges on the tiled wall. Or that loud industrial metallic grinding noise. Or the Please Remove Your Rubbers sign.  We’re in the spartan break room of … Continue reading

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Almost A Full Moon at the Citadel: Canada has a new holiday musical, full of snow, stories, and soup. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Almost A Full Moon, the oddly joyous and insightful new holiday musical premiering at the Citadel, generations jostle together on the stage.   Wispy stray people, strangers, somehow find each other, get connected, and become … Continue reading

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Newly rock-ified and fast on its feet: Jesus Christ Superstar arrives at the Jube. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a rush down the aisles, a veritable runners’ stampede onto the stage at the start of the Broadway Across Canada touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar that exploded into the Jube Tuesday. And it reimagines … Continue reading

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On the right track, baby: Vegas Live at the Mayfield, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Vegas. The time-honoured holiday fixer-upper for when you want to take a load off, shed your inhibitions and quite a few layers of your clothes, stay up way late, drink giddy drinks, get married, beam come-hither … Continue reading

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Flying too near the sun: the hunger for artistic inspiration in Dora Maar: the wicked one, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Images of fire, flames, burning, melting are everywhere in Dora Maar: the wicked one, a compelling new solo play by Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic (The Drowning Girls, Comrades, Mules) presented by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre … Continue reading

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Theatres are haunted places. A ghostly meet-and-greet in Dead Centre of Town XIII

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Imagine, if you will, a place where where live people are haunted by imaginary people. Where they inhabit the lives of others, and stories come to life when the lights are out. A place of strange … Continue reading

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