Category Archives: Reviews

Getting your Gasp! back. The Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: a cabinet of the curiouser and curiouser

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A burnished antique music box opens, and suddenly, set in motion, is a trapeze act with no trapeze. A strong man plants his feet and flings a beautiful woman into the air again and again; she … Continue reading

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I Heard About Your Murder: a new Lemoine comedy reinvents the who-dunnit

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An early exchange in I Heard About Your Murder, a teasing title with its own built-in line of inquiry, is a tip-off about the mystery concoction to follow.  Irritated by efforts to smooth out the awkward … Continue reading

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So…. wanna go out some time? I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The title sounds like a one-liner, I’ve always thought: a Henny Youngman reboot channelled by Jerry Seinfeld perhaps? Pause to imagine that signature tone of exasperated bemusement at work on I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now … Continue reading

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The women run the show: The Merry Wives of Windsor are having a blast in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Dance party! You will never get a more spirited welcome into a play than you do at the start of the Tudor screwball currently hustling across the stage in the Freewill Shakespeare Festival’s summer season in … Continue reading

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A world of casual bigotry darkens: Freewill Shakespeare Festival revisits The Merchant of Venice. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Vivacious women, high-spirited men, spontaneous dancing, drinks and keep ‘em coming…. Venetian cafe society is in a festive mood at the start of the absorbing production currently bringing one of Shakespeare’s most troubling plays outdoors into … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone! a sparkly new Teatro screwball from Jana O’Connor, reviewed

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I can explain….” Just guessing, but those three words have sent more screwballs hurtling into comedy space than any other phrase in the lexicon, including “I’ll get the door.” Every time you hear them in Going, … Continue reading

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I went to that bash at Brad’s: Everyone We Know Will Be There

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, I was at this house party last night…. Brad was turning 17, and (thank god) his parents were out of town. People got high. Kids got trashed, in every sense of the word. Kids had … Continue reading

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“What lies ahead?” asking the oracle in ’20s New York: a review of The Salon of the Talking Turk

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Will I be ever again be as happy as I was on the happiest day of my life so far? It’s a question that haunts all of us, on tiptoes at the hidden intersection between what’s … Continue reading

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As the crow flies: Nicole Moeller’s new play gets under your skin at Azimuth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the first moments of The Preacher, The Princess, And A Crow, a man bursts headlong into a tower room above a street. He triple-locks the door behind him. Jasper is a man under siege. But … Continue reading

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The two person, six gun, many power ballad musical: Bonnie and Clyde at Northern Light: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Northern Light Theatre director/designer Trevor Schmidt is something of a wizard of witty theatrical transformations. With Bonnie & Clyde the two person six-gun musical, the Northern Light season finale, his proven ingenuity has a double challenge. … Continue reading

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