Category Archives: Reviews

‘Questions that make the house shake with silence’: Something Unspoken streamed at Northern Light. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Northern Light Theatre’s exquisite little streamed version of Something Unspoken, a rarely produced Tennessee Williams’ one-act from the ‘50s, is a bit like a whisper in a bubble. Breathe too hard and it will vanish. In … Continue reading

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Adventures in pandemic theatre: a mystery box, a romantic comedy, a (very) short film fest, and more

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Theatre’s strange, circuitous and sometimes wonderful route through the pandemic, chapter umpteen. Let me tell you about my week. •For three days the mystery box sat on the dining room table, wrapped in silver. Light, but … Continue reading

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Got a couple of minutes? catch a film at the Play The Fool International Short (very short) Film Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Psst.… Wanna have fun, fast, on a blowy pandemic Sunday? I went to an international film festival this morning. And I saw all 12 jury selections, in their entirety, before my second coffee. Surely the world’s … Continue reading

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An ancient vision, a new cosmology: Makram Ayache’s The Hooves Belonged To The Deer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A year of dizzying optics. The walls have both closed in on us — an audience of one wrapped in our own pandemic carapaces in front of our own personal screens — and they’ve blown wide … Continue reading

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Real people reporting from the real world: COVID Collections, a short film online at SkirtsAfire

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As the pandemic grinds on, don’t you find it becomes harder and harder to imagine watching the inevitable outbreak of solo confessional COVID-inspired monologue shows in our collective future? You can conjure them in your mind’s … Continue reading

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Finding your own story: Dana Wylie’s Makings of a Voice at SkirtsAfire

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m right here with you right now,” says Dana Wylie, looking intently right into our eyes at the outset of Makings of a Voice. Against the probabilities and across the screen (the defining demarcation of the … Continue reading

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Fun with Greeks: Orestes, “a live online mythic adventure” from Tarragon Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Home Sweet Homepage.” In a new and witty Orestes, premiering in a livestream production by Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, the House of Atreus, world’s most famous dysfunctional family is online with you (hey, just like your own … Continue reading

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The Look, from Northern Light: “for the many women you are.” A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s not enough to have the look, the former face of Estelle Cosmetics tells her audience of trainees, emphatically, near the outset of The Look. “You have to live the look.” Which is exactly what Marilyn … Continue reading

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Mary’s Wedding: inside Mary’s dream in a new Métis version of the classic, streaming from the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It is no surprise that the land acknowledgment at the outset of Mary’s Wedding, delivered by one of its characters, has a particular resonance in the Citadel production that opened its digital streaming run Dec. 22 … Continue reading

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‘Light during the longest nights’: the Citadel’s film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Light!” declares the twinkly old man at a piano on the stage of a big dark empty theatre. “Light during the longest nights.” It’s what every ghost wants, he says. And he’s got the ghost story … Continue reading

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