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The Tudor period: heads of state in wigs. 2 Queens & A Joker: A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2 Queens & A Joker (Stage 17, The Roxy on Gateway) It’s been a while (OK, a decade) since Guys in Disguise, those flamboyant cultural historians, applied themselves to the Tudor period, famous for its strong … Continue reading

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The appropriation dance: Whiteface. A Fringe review

Whiteface (Stage 4, Academy at King Edward) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Is there a way out? Does anybody know a way out?” The masked figures trapped onstage are increasingly frantic. No suggestions are forthcoming. Masks are the chief theatrical device, … Continue reading

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Experiment with this one: For Science! A guest Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

For Science! (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) There’s pretty big fun in this big science show via playwright Christine Lesiak. As we walk in, with dance-mix classics on the box (there is a link near the joy-induced finale of the show), … Continue reading

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Shopping at Barbra’s place: Buyer & Cellar. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Buyer & Cellar, Stage 10 (Acacia Hall) It can’t possibly be true. And yet it is. Yes, Barbra Streisand, mega-star celebrity and über-shopper, does have an entire mall in her basement. That’s the bizarre, open-for-satire, real-life … Continue reading

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“Not just prepared but Miss Katelyn-prepared!”: Tiny Bear Jaws takes us to readiness school. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been a banner year or five for traumatizing apocalyptic anxiety. It’s nerve-wracking and exhausting to be in a perpetual state of red-alert, barely suppressed. On the other hand, who can call it outlandish paranoid fantasy … Continue reading

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The importance of being Oscar: a comic masterwork finds a home at Teatro La Quindicina: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It has been called the most perfectly constructed comedy in English theatre. And it’s certainly one of the funniest. Funny, then, how The Importance of Being Earnest is full of serious people. That’s the hard, crucial … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for a lost age: Forever Plaid at the Mayfield, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In their one review ever, in The Wiltsburg Times Chronicle, a nameless writer delivered the opinion that The Plaids’ sound “is to modern music what Formica is to marble.” It is a measure of their infinite … Continue reading

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An exciting new Hamlet for the park: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Is not this something more than fantasy?” The guards on duty in Elsinore are talking about a dead king who’s been appearing nightly from behind his official royal portrait. They’re right on another count, too.  Something … Continue reading

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The world’s a zany, baffling place: The Comedy of Errors in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At a crucial mistaken-identity moment in The Comedy of Errors — a transaction-gone-askew involving a goldsmith, a chain, and a wayward husband arranging delivery on pricey bling for someone not his wife — a magpie perched … Continue reading

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The hunger to know and the mystery of the past: a compelling new play by Stewart Lemoine premieres at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A man, a well-known TV investigative reporter, returns to the small-town house where he spent a year as a six-year-old boy. He’s having coffee with the affable current owner, a stranger to him, when he discovers … Continue reading

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