Category Archives: Reviews

Sanctifunkadelic: Sister Act at the Mayfield. A review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Raise the stakes! Raise the game! Raise your voice,” sing the nuns of Sister Act, newly kitted out as a showbiz soul ensemble by the latest recruit to the Sisterhood. “Feel the flow, dig the … Continue reading

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A grown-up homecoming in a moving musical: Fun Home, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We are all haunted, every one of us. By the great mysteries of our past: our families. By the questions we live with that never got answered. By the tiny moments that slipped by at the … Continue reading

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Farce within farce within farce: politics, celebrity and the media. Two new Kat Sandler comedies running simultaneously at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Talk about real-life horning in on theatre (stealing punchlines, sucking up the supply of public outrage, eating all the fake cheese out of the collective fridge). Here’s the thing: It’s an age when politics (in many … Continue reading

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Slight of Mind: boarding now at the Citadel, flights into the unknown. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Notes from the departure lounge: We’ve been welcomed by a ground crew of beaming and perky flight attendants. We’ve been through security. Very professional. “Have you been on a farm?” No. “Have you consumed anything organic?” … Continue reading

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“If I’m honest…”: 19 Weeks steps up to the wall of silence. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The woman we meet up close in 19 Weeks, folding laundry in a toy-strewn room, says “if I’m honest…” and “being honest …” and “in all honesty …” a lot. And then she looks right at … Continue reading

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Lungfuls of anxiety: Lungs at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Times being what they are, are you still “good people” if you decide to become parents? To bring another being into a world that’s already over-crammed with beings? A kid leaves a carbon footprint that’s bigger … Continue reading

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Improvised Star Wars on the planet YEG, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Spring seat sale: I visited the planet YEG last night, a gritty post-apocalyptic landscape (and cantina) “far from everything that’s really happening.” Kanuck, cantina proprietor and aspirational Bounty Hunter in training, had evidently screwed up his … Continue reading

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Small Mouth Sounds: the human comedy gets the silent treatment at the Roxy. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There aren’t many words in it, but Small Mouth Sounds isn’t what you’d call quiet. The silent treatment is loud in the ingenious, funny, and mysteriously affecting play that the indie company Wild Side has brought … Continue reading

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Poly Queer Love Ballad at SkirtsAfire: negotiating romance in a complicated world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last night at SkirtsAfire, I caught a charming and  intricate new two-hander musical that explores, in an original way, how to tell a contemporary, perpetually-in-progress love story. The eighth and (at 10 days) biggest-ever edition of … Continue reading

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On the edge of the world: Come From Away. A review.

Becky Gulsvig and Emily Watson (front) in Come From Away. Photo by Matthew Murphy. By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to the Rock. “You are here, at the start of a moment, on the edge of the world,” sings the ensemble … Continue reading

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