Category Archives: Reviews

In the house of mismatched dreams: Michael Mysterious. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m just a piece of scenery,’ says the 15-year-old title character in Geoffrey Simon Brown’s Michael Mysterious. In another kind of play by another kind of playwright, there would be a weight of tragic grievance or … Continue reading

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In the kingdom of high spirits: Fever Land, the live season finale at Teatro. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How do you get to Fever Land? The kingdom where your temperature heats up, your spirit rises, your vivacity escalates, and that gray clammy feeling is vanquished?    Try the theatre, live and in person. The … Continue reading

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It’s a beautiful night in the neighbourhood: The Garneau Block at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was a long time coming. After 18 dark traumatic isolating months and the most terrible summer ever, a play about community, about what it means to live together in a neighbourhood and pull together — … Continue reading

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Conjuring Patsy in concert, live at the Mayfield: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home.” The singing invitation comes from Miss Virginia Patterson Hensley of Winchester, Virginia, whose early-career name change is part of the show to follow. She … Continue reading

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A good night’s sleep and A Fit, Happy Life, Teatro’s third filmed production. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s what I do! It’s what I love!” declares a man in earnest defence of the job that is his chosen career and his avocation. Mike Brack (Mathew Hulshof) is an expert in the field of … Continue reading

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And behind the door … a stranger. A Second Round of Seconds, Lost Lemoine part 2 at Teatro. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Anyone unalterably convinced that a life of celibacy is much to be preferred to a blind date with a stranger should probably avoid Lost Lemoine Part 2: A Second Round of Seconds at all costs. On … Continue reading

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After a year of streaming, the Métis version of Mary’s Wedding is back, and live, at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are layers of wispy fiddle music like aural smoke in the air, a haze of past and present. “Tonight is just a dream,” advises Charlie (Cree actor/playwright Todd Houseman), the lovestruck Métis boy who leads … Continue reading

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Fun on film: Lost Lemoine Part 1 opens the Teatro season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You aren’t a very interesting patient,” says the psychiatrist (Mark Meer) to the imperturbable woman on the consultation couch (Jocelyn Ahlf) in The Crazy Woman, one of the six short plays in the Lost Lemoine Part … Continue reading

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The killer comedy of Die-Nasty, a Fringe review (or thought for the day or discussion point or whatever)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Die-Nasty (Varscona Theatre) Well, this is a bit awkward. I finally caught up mid-week with Die-Nasty, the improvised serial  soap with the late-night Fringe edition that’s actually set at the Fringe and about the Fringe (and … Continue reading

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Living between cultures, with a legacy of secrets: Feast, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Feast (Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) In Feast, you will see an Indigenous man in a T-shirt that says “You Are Living On Stolen Land” dancing gamely with a settler woman to ABBA’s The Winner Takes … Continue reading

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