Category Archives: Reviews

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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“I need you like water”: relationships in a time of oil in Last Chance Leduc

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The fulcrum of Katherine Koller’s Last Chance Leduc — the third in her Alberta Landworks Trilogy about human relationships destabilized by seismic shifts in industry — is the moment of Alberta’s gold rush. I refer, of … Continue reading

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A man, his ghosts, his dog, his quest for meaning: Terry and the Dog, a review of Collin Doyle’s mysterious new play

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m trying to find meaning here,” Terry tells us in the very first line of Terry and the Dog. It’s a theme he’ll return to at the end, and regularly in between. So are we all, … Continue reading

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Seek out Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We all come out of the same box,” declares the top-hatted bushy-bearded Wanderer (Ben Caplan) who’s just emerged from an outsized shipping container at the start of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. What is so … Continue reading

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The modest dreams of the working class as farce: Fly Me To The Moon, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hold on just a moment there…” says one Irish home-care worker to another near the start of Fly Me To The Moon, by the Belfast playwright Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets), the loopy little  comedy … Continue reading

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The Silver Arrow: all-inclusive theatre at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “There’s a story that’s waiting for you,” sing the ensemble in one of Hawksley Workman’s most lyrical songs in The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story Of Robin Hood. “The adventure will find you when you’re ready … Continue reading

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“Changing time for you”: Infinity at Theatre Network, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The downside of infinity, as the odd comic has noted, is that it’s really long getting to the end. But when does infinity start? That’s one of the intriguing questions that engages us in the highly … Continue reading

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The siren call of the wild: Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins, a review

Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Something happened to me today,” says Lizzie in Pretty Goblins. “Something happens to everyone every day,” says her twin sister Laura. There it is, in a nutshell: the hard, maybe irreducible, human mystery at the crux of … Continue reading

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All Shook Up shakes up the jukebox at the Mayfield: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Finally. A jukebox musical with an actual jukebox. And it’s busted. Which should tell you something about the sassy, light-hearted self-awareness of All Shook Up, currently at the Mayfield cavorting its way through the Elvis canon … Continue reading

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“Is it possible I just like sex?” Slut, at Northern Light Theatre: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca S. L. U. T. The funniest set design of the season  — and the only one (to my knowledge) that actually engages in smart-ass repartee with the character onstage — is to be found in the … Continue reading

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