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An Exceptional Night In With Lucy Darling: get Zoomed on magic and mixology

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For an awful moment, says Lucy Darling brightly, “I thought this was one of those terrible juice box events!” No fear, my (socially distanced) friends. When you’re a guest at L.D.’s magic comedy show An Exceptional … Continue reading

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Cool breath in, warm breath out: Catalyst’s ‘until the next breath’ in the great outdoors

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca From the River Road at dusk, you catch a glimpse of something mysterious through the trees of Victoria Park. Rounded huts — hives? a village perhaps? — glowing from within, and strung with twinkling lights. We’ve … Continue reading

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Canada as a work-in-progress: All That Binds Us at Azimuth Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight There has likely never been a more all-inclusive welcome to a piece of theatre than the one we get from Kit (Sheldon Elter), our “guide of sorts,” in the opening moments of All That Binds Us. … Continue reading

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Through the window and out in the world: some thoughts on Plain Jane’s Scenes From The Sidewalk

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Varscona Theatre opened its door this past weekend for the first time since March. The door to the lobby, that is. Which is where 20 of us sat (distanced and masked) on Sunday at 5:30, … Continue reading

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Off the cuff and on the spot: Gordon’s Big Bald Head makes (up) a movie

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, tonight I was in the virtual audience at the Grindstone, i.e. the invisible sweatpants brigade online at home. And I was watching an amazingly dexterous improv duo onstage do, off the cuff, something that is … Continue reading

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Hockey night in Edmonton: Playing With Fire re-opens the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca With the production that reopened the Mayfield Dinner theatre for real-live audiences this week (for a six-week run), hockey doesn’t just pirouette around theatre. No, there’s a bone-rattling full bodycheck into the boards. And there are … Continue reading

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And back to the live! a horizon-expanding experiment at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca On Friday March 13 I went to the theatre — the Varscona, to see Shadow Theatre’s production of Heisenberg, starring Amber Borotsik and Glenn Nelson. I haven’t stepped into a theatre since. Until Saturday night. Which … Continue reading

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Live theatre: has it found a footing on a platform instead of a stage in Zoom-laden times?

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A lifetime ago (March 25, 2020 to be precise), Malachite Theatre’s resourceful artistic director Benjamin Blyth explained to me that the company had borrowed an interactive online platform from the business world for a new venture. … Continue reading

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The spirit of mirth, brought to you live: Lodestar Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I have had a most rare vision,” says Bottom, a stage-struck weaver with boundless enthusiasm for theatrical pursuits, late in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had one of those, too. Friday night I dreamed I found … Continue reading

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The fun of real live theatre (socially distanced, of course): Chamber Obscura at the Found Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Special occasion: tonight was the night I got to see real live people in real live theatre. It felt so … radical. So cool. So Zoom-defiant. The play is Chamber Obscura, a 15-minute gothic folk thriller, … Continue reading

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