Category Archives: Reviews

Theatres are haunted places. A ghostly meet-and-greet in Dead Centre of Town XIII

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Imagine, if you will, a place where where live people are haunted by imaginary people. Where they inhabit the lives of others, and stories come to life when the lights are out. A place of strange … Continue reading

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Who am I really? Squeamish, a scary solo thriller from Northern Light. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s blood, a lot of blood, dripping and pooling and trailing through the macabre one-woman thriller you’ll find in the near-dark of the Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barn. You can practically taste it. … Continue reading

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‘Imaginative solutions for impossible scenarios.’ The Wrong People Have Money at Shadow Theatre, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “In this class,” says star professor Martin Delancey of York University in The Wrong People Have Money, “we’re going to explore the impossible. We’re going to ‘tether the moon’.” It’s a course, standing room only, in … Continue reading

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You go girls: The Wolves at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Teamwork makes the dream work,” says the teenage captain of the Wolves, #25, quoting her coach dad, and applying herself sturdily to holding the soccer team together through every kind of teenage girl friction. “Hustle ladies, … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes in war, a story of human resilience: Barvinok, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “My Baba has a secret,” says Ukrainian-Canadian Hania in the opening moments of Barvinok. “A secret she is bringing with her to her grave.” As we learn in Lianna Makuch’s suspenseful and moving play, inspired by … Continue reading

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Assault by the (corporate) media: Network, opening the Citadel season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  Before memes became meme-ish, when the medical profession had sole ownership of “viral,” there was the scene in Network, the Paddy Chayefsky film of 50 years ago, in which a veteran TV anchor declared “I’m mad … Continue reading

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Heart and soul in 2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The charming, poignant, and very funny musical comedy now at the Mayfield begins in classic concert fashion: the bow from the waist and the flipping of the tuxedo tails. Two men in formal tuxes take their … Continue reading

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Facing the fall-out: A Doll’s House Part 2 launches the season at the Varscona. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The stage is dominated by a door, a giant door. The room has the outlines of wainscoting and six sealed windows — all bleached out, painted over, uninhabited. There’s no human clutter: a couple of chairs, … Continue reading

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Kiss the cod: Come From Away at the Jube, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Come From Away wasn’t Away long, in real time. And yet, the world has changed in such unmistakeable ways since March 2019, when the American touring production arrived here, bringing a story of Canadian-ness back to … Continue reading

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Gathering dreams: Dreamers Cantata, a new revue from the Plain Janes. A Fringe review

Dreamer’s Cantata – A New Revue (Stage 11, Varscona Theatre) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What would we do without the Plain Janes?  In addition to their excavations in the corners of the musical theatre repertoire where the forgotten or neglected, … Continue reading

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