Category Archives: Reviews

The fascination of escape: Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs (Stage 17, Roxy on Gateway) This show premiered in the Roxy Performance Series in January. It’s back at the Roxy on Gateway (aka Stage 17) for the Fringe. Here’s my … Continue reading

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The anti-rom-com rom-com: You Are Happy, a Fringe review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You Are Happy (Stage 19, Sugar Swing Ballroom, Upstairs) There are two kinds of people in the world, as Bridgette (Jenny McKillop) briskly explains in this sour, tart little fable by the young Quebec playwright Rebecca … Continue reading

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The crazy spirit of the Fringe, on legs: Are You Lovin’ It?, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Are You Lovin’ It (Venue 5, King Edward School) By Alan Kellogg Need a non-alcoholic break from one too many coming-of-age identity plays or satanic jugglers? Look no further, dear festival-goers. Relief is available from Osaka’s Theatre Group GUMBO. Here is, … Continue reading

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And the kids came through! Raymond and the Monster, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Marc Horton

By Marc Horton Raymond and the Monster (Stage 16, Sanctuary Stage at Holy Trinity Anglican Church) In the interests of full and complete disclosure, I must say that I didn’t want to review this play. What if the kids in … Continue reading

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Full of sound and fury and signifying … you know. I Hate Shakespeare!, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Marc Horton

By Marc Horton I Hate Shakespeare! (Stage 2, Backstage Theatre) When Hamlet and Laertes face off at the end of Act V and engage in swordplay that will see bodies litter the stage, the would-be ref in the scrap judges … Continue reading

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It ends in tears (and a minor key): The Legend of White Woman Creek, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

The Legend of White Woman Creek  (Venue 3, Walterdale Theatre) By Alan Kellogg Fringe favourites New York’s The Coldharts – Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan – return to Edmonton reprising this song cycle that has played here twice before. Clever … Continue reading

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“What do you see?” Portrait of the artist as a waning star in Red, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Red (Stage 5, King Edward Elementary School) At the outset of Red, a man stares out at us from the stage with such fierce unblinking intensity you might have to look away before his eyes drill … Continue reading

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“Affecting and compelling”: The Green Line, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

The Green Line (Venue 3, Walterdale Theatre) By Alan Kellogg Here is an affecting, well-written piece by Edmonton playwright Makram Ayache (last year’s stellar Harun) that travels to a surprisingly wide variety of places over 75 compelling minutes. The setting … Continue reading

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Cuckoo! Embrace nonsense! Bright Young Things brings us The Bald Soprano, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Bald Soprano (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) Give your mental synapses a warm-up rattle, pry your sense of causality loose from its moorings. Get those sticky fingers of language off meaning, and free-associate like there’s no … Continue reading

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Engaging comedy from Egypt! 7 Days, a guest Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

7 Days (Venue 36, La Cité Auditorium) By Alan Kellogg Clothes are scattered all over the floor and  two brothers are variously sacked out on a desk and a bed in their modest apartment. The door knocks a few times and … Continue reading

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