Category Archives: Reviews

Listen to the music: Keep Calm and Rock On at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “What the people need is a way to make ‘em smile,” declared astute social commentators The Doobie Brothers in Listen to the Music in 1972. Hear hear. The Mayfield takes this sage counsel to heart by … Continue reading

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“Terror and festering dread,” and a mystery narrator to unknot: We Had A Girl Before You at Northern Light. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We’re isolated from each other, alone in the dark. Haunting wind and sea sounds surround us, threaded with wisps of melody and … are those human cries? (composer/ sound designer Dave Clarke). When we enter the … Continue reading

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Antidotes to a gruesome week: here’s a couple of surprising beautiful theatre “concerts” on film

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Looking for an antidote? It’s been a gruesome nail-biter of a week on multiple fronts; everyone knows what exactly what that question means. So, the doctor is IN. I caught a couple of truly original and … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the Varscona … a homecoming for Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca General rule of thumb: On any joyful occasion you can never really go wrong with dancing. If there’s singing, so much the better. It frames Welcome Home, a celebration of the re-opening of the Varscona Theatre … Continue reading

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So, is he married yet? A Brimful of Asha, live at the Citadel. A 12thnight review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You are here,” the engaging title character tells us with a smile at the start of A Brimful of Asha, “to help me sort out my son.”  The son smiles too, and rolls his eyes. In … Continue reading

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One on one theatre: Here There Be Night takes you into an underground resistance network

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Sometimes the creative ingenuity and resilience of theatre artists just about takes your breath away. In a dangerous time when big live theatre gatherings have been cancelled, thwarted, delayed, diverted, they will find a way. I … Continue reading

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Curio Shoppe is home care, Catch The Keys style. Give yourself a fright.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Home care (Catch The Keys-style). “It’s time to haunt your own house,” says a silky voice, coming at us in the dark from the internet ether. As its name suggests, Curio Shoppe, the ingenious joint creation … Continue reading

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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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