Category Archives: Reviews

Jane Eyre lives in a haunted world: Erin Shields’ new adaptation at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The opening image of Jane Eyre, currently premiering on the Citadel’s Maclab stage through Sunday, is a solitary little girl reading in a pool of light, enclosed in space by blank window frames. The orphan heroine … Continue reading

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A comedy set in Kelowna? Teatro La Quindicina turns 40 with Caribbean Muskrat, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s telling that the oddball 2004 comedy launching Teatro La Quindicina’s return-to-live 40th anniversary season seems to wriggle out of every known category of their specialty. I refer of course to comedy. Teatro, after all, is … Continue reading

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What? A land claim comedy? The surprising geniality of Cottagers and Indians at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s no accident that the first sound you hear in Cottagers and Indians is laughter (with some accompaniment from amused birds).    The Drew Hayden Taylor play with the cheeky title that’s running in the Shadow … Continue reading

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‘Who were we before life got hold of us?’ Thoughts on Ayita at the SkirtsAfire festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca To walk into the Westbury Theatre these days is to find yourself in a world that’s mysterious but familiar, calm but in perpetual motion.  Whittyn Jason’s captivating design puts us in the centre of a wave … Continue reading

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Shoring up the world against cosmic chaos: the fun of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “All the world is made of faith and trust and pixie dust.”  True, J.M. Barrie, the creator of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, was not actually alluding to the world of live theatre in this … Continue reading

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Get rhythm at the Mayfield: Nashville Outlaws. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca With Nashville Outlaws, the Mayfield returns to a hit revue it created and premiered some 15 years ago. And why not? In these isolating, leaden times, an homage to country music renegades Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson … Continue reading

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A mysterious encounter en route to the Promised Land: The Mountaintop opens the Shadow season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why America is going to hell … ” repeats the man before us, testing different ways of rolling off each syllable for a speech-in-progress. It’s a sonorous voice gone scratchy around the edges by hard use … Continue reading

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A shared responsibility for human happiness: A Christmas Carol is back at the Citadel, live. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Snow’s a given. Sunset before happy hour, also a given. But in Edmonton it’s never really “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” till A Christmas Carol opens at the Citadel. That’s just the way it … Continue reading

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Holding the torch in a man’s world: The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 at Northern Light Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca History is the springboard for The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921, the cunningly knotted little play that opens the Northern Light Theatre season in Trevor Schmidt’s crackling production. The title reveals the small-town crime, recorded by … Continue reading

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Rave on: Buddy Holly is back at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You have about as much sex appeal as a telegraph pole,” an old-timey Texas country radio DJ tells a nerdy, bespectacled young man with rock n’ roll on his mind at the outset of Buddy: The … Continue reading

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