Category Archives: Reviews

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play: A wild ride through the evolution of pop culture. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The End. So. What then? There’s something indestructible, maybe even sustaining, about the collective act of storytelling. Something viral, in the bloodstream, possibly toxic and radioactive, that can outlast apocalypses. When society shatters completely and we’re … Continue reading

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Sweet and savoury: Waitress the musical arrives at the Jube. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Broadway musical that has landed on the Jube stage this week, like a slice of the daily special on our plate, is a tale of self-discovery and empowerment. Powered from a bottomless larder of pastry … Continue reading

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Strange, playful, and of this moment: The Skin Of Our Teeth from Bright Young Things. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s strange, it’s playful. And it gets right to the heart of the dark, chaotic, freak-out of the present moment.  That’s The Skin Of Our Teeth, the high-spirited, anarchic, category-resistant 1942 “comedy” (for want of a … Continue reading

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Check-in time at the Bed and Breakfast, Theatre Network’s season-opener comedy. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You never have the full story when you’re in the middle of it,” says Drew (Chris Pereira), one-half of the beleaguered urbanite couple we meet at the outset of Bed and Breakfast. In Mark Crawford’s funny, … Continue reading

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Everybody knows that the bird is the word: Class of ’63 at the Mayfield, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca OK boomer. Yes, my friends, you may have heard: There was a time when you could wear white socks with a suit in a non-ironic way. Nostalgia comes with a great band, first-rate singers, a fulsome … Continue reading

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The 6 wives of Henry VIII do girl-power pop (and stop by en route to Broadway): Six the Musical. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You’re gonna find out/ how we got unfriended….” sing six queens exploding out of history and into concert in their red-hot opening number. “Tonight we’re gonna do ourselves justice/ ‘cause we’re taking you to court!” Give … Continue reading

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In hot pursuit of justice: The Ballad of Peachtree Rose. A review of Workshop West’s season-opener

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome to the team!” says a mysterious executive (Laura Raboud), to the street kid she’s just recruited. “I really believe in you.” Team spirit: It’s music to the ears of Peach (Alexandra Dawkins), who ricochets through … Continue reading

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Women in their 50s get sitcom Botox: The Roommate opens the Shadow season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s impossible to know anything about the season-opening two-hander comedy at Shadow Theatre — including its title — without thinking of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version). The Roommate, by the young (and multi-award-winning) American playwright … Continue reading

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Do shebangs come in partials? Simone et le whole shebang opens the L’UniThéâtre season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a certain heat-seeking rom-com engine driving Simone et le whole shebang, the raucous, tart-tongued season-opener at L’UniThéâtre, Edmonton’s francophone theatre. At the centre is an unexpected encounter between two hostile, elderly characters, who are up … Continue reading

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Type A fabulous: Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs at Northern Light. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The chandeliers give off a lurid red glow. The bandstand will make you smile; a sparkly set of outsized teeth with pointy incisors, the inspiration of director/ set and costume designer Trevor Schmidt. The stage accoutrements? … Continue reading

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