Category Archives: Reviews

‘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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The (88) keys to the kingdom: Darrin Hagen’s solo show Metronome. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In his new solo play Metronome, Darrin Hagen sits at a table under a giant arc, a rainbow of piano fragments, strings, unstrung sounding plates, keyboards. At one end, attached to the ground like the mythical … Continue reading

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The door slams and they’re off! The Fiancée, a deluxe new farce at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There they stand before us, seven closed doors. A tidy pink and cream apartment (designer: Whittyn Jason). A vision of domestic harmony: orderly arrangements of size-gradated kitchen canisters, a slice of cake under a glass dome, … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer, frat party kegger of a satire. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I would never lie; I’ve taken poli-sci.” This declaration in song from the goofball hero got a big laugh from the preview night crowd at Grindstone Theatre’s new musical satire Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer. Hey, … Continue reading

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