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Clowning around … online: the 5th annual Play The Fool Fest goes digital

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Clowns work as well as aspirin, but twice as fast.” –Groucho Marx And for the major migraine that is COVID, it’s high time we had some. Clowns, that is. The only thing is, clowns thrive on real … Continue reading

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Off the cuff and on the spot: Gordon’s Big Bald Head makes (up) a movie

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, tonight I was in the virtual audience at the Grindstone, i.e. the invisible sweatpants brigade online at home. And I was watching an amazingly dexterous improv duo onstage do, off the cuff, something that is … Continue reading

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Scenes From The Sidewalk: from the Plain Janes, a cabaret that turns theatre inside out

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Alienation 2020. The world seems upside down and inside out to you — and why wouldn’t it?. The laws of gravity have been cancelled. You’re either inside looking out (wistfully) or outside looking in (wistfully); no … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Big Bald Head infiltrates movie history in Good Head, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They are smart. And they are funny. But there is nothing cautious, or predictable, or even sane about the entertainment proposition that the deluxe improv troupe Gordon’s Big Bald Head offers the world. They own a … Continue reading

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All That Binds Us: a new Azimuth Theatre creation ponders connection in a fragmented world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a thought with special reverb in a world of fragmentation, enforced distance, separation, isolation: “People don’t want perfection; they want connection,” declares Reneltta Arluk, director of All That Binds Us, premiering Friday in a live … Continue reading

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Look up! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s an opera singer on the roof: drive-in opera and other experiments from Edmonton Opera

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The thrill of live: it’s undeniable, yes, both for artists and their audiences who thrive on connection, the charge of closeness, of being part of a gathering. If we hadn’t fully realized it before, by default … Continue reading

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The Horizon Series LIVE! At the Citadel, the return to live continues

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lights up. Gather ‘round (in a socially distanced way, of course). The Citadel continues its return to live in-person performance with the three-show series announced Thursday. Horizon Series LIVE! is a trio of small-cast productions programmed … Continue reading

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Good Women Dance Collective launches a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They leap effortlessly across the frontier between dance and theatre as if it didn’t exist.  They’re into sharing; unusual musical and theatrical partnerships are their signature. At the centre of the new Good Women Dance Collective … Continue reading

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Hockey night in Edmonton: Playing With Fire re-opens the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca With the production that reopened the Mayfield Dinner theatre for real-live audiences this week (for a six-week run), hockey doesn’t just pirouette around theatre. No, there’s a bone-rattling full bodycheck into the boards. And there are … Continue reading

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Dance inspired by stage design: Mile Zero Dance’s season-opener is an experimental cabaret

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a sassy what-if? streak in the Mile Zero Dance DNA. And you’ll see it in action Saturday night in a new way when the new MZD digital season, De-Program, comes to life on Zoom. What … Continue reading

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