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The Tudor period: heads of state in wigs. 2 Queens & A Joker: A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2 Queens & A Joker (Stage 17, The Roxy on Gateway) It’s been a while (OK, a decade) since Guys in Disguise, those flamboyant cultural historians, applied themselves to the Tudor period, famous for its strong … Continue reading

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The appropriation dance: Whiteface. A Fringe review

Whiteface (Stage 4, Academy at King Edward) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Is there a way out? Does anybody know a way out?” The masked figures trapped onstage are increasingly frantic. No suggestions are forthcoming. Masks are the chief theatrical device, … Continue reading

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Shopping at Barbra’s place: Buyer & Cellar. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Buyer & Cellar, Stage 10 (Acacia Hall) It can’t possibly be true. And yet it is. Yes, Barbra Streisand, mega-star celebrity and über-shopper, does have an entire mall in her basement. That’s the bizarre, open-for-satire, real-life … Continue reading

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The trouper, the angel, and the mantra: the show must go on!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a dramatic testimonial to theatre as a collaborative art form, in the grand odds-against “show must go on” tradition, it’s got to be the back story of The Great Whorehouse Fire of … Continue reading

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Random thoughts and suggestions on Fringe opening day

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the ongoing quest to devise a fruitful plan of attack for seeing Fringe shows, one long-time theatre administrator I knew eliminated pre-festival anxiety (and also 99 per cent of her theatre-going activity) by her strict … Continue reading

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Great moments in history … on balconies. Heather D. Swain stays home for her new Fringe show. A Fringe preview.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca One evening two summers ago the veteran Fringe and Street artist Heather D. Swain was sitting on her Strathcona balcony having a cocktail with friends, watching The People go by. And that’s when it came to … Continue reading

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When worlds collide: Chris Bullough is feeling the reverb in his new Rig Pig Fantasia. A Fringe preview

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “ Here I am,” sighs Chris Bullough wincing slightly over his de-caf last week. “An artist. My artistic career funded by oil. Questioning the ethics of oil production and use.”  His new play Rig Pig … Continue reading

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A tale of two Fringe directors. Chapter 2: Michael Bradley

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A cultural theory: There’s a kind of crazy total-immersion charge about the Fringe that’s a magnet to Edmonton theatre artists. It explains why veteran Edmonton theatre pros — Bradley Moss, Trevor Schmidt, Darrin Hagen, Dave … Continue reading

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A tale of two Fringe directors. Chapter 1: Suzie Martin

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A cultural theory: There’s a kind of crazy total-immersion charge about the Fringe that’s a magnet to Edmonton theatre artists. It explains why veteran Edmonton theatre pros — Bradley Moss, Darrin Hagen, Dave Horak, Trevor … Continue reading

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The secret life of small towns: Michele Vance Hehir’s One Polaroid takes us back to Roseglen for the third of a trilogy. A Fringe preview.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca She lives in a city (one where a great big 37-year-old Fringe starts Thursday). But small towns have always had a particular fascination for Michele Vance Hehir. The secrets both open and closed, the partial knowledge, … Continue reading

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