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A great leap forward, by excavating the past: Origin of the Species opens the NLT season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Archaeology, says an elderly member of that profession in Origin of the Species, is “simply knowing where to look.” It would seem to have that at least in common with theatre, judging by the mysterious discoveries … Continue reading

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And in other theatre news: Tonight! Teatro’s season-end grand finale bash and Collin Doyle’s new play at Script Salon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This is how the Teatro La Quindicina mind ticks: the last production of their 2018 season, Skirts On Fire, has just closed, ergo it’s the moment for a grand finale … of grand finales.  Bring Down … Continue reading

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No one’s staying home this weekend: why would you? A wealth of choices on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  At the U of A’s Studio Theatre, it’s back in the USSR with Lenin’s Embalmers, Vern Thiessen’s black and absurdist 2008 tragicomedy (imagined from a true story) about two competing Jewish biochemists landing the unenviable joint … Continue reading

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A new artistic director and a new season at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the play that launches L’UniThéâtre’s 26th season tonight in a Nancy McAlear production, we meet a trio of characters who just can’t seem to help being pissed off — at daycare workers, at other people’s … Continue reading

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Gertrude and Alice go sitcom, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Gertrude and Alice: They’re the famously eccentric American couple who held court as paid-up members of the glittering Parisian avant-garde of the ‘20s. And now, once a month, you’ll find Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, … Continue reading

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Exploring space and time, with a dog: Jezebel, At The Still Point

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca On a break from rehearsal this past week, the cast of Jezebel, At the Still Point are hanging out in the Theatre Network green room. One of them — the one with the speaking role — … Continue reading

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As fizzy as champagne: Skirts On Fire at Teatro La Quindicina, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There is a crucial moment in screwball comedies when someone sensible, someone with a placid, routine, predictable existence, finds himself having another sort of life altogether — for no reason he can quite put a finger … Continue reading

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Falling slowly for Once: a low-key musical fairy-tale opens the Citadel season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I pay you with music,” says the fairy godmother to the despondent troubadour in Once. And lo and behold, making music is the ultimate fairy elixir: it can transform you from half-dead to fully alive, and … Continue reading

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Unlacing Shakespeare’s women: the Bard goes burlesque at the Capitol Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Think of them as the ultimate theatre buffs: reveals are their speciality. Send In The Girls Burlesque comes to the stage of Fort Edmonton Park’s vintage Capitol Theatre Friday and Saturday, in honour of Alberta Culture … Continue reading

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The fine art of foolery: the return of Play The Fool, E-Town’s “festival of clown and physical comedy”

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Foolery, sir, doth walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere.” – Twelfth Night III, i. Edmonton, we are about to have an outbreak — an eruption? an infiltration? invasion? effervescence? collision? conflagration? — … Continue reading

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