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Hanging our obsessions on the tannenbaum: Oh! Christmas Tree. A guest review by Todd Babiak

By Todd Babiak Those who love Christmas tend to have trouble empathizing with those who — for no solid religious or cultural reasons — don’t feel it. From Charlie Brown and The Grinch to Ebenezer Scrooge and the incontinent drunk … Continue reading

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The double-optic on Christmas: meet the real-life couple starring in Oh! Christmas Tree

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If Lora Brovold and Collin Doyle, the real-life couple who star in Oh! Christmas Tree, have a special rapport with the characters in Conni Massing’s new comedy (opening Thursday at Theatre Network), it’s not surprising. They’ve … Continue reading

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Keeping Christmas in our hearts: A Christmas Carol to lift your spirits at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?” For 19 years, Edmonton theatre audiences have had their own special answer, hand-delivered from the stage live and in person. It’s come to … Continue reading

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Keeping Christmas in our hearts: A Christmas Carol to lift our spirits at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?” For 19 years, Edmonton theatre audiences have had their own special answer, hand-delivered from the stage live and in person. It’s come to … Continue reading

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“The season when abundance rejoices”: a splendid Christmas Carol retires at the Citadel after 19 seasons

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Christmas, sir, is a cheat!” snaps Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge with a grimace of distaste that may strike a chord in your own soul — especially if you’ve done time in a mall, barraged by retail jollity … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like …

Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s mistletoe, a tree, and an against-the-odds nerd romance in the delightful holiday show currently running at the Citadel.  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, has taken the initiative on seasonal entertainments, by transplanting us in the evergreen … Continue reading

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Dreaming of home: Matara takes us to the zoo and a lone elephant, at Workshop West. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “This is her home. And we are her family.”  That’s Karen the zookeeper (Elinor Holt) taking on protesters and talking about her charge, who’s big, exotic, fascinating — and languishing a world away from her ‘country … Continue reading

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Is history spinning forwards or backwards? Shows at Studio and MacEwan wonder about that

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It is a disconcertingly à propos moment in the space-time continuum for both the plays opening this week at Edmonton’s biggest theatre schools. You can easily make yourself dizzy wondering whether history is catapulting forward or … Continue reading

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“The elephant in the room is … an elephant.” Conni Massing’s Matara opens the Workshop West season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca That not one but two new plays by Conni Massing are premiering this season is noteworthy. That they open a  mere two weeks apart, the work of two different theatre companies, is more striking still.    … Continue reading

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“Ripe for a lapse”: Fallen Angels is a Bright Young Things lark. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The “nice part” of Julia is perfectly content with matrimonial “happiness and tranquillity.” There lurks, however, “a beastly, unworthy thing waiting to spring.” And, she adds darkly, “it hasn’t been fed for a long LONG time….” … Continue reading

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