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Concrete Theatre’s Sprouts Festival grows new plays, online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Edmonton’s Concrete Theatre, a company with a national profile in theatre-for-young-audiences, is into its mid-30s with a new pair of co-artistic directors — and in this strange pandemic time, the need to re-invent one of its … Continue reading

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To be or not to be: Hamlet served six ways, from Thou Art Here Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The time is out of joint (I think we can all agree with Prince of Denmark on that). Isolating, infuriating, anxiety-making, rippling with hints of mortality and “the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh … Continue reading

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‘Questions that make the house shake with silence’: Something Unspoken streamed at Northern Light. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Northern Light Theatre’s exquisite little streamed version of Something Unspoken, a rarely produced Tennessee Williams’ one-act from the ‘50s, is a bit like a whisper in a bubble. Breathe too hard and it will vanish. In … Continue reading

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New plays for big stages: Collider, the Citadel’s debut play development festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Line most often heard from Canadian theatre producers by playwrights labouring on new scripts. “Great, but could you make it smaller? How about three actors, better yet two, instead of five?” If ‘think small’ is the … Continue reading

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A theatre to-do list for the week, including a bread and circus combo, kid stuff, costume and video installations, shows to stream

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In week ten thousand of the pandemic, before you actually melt into Netflix and disappear, clicker in hand, put a couple of suggestions on your theatre to-do list. The word ‘fun’ does not go amiss, I … Continue reading

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Follow the ‘once upon a time’ through the fairy tale world: The Secret in the Wings at Studio Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Don’t let the ‘happily-ever-after’s fool you. Fairy tales are not, contrary to popular belief, a Disney invention, the have-a-great-life tag to rom-coms on a roll. The production that opens today online, in the Studio Theatre season,  … Continue reading

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Happy 4-5-7 Will! With news from the Freewill Shakespeare Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca But soft! We bring you birthday news. The playwright-in-residence at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival celebrates his big 4-5-7 today with with alternate plans for a second pandemic summer. Where there’s a Will there’s a way. “So, … Continue reading

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Transformations: what would it take to change the world? Catalyst Theatre enlisted three artists to ask the question

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When you sign ‘new’ it means ‘to grow’.” — Chris Dodd, The Transformers: Regrowth Can something positive, something transforming emerge from a year of devastation? To imagine a better future for the world, who better to consult … Continue reading

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A relationship between the lines: Something Unspoken, streamed by Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s just that I feel that there’s something unspoken between us that ought to be spoken….” — Something Unspoken, Tennessee Williams         The 1950s Tennessee Williams one-act play that opens online Friday — the … Continue reading

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Adventures in pandemic theatre: a mystery box, a romantic comedy, a (very) short film fest, and more

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Theatre’s strange, circuitous and sometimes wonderful route through the pandemic, chapter umpteen. Let me tell you about my week. •For three days the mystery box sat on the dining room table, wrapped in silver. Light, but … Continue reading

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