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We need a little Christmas, right this very minute: the Varscona’s first-ever Virtual Holiday Gala

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a daunting year for live theatre, when the sound of Cheers! has rarely been heard across the land (and the sound of even one hand clapping is now a faint echo in the imagination), the … Continue reading

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Mary’s Wedding: a new Métis version of the Canadian classic at the Citadel (online)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tonight is just a dream. I ask you to remember that. It begins at the end and ends at the beginning…. Mary’s Wedding, available for streaming to cross-country audiences from the Citadel Dec. 22, takes us … Continue reading

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Mieko Ouchi: meet the Citadel’s new associate artistic director

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Stepping down and stepping up … on the same day.” That’s how Mieko Ouchi describes the double-sided moment in late November when Concrete Theatre announced her departure and the Citadel announced her arrival. It was dramatic … Continue reading

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Three days from opening, Mary’s Wedding is on hold at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca After a day of investigating the implications of the Alberta government’s perplexing new restrictions announced Tuesday afternoon, the Citadel Theatre has decided to postpone its upcoming live production of Mary’s Wedding: A Metis Love Story, which … Continue reading

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Le Moulin Rouge: can-cans at The Spotlight Cabaret

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It will be busy once more … give us a month!” says the co-impresario of a night club, pleading with creditors at the start of Le Moulin Rouge. “Times are tough.” Hey, a cabaret about … … Continue reading

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Waiting for … everything: a couple of online shows for our time

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Waiting and wondering in the weird no-man’s land between past and present: that would be us, in late 2020. Samuel Beckett is the playwright of choice for this moment. If there ever was a time to … Continue reading

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The complicated world of university theatre: Too Much Zoom Makes Us All Go Blind

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You can learn to use the subjunctive, make meringues, prune junipers, do a downward-facing dog, tour the Prado, or say screw you in Gaelic … online. No problem. And theatre? You can attend a lecture on … Continue reading

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Listen to the music: Keep Calm and Rock On at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “What the people need is a way to make ‘em smile,” declared astute social commentators The Doobie Brothers in Listen to the Music in 1972. Hear hear. The Mayfield takes this sage counsel to heart by … Continue reading

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“Terror and festering dread,” and a mystery narrator to unknot: We Had A Girl Before You at Northern Light. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We’re isolated from each other, alone in the dark. Haunting wind and sea sounds surround us, threaded with wisps of melody and … are those human cries? (composer/ sound designer Dave Clarke). When we enter the … Continue reading

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Doing musical theatre in 2020? It’s an intricate challenge: the making of Keep Calm and Rock On at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ve got to be ingenious to make live theatre. And no one (sane) ever said it was slam-dunk easy money. But bringing a musical live to the theatre stage in late 2020 in the middle of … Continue reading

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