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‘Burning it down, admitting defeat, and starting over’: Northern Light Theatre announces its 46th season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a question that speaks, with eerie precision, to our moment: how do we find the resilience to start again after a setback? The three mainstage plays in Northern Light Theatre’s live upcoming 46th season, “Burning … Continue reading

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The Fringe returns to its experimental roots: tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The name of this year’s edition of the Edmonton Fringe is itself is a spirit-lifter, par excellence: Together We Fringe. It’s a salute to live gathering — in a nutshell exactly what we’ve been missing in … Continue reading

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Found: the festival of surprising encounters is back to live performance

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Searching for a find at Found…. It’s the 10th anniversary of a festival that has taken audiences to unexpected encounters with art and artists — in places they never expected to find themselves. The unconventional engagement, … Continue reading

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A “puzzle box”: Broken Toys Theatre plays with Pinter’s Betrayal

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Just like old times,” says one character to another in the first scene of Betrayal. Funny how four simple words can evoke a whole world of memory and feeling. But then, this is Harold Pinter, the … Continue reading

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A Man Draws A Bird “because he wants to fly”: theatre, music, and Taiko drumming in a new Booming Tree show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As in so many life-changers, there was a moment when it all could have been different. And that was the moment — on one of those lingering Edmonton summer evenings in 2012 — that Greg Shimizu … Continue reading

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“Thicker than water and stronger than bone”: twin performances in Blood: A Scientific Romance at The Maggie Tree. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the beating heart of Meg Braem’s intricate Blood: A Scientific Romance are twin sisters whose mysterious bond is an elixir of life. Beyond empathy, beyond heredity, beyond biology, Angelique and Poubelle seem to be joined at … Continue reading

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The giant Fringe approaches: be very excited. Tickets go on sale at noon today

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tickets go on sale at noon today for Fringe ‘O’ Saurus Rex, the outsized 228-show 37th annual edition of our summer theatre extravaganza, the continent’s first and still biggest fringe festival (Aug; 16 to 26). And … Continue reading

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Planting seeds for kids theatre: the 17th annual Sprouts Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For 17 springs now, Concrete Theatre has planted new plays at their annual Sprouts Festival — and watered them for future seasons. The idea from the start was to stimulate growth in the Canadian theatre repertoire … Continue reading

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Defying the laws of gravity: Gravity, the cabaret of art and politics, is back Monday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What’s happened to the laws of gravity when the world seems upside down? Grave? SNAFU, now officially a verb, has gone TARFUN. Yes, Things Are Really Fucked Up Now. And Monday night at the Westbury Theatre, … Continue reading

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Gender, sexuality, identity: Elena Belyea’s Cleave asks questions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Elena Belyea thinks about the punchy title of her new play with a certain unmistakeable satisfaction. Cleave, after all, has two completely opposite meanings: to pull together and to wrench apart. Families, those repositories of contradictory … Continue reading

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