Tag Archives: Backstage Theatre

Viscosity: Theatre Yes challenges preconceptions about big oil and the people who work it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s not exactly a play, although there are actors. It’s not exactly journalism, although the monologues are transcribed (and edited) verbatim from interviews with real-life people. And you might resist calling it an exhibit, although you … Continue reading

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The mysterious twin bonds of life and art: meet playwright Meg Braem

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You try to make sense of things,” says Meg Braem, whose chosen line of work is the transmutation of real life — in all its perplexing, maddening, intriguing potential — into art. “You’re always searching….”  Braem … Continue reading

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The siren call of the wild: Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins, a review

Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Something happened to me today,” says Lizzie in Pretty Goblins. “Something happens to everyone every day,” says her twin sister Laura. There it is, in a nutshell: the hard, maybe irreducible, human mystery at the crux of … 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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Out of the footnotes and onto the stage: the wild women of the Wild West get revealed in Send In The Girls’ new burlesque

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Wild West. Where men were men. And women were…. well, who were they anyhow, besides wearers of gingham or garters?  That’s what Send In The Girls is for. They don’t just roll up their sleeves … Continue reading

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Exit, pursued by a crow: Nicole Moeller’s new play asks tough questions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Jasper has to save the princess.” When Nicole Moeller follows the thread of her new play back back back to its birthplace, that’s the line she heard in her head. Intriguing, yes, and not just because … Continue reading

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