Tag Archives: Backstage Theatre

A coming-of-age thriller: Freaky Green Eyes at Fringe Theatre, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The opening image of Freaky Green Eyes is a girl poised on a diving board, about to take the plunge. In Emma Houghton’s solo show, an artful stage adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s 2003 powerfully dark … Continue reading

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From a big bad dangerous world, to us: Evandalism, a surprising original at Fringe Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It wasn’t a promising start to a life: “a little Mexican Indian whose mom and dad didn’t want him.” The guy who stands before us, tattooed and smiling in front of a big magic board, is … Continue reading

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Trying to ‘do gender right’ through the trans lens: Re:Construct, at RISER

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Playwright Even Gilchrist was in full producer mode at home one morning last week, making a cake for his new play. The play? Re:Construct, premiering Wednesday at the Backstage Theatre in RISER Edmonton’s 2022 series. The … Continue reading

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An inheritance in stories: ren & the wake, a new Catch the Keys musical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a funny thing, don’t you find, the way memory works. How the past gets unearthed from its subterranean lair in detached moments, a snippet of melody, a smell, the sound of a laugh, a scribble … Continue reading

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‘That piano arrived in my life for a reason’: Metronome, a new Darrin Hagen solo show premieres at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Have you ever tried something new, and instantly thought ‘O! I feel like I’ve been doing this my whole life?’” That’s how Darrin Hagen remembers the exact day when everything changed for the small-town Alberta trailer … Continue reading

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Sending in the clowns (online): Play The Fool Fest is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Clowns: it takes all kinds. And we have the festival to prove it. At Play the Fool, returning Thursday (online again) for a sixth annual edition, you’ll meet “the world’s first German Nihilist life coach,” for … Continue reading

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The call of the wild: Night is live ‘drive-by’ theatre from Major Matt Mason

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Dusk is shading into dark, the break-out time. And the wilderness is encroaching. The solo play that opens late twilight Thursday in Rundle Park invites us into the mind of a person who feels themself straining … Continue reading

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Making indie theatre just got less lonely: RISER goes national and comes to Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Even at the best of times (which I think we can all agree this is not) It’s hard, high-risk work producing indie theatre. Bright creative innovative ideas that find their natural habitat in independent theatre arrive … Continue reading

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Rapid Fire Theatre is back live, across the river

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Flexibility!” declares Matt Schuurman. “It’s all about being flexible, in a space that’s flexible….” He’s talking about improv, to be sure, a theatrically acrobatic subject on which he is an expert practitioner, mentor, producer. But the … Continue reading

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Locked out by a union? Whaaaat? Allan Morgan’s one-man show I Walked The Line comes to Chinook Series 2020

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I could not believe it! I could not get my head around it!” declares Allan Morgan. The veteran Vancouver-based actor, whose conversation rolls in exclamation points, is known to Edmonton audiences since he was the touring … Continue reading

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