Tag Archives: Backstage Theatre

‘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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Shakespeare gets a Cree cosmology re-fit: Pawâkan Macbeth arrives for Chinook

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Feel the breeze. Chinook, the resource-sharing multi-disciplinary series devoted to melting our preconceptions and expanding our experience of live performance and creation, is at hand. It’s a measure of creative vision (and chutzpah) that the 2020 … Continue reading

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Give yourself a festive treat: Holiday shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Like socks with reindeer antlers and figgy puddings, festive holiday shows are definitely not one-size-fits-all. They come in every pattern, every size, every budget from lavish to cash-strapped ingenuity. And, for that matter, every gradation of … Continue reading

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In hot pursuit of justice: The Ballad of Peachtree Rose. A review of Workshop West’s season-opener

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome to the team!” says a mysterious executive (Laura Raboud), to the street kid she’s just recruited. “I really believe in you.” Team spirit: It’s music to the ears of Peach (Alexandra Dawkins), who ricochets through … Continue reading

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An outbreak of clowns: Play The Fool, E-Town’s “festival of clown and physical comedy” is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown….” — Cole Porter “It is meat and drink to me to see a clown.” — Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act V, scene i This theatre town … Continue reading

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