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The comedy of excavation: Hiraeth at the Varscona in a Bright Young Things production. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a visceral way, there’s nothing more gut-wrenching than hope. It puts your dreams into a never-ending spin cycle. You can’t get a grip on grief, or heartbreak. You can’t even grab onto sadness properly, much … Continue reading

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It’s the theatre season, and you have options this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, there’s a Theatre Season (now, there’s a term that’s gotten a little rusty) going on in this town. There’s live theatre in your weekend — two openings Friday night alone — and you have options. … Continue reading

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Finding comedy in deep places: Hiraeth premieres in a Bright Young Things production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that premieres Friday on the Varscona stage in a Bright Young Things production, is a test case of sorts for the uncanny way comedy gets a special access pass to the deepest, most serious … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre, six up-and-comers to watch: meet actor Chris Pereira

They’re young. They shine brightly. And their talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. 12thnight talked to six starry and sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, will have a big impact on theatre here when the … Continue reading

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The year in Edmonton theatre: looking back on 2019

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Social media, video games, pop culture, the 2-D screen world … “all worthless, and we don’t even watch the same worthless things together,” rages Vanya, letting loose an elegiac full-blooded rant on the modern devaluation of … Continue reading

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Strange, playful, and of this moment: The Skin Of Our Teeth from Bright Young Things. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s strange, it’s playful. And it gets right to the heart of the dark, chaotic, freak-out of the present moment.  That’s The Skin Of Our Teeth, the high-spirited, anarchic, category-resistant 1942 “comedy” (for want of a … Continue reading

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“Have you milked the mammoth?” Thornton Wilder’s The Skin Of Our Teeth, the wildest play of the season. A preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The weirdest, wildest play of the season — let’s be bold and call it in advance — is opening tonight on the Varscona stage. It’s not new, though it feels like it might be. The Skin … Continue reading

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It’s show time in Edmonton theatre: what to not miss this season on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “That was what had been missing from his life all these years. His career, his city, this bonehead province. Mythic Power.” — The Garneau Block. In Todd Babiak’s wry and funny novel The Garneau Block, reborn … Continue reading

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Cuckoo! Embrace nonsense! Bright Young Things brings us The Bald Soprano, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Bald Soprano (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) Give your mental synapses a warm-up rattle, pry your sense of causality loose from its moorings. Get those sticky fingers of language off meaning, and free-associate like there’s no … Continue reading

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“Ripe for a lapse”: Fallen Angels is a Bright Young Things lark. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The “nice part” of Julia is perfectly content with matrimonial “happiness and tranquillity.” There lurks, however, “a beastly, unworthy thing waiting to spring.” And, she adds darkly, “it hasn’t been fed for a long LONG time….” … Continue reading

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