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2020: a year like no other in Edmonton theatre (part 1)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2020: the year the laws of probability bent so far out of shape they snapped. Along with satire, futurist dystopian fantasies ceded pride of place to … reality. Every definition of live theatre was up against … Continue reading

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The experimental spirit lives on in Edmonton theatre, live and in unusual hybrids

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Calling the pandemic an “obstacle” to live theatre, or maybe a “challenge,” is a bit like saying COVID is the flu. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on an art whose raison d’être is the … Continue reading

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A night walk through Strathcona: Workshop West launches season with ‘an adventure into the unknown’

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre is back in action next week — live, on its feet, and in motion. And it’s with an original promenade adventure that takes you on a nocturnal walk through Old Strathcona. The … Continue reading

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Cool breath in, warm breath out: Catalyst’s ‘until the next breath’ in the great outdoors

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca From the River Road at dusk, you catch a glimpse of something mysterious through the trees of Victoria Park. Rounded huts — hives? a village perhaps? — glowing from within, and strung with twinkling lights. We’ve … Continue reading

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Catalyst commits a Grand Act of Theatre: ‘until the next breath’ comes to a secret outdoor location Sunday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “A grand act!” sighs Jonathan Christenson. “It’s everything I miss about theatre. I want to go to a big event. Where something happens. And it matters!” “Grand!” declares Bretta Gerecke, lingering over an alluring word that’s … Continue reading

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Big, memorable, and live: Catalyst is part of Grand Acts of Theatre across the country

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the fateful summer of 2020, Jillian Keiley’s thoughts turned to … live. And she was not alone. Four months into the new, weird, screen-dominated pandemical world, the artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s English … Continue reading

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The strangest of seasons: a truncated year on Edmonton stages in Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two high-contrast shows, one a subterranean prairie slow-burn tragedy and the other a riotous blood-spattered revenge comedy of the Shakespearean persuasion, proved the top choices of jurors as the 33rd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced … Continue reading

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Stunning, strongly sung, compellingly theatrical: The Invisible at Catalyst. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, an Allied team of World War II super-warriors are recruited and trained, each with a specialty in the stealth warrior skill set. And then they’re unleashed behind enemy … Continue reading

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Catalyst’s new musical takes us into the girls’ club of elite secret agents. Meet the creators of The Invisible

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Espionage: Upstagers and exhibitionists need not apply.  In the long-awaited new Catalyst musical that finally gets its Edmonton debut Friday on the Maclab stage, we infiltrate a shadowy, high-risk world of wartime spies where the job … Continue reading

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Welcome back! Act II of the Edmonton theatre season is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking — post-festivity regret, punishing resolutions, the sense of finale. But cast off these thoughts: the theatre season isn’t ending. It’s only intermission. And intermission is over. Welcome back; Act II is … Continue reading

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