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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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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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Élise contre l’extinction totale: a new L’UniThéâtre show for and about kids – and the planet – hits the road

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Anxiety about climate change and the fate of the earth isn’t the exclusive domain of adults. And “save the planet” isn’t vaguely theoretical, or metaphorical, or political: 16,306 species of animals are currently at risk of … Continue reading

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A season on Edmonton stages: a look back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the opening scene of Jabberwocky, the latest from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop (at Theatre Network this past season), a drum roll announces the parting of a red velvet theatre curtain. Which opens to reveal … Continue reading

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