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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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A journey of transformation into the heart of nature: Bears hits the big stage

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Six years ago, in a tiny theatre space deep inside the Arts Barn, we watched a man set forth on a journey from the city into the heart of Nature — through mountains to the sea … Continue reading

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It’s a beautiful night in the neighbourhood: The Garneau Block at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was a long time coming. After 18 dark traumatic isolating months and the most terrible summer ever, a play about community, about what it means to live together in a neighbourhood and pull together — … Continue reading

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Why Edmonton? Why Garneau? What’s in a ‘hood? We ask novelist Todd Babiak about The Garneau Block

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “LET’S FIX IT.” A rallying cry? A call to action? A cosmic signal? It sounds like a communal mantra for our fraught and broken time. That mysterious three-word sign, duct-taped to trees in a signature Edmonton … Continue reading

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Together once more, on the street where you live: The Garneau Block at the Citadel. Meet playwright Belinda Cornish.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “There was something quite magical,” says Belinda Cornish, “about having us all come together, to be a community together that one night…. It felt very special. And I felt lucky to be there.”    She’s talking … Continue reading

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Towards a more inclusive theatre: Postmarginal Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At a moment in history when so many of our artistic assumptions are ready for their close-up, the intertwined questions of how theatre gets made, how it’s experienced — and by whom — are up for … Continue reading

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After a year of streaming, the Métis version of Mary’s Wedding is back, and live, at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are layers of wispy fiddle music like aural smoke in the air, a haze of past and present. “Tonight is just a dream,” advises Charlie (Cree actor/playwright Todd Houseman), the lovestruck Métis boy who leads … Continue reading

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A rom-com that opens a window onto our own history: Heaven, live at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Silvery trees grow downward from above in Whittyn Jason’s evocative design for Heaven, the first production of the Citadel’s (socially distanced) return-to-live “summer season” after a year of constantly changing restrictions.    Someone up there in … Continue reading

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En route to Heaven (and Alberta’s Black history), live at the Citadel: meet star Helen Belay

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Getting to Heaven was “a long, winding journey,” says Helen Belay. Belay is not only the star of the Cheryl Foggo play of that name starting its live run on the Citadel’s Shoctor stage Saturday. But … Continue reading

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A real live in-person season at the Citadel, starting this summer. The Citadel welcomes audiences back to the big brick playhouse

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And they’re back live —starting small in August and getting bigger —  in a real live in-person season. At a well-named online Happy Hour Thursday, Citadel artistic director Daryl Cloran announced a big line-up of 10 … Continue reading

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