Tag Archives: Citadel Theatre

Assault by the (corporate) media: Network, opening the Citadel season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  Before memes became meme-ish, when the medical profession had sole ownership of “viral,” there was the scene in Network, the Paddy Chayefsky film of 50 years ago, in which a veteran TV anchor declared “I’m mad … Continue reading

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Mad as hell: Network launches the Citadel season. A preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The word “prescient” has been floating over the Citadel for weeks now, threading through rehearsals for the play getting its Canadian premiere Thursday on the Shoctor stage.  It’s attached to a (very) dark comedy satire about … Continue reading

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Knock knock who’s there? Nora’s back, A Doll’s House Part 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And it’s crucial there be a door. A very prominent door to the outside….” playwright stage directions, A Doll’s House Part 2 by Lucas Hnath It’s the door that Nora Helmer slammed as she walks out … Continue reading

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Was it Professor Plum, in the library, with the …? The lead-pipe cinch fun of Clue at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Let the game begin.” What fun. A high-style midsummer comedy whodunnit with all the trimmings, and a larky air of high camp about it.  That’s Clue, currently dropping clues, suspicions, weapons, suspects, and dead bodies through … Continue reading

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Four decades of playing without a script: the Rapid Fire Theatre story is now a book

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The thing you’ve just got to love about Rapid Fire Theatre is that everything that makes you anxious (if not out and out crazy) in life is delightful to them. It’s their high-octane fuel, their motivation, … Continue reading

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Spirits rise: revisiting the Edmonton theatre season, part two

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Fever Land, according to that heartbreaking/ riotous comedy by which Teatro La Quindicina returned to live performance last fall, is the kingdom where your spirits rise, vivacity accelerates, and the gray clammy feeling of routine is … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Edmonton theatre season that returned to live, part one

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It began in some trepidation, cautiously, experimentally, with complicated logistics, under constant threat of delays and cancellations. But this was the season that live theatre actually returned to live and in-person. Yes, the pivot pivoted. We … Continue reading

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Where there’s fire there’s … Smoke: assault, consent and gender in a play with two casts

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Smoke, getting its Edmonton premiere Thursday at Co*Lab, a woman opens her apartment door to discover that the past has showed up. Aiden’s -ex is there to confront her about allegations she’s made to a … Continue reading

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The inheritance of war and the passion for freedom: Alina is a Ukrainian story

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In early 2015, a 19-year-old woman left Kyiv, and everything in her life there — and she went to the front line of the war zone in eastern Ukraine. Alina was not a soldier. She was … Continue reading

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Revenge, cartoon-style: 9 to 5 the musical at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Joy to the girls. The vintage revenge fantasy now charging around the office on the Citadel’s Maclab stage — propelled by Dolly Parton songs and a perennial point about exploitation of women in the work place … Continue reading

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