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No one’s staying home this weekend: why would you? A wealth of choices on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  At the U of A’s Studio Theatre, it’s back in the USSR with Lenin’s Embalmers, Vern Thiessen’s black and absurdist 2008 tragicomedy (imagined from a true story) about two competing Jewish biochemists landing the unenviable joint … Continue reading

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Falling slowly for Once: a low-key musical fairy-tale opens the Citadel season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I pay you with music,” says the fairy godmother to the despondent troubadour in Once. And lo and behold, making music is the ultimate fairy elixir: it can transform you from half-dead to fully alive, and … Continue reading

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Once … upon a time: meet Ann Hodges, director of the cult film-turned-musical that launches the Citadel season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Once … upon a time there was a winsomely offbeat 2007 indie Irish film, about the unlikely friendship between a Dublin street musician and a Czech immigrant. It was made for a dime (well, $150,000), shot … Continue reading

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And so it begins, the new theatre season. Edmonton has play dates, and here’s a teaser!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you’re stuck in your story and want to get out … sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty….” Matilda. In Matilda, the joyously subversive musical spun from Roald Dahl’s novel, our activist eight-year-old … Continue reading

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Things I learned at the Sterling Awards gala: a coda

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Thoughts from the Sterling gala (directed by Kate Ryan and written by Shannon Blanchet and Belinda Cornish). •For openers: Co-hosts Rachel Bowron and Hunter Cardinal were sparklers. They opened the show with Beauty, a witty and … 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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Seek out Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We all come out of the same box,” declares the top-hatted bushy-bearded Wanderer (Ben Caplan) who’s just emerged from an outsized shipping container at the start of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. What is so … Continue reading

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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. The folk tale/ rock concert/ Off-Broadway hit arrives at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Refugees, fleeing violence, looking for a safe place to live and love in a hostile world: it’s one of the powerful narrative currents of our time. And here’s the uncanny perpetual timeliness of the original klezmer … Continue reading

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Just in time: on Edmonton stages this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca •Last chance this weekend for the Theatre Network production of Hannah Moscovitch’s fascinating Infinity — a smart, accessible and strangely affecting play about time — the shortage of it, the meaning of it, the misuse of … Continue reading

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What lies Beyond The Stage at the Citadel next season?

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca One of the most playful and subversive theatrical experimenters in the world is coming to the Citadel’s alternative Beyond The Stage series next season. You’ll find the Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour turning the pages of his … Continue reading

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