Tag Archives: Citadel Theatre

Giving 2020 the kiss-off (and welcoming 2021): how to be festive on New Year’s Eve

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s entirely possible no one will see your party shoes. But if there was ever a New Year’s Eve to hoist a glass of bubbly and cheer loudly, it’s got to be this one. And it … Continue reading

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2020: the strange year in Edmonton theatre (what just happened here? part 2)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2020 was the year that a beaming singer arrived on the Varscona stage, draped herself in a chair centrestage to deliver a torchy number. And the host (Andrew MacDonald-Smith) calmly strode over and threw a sheet … Continue reading

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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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‘Light during the longest nights’: the Citadel’s film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Light!” declares the twinkly old man at a piano on the stage of a big dark empty theatre. “Light during the longest nights.” It’s what every ghost wants, he says. And he’s got the ghost story … Continue reading

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Mary’s Wedding: a new Métis version of the Canadian classic at the Citadel (online)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tonight is just a dream. I ask you to remember that. It begins at the end and ends at the beginning…. Mary’s Wedding, available for streaming to cross-country audiences from the Citadel Dec. 22, takes us … Continue reading

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Mieko Ouchi: meet the Citadel’s new associate artistic director

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Stepping down and stepping up … on the same day.” That’s how Mieko Ouchi describes the double-sided moment in late November when Concrete Theatre announced her departure and the Citadel announced her arrival. It was dramatic … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol for our time: the Citadel brings its production to you, at home

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Some day soon we all will be together/ If the fates allow/ Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow…. If there ever was a Christmas carol for 2020, it’s got to be Have Yourself A Merry Little … Continue reading

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Three days from opening, Mary’s Wedding is on hold at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca After a day of investigating the implications of the Alberta government’s perplexing new restrictions announced Tuesday afternoon, the Citadel Theatre has decided to postpone its upcoming live production of Mary’s Wedding: A Metis Love Story, which … Continue reading

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So, is he married yet? A Brimful of Asha, live at the Citadel. A 12thnight review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You are here,” the engaging title character tells us with a smile at the start of A Brimful of Asha, “to help me sort out my son.”  The son smiles too, and rolls his eyes. In … 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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