Tag Archives: Citadel Theatre

Fight Night gets the vote out, in a fun and disconcerting way

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Uncanny. It’s all about us. Sorry to be self-centred, but it’s hard to believe that Fight Night, a fascinating five-year-old show from the innovative Belgian collective Ontroerend Goed, wasn’t custom-made for us, right now. So here … Continue reading

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Why do we vote the way we do? Fight Night is on it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca No doubt about it: the star avant-garde Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed has an exquisite sense of timing. This week they bring to the Citadel’s new alternative Highwire series a show that throws this question at … Continue reading

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Giving thanks for theatre: the long weekend on E-town stages

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s the moment to be thankful for Edmonton’s most captivating arts asset – our theatre scene. Many possibilities are waiting for you this weekend, including a macabre entertainment spun from our own neglected history. And … Continue reading

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Hey, the theatre season has landed: a weekend on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You may have noticed: the stars have aligned; the E-town theatre season is underway. This week there are musicals, plays, an original screwball comedy. There’s a staged reading of a play that’ll open on a stage … Continue reading

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“I’m beautiful. And I’m here”: The Color Purple at the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I believe I have inside of me/ Everything that I need to lead a bountiful life,” sings a confident woman in the last moments of the heart-grabbing musical currently on the Citadel mainstage. The heroine of … Continue reading

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Owning a black story: The Color Purple propels an empowering narrative across the Citadel stage. A preview.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What about tears when I’m happy? What about wings when I fall? I want you to be/ A story for me/ That I can believe in forever. — What About Love?, The Color Purple There are ground-breaking … Continue reading

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Hello. He’s Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire at the Citadel, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s one of the signature showbiz openers of the 20th century: “Hello. I’m Johnny Cash.” That greeting is the raison d’être of Ring of Fire, the musically fulsome/ dramatically skimpy jukebox musical that’s currently eliciting full-house cheers … Continue reading

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Directing the man in black: a homecoming for Tracey Flye

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “’Til things are brighter, I’m the man in black….” There’s a story built into the Johnny Cash songs you’ll hear in the  jukebox musical that opens on the Citadel’s Maclab stage Thursday. Via a catalogue of … Continue reading

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Have you met our new friend? thoughts on Nassim at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There are many things I can’t tell you about Nassim (tempting though it is). (a) It just wouldn’t be fair. The show created by the Iranian playwright artist Nassim Soleimanpour, who travels the world with it, … Continue reading

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Nassim, an adventure in language and connection: meet playwright Nassim Soleimanpour

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The last time I talked to Nassim Soleimanpour, six years ago, the Iranian playwright was in the middle of Tehran on a cellphone that kept fading out, and I had laryngitis. There’s got to be an … Continue reading

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