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Miss Bennet gets a romantic comedy to call her own: Jane Austen revisited at the Citadel in a delightful holiday show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the charmer of a holiday show up and running (well, alighting gracefully) on the Citadel’s Shoctor stage, characters are startled when they notice the live tree in the drawing room. In the course of Miss … Continue reading

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“My first happy play…” Nancy McAlear makes her Citadel directing debut with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It makes me … happy,” says Nancy McAlear, with a tiny hesitation and a smile of musing wonder — maybe about using that word.  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, the larky romantic comedy of the holiday … Continue reading

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The forgotten sister comes into her own: meet Mikaela Davies, star of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I grew up with the kindest, cleverest, and most beautiful elder sisters in the country; and with the loudest, silliest, and prettiest younger sisters in the country,” says Mary, in the romantic comedy that brings a … Continue reading

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The quest to be a warrior: an Indigenous story gets a powerful telling in Redpatch. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the striking opening moments of Redpatch a masked prophet in a pyramid of light asks “what is life?” and then vanishes into mist. It’s a question with legs (and vast reservoirs of imaginative and aerobic … Continue reading

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Song-and-dance con men, two World War I plays, and more… a theatre weekend in E-town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A con game (with song and dance) is one of your options for a night out at live theatre this weekend. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a larky musical by the team of David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, … Continue reading

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From Nootka Sound to Vimy Ridge: Redpatch, an Indigenous soldier’s tale comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You could do a lot of exhuming in the archives, in novels, diaries, war poetry, and never discover this striking and mysterious fact: more than four thousand Indigenous Canadians signed up to fight in the First … Continue reading

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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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