Tag Archives: Common Ground Arts Society

Collecting souls: where’s the job satisfaction? After Faust, the opening show in RISER Edmonton’s 2023 series. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like an OK gig. And you can argue that aspirational clients, like Dr. Faustus, get what they deserve when they sign away their souls for unlimited knowledge, power, worldly pleasure, and the 24/7 services … Continue reading

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Wait, there’s more…. Act II of the theatre season is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Stay tuned; face forward. There’s more! Intermission’s over, my friends, and Act II of the Edmonton theatre season is about to begin. Freaky Green Eyes, Emma Houghton’s original adaptation of the Joyce Carol Oates novel, premieres … Continue reading

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Surprise! Finding yourself at Found 2022: the festival of art in unexpected places

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At  Found 2022 you could find yourself … following a story into a fort in the river valley. You could find yourself in a hidden nook of Old Strathcona, in a park, in a garbage enclosure … Continue reading

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Sexual assault, scorched earth, and the fire that burns: Smoke, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Smoke is both of the air and the earth. And so is Elena Belyea’s challenging and elusive play, getting its Edmonton premiere at Co*Lab in a Tiny Bear Jaws production with two casts.   Smoke is … Continue reading

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Re:Construct, at RISER, is a celebration of self in trans-it. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome!” declare the beaming go-for-the-gusto duo who greet us in Re:Construct. “You are SO SO SO … valid.” Valid! Hurray! Unless, of course, we’re not. Ah, there’s the rub: All good! Relax! “Do whatever it takes!” … Continue reading

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Trying to ‘do gender right’ through the trans lens: Re:Construct, at RISER

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Playwright Even Gilchrist was in full producer mode at home one morning last week, making a cake for his new play. The play? Re:Construct, premiering Wednesday at the Backstage Theatre in RISER Edmonton’s 2022 series. The … Continue reading

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‘Orchid, pause recording’: I Don’t Even Miss You, a Tiny Bear Jaws dance musical for a contactless world. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you think that the last two years have kicked the crap out of satire, think what they’ve done to speculative fiction. Or existential crises. With I Don’t Even Miss You, premiering in RISER Edmonton’s 2022 … Continue reading

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I Don’t Even Miss You: love and legacy in a new multi-disciplinary ‘musical’ from Tiny Bear Jaws

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I can never go back to the person I was in 2020,” says Elena Belyea. And the world can’t go back to its old self either. Which brings her to “the central question: What do you … Continue reading

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‘It makes us vibrate, makes us feel’: The Power of the Drum from the Cuban Movements Dance Academy. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s no coincidence that Afro-Cuban drumming doesn’t involve drumsticks. It’s hands-on, literally and metaphorically. The power of the drum, as the show of that name onstage at the Westbury Theatre tells us, is that it shares … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: meet theatre creator/ designer Even Gilchrist

They’re young, adaptable, and creative. And as theatre returns in this late-pandemic grind, and the doors open to live audiences, we’ll be seeing the work of these theatre artists light up, and transform, the scene here, on- and backstage. You’ll … Continue reading

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