Tag Archives: Dave Horak

The complicated world of university theatre: Too Much Zoom Makes Us All Go Blind

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You can learn to use the subjunctive, make meringues, prune junipers, do a downward-facing dog, tour the Prado, or say screw you in Gaelic … online. No problem. And theatre? You can attend a lecture on … Continue reading

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Just in time for Will’s birthday, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival has a new artistic director: Dave Horak

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Many happy returns, Will. True, the 32nd edition of E-town’s outdoor festival in his honour has, alas, been cancelled this summer, postponed till 2021, and for entirely good reasons. But there’s welcome news to be had … Continue reading

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The quest for happiness, one little item at a time. A review of Every Brilliant Thing, starring John Ullyatt, at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This will seem a wintry, back-handed way to start a review. But there are many reasons in advance to dread Every Brilliant Thing. Not so much because the dark subject of death by suicide is involved … Continue reading

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What makes life worth living? Every Brilliant Thing makes a list, and star John Ullyatt takes you through it

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca He’s a mainstage leading man with character actor instincts. We’ve seen him clamour fearlessly through the audience, as the tarnished extrovert MC in Cabaret. Or talk to us directly as the stage manager in Burning Bluebeard. … Continue reading

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“Have you milked the mammoth?” Thornton Wilder’s The Skin Of Our Teeth, the wildest play of the season. A preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The weirdest, wildest play of the season — let’s be bold and call it in advance — is opening tonight on the Varscona stage. It’s not new, though it feels like it might be. The Skin … Continue reading

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E Day: Jason Chinn’s new political comedy inspired by the 2015 election sweep

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How did we get here?” Playwright Jason Chinn remembers a night four years ago, a night like no other in Alberta. And since he was volunteering with the campaign that swept Rachel Notley’s NDP into office, … Continue reading

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A strange fairy tale, rescued magically by Time from tragedy: The Winter’s Tale in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There is a strange magic about a play where brute tragedy gives way to pastoral comedy, realism mixes it up with romance, and dramatic scenes abut presentational vaudeville. The Winter’s Tale has the optical weirdness of … Continue reading

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Camping out with Shakespeare in the park: Freewill Shakespeare Festival returns with an intriguing pair of plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If this be magic, let it be an Art as lawful as eating.” — The Winter’s Tale The actors pull up at rehearsals in shorts on their bikes, dodging geese (mosquitoes, squirrels  and the odd coyote), … Continue reading

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Lend Me A Tenor: a classic ’30s door-slammer at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “These things happen, sir,” ventures Max, the rabbity assistant manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, trying to look on the bright side. In view of the premise of Ken Ludwig’s ingeniously engineered old-school 1986 farce … Continue reading

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Oh, what a knight: Two Good Knights at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know the songs. Heck, you can’t NOT know the songs. By now they’re in the collective DNA, and that much-abused term iconic doesn’t go amiss. Which is both a magnetic draw and a challenge for … Continue reading

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