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Under the big top: after two years Freewill Shakespeare Festival is back in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The geese are milling around backstage in the greenest of green rooms. A crew is planting marigolds on the route between the gate and the stage. The mosquitos are working out their ensemble numbers. Sound cues … Continue reading

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Creation and destruction: the story of an artist in Stone and Soil, at Nextfest. Meet playwright Gabby Bernard

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s not random chance that the role Gabby Bernard wrote for herself in her first full-length solo play is an artist character. It’s a sign of the age. After all, theatre artists have had two years … Continue reading

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The building of Pressure, at Nextfest. Meet playwright Amanda Samuelson

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Amanda Samuelson remembers the moment Pressure began to build.  Her play, which gets a workshop reading at Nextfest Saturday and then becomes Nextfest’s first-ever official Fringe show in August, began in the winter of 2018. In … Continue reading

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Ten years of SkirtsAfire: amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been a decade, amazingly, since Annette Loiselle and a couple of her actor friends, Sharla Matkin and Nadien Chu, sat at the Carrot Cafe, plotting over popcorn, red wine, and lopsided statistics.  For years Loiselle, … Continue reading

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Awwright! Hanging with the guy who can walk on water, and other lessons at the Play The Fool Fest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, how was your Monday? Me? I went to a festival (online) and met Jesus. It was a learning experience. “The man who can walk on water,” as billed (for, like, forever), turned out to be … Continue reading

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Coming out, in a brand new musical: One Song, a review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca One Song (La Cité Auditorium) “I think I just met myself … ” sings Rye (Manny Aguerrevere) in the opening number of One Song, a striking new musical for young audiences about being young, coming out, … Continue reading

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Together We Fringe: the second annual live Telethon happens Friday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last year about this time, we were still reeling from the woulda/coulda been’s — and the heartbreak that the 39th annual Fringe was cancelled. That was a first. And so was the telethon that The Fringe … Continue reading

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The Grindstone is ready to crack you up: the Comedy Fest is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca     In a laughter-parched land, there is hope. After a year of set-backs, re-sets, contortionist pivots and ingenious work-arounds involving the great outdoors in all kinds of weather, the Grindstone Theatre in Old Strathcona launches … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the puppet kind: Puppet Pub Crawl at Found Festival 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For its 10th anniversary edition (and return to live) this weekend, the Found Festival has found … puppets. Seven of them, actually, each with an original tale to tell. We’ll meet them in a Found tour … Continue reading

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Backyard Bard, live and on demand: the Freewill Shakespeare Festival brings the plays to you

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You can have a fling with Shakespeare this summer. And, hey, he’ll come to your place to hang out. As they announced on Will’s 457th birthday April 23, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival has had to take … Continue reading

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