Tag Archives: Edmonton Fringe 2021

The world is on fire and there’s silence in the land of dreams: Patina, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Patina (Old Strathcona Performing Arts) What in the world is happening to the world? It’s on fire. It’s drowning. It’s melting. Its axis is slipping. Patina Bellweather (Rebecca Starr), the official child minder in Smaland, “the … 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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A cultural survey of Cuba in a hot dance musical: Mi Habana Querida, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Mi Habana Querida (Westbury Theatre) The idea is intriguing: a cultural survey of Cuba in a dance musical. And so is the Romeo and Juliet theatrical premise, a tale of lovers, one Cuban and one American, … Continue reading

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Landing lightly on a shameful chapter in our history: Camping, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Camping (Vanta Group Outdoor Stage) Breathing life into our history onstage is the raison d’être of MAA and PAA Theatre. This little 35-minute play, by David Cheoros and his 10-year-old daughter Sophia Cheoros, alights on a … Continue reading

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A play date with … us: Merk du Solapocalypse, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Merk du Solapocalypse (Westbury Theatre) In this latest instalment of Dammitammy Productions’ loopy Merk du Soleil series, the twin concept goofy/giddy really comes into its own. There is no real way to explain the nutbar down-at-heel … Continue reading

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Cracking up, a black comedy about glueing ourselves together: The Man Who Fell To Pieces, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Man Who Fell To Pieces (Garneau Theatre) The man we meet in this absurdist black comedy by the Belfast playwright Patrick O’Reilly has gone to pieces. Literally. He’s cracked up, and his body parts are … Continue reading

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Taking sword in hand. Win The Warrior: a King Arthur Tale, a Fringe review,

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Win the Warrior, Vanta Group Outdoor Stage The 12-year-old heroine of Ellen Chorley’s new play Win The Warrior: A King Arthur Tale, for kids and the adults they tend to bring with them, has a particularly … Continue reading

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The Deaf world, from the inside out: Deafy, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Deafy (Backstage Theatre) Then character we meet in Deafy is droll, wry, a master of the eye roll/shrug combo, a guy who’s in touch with the absurdities of his world. Nathan Jesper is Deaf. And his … Continue reading

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A collision of worlds and cultures: Chanzo, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Chanzo (Backstage Theatre) Guilt, grief, and responsibility, the enduring triple-crown of family dysfunction world-wide: that’s the emotional infrastructure of Chanzo. And since this new play from the Kenyan-Canadian playwright/ dramaturge Mūkonzi Mūsyoki, in a fluid mixture … Continue reading

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Burlesque meets accordian: Squeezebox Cabaret, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Squeezebox Cabaret (Garneau Theatre) “We wrote a song about COVID for you…. Just kidding.” There is some mesmerizingly kooky about a burlesque cabaret that’s presided over by a flamboyant accordionist, doing squeezebox covers of pop songs, … Continue reading

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