Tag Archives: Edmonton Fringe Festival 2018

Rex is on a roll: Get fringing before the curtain comes down Sunday night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you’ve squeezed your butt into the very last seat in a Fringe theatre this past week (as I have, nearly every show), you’ll have a sense that Rex is on a roll. And your sense … Continue reading

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An impressive playwriting debut: Harun, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Harun (Stage 4, Academy at King Edward) The double-optic of the immigrant kid — torn between cultures and generations, loyalty to family and the urgent momentum of a new life — is the complexity that Makram … Continue reading

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A new company, a new play: A Town Called Umbra, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

A Town Called Umbra (Stage 11, Studio Theatre) In most cities, a new theatre company launches with an ambitious version of an existing play, something classic and accessible. Most cities are not Edmonton, where a new theatre company nearly always … Continue reading

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Held Over at the Varscona: hit Fringe shows continue con brio next week!

The Varscona Theatre (aka Stage 12) is holding over four of its hot-ticket shows next week, Tuesday through Saturday. There’s Stewart Lemoine’s A Lesson in Brio, of course; it’s part of Teatro La Quindicina’s summer season. There’s also Gordon’s Big … Continue reading

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Rex will rampage next week: Fringe show holdovers at the Arts Barns

Fringe’O’Saurus Rex hasn’t finished with you yet, my friends. You’ve had a reprieve on those hit shows you haven’t managed to squeeze into your Fringe menu yet. Fringe Theatre Adventures is holding over four Fringes at the Westbury (aka Fringe … Continue reading

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Love, loss, and stories that sneak up to grab your heart: Martin Dockery’s Delirium, A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Martin Dockery: Delirium (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) As Martin Dockery welcomes us into the bare theatre, his only prop a water bottle, he doesn’t bother with any artifice. He is Martin, we are who we are, hey man, hi guys, … Continue reading

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In the ghostly light of cellphones, a haunting: Concord Floral, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  Concord Floral (Stage 4, Academy at King Edward) It’s an unnerving — no, genuinely scary — experience to see Concord Floral. For one thing it’s about teenagers and what it’s like to be one. And that … Continue reading

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Welcoming presence, great story: Evacuated! A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Evacuated! (Stage 10, Acacia Hall) Multi-threat American heartland talent Erika Kate MacDonald is back on the circuit with another winning solo show. Sometimes when you hear “memory play” invoked (not that she does, directly), a deep inner cringe is un-tethered. Then … Continue reading

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In a cabaret past the end of the world, Roy Versus The Red Baron. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Roy Versus The Red Baron (Stage 35, L’UniThéâtre) In an officer’s mess past the end of the world, where history goes to let down its hair and have a few drinks, two mortal enemies of a … Continue reading

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Fun at the apocalypse, and a Fringe discovery for reviewer Todd Babiak! Today, For Now, a review

Today, For Now (Stage 7, Yardbird Suite) We are haunted by a prospect of a huge asteroid hitting the earth and killing everyone. Why? Maybe the dinosaurs. Maybe because we are sickos. Writers and directors have addressed themselves to the … Continue reading

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