Tag Archives: Edmonton Fringe Festival

Ruination: see three dark secrets become one Alberta story. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ruination: 3 short stories (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) This triptych of monologues by Michele Vance Hehir takes us to the world of Depression era small-town Alberta. And the beauty of it is the subtle, unobtrusive way … Continue reading

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Gruesome Playground Incidents: the blood bond between friends is a many-splendoured thing. A Fringe review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Gruesome Playground Injuries (Stage 8, Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) “Does it hurt?” Ah, there’s the question that haunts the couple in this morbidly funny, sweetly gore-spattered little play by Rajiv Joseph. And the answer, in … Continue reading

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Ciara: can high culture save you when the chips are down? A Fringe review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ciara (Stage 28, The Playhouse) Ciara’s favourite painting, she tells us at the outset, is of a giant woman, asleep on her side atop the cityscape of Glasgow. What will happen when she wakes up? That’s … Continue reading

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Mad Fantastic Maid of God: Joan was set up for the bonfire. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Mad Fantastic Maid Of God: Joan of Arc (Stage 36, L’UniThéâtre) This is a two-actor play that sets itself a theatrical double task. Mad Fantastic Maid, by the veteran playwright Kenneth Brown, chronicles the life and times, … Continue reading

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Romance in the Regency: One Man Pride and Prejudice, a guest Fringe review by Marc Horton

One Man Pride and Prejudice (Stage 19, Sugar Swing Ballroom) By Marc Horton It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single actor in possession of a good story must not mess it up. Victoria actor Charles Ross has a … Continue reading

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The Receptionist: oh god, another day at the office. But wait… A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Receptionist (Stage 14, Holy Trinity Anglican Church) “Good morning, North East Office,” trills Beverly the receptionist in the Adam Bock comedy of that name.  “Can I put you through to voice mail?” The sing-song — … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Big Bald Head unleashed on any play: a review of improv comedy at its most deluxe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Gordon’s Big Bald Head: The Play’s The Thing (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) There is a trio of performers at this Fringe who do something insanely difficult better than anyone else anywhere. Armed only with a Fringe … Continue reading

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With Glowing Hearts: uncorseting Canadian feminist history. A guest Fringe review by Todd Babiak

With Glowing Hearts: A Canadian Burlesque Revue (Stage 22, Garneau Theatre) by Todd Babiak Nellie McClung, played by Ellen Chorley, is a hyper-aware woman. Yes, she helped change the lives of millions of women in Canada and around the world. … Continue reading

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Breakneck Julius: a guest Fringe review by Marc Horton

Breakneck Julius Caesar (Stage 8, Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) By Marc Horton It takes only a flip of his toga for actor Timothy Mooney to transform himself into Calpurnia, Caesar’s nervous wife. Another flip and the toga sleeve becomes a … Continue reading

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Pompeii, L.A.: city of angels, city of ashes. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Pompeii, L.A. (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) Exposés of the arsonist Hollywood machine that makes, then torches, its child stars, ashes to ashes, are a dime a dozen, onstage and screen. Pompeii, L.A. is one of those, … Continue reading

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