Tag Archives: Edmonton Fringe reviews

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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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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Tea and the end of the world: Escaped Alone, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Escaped Alone (Stage 9, Telephone Museum) Director Amy DeFelice has a keen eye for terrific theatre (runs in the family!) and has bestowed another gift to Edmontonians by staging this mysterious 2016 Caryl Churchill gem, which has dazzled Royal Court and … 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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The magic of a delightful play: The Importance of Being Earnest, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

The Importance of Being Earnest (Stage 15, Holy Trinity Anglican Church) Oscar Wilde understood the potential of the English language, to delight, better than almost anyone who came before or after him. This is how we can have two successful … Continue reading

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The brain “spamming itself”: Jem Rolls: I, Idiot, a Fringe review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Jem Rolls: I, Idiot (Stage 13, Old Strathcona Public Library) At a festival full of people running around using the word “genre” indiscriminately (even though they really just mean sitcom, say, or musical), the quixotic … Continue reading

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Put on your bridal face. Don’t Frown At The Gown, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Don’t Frown At The Gown (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) A monster mother stands like a Colossus (in size 13 pumps) astride the latest from Guys in Disguise, Don’t Frown At The Gown, by the team of … Continue reading

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