Tag Archives: Edmonton Fringe Theatre

Surprise! Finding yourself at Found 2022: the festival of art in unexpected places

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At  Found 2022 you could find yourself … following a story into a fort in the river valley. You could find yourself in a hidden nook of Old Strathcona, in a park, in a garbage enclosure … Continue reading

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Re:Construct, at RISER, is a celebration of self in trans-it. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome!” declare the beaming go-for-the-gusto duo who greet us in Re:Construct. “You are SO SO SO … valid.” Valid! Hurray! Unless, of course, we’re not. Ah, there’s the rub: All good! Relax! “Do whatever it takes!” … Continue reading

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Trying to ‘do gender right’ through the trans lens: Re:Construct, at RISER

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Playwright Even Gilchrist was in full producer mode at home one morning last week, making a cake for his new play. The play? Re:Construct, premiering Wednesday at the Backstage Theatre in RISER Edmonton’s 2022 series. The … Continue reading

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The one-way time portal into war: Alina, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Trains, they’re like time portals,” says the title character of Alina, who steps into one at the outset. On a train you leave one world and you arrive in another.  The question the drives the gripping … Continue reading

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Destination Fringe: Edmonton Fringe Theatre is back with a moniker, a live festival, and a curated season of productions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Edmonton Fringe is back, live, this summer, for a big 41st edition, in a place where that really matters. And its name speaks volumes: Destination Fringe. Yes, fellow travellers, as live theatre emerges from the … Continue reading

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An inheritance in stories: ren & the wake, a new Catch the Keys musical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a funny thing, don’t you find, the way memory works. How the past gets unearthed from its subterranean lair in detached moments, a snippet of melody, a smell, the sound of a laugh, a scribble … Continue reading

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‘A sort of musical at a sort of funeral’: ren & the wake lures alt-folk rocker Lindsey Walker back into musical theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “A sort of musical” set at “a sort of funeral”: that’s the intriguing double-billing of ren & the wake, premiering Thursday at the Backstage Theatre.  The workshop production by the off-centre indie experimenters Catch The Keys … Continue reading

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The Power of the Drum, a dance theatre adventure into the spiritual heart of the Afro-Cuban experience

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The show that opens Saturday on the Westbury stage takes us on a dance theatre adventure deep into the spiritual heart and traditions of the Afro-Cuban experience.  The Power of the Drum, a creation of the … Continue reading

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Getting excited about Edmonton theatre in 2022, a how-to guide

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I sometimes have to wonder if my annual ‘what to look forward to in theatre’ piece in January has become speculative fiction in our pandemical world. A universal disclaimer seems to hang over everything like ice … Continue reading

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2021: the year in Edmonton theatre, part two

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2021 was the year a mystery box, gift-wrapped in silver with a Do Not Open warning, arrived at the house. At showtime three days later, it turned out to contain cues for a play — no, … Continue reading

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