Tag Archives: Edmonton Fringe

Weird and wonderful, a human vaudeville under the skin: Epidermis Circus, a Fringe review

Epidermis Circus (Stage 18, The Luther Centre) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a nutty and ingenious self-reliance built into this “spicy puppet cabaret” from Victoria’s SNAFU Society of Unexpected Spectacles (Little Orange Man, The Merkin Sisters). Let’s just say that … Continue reading

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Be very pumped: further thoughts on a big Fringe opening night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Tonight’s the night: the biggest opening night in town, by a considerable margin. Come 8 p.m. Destination Fringe, with its 164 shows on 27 venues (artfully scaled down from the gargantuan 2019 edition) is up and … Continue reading

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‘A space of possibility’: The Péhonán Series at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The TeePee: there it stands, a striking 16-footer right in the heart of the Fringe, a tangible symbol of Indigenous presence at our summer festival of artists. Péhonán (Cree for gathering place, waiting place), last year’s … Continue reading

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Where do new musicals come from? Meet the creators of The Erlking and Conjoined at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Where do new musicals come from anyhow? The 2022 Fringe has a surprising number. What sort of theatre  artists are moved to complicate their lives immeasurably by channelling their storytelling through music and lyrics? 12thnight caught … Continue reading

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The marriage of drag and theatre: Guys in Disguise celebrates 35 years at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You do know this is a theatre festival, right? You can’t just do a drag show….”  Words that would have a major impact on the civic culture and the theatre scene in this town. It was … Continue reading

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Turning life experience into theatre: Ellie Heath goes solo at the Fringe in Fake n’ Bake

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Five years ago, Ellie Heath’s life changed, dramatically. Who changed it? Ellie Heath.  “It was the moment I took charge of my life,” declares the engaging  actor/ playwright/ sketch comedian and the creator of the Fringe … Continue reading

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Getting intrigued: further thoughts on what to see at Destination Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Every life coach (and no travel agent) will tell you it’s not the destination but the journey. But it’s also the Destination, since that’s the moniker of this year’s Fringe.  The exploration is yours, my friends. … Continue reading

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‘A post-pandemic brain scrubber’: what to see at Destination Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Your Destination is on the right (also on the left and straight ahead). And this late-pandemic world seems … possible and ready to be lively. Yes, the Fringe is back, starting Thursday, in the town where … Continue reading

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Let the journeying begin: Northern Light Theatre announces a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The journey. After two years of our collective fretfulness — isolation, scrambling on the ground, pivoting on one foot, running on the spot as the world crumbles — theatre’s favourite metaphor gathers new dimensions. Journeys, and … Continue reading

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Revisiting your younger self: Bloomsday bends time at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca … “that girl there … and would you — would you please just for a minute — would you please see that girl there?”  — Robert in Bloomsday, by Steven Dietz  “What would you say to … Continue reading

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