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Finding comedy in deep places: Hiraeth premieres in a Bright Young Things production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that premieres Friday on the Varscona stage in a Bright Young Things production, is a test case of sorts for the uncanny way comedy gets a special access pass to the deepest, most serious … Continue reading

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A journey of transformation into the heart of nature: Bears hits the big stage

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Six years ago, in a tiny theatre space deep inside the Arts Barn, we watched a man set forth on a journey from the city into the heart of Nature — through mountains to the sea … Continue reading

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In the house of mismatched dreams: Michael Mysterious. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m just a piece of scenery,’ says the 15-year-old title character in Geoffrey Simon Brown’s Michael Mysterious. In another kind of play by another kind of playwright, there would be a weight of tragic grievance or … Continue reading

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Finding a family in the quest for happiness: Michael Mysterious premieres in a Pyretic production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve with this play,” says Geoffrey Simon Brown of Michael Mysterious.   One of the hottest of the country’s younger generation of playwrights, Brown is musing on the play, years in … Continue reading

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Makings of a Voice, Dana Wylie’s story about storytelling is back to live, at the Arden

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We need to know we have a story…. We need to know we are a story.” — Makings of a Voice When Dana Wylie returned to the world of theatre last March from a decade as a … Continue reading

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Workshop West: the playwrights’ theatre is back, live, with a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre turns 43 this season with a live, all-Canadian lineup, dubbed “Daring Greatly,” that includes two premieres by Edmonton playwrights, the return after a decade to a signature WWPT new play development festival, … Continue reading

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The artist as work-in-progress: Azimuth Theatre has a new program for that

                By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the creative world of what-if’s where theatre lives, here’s an alluring one: “Wouldn’t it be great if … instead of a part-time job to pay for your … Continue reading

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EDMONten is back, to showcase full-length 10-minute plays

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They’re new, they’re full-length, and, impossibly, they’re 10 minutes long, curtain up to curtain down. EDMONten is back this week, live and online from the Grindstone Comedy Theatre, for a second annual showcase of six original … Continue reading

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Awwright! Hanging with the guy who can walk on water, and other lessons at the Play The Fool Fest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, how was your Monday? Me? I went to a festival (online) and met Jesus. It was a learning experience. “The man who can walk on water,” as billed (for, like, forever), turned out to be … Continue reading

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In the kingdom of high spirits: Fever Land, the live season finale at Teatro. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How do you get to Fever Land? The kingdom where your temperature heats up, your spirit rises, your vivacity escalates, and that gray clammy feeling is vanquished?    Try the theatre, live and in person. The … Continue reading

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