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I spy with my little eye: Our Man In Havana launches the Varscona Theatre Ensemble

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the comical spy thriller that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, you’ll see two worlds that (to my knowledge) rarely meet actually collide: the world of espionage and the world of vacuum cleaner sales. In … Continue reading

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Shakespeare reimagined into Cree cosmology: Pawâkan Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Whenever you do indigenous theatre, it’s never just theatre,” says Reneltta Arluk. “It’s theatre and….” The Inuvialuit Cree Dene actor/ playwright/ director/ artistic director — and the Banff Centre’s new head of indigenous arts — is … Continue reading

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The road to hell is paved in song: Hadestown at the Citadel, a review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hell … yes! If you get yourself a ticket to the Underworld — and really you must! and soon! — you’ll be going to hell and back wrapped in a ravishing dream of love and … Continue reading

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Meet the god of the underworld himself: Patrick Page talks about Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And the wall keeps out the enemy/ And we build the wall to keep us free/ That’s why we build the wall….” In Hadestown, the Anaïs Mitchell musical that opens at the Citadel Thursday en route to Broadway, … Continue reading

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And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? A haunting new show from The Old Trouts at Theatre Network: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the start of Jabberwocky there’s a momentous drum roll, and a classic old-school red velvet theatre curtain parts — to reveal another. Which parts to reveal … another. Which…. Ah yes, layers of anticipation and further … Continue reading

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The high line to Hadestown

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How to get to Hadestown/ You’ll have to take the long way down….” And as the world-weary god/narrator Hermes sings “there ain’t no compass, brother, ain’t no map.” Yes, the road to Hadestown is long, uncharted, … Continue reading

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Reimagining our own lost history: John Ware Reimagined at Workshop West, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca John Ware could do many things in life. He could ride horses too wild for any other man. He could wrestle any rampaging steer into submission, organize a cattle drive, run a ranch, walk through a … Continue reading

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Beware the Jabberwock: the Old Trout Puppet Workshop is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Beware the Jabberwock, my son!/ The jaws that bite, the claws that catch…. You can’t help noticing. There’s a storybook rabbit on a chair, head only and larger than life, gazing balefully into the mid-distance. His body … Continue reading

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Don’t let preconceptions define you: meet the stars of John Ware Reimagined

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca On a cold morning last week before rehearsals started for the day, I met up with Jesse Lipscombe and Jameela McNeil, who play John Ware and his wife in the production of Cheryl Foggo’s John Ware … Continue reading

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The making of a (black) cowboy legend: John Ware Reimagined at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca He was a high rider, a figure carved from the X-large dimensions of Western mythology. A late 19th century Alberta cowboy of extraordinary  skill and savvy, capable of startling feats of agility, daring, horsemanship. What young … Continue reading

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