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That masked man is back: a new Phantom of the Opera sings the music of the night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera, a mystery never fully explained….” With this opening gambit, and signature organ arpeggio, a 1911 beauty-and-the-beast potboiler by an obscure Parisian hack/bon … Continue reading

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I Heard About Your Murder: a new Lemoine comedy reinvents the who-dunnit

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An early exchange in I Heard About Your Murder, a teasing title with its own built-in line of inquiry, is a tip-off about the mystery concoction to follow.  Irritated by efforts to smooth out the awkward … Continue reading

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Getting away with murder? Stewart Lemoine’s new mystery-comedy I Heard About Your Murder premieres at Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Stewart Lemoine’s new murder mystery thriller comedy — a tricky theatrical category with precious few representatives — you’ll meet a married couple of Canuck urbanites with an idyllic rural retreat. Little do Howard and Dodie … Continue reading

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So…. wanna go out some time? I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The title sounds like a one-liner, I’ve always thought: a Henny Youngman reboot channelled by Jerry Seinfeld perhaps? Pause to imagine that signature tone of exasperated bemusement at work on I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now … Continue reading

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The women run the show: The Merry Wives of Windsor are having a blast in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Dance party! You will never get a more spirited welcome into a play than you do at the start of the Tudor screwball currently hustling across the stage in the Freewill Shakespeare Festival’s summer season in … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Edmonton theatre season: Irma Voth, Crazy For You, Stupid Fucking Bird lead the 30th annual Sterling Awards

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Art and life got down, mixed it up, and partied together at the 30th anniversary Sterling Awards gala Monday night, celebrating the best of the Edmonton theatre season. Three productions that, in dramatically different ways, spoke … Continue reading

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A world of casual bigotry darkens: Freewill Shakespeare Festival revisits The Merchant of Venice. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Vivacious women, high-spirited men, spontaneous dancing, drinks and keep ‘em coming…. Venetian cafe society is in a festive mood at the start of the absorbing production currently bringing one of Shakespeare’s most troubling plays outdoors into … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone! a sparkly new Teatro screwball from Jana O’Connor, reviewed

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I can explain….” Just guessing, but those three words have sent more screwballs hurtling into comedy space than any other phrase in the lexicon, including “I’ll get the door.” Every time you hear them in Going, … Continue reading

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A festive spirit prevails in E-Town tonight: 2 festivals and a screwball comedy set to open

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” And then let up later, for heaven’s sake! It’s opening night this very evening for not one but two of Edmonton’s summer arts festivals. AND Teatro La Quindicina’s new screwball … Continue reading

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Why stop now? A (newly expanded) theatre quiz for summer! More questions for you!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Repair to your deck, clutch a mojito or an iced latte, and muse on the theatre season: What was the very first play that the Free Will Players produced in Hawrelak Park 29 summers ago? (a) … Continue reading

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