Tag Archives: Edmonton theatre

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me: an opera for a hearing son and a deaf mom

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I learned to sign before I could speak,” says Dave Clarke, who’s highly articulate, to say the least, in his second language.  There’s an intriguing contradiction built right into the architecture of Clarke’s multi-angled theatre career … Continue reading

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How to feel the breeze at Chinook

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a town that needed a chinook … an E-town story. And yes, we’re having one. The Chinook Series, which opens tonight, is a resource-pooling experience between arts groups  with a view to … Continue reading

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The body in motion: Expanse is back in the Chinook Series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It starts with the body. As its name suggests, Expanse sets the body in motion in space — and celebrates what happens next. In the ever-expansive movement arts festival curated by Azimuth Theatre and returning to … Continue reading

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Lake of the Strangers: a magical mystery tour of a vast universe. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last night I had a haunting experience. It was the summer of 1973. And a young Indigenous boy and his little brother, on a fishing expedition together, were sitting in a pool of water up among … Continue reading

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Miss Teen premieres at Shadow Theatre: game actors, tired script. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Miss Teen a strapped, single mother enters her awkward, bookish daughter in a local teen pageant. “It’ll be good practice … for life,” argues Coco brightly, undeterred by Margaret’s reaction, a mixture of appalled and … Continue reading

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The Citadel’s upcoming 54th season: local stars in an international galaxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The new logo is just the tip-off. Monday afternoon at Edmonton’s largest playhouse artistic director Daryl Cloran unveiled an ambitious upcoming Citadel season —  its 54th and his third as the architect of the company lineup. … Continue reading

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From story to myth: Lake of the Strangers asks “how do we heal?”

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Lake of the Strangers, the solo play that premieres this week at the Backstage Theatre, you’ll meet two Indigenous brothers, 10 and seven, on a mission out in the natural world. “It’s their last summer … Continue reading

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The Cardiac Shadow: where the soul goes under extreme duress. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the theatre, the dim light glints off the barbed wire that separates us from the stage. At the back we can just make out a kind of altar, draped in bulbs. It turns out to … Continue reading

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Sweat, a blue-collar tragedy of work and race, at the Citadel: A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you’ve ever wondered why disenfranchised workers seem to vote, time and again, against their own economic self-interest — and it’s a moment in history to be awestruck by that — the play currently onstage at … Continue reading

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Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs: the fascination of escape, an unlikely radical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The international stage repertoire has no shortage of shows about the entertainment world and its fractious backstage — where dreamers and achievers, stars and wannabes, artsy bright-idea types and antsy bottom-line producers, collide. Still, Minerva – … Continue reading

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