Tag Archives: Edmonton theatre

The Free Willies: the ‘sounds and sweet airs’ of travelling troubadours

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Some time before the end of the month, it will happen. You’ll be in a park. Or a community playground. At a farmer’s market. Or chilling on a front deck. And suddenly, a little troupe of … Continue reading

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Fringe FOMO: House of Hush burlesque goes live

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take it off! No, wait…. In the age of COVID, burlesque, a teasing vaudeville involving the playful progressive doffing of apparel, can remove just about everything — everything, that is, but the mask.  Masked showgirls: now, … Continue reading

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And back at the castle: a radio play version of Guys in Disguise’s Dragula

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like a sublime punchline: a drag show, in all its be-wigged glam-frocked glory, as a radio play? True, there’s a certain captivating perversity about the Guys in Disguise revival of their hit Fringe show … Continue reading

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Signs of life: live theatre is coming back, with cautious first steps

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And they’re back! Very cautiously, of course, experimentally, a little tentatively, with ultra-sanitized jazz hands. And not full-blast: nary a large-scale musical in sight, needless to say. But live theatre is starting to be back … … Continue reading

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The might-have-been hits home: it’s Fringe Eve in Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For months I knew it would come. The weirdest week of a weird summer. The week the Fringe doesn’t happen. It’s a might-have-been that leaves us face to face with the strangest, most unrecognizable of vistas … Continue reading

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Remembering the enchantment: Brent Carver in Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There was an unmistakeable magic about seeing Brent Carver onstage. People felt it; they remembered the enchantment. I was struck again by that with the many heartfelt responses that came my way with the terrible news … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance playwright: have a one-on-one consultation with Workshop West’s new resident dramaturg

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Got a script in your sock drawer? A draft in your Google Docs? An idea for a play rattling around in your head? Workshop West Playwrights Theatre has an invitation for you. Their latest initiative, under … Continue reading

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What do you know now that you didn’t know on March 12? 12thnight asked theatre artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s been a learning curve.” Once more, with feeling. Since March I’ve heard the line from theatre artists too many times to count. And it’s been delivered in every intonation and cadence: exasperation (sardonic or direct), … Continue reading

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Portrait of an Indigenous artist in a Fringe-less summer: Todd Houseman

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A summer without Fringes? Without real live audiences to test new material? “It’s been a deeply reflective time,” says Todd Houseman thoughtfully, of the four months-plus since in-person performances suddenly vanished from the land. “A time … Continue reading

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A Telethon kicks off the strange summer when the Edmonton Fringe went online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything that’s happening is changing the landscape…. Let’s make our own destiny!” — Edmonton Fringe director Murray Utas The Fringe, Edmonton’s beloved August giant of a theatre festival, and a game-changer for this town in every … Continue reading

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