Tag Archives: Freewill Shakespeare Festival

An exciting new Hamlet for the park: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Is not this something more than fantasy?” The guards on duty in Elsinore are talking about a dead king who’s been appearing nightly from behind his official royal portrait. They’re right on another count, too.  Something … Continue reading

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The world’s a zany, baffling place: The Comedy of Errors in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At a crucial mistaken-identity moment in The Comedy of Errors — a transaction-gone-askew involving a goldsmith, a chain, and a wayward husband arranging delivery on pricey bling for someone not his wife — a magpie perched … Continue reading

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Taking comedy and tragedy to the park: the Freewill Shakespeare Festival returns

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a vast expanse of theatrical distance between the two shows you’ll see alternating in the outdoor Shakespeare festival that opens tonight in the river valley. Tonight’s show is a comedy, and a farcical one at that; … Continue reading

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30 summers of Shakespeare in the great outdoors

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca ‘Tis wondrous strange, but there was a time, now receding into the mists of the past, when Shakespeare (Will to his friends) didn’t camp out in the river valley every summer. When you couldn’t drift down … Continue reading

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But hark, a new play! Thou Art Here at Freewill Shakespeare Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “For the long and short is, our play is preferred….”  (IV, ii, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) In one of the most reliably hilarious (and heartwarming) sequences in all of Shakespeare, a co-op of serious and inept … Continue reading

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Fun with the macabre: two veteran actors together at last in Fly Me To The Moon at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We’re two caregivers, two nobodies,” says Frances to Loretta in the dark-hued Irish comedy that opens tonight on the Varscona stage. In Fly Me To The Moon, by the Belfast playwright Marie Jones, an initiative that … Continue reading

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Surprise! A holiday theatre quiz

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Curl up, wear thermal socks, check out our review of 2017 theatre highlights, and try our detoxifying winter theatre quiz.  What sport is studied, in detailed and scholarly fashion, in the Stewart Lemoine comedy Shocker’s Delight, … 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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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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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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