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Looking forward to 2021 in Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking.… The world has been so chaotic and unpredictable this past year that you’d have to be crazy to ink in a calendar of upcoming theatre events.      But one thing … Continue reading

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2020: the strange year in Edmonton theatre (what just happened here? part 2)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2020 was the year that a beaming singer arrived on the Varscona stage, draped herself in a chair centrestage to deliver a torchy number. And the host (Andrew MacDonald-Smith) calmly strode over and threw a sheet … Continue reading

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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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New faces in theatre: six up-and-comers you’ll be watching when the doors open. Here’s actor Josh Travnik

They’re young. They shine brightly. And their talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. 12thnight talked to six starry and sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, will have a big impact on theatre here when the … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: behind the scenes with stage manager Isabel Bergquist

They’re young. They shine brightly. And their talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. 12thnight talked to six starry and sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, will have a big impact on theatre here when the … Continue reading

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Just in time for Will’s birthday, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival has a new artistic director: Dave Horak

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Many happy returns, Will. True, the 32nd edition of E-town’s outdoor festival in his honour has, alas, been cancelled this summer, postponed till 2021, and for entirely good reasons. But there’s welcome news to be had … Continue reading

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Freewill Shakespeare Festival reschedules for 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Alas, one woe doth tread upon another’s heel.… The COVID crisis has claimed another arts victim. Not unexpectedly, the 2020 edition of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, the Bard’s annual summer foray into Hawrelak Park, has been … Continue reading

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Welcome back! Act II of the Edmonton theatre season is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking — post-festivity regret, punishing resolutions, the sense of finale. But cast off these thoughts: the theatre season isn’t ending. It’s only intermission. And intermission is over. Welcome back; Act II is … Continue reading

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A strange fairy tale, rescued magically by Time from tragedy: The Winter’s Tale in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There is a strange magic about a play where brute tragedy gives way to pastoral comedy, realism mixes it up with romance, and dramatic scenes abut presentational vaudeville. The Winter’s Tale has the optical weirdness of … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys: taking the mickey out of male bonding in Two Gents, a bitter comedy in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A passing squirrel, who turned his back to the stage, was not convinced. And the wind whispering through the poplars sounded downright skeptical this weekend in the park when a lovestruck young man tore himself away … Continue reading

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