Tag Archives: Fringe Theatre Adventures

A Man Draws A Bird “because he wants to fly”: theatre, music, and Taiko drumming in a new Booming Tree show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As in so many life-changers, there was a moment when it all could have been different. And that was the moment — on one of those lingering Edmonton summer evenings in 2012 — that Greg Shimizu … Continue reading

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Nun but the brave: for your theatre habit, a grand assortment on E-town stages this weekes this week

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What is it with all the nuns on Edmonton stages this week? It’s a bumper crop, second to nun. In The Candidate at the Citadel, you will see two different heavenly examples, (in a sense … Continue reading

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Ins Choi at Chinook: the Kim’s Convenience creator goes solo

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s pretty much what I’ve always wanted to do!” says a genial, amused voice on the phone from Toronto. “Talk directly to the audience about my life. And make people laugh….”  That double-barrelled thought has propelled … 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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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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“It calls bullshit on scientific distance.” Blood: A Scientific Romance opens its mysteries under The Maggie Tree.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Something odd is happening to Jayce Mckenzie and Gianna Vacirca. Their cast-mates in Blood: A Scientific Experiment have noticed it. So has their director Brenley Charkow; ditto their producer Kristi Hansen of The Maggie Tree, an … Continue reading

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The mysterious twin bonds of life and art: meet playwright Meg Braem

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You try to make sense of things,” says Meg Braem, whose chosen line of work is the transmutation of real life — in all its perplexing, maddening, intriguing potential — into art. “You’re always searching….”  Braem … Continue reading

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And so it begins, the new theatre season. Edmonton has play dates, and here’s a teaser!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you’re stuck in your story and want to get out … sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty….” Matilda. In Matilda, the joyously subversive musical spun from Roald Dahl’s novel, our activist eight-year-old … Continue reading

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