Tag Archives: Fringe theatre

Two-Headed/ Half-Hearted: the twinned urge to be joined and apart in Northern Light Theatre’s new musical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There they sit, motionless under a rosy moon, a two-headed prairie oracle atop a body wrapped in mystery.  They’re the centrepiece of an eerie altar: a bank of ghostly corn stalks, a gothic farmhouse facade, an … Continue reading

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‘It makes us vibrate, makes us feel’: The Power of the Drum from the Cuban Movements Dance Academy. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s no coincidence that Afro-Cuban drumming doesn’t involve drumsticks. It’s hands-on, literally and metaphorically. The power of the drum, as the show of that name onstage at the Westbury Theatre tells us, is that it shares … Continue reading

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Raising funds for Ukraine: theatre steps up. A play, a playwright, Pyretic Productions, and the Blyth Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It started with the discovery of a hand-written diary, the journal in which Lianna Makuch’s grandmother recorded her flight, on foot, from war-ravaged Ukraine in 1944.  That wrenching chronicle, and an anniversary of the full-scale Russian … Continue reading

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‘Who were we before life got hold of us?’ Thoughts on Ayita at the SkirtsAfire festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca To walk into the Westbury Theatre these days is to find yourself in a world that’s mysterious but familiar, calm but in perpetual motion.  Whittyn Jason’s captivating design puts us in the centre of a wave … Continue reading

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Scenes From The Sidewalk: another Plain Jane “inside out cabaret”

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Something has got to start/ I am ready to be loved”…. — Ready To Be Loved, from Edges by Pasek and Paul. Eleven months ago, a little indie company with a specialty in musical theatre — re-discovering, … Continue reading

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Together We Fringe: A Fringe Event. Our beloved summer theatre binge is back, live, and modified for 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This year the Fringe is not going to look and feel like the adrenalized, crazy, big-ass monster you and thousands of your closest friends hang out with day and night in August (you know the rampaging … Continue reading

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Expanse 2021, the festival of bodies in motion, moves online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Creating more space.” It’s a phrase that recurs like a mantra, and an invitation, when Azimuth Theatre’s two new co-artistic producers Sue Goberdhan and Morgan Yamada talk about this year’s Expanse Festival, opening tonight on an … Continue reading

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Making indie theatre just got less lonely: RISER goes national and comes to Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Even at the best of times (which I think we can all agree this is not) It’s hard, high-risk work producing indie theatre. Bright creative innovative ideas that find their natural habitat in independent theatre arrive … Continue reading

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Eager-beaver thespians at the manger: two Christmas shows from Dammitammy and Whizgiggling Productions

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Holiday shows come in all shapes and sizes (and degrees of fa-la-la-la-la and levity), as well you know. And since this year you’ll be home decking the  halls (and not your irritating second-cousins, after 3 eggnogs), … Continue reading

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We Had A Girl Before You: what happened to her? A new Gothic thriller opens the Northern Light season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca O no O no…. Don’t look through that keyhole. And don’t open that door. Trevor Schmidt’s new gothic thriller looks through that keyhole, and  opens that door (and the Northern Light Theatre season), Friday. In We … Continue reading

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