Tag Archives: Grindstone Theatre

Meowsa! Grindstone gets its paws all over the sacred Broadway canon: (Thunder)CATS, a Fringe review

(Thunder)CATS (Stage 18, Luther Centre) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In this inspired piece of Cats burglary, the forces that brought us Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer get their paws all over a musical theatre blockbuster that’s had way more than … Continue reading

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‘A post-pandemic brain scrubber’: what to see at Destination Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Your Destination is on the right (also on the left and straight ahead). And this late-pandemic world seems … possible and ready to be lively. Yes, the Fringe is back, starting Thursday, in the town where … Continue reading

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More theatre news: Expanse Fest is back and Grindstone’s hitting the road

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Generations” and “generational stories”: that’s the connective tissue of this year’s edition of Expanse, Azimuth Theatre’s annual “celebration of the body in motion.”  For 2022 the agile festival with the Expanse-ive embrace returns to the live … Continue reading

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2021: the year Edmonton theatre returned to live (part one)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In theatre, 2021 is a year that isn’t ending as it began. It was more than half over when The Pivot pivoted. Live performance gradually, cautiously ventured out of its online exile, where it had creatively … Continue reading

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A bona fide hit with Jason in the title? Say, what? The second, third, and fourth wave of Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca C’mon, who could have predicted that the hottest ticket in the first half of the Edmonton theatre season would be a show with “Jason Kenney” in the title? Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer is a bona … Continue reading

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You’ll laugh (a lot) and wince: The Disney Delusion, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Disney Delusion (Grindstone Comedy Theatre) I don’t know if “wince-laughing” is a term yet in the audience reaction theatre handbook. If not, consider this clever, very funny solo play by and starring Leif Oleson-Cormack to … Continue reading

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It’s Fringe Eve, the moment to consider intriguing prospects in a year to experiment

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s Fringe Eve (the night the green onion fairy leaves a special stay-awake pill under your pillow). And lordie lordie, our giant summer alternative theatre extravaganza is turning 40. The big four-oh? During a pandemic? A … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: meet creator/performer/producer/activist Sue Goberdhan

They’re young, bright, and unstoppably creative. And, pandemic be damned, their adaptable, flexible talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. In this 12thnight series you’ll meet some of E-town’s sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, is already … Continue reading

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They rise again: The Malachites are back with Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When shall we three meet again/ In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” chant the Witches in the opening moment of Shakespeare’s fleet, dark, violent Macbeth.  Or in snow? Yes, Malachite Theatre, a London/Canada collective whose mission … Continue reading

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Abandon your grinch, all ye who enter here: holiday shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Give yourself a holiday treat this week. This week on E-town stages, you can feel the holiday spirit in a live radio play (It’s A Wonderful Life), a Christmas panto (Little Red Riding Hood), or a … Continue reading

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