Tag Archives: Guys in Disguise

What I learned at this year’s Fringe: thoughts of a Fringed brain

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I want to go to the beautiful place and enjoy the view and then come back. I think we all do.” — Leo in Stewart Lemoine’s The Margin of the Sky  You can’t go off to … Continue reading

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Celebrating a vibrant culture erased by homophobia: The Pansy Cabaret from Guys in Disguise, a Fringe review

The Pansy Cabaret (Stage 27, Nancy Power Theatre at the Roxy) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You just can’t go through the world assuming that drag shows will have overtures that are collections of vintage jaunty Edwardian songs played from a … Continue reading

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The quest for the inner goddess: Guys in Disguise’s Crack in the Mirror, a Fringe review

Crack in the Mirror (Stage 11, Varscona Theatre) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In honour of their 35th year at the Fringe, Guys in Disguise, who cast their sharp-eyed long-lashed gaze on women’s roles, make a return to suburbia, the traditional … Continue reading

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The marriage of drag and theatre: Guys in Disguise celebrates 35 years at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You do know this is a theatre festival, right? You can’t just do a drag show….”  Words that would have a major impact on the civic culture and the theatre scene in this town. It was … 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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‘That piano arrived in my life for a reason’: Metronome, a new Darrin Hagen solo show premieres at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Have you ever tried something new, and instantly thought ‘O! I feel like I’ve been doing this my whole life?’” That’s how Darrin Hagen remembers the exact day when everything changed for the small-town Alberta trailer … Continue reading

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The play that haunts Darrin Hagen: the debut edition of Theatre Network’s new online book club (for plays)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In February of 1983, a kid from Rocky Mountain House, newly arrived in town, went with a pal to the theatre. The play Darrin Hagen saw that winter night would linger in his mind over the … 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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Clowning around … online: the 5th annual Play The Fool Fest goes digital

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Clowns work as well as aspirin, but twice as fast.” –Groucho Marx And for the major migraine that is COVID, it’s high time we had some. Clowns, that is. The only thing is, clowns thrive on real … Continue reading

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And back at the castle: a radio play version of Guys in Disguise’s Dragula

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like a sublime punchline: a drag show, in all its be-wigged glam-frocked glory, as a radio play? True, there’s a certain captivating perversity about the Guys in Disguise revival of their hit Fringe show … Continue reading

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