Tag Archives: improv comedy

Lighting the Bonfire: Rapid Fire’s wildest festival is back, and it’s live

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For two years, the members of the Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble have been storing up their wildest, coolest, most ridiculously challenging new ideas in improv. And that, my friends, is a lot of pent-up crazy. RFT’s … Continue reading

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Making Mischief (and laughter) en route to Neverland: Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Funny how people laugh out loud (and maybe wince a little) when you casually mention the title of the production that arrives on and above the Citadel mainstage starting  Thursday. Peter Pan Goes Wrong, after all, … Continue reading

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Rapid Fire Theatre: back live, and back on their home turf in Old Strathcona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Rapid Fire Theatre has a new home for the new year. The agile Edmonton improv company, 41 seasons old (but young at heart), de-camped this week from downtown and moved back to their traditional stomping ground, … Continue reading

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Rapid Fire Theatre is back live, across the river

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Flexibility!” declares Matt Schuurman. “It’s all about being flexible, in a space that’s flexible….” He’s talking about improv, to be sure, a theatrically acrobatic subject on which he is an expert practitioner, mentor, producer. But the … Continue reading

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Off the cuff and on the spot: Gordon’s Big Bald Head makes (up) a movie

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Hey, tonight I was in the virtual audience at the Grindstone, i.e. the invisible sweatpants brigade online at home. And I was watching an amazingly dexterous improv duo onstage do, off the cuff, something that is … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Big Bald Head infiltrates movie history in Good Head, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They are smart. And they are funny. But there is nothing cautious, or predictable, or even sane about the entertainment proposition that the deluxe improv troupe Gordon’s Big Bald Head offers the world. They own a … Continue reading

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The Desperate Izmores: portrait of a marriage in crisis. Don’t you dare laugh.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca She’s bored — with a chaser of exasperation and an adenoidal voice that makes your fillings hurt. He’s a sad-sack sulker, a dimwit who’d  be a poster boy for morosity (if that ever becomes an actual … Continue reading

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In a lather at Big Little Lake: the 27th annual Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Funny how a charming resort village like Big Little Lake, where the  well-toned meet the well-heeled over white wine spritzers, can turn suddenly … well, sinister. Murder has a way of doing that. It populates the … Continue reading

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Best in the biz: Ron & Wayne, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Ron & Wayne Venue 2 (Big Rock Backstage Theatre) By Alan Kellogg Many yuks, hoots etc. here from two absolute masters of improv comedy with impeccable credentials, Ron Pederson and Wayne Jones. In classic fashion, they ask for a patron … Continue reading

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A weekend at the theatre in E-town: happy birthday Varscona, A Likely Story, Improvaganza…

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca It’s the weekend in E-Town. So obviously you need to be in a theatre. Have a peek at some of your options. You could… •Go to a theatre party. Three years ago, something dramatic happened to … Continue reading

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