Tag Archives: improv comedy

I sing of Pretenderos, land of plot complications. The return of Die-Nasty to a lawless land

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Trolls? You want trolls? How about a dragon? “I’ll make it happen,” says a portentous rumbling voice from the dark. “This is a world with No Rules.” Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.  Welcome to … Continue reading

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In the land of Pretenderos, a plot of epic proportions: Die-Nasty returns with a Lord of Thrones season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Epic battles, dynastic conflicts and alliances, murderous intrigues, lethal challenges, fierce creatures (in striking character roles), aspirational heroes, ancient grievances, copious references to The Throne, a plot that no one person can fully understand…. Yes, smells … Continue reading

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Sudsing up for an improv marathon: a family reunion at Die-Nasty’s 26th annual Soap-A-Thon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Festive, but ominous. That’s the buzz today: You, my friends, are going to a family reunion this weekend.    Starting tonight at 7 p.m. the far-flung members of the Bun-Bun family, owners and operators of a … Continue reading

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“Ludicrously entertaining” and at the heart of Fringehood: Gordon’s Big Bald Head, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Gordon’s Big Bald Head: New World Hors d’oeuvres (Stage 12, Nordic Studio Theatre) It’s mysterious why Edmonton and its promotional machines have not sold the Fringe Festival more passionately outside the city’s borders. This local invention is the biggest and … Continue reading

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The art of spontaneity enters a disturbing new dimension: The Society of Strange comes to Improvaganza 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Unlikely. Improbable. Unpredictable. Improvaganza, the 10-day festival with bona fide global connections, expressly devoted to the adrenalized art of the spontaneous, is all of that. With The Society of Strange, arriving from across the pond for the … Continue reading

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Secrets of the staff room revealed: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge at Bonfire 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Haven’t you always wanted to go backstage in the education system? Admit it. Haven’t you always wondered what goes on in the teachers’ lounge after the bell rings? What — and who — are the nation’s … Continue reading

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Bonfire: the improv festival that plays with matches

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How’s this for a cool and crazy idea for an improv show? Lights up. Go. What if … a show was improvised from its own sequences of lighting cues? That’s Lumen, one of the 24 experiments … Continue reading

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What dark secrets lurk under the small town idyll? Rapid Fire Walk With Me improvises a mystery series a la David Lynch

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Through the darkness of future past/ the magician longs to see/ one chants out between two worlds/ fire walk with me….“ In the 1992 David Lynch horror film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me — a prequel to the … Continue reading

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Shocker’s Delight! Ron Pederson directs his favourite play at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In 1993, a kid named Ron Pederson fell deeply in love. With a play. The object of his affection struck him as funny and wistful, complicated but simple, and sad, a highly unusual kind of comedy. … Continue reading

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The 25th anniversary edition of the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon is sudsing up

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to Dystopia! The 25th annual edition of Edmonton’s venerable improv comedy tradition, the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon, is at hand. Starting this very evening, 7 p.m. at the Varscona Theatre, the forces of the improv elite — the … Continue reading

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