Tag Archives: improv comedy

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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Peter Oldring is funnier than you: star comedian joins Grindstone’s new comedy fest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you got incensed the day your ear was caught by an item on CBC Radio One that the province of Nova Scotia had cancelled Grade 4, you’re not alone. (And you already know something about … Continue reading

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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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