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Strangers on a train: the real-life story that inspired Omisimawiw, at Nextfest. Meet playwright Shyanne Duquette

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Strangers on a train. Imagine the scene (with special thanks to the ETS): a young woman on the LRT, heading towards class at the university, notices another young woman on the LRT. There’s just something about … Continue reading

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You can’t not discuss this one: As You Like It, A Radical Retelling is the first play at the New Roxy, a (very) short review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Thus we may see … how the world wags.” — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II, vii It’s bold. It’s ballsy, a genuinely provocative theatre experiment. And — here’s a 100 per cent guarantee — … Continue reading

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As You Like It, A Radical Retelling: lots of secrets about the first play to take the stage at Theatre Network’s new Roxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We know that the best, the truest, experience of Cliff Cardinal’s As You Like It, A Radical Retelling is to know as little as possible about it,” says Chris Abraham of the production that will be … Continue reading

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Reading the signs: The Herd premieres at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The stage is dominated by a stunning screen — glowing, translucent,  undulating like the prairies, with a graceful open-work lattice (Indigenous Tiffany?). In The Herd the boundary between the present and the past, this world and other … Continue reading

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An Indigenous prophecy and a rare birth: The Herd premieres at the Citadel. Meet playwright Kenneth T. Williams

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Herd, premiering this week at the Citadel, is powered by the rarest of rare events: the birth of twin white buffalo calves on a First Nations ranch. It comes attached to a sacred Indigenous prophecy … Continue reading

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What? A land claim comedy? The surprising geniality of Cottagers and Indians at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s no accident that the first sound you hear in Cottagers and Indians is laughter (with some accompaniment from amused birds).    The Drew Hayden Taylor play with the cheeky title that’s running in the Shadow … Continue reading

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‘Who were we before life got hold of us?’ Thoughts on Ayita at the SkirtsAfire festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca To walk into the Westbury Theatre these days is to find yourself in a world that’s mysterious but familiar, calm but in perpetual motion.  Whittyn Jason’s captivating design puts us in the centre of a wave … Continue reading

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Theatre rooted in the land: Ayita, premiering at SkirtsAfire. Meet creator Teneil Whiskeyjack

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The mainstage centrepiece of the 10th anniversary edition of SkirtsAfire — the multidisciplinary arts festival devoted to celebrating and showcasing women and non-binary artists — is a new play. Distinctively Indigenous in its inspiration, creation, and … Continue reading

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A journey of transformation into the heart of nature: Bears hits the big stage

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Six years ago, in a tiny theatre space deep inside the Arts Barn, we watched a man set forth on a journey from the city into the heart of Nature — through mountains to the sea … Continue reading

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Living between cultures, with a legacy of secrets: Feast, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Feast (Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) In Feast, you will see an Indigenous man in a T-shirt that says “You Are Living On Stolen Land” dancing gamely with a settler woman to ABBA’s The Winner Takes … Continue reading

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