Tag Archives: Kate Ryan

Raising a little hell: Canada 151 at the Mayfield. A review.

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know you’re in Canada when the Beachcombers theme is in the air pre-show. And the band arrives onstage in lumberjack shirts. And your heart melts just a little when everyone in the opening production … Continue reading

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Answering the siren call: Atlas Theatre’s Sirens, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Sirens (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) It is understandable if the prospect of a comedy about a middle-aged couple off on an anniversary cruise to revive their stale marriage fills you with a certain dread. Even if … Continue reading

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You’ll be swell, you’ll be great! Everything’s Coming Up Chickens, a Plain Janes revue. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything’s Coming Up Chickens: A Revue (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) This highly entertaining revue is what happens when you let a company of musical theatre experts roam through their specialty repertoire (the odd, the neglected, the … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for a lost age: Forever Plaid at the Mayfield, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In their one review ever, in The Wiltsburg Times Chronicle, a nameless writer delivered the opinion that The Plaids’ sound “is to modern music what Formica is to marble.” It is a measure of their infinite … Continue reading

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All Shook Up shakes up the jukebox at the Mayfield: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Finally. A jukebox musical with an actual jukebox. And it’s busted. Which should tell you something about the sassy, light-hearted self-awareness of All Shook Up, currently at the Mayfield cavorting its way through the Elvis canon … Continue reading

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The Plain Janes get dizzy in Madrid: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome to the edge, the verge, the ledge….” sing five agitated women who find themselves thrown together, teetering crazily, in the Act I finale of the riotous musical screwball that the Plain Janes have brought to … Continue reading

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Fringe review: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man In The Moon Marigolds (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) At the centre of this ‘60s play (and 1971 Pulitzer Prize winner) by the American writer Paul Zindel, is a mom … Continue reading

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All in the family: Ryan history is onstage at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Something big and important, something you could call life-changing, happened to Kate Ryan 31 years ago. And it sheds light, both the theatrical and the personal kind, on why her theatre company, The Plain Janes, is … Continue reading

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So…. wanna go out some time? I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The title sounds like a one-liner, I’ve always thought: a Henny Youngman reboot channelled by Jerry Seinfeld perhaps? Pause to imagine that signature tone of exasperated bemusement at work on I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now … Continue reading

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