Tag Archives: La Cité francophone

We are approaching our Destination: Fringe tickets go on sale today at noon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been a long pandemical journey — uphill, full of stops and re-starts and detours, on a bumpy road, with skimpy signage, in the dark. Sometimes it seemed as if we’d never get there; sometimes we … Continue reading

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Art will prevail: a change of venue for L’UniThéâtre’s season finale

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If the last two years have taught us anything it’s that art will prevail. And so will Art, the, er, art-ful 1994 Yasmina Reza hit comedy that is  L’UniThéâtre’s season finale.  Last Friday night’s storm and … Continue reading

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In the house of mismatched dreams: Michael Mysterious. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m just a piece of scenery,’ says the 15-year-old title character in Geoffrey Simon Brown’s Michael Mysterious. In another kind of play by another kind of playwright, there would be a weight of tragic grievance or … Continue reading

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Finding a family in the quest for happiness: Michael Mysterious premieres in a Pyretic production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve with this play,” says Geoffrey Simon Brown of Michael Mysterious.   One of the hottest of the country’s younger generation of playwrights, Brown is musing on the play, years in … Continue reading

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‘A lovely step back into live performing’: What was it like to be a Fringe artist in 2021? We asked.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For artists, the Fringe has always been an experiment. Does their new show have potential? Will it attract an audience? How will the audience react? Will they get it? Laugh in weird places? In 2021, when … Continue reading

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What are friends for? Everything Is Beautiful, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything is Beautiful (La Cité francophone theatre) Two old guys on a park bench: a study in contrast. One is a gloomy gus scowler; one is a determinedly chipper smiler. One accuses restaurant servers of purposely … Continue reading

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What to see this weekend on E-town stages (don’t stay home)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Time (a possible paradox). There’s never enough of it. It never stands still. It’s almost impossible to make a dent in it. You can move forward through it, but are you actually standing still?  The show … Continue reading

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Do shebangs come in partials? Simone et le whole shebang opens the L’UniThéâtre season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a certain heat-seeking rom-com engine driving Simone et le whole shebang, the raucous, tart-tongued season-opener at L’UniThéâtre, Edmonton’s francophone theatre. At the centre is an unexpected encounter between two hostile, elderly characters, who are up … Continue reading

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Simone et le whole shebang: the season opens at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the intricate dark comedy that launches the L’UniThéâtre season Friday, a couple of 60-something-plus strangers from elsewhere, sporting symmetrically opposed damages, meet  — in a nursing home in Fort McMurray, the unofficial Canadian home of … Continue reading

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A new artistic director and a new season at L’UniThéâtre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the play that launches L’UniThéâtre’s 26th season tonight in a Nancy McAlear production, we meet a trio of characters who just can’t seem to help being pissed off — at daycare workers, at other people’s … Continue reading

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