Tag Archives: Mayfield Dinner Theatre

Richard Gishler: Edmonton theatre has lost part of its story and its heart

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A hard year in theatre got harder still in December. With the passing this month of actor/ playwright Richard Gishler, at 74, this theatre town has lost some of its lustre: part of its origin story, … Continue reading

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Rave on: Buddy Holly is back at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You have about as much sex appeal as a telegraph pole,” an old-timey Texas country radio DJ tells a nerdy, bespectacled young man with rock n’ roll on his mind at the outset of Buddy: The … Continue reading

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Conjuring Patsy in concert, live at the Mayfield: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home.” The singing invitation comes from Miss Virginia Patterson Hensley of Winchester, Virginia, whose early-career name change is part of the show to follow. She … Continue reading

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Capturing the Patsy Cline essence: Sara-Jeanne Hosie is back at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Sixteen years ago, an award-winning musical theatre triple threat from the West Coast got offered an unusually specific starring role. One that would involve surprising low notes and some yodelling. How’d you like to be our … Continue reading

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Mamma Mia! here we go again: live theatre is back at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It sounds like the blueprint for a door-slammer farce to be sure (the kind that the Mayfield Dinner Theatre propels across its stage from time to time). After closing and re-opening and re-closing the doors a … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 2021 in Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking.… The world has been so chaotic and unpredictable this past year that you’d have to be crazy to ink in a calendar of upcoming theatre events.      But one thing … Continue reading

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Listen to the music: Keep Calm and Rock On at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “What the people need is a way to make ‘em smile,” declared astute social commentators The Doobie Brothers in Listen to the Music in 1972. Hear hear. The Mayfield takes this sage counsel to heart by … Continue reading

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Doing musical theatre in 2020? It’s an intricate challenge: the making of Keep Calm and Rock On at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ve got to be ingenious to make live theatre. And no one (sane) ever said it was slam-dunk easy money. But bringing a musical live to the theatre stage in late 2020 in the middle of … Continue reading

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The experimental spirit lives on in Edmonton theatre, live and in unusual hybrids

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Calling the pandemic an “obstacle” to live theatre, or maybe a “challenge,” is a bit like saying COVID is the flu. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on an art whose raison d’être is the … Continue reading

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Hockey night in Edmonton: Playing With Fire re-opens the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca With the production that reopened the Mayfield Dinner theatre for real-live audiences this week (for a six-week run), hockey doesn’t just pirouette around theatre. No, there’s a bone-rattling full bodycheck into the boards. And there are … Continue reading

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