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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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Playing With Fire: the Mayfield straps on the blades, live, with the Theo Fleury story

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The show that skates (really!) onto the Mayfield Dinner Theatre stage next week — live — is the story of a small-town prairie boy from a neglectful and chaotic family, who makes a big life-changing discovery. … Continue reading

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Signs of life: live theatre is coming back, with cautious first steps

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And they’re back! Very cautiously, of course, experimentally, a little tentatively, with ultra-sanitized jazz hands. And not full-blast: nary a large-scale musical in sight, needless to say. But live theatre is starting to be back … … Continue reading

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The sound of many doors slamming: Noises Off at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As Julie Andrews famously said in The Sound of Music, when one door closes another opens. She was not in fact talking about farces at the time. But she might have been. The oil business rolls … Continue reading

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Giving thanks for theatre: the long weekend on E-town stages

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s the moment to be thankful for Edmonton’s most captivating arts asset – our theatre scene. Many possibilities are waiting for you this weekend, including a macabre entertainment spun from our own neglected history. And … Continue reading

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A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on: Million Dollar Quartet at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Every once in a blue moon history serves up one of those those born-to-be-mythology moments where the greats happen to converge behind the scenes (and give the entertainment industry something juicy to speculate about). One of … Continue reading

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Sleuth: a vintage thriller at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a tricky business to give a theatre audience a spine-tingle of suspense, clenches of tension, periodic jolts of surprise, an invitation to exercise their own puzzle-decoding skills — ah, and laughter. That’s the fun of … Continue reading

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