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Can’t fight this feeling: Rock of Ages is onstage at the Mayfield next season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As the life-coach sages commonly known as Journey have taught us, don’t stop believin’. The Mayfield’s Van Wilmott didn’t. For months, he’s been working on getting the rights for Rock of Ages, the unrepentantly good-time hair … Continue reading

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Sanctifunkadelic: Sister Act at the Mayfield. A review

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Raise the stakes! Raise the game! Raise your voice,” sing the nuns of Sister Act, newly kitted out as a showbiz soul ensemble by the latest recruit to the Sisterhood. “Feel the flow, dig the … Continue reading

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Lend Me A Tenor: a classic ’30s door-slammer at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “These things happen, sir,” ventures Max, the rabbity assistant manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, trying to look on the bright side. In view of the premise of Ken Ludwig’s ingeniously engineered old-school 1986 farce … Continue reading

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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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Chills and thrills in a theatre town: stake out a stage near you

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Uncanny, isn’t it?, how often the words “ordinary nice polite guy-next-door” show up in reports of homicidal rampages? Researcher Eugene Crowley, the noted “mind-hunter,” is in town this week to give a public lecture on the … Continue reading

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And so it begins, the new theatre season. Edmonton has play dates, and here’s a teaser!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you’re stuck in your story and want to get out … sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty….” Matilda. In Matilda, the joyously subversive musical spun from Roald Dahl’s novel, our activist eight-year-old … Continue reading

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Oh, what a knight: Two Good Knights at the Mayfield. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know the songs. Heck, you can’t NOT know the songs. By now they’re in the collective DNA, and that much-abused term iconic doesn’t go amiss. Which is both a magnetic draw and a challenge for … Continue reading

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Things I learned at the Sterling Awards gala: a coda

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Thoughts from the Sterling gala (directed by Kate Ryan and written by Shannon Blanchet and Belinda Cornish). •For openers: Co-hosts Rachel Bowron and Hunter Cardinal were sparklers. They opened the show with Beauty, a witty and … 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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Just in time: on Edmonton stages this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca •Last chance this weekend for the Theatre Network production of Hannah Moscovitch’s fascinating Infinity — a smart, accessible and strangely affecting play about time — the shortage of it, the meaning of it, the misuse of … Continue reading

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