Tag Archives: Plain Jane Theatre

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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‘Welcome Home’: Teatro is back and live at the Varscona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca After catapulting its entire 2020 June to October season a year into the future, Teatro La Quindicina returns to their natural home, the Varscona Theatre stage, for the next three Fridays. They’re back “with cautious aplomb … Continue reading

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Through the window and out in the world: some thoughts on Plain Jane’s Scenes From The Sidewalk

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Varscona Theatre opened its door this past weekend for the first time since March. The door to the lobby, that is. Which is where 20 of us sat (distanced and masked) on Sunday at 5:30, … Continue reading

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Scenes From The Sidewalk: from the Plain Janes, a cabaret that turns theatre inside out

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Alienation 2020. The world seems upside down and inside out to you — and why wouldn’t it?. The laws of gravity have been cancelled. You’re either inside looking out (wistfully) or outside looking in (wistfully); no … Continue reading

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It’s show time in Edmonton theatre: what to not miss this season on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “That was what had been missing from his life all these years. His career, his city, this bonehead province. Mythic Power.” — The Garneau Block. In Todd Babiak’s wry and funny novel The Garneau Block, reborn … Continue reading

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Sing it don’t say it: musical theatre at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take a quick flip through the Fringe program, a tome of epic weight and proportions, and you’ll notice there’s nothing run of DeMille about the musicals at this year’s edition of our big alternative summer theatre … Continue reading

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Where the wild things fringe: what to see at the monster bash

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Amazing but true: starting Thursday the Fringe, Edmonton’s favourite summer festival, is back — back in the theatre town where the continent’s fringe phenom began (and “fringe” was reinvented as a verb). Where The Wild Things … Continue reading

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Nun but the brave: for your theatre habit, a grand assortment on E-town stages this weekes this week

  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What is it with all the nuns on Edmonton stages this week? It’s a bumper crop, second to nun. In The Candidate at the Citadel, you will see two different heavenly examples, (in a sense … Continue reading

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Alison at three ages, and the actors who play her in groundbreaking Fun Home

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything about the clever, heart-wrenching musical that opens Friday at the Varscona stands off the beaten track in the musical theatre-land. And it’s produced by a little company that specializes in off the beaten track musicals, … 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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