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The one-way time portal into war: Alina, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Trains, they’re like time portals,” says the title character of Alina, who steps into one at the outset. On a train you leave one world and you arrive in another.  The question the drives the gripping … Continue reading

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The inheritance of war and the passion for freedom: Alina is a Ukrainian story

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In early 2015, a 19-year-old woman left Kyiv, and everything in her life there — and she went to the front line of the war zone in eastern Ukraine. Alina was not a soldier. She was … Continue reading

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The Citadel announces a new Size Large season, led by two new Canadian musicals

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca After two contortionist years of stops and starts, indefinite postponements, cancellations cast hopefully as delays, re-bookings, digital work-arounds, the Citadel Theatre has cheering news. And it’s on a grand scale. “It’s big and it’s busy … … Continue reading

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Raising funds for Ukraine: theatre steps up. A play, a playwright, Pyretic Productions, and the Blyth Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It started with the discovery of a hand-written diary, the journal in which Lianna Makuch’s grandmother recorded her flight, on foot, from war-ravaged Ukraine in 1944.  That wrenching chronicle, and an anniversary of the full-scale Russian … Continue reading

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2021: the year Edmonton theatre returned to live (part one)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In theatre, 2021 is a year that isn’t ending as it began. It was more than half over when The Pivot pivoted. Live performance gradually, cautiously ventured out of its online exile, where it had creatively … Continue reading

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What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Have a peek

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Oh, you know, the usual…. A new theatre is glowing from the inside out. Shows are ending their runs, a live season of Die-Nasty is about to begin, Opera … Continue reading

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An ode to bountiful Nature on the big stage: Bears at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If there was one thing Floyd loved, it was bears,” says Floyd of himself near the outset of Matthew MacKenzie’s boldly weird and wonderful play. In the course of Bears, Floyd, a Métis oil patch worker … Continue reading

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A journey of transformation into the heart of nature: Bears hits the big stage

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Six years ago, in a tiny theatre space deep inside the Arts Barn, we watched a man set forth on a journey from the city into the heart of Nature — through mountains to the sea … Continue reading

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The call of the wild: Night is live ‘drive-by’ theatre from Major Matt Mason

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Dusk is shading into dark, the break-out time. And the wilderness is encroaching. The solo play that opens late twilight Thursday in Rundle Park invites us into the mind of a person who feels themself straining … Continue reading

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Transformations: what would it take to change the world? Catalyst Theatre enlisted three artists to ask the question

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When you sign ‘new’ it means ‘to grow’.” — Chris Dodd, The Transformers: Regrowth Can something positive, something transforming emerge from a year of devastation? To imagine a better future for the world, who better to consult … Continue reading

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