Tag Archives: Rapid Fire Theatre

Let the experts make you laugh: TEDxRFT, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

TEDxRFT(Stage 11, Nordic Studio Theatre) A TED talk, if you have escaped the phenomenon, is an opportunity for someone who knows a lot about something to talk about it for twenty minutes, usually without notes, usually with slides. These are … 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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What to see at Improvaganza: thoughts from sampler night

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Improvaganza is back — and with it the chance to be with people, onstage and off- who are making it up as they go along.  Rapid Fire Theatre’s 18th annual international extravaganza, which assembles top improv … Continue reading

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The art of spontaneity enters a disturbing new dimension: The Society of Strange comes to Improvaganza 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Unlikely. Improbable. Unpredictable. Improvaganza, the 10-day festival with bona fide global connections, expressly devoted to the adrenalized art of the spontaneous, is all of that. With The Society of Strange, arriving from across the pond for the … Continue reading

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Secrets of the staff room revealed: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge at Bonfire 2018

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Haven’t you always wanted to go backstage in the education system? Admit it. Haven’t you always wondered what goes on in the teachers’ lounge after the bell rings? What — and who — are the nation’s … Continue reading

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Bonfire: the improv festival that plays with matches

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How’s this for a cool and crazy idea for an improv show? Lights up. Go. What if … a show was improvised from its own sequences of lighting cues? That’s Lumen, one of the 24 experiments … Continue reading

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Holiday traditions in every size and shape

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Edmonton theatre knows that holiday traditions come in every size and shape, layer on layer, reimagined or reinvented. Have a gander at these:  PANTO AND POST-PANTO PANTO At Fort Edmonton, starting tonight in the vintage Capitol … Continue reading

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What dark secrets lurk under the small town idyll? Rapid Fire Walk With Me improvises a mystery series a la David Lynch

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Through the darkness of future past/ the magician longs to see/ one chants out between two worlds/ fire walk with me….“ In the 1992 David Lynch horror film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me — a prequel to the … Continue reading

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The 25th anniversary edition of the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon is sudsing up

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to Dystopia! The 25th annual edition of Edmonton’s venerable improv comedy tradition, the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon, is at hand. Starting this very evening, 7 p.m. at the Varscona Theatre, the forces of the improv elite — the … Continue reading

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For the love of the screwball: Going, Going, Gone! by comedy star Jana O’Connor at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls@12thnight.ca The hero of Going, Going, Gone! Jana O’Connor’s new 30s-style screwball comedy, is an antiques dealer: “shy, uptight, uncommitted, afraid to make a wrong move in life” as the amused playwright describes him. Everything, in short, that … Continue reading

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