Tag Archives: Rapid Fire Theatre

Rapid Fire Theatre: back live, and back on their home turf in Old Strathcona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Rapid Fire Theatre has a new home for the new year. The agile Edmonton improv company, 41 seasons old (but young at heart), de-camped this week from downtown and moved back to their traditional stomping ground, … Continue reading

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Getting excited about Edmonton theatre in 2022, a how-to guide

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I sometimes have to wonder if my annual ‘what to look forward to in theatre’ piece in January has become speculative fiction in our pandemical world. A universal disclaimer seems to hang over everything like ice … Continue reading

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Merry, merry … further suggestions for your holiday entertainment this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This is the week you can get Santa to say Merry Christmas to you in a language of your choice — for $4.38 (including fees). It’s also the week you can go backstage in the notoriously … Continue reading

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Noodling with The Stroganoffs: Die-Nasty returns with the first of three mini-seasons

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca    A weekday morning in the life of an improviser: Wayne Jones is hanging with Chekhov. He’s spent the a.m. watching The Seagull and Uncle Vanya. Who does that? The producer/artistic director of the 30th annual … Continue reading

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It’s Fringe Eve, the moment to consider intriguing prospects in a year to experiment

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s Fringe Eve (the night the green onion fairy leaves a special stay-awake pill under your pillow). And lordie lordie, our giant summer alternative theatre extravaganza is turning 40. The big four-oh? During a pandemic? A … Continue reading

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Adventures in pandemic theatre: a mystery box, a romantic comedy, a (very) short film fest, and more

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Theatre’s strange, circuitous and sometimes wonderful route through the pandemic, chapter umpteen. Let me tell you about my week. •For three days the mystery box sat on the dining room table, wrapped in silver. Light, but … Continue reading

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Bonfire: the festival of new and flammable improv ideas, from Rapid Fire Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How crazy is this? What if … you were quarantined in a room, and you had to improvise all by yourself — for an entire show? And you didn’t know whether anyone was watching or not? … Continue reading

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SOUND OFF gathers Deaf artists from across the country and beyond for its online 2021 edition

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In an age of probing questions about inclusivity in theatre, here’s a model of accessibility — forged in the fire of experience, years of it,  of being marginalized, and finding alternate pathways to communicating. SOUND OFF, Canada’s … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: smile, here’s sketch and improv star Sydney Campbell

They’re young, bright, and unstoppably creative. And, pandemic be damned, their adaptable, flexible talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. In this 12thnight series you’ll meet some of E-town’s sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, is … 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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