Tag Archives: Roxy Performance Series

The fascination of escape: Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs (Stage 17, Roxy on Gateway) This show premiered in the Roxy Performance Series in January. It’s back at the Roxy on Gateway (aka Stage 17) for the Fringe. Here’s my … Continue reading

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Have you seen Minerva? Further thoughts on what to catch at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take a chance! True, the kingdom where the wild things fringe is unpredictable. By very definition. Check out a selection of promising, intriguing what-to-see prospects for your fringing in the companion piece HERE.  But there’s this: … Continue reading

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Small Mouth Sounds: the human comedy gets the silent treatment at the Roxy. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There aren’t many words in it, but Small Mouth Sounds isn’t what you’d call quiet. The silent treatment is loud in the ingenious, funny, and mysteriously affecting play that the indie company Wild Side has brought … Continue reading

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Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs: the fascination of escape, an unlikely radical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The international stage repertoire has no shortage of shows about the entertainment world and its fractious backstage — where dreamers and achievers, stars and wannabes, artsy bright-idea types and antsy bottom-line producers, collide. Still, Minerva – … Continue reading

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Minerva, Queen of the Handcuffs: a woman trapped in a man’s world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “In life you feel you’re trapped in a situation and there’s no out, no gap, no light. Everyone can relate to that feeling of being stuck, in some way…. There’s a real-ness to that.”  — Miranda … Continue reading

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The double-optic on Christmas: meet the real-life couple starring in Oh! Christmas Tree

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If Lora Brovold and Collin Doyle, the real-life couple who star in Oh! Christmas Tree, have a special rapport with the characters in Conni Massing’s new comedy (opening Thursday at Theatre Network), it’s not surprising. They’ve … Continue reading

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To tree or not to tree, that is the question: Conni Massing’s new comedy Oh! Christmas Tree at the Roxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Oh! Christmas Tree, the new Conni Massing romantic comedy that opens Thursday at Theatre Network, a relationship is under extreme pressure. Is it money? Snoring? Musical tastes? Lunatic relativies? Whether to acquire a shitsu? No, … 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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A mission to defeat time: Jezebel, At The Still Point. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It beings with an explosion somewhere in the galaxy, a crash landing, smoke, red emergency lights, a siren.  Matt Schuurman’s video design, spread across jagged meteor fragments amid showers of light (by Elise Jason) is, quite … Continue reading

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No one’s staying home this weekend: why would you? A wealth of choices on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  At the U of A’s Studio Theatre, it’s back in the USSR with Lenin’s Embalmers, Vern Thiessen’s black and absurdist 2008 tragicomedy (imagined from a true story) about two competing Jewish biochemists landing the unenviable joint … Continue reading

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