Tag Archives: screwball comedy

As fizzy as champagne: Skirts On Fire at Teatro La Quindicina, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There is a crucial moment in screwball comedies when someone sensible, someone with a placid, routine, predictable existence, finds himself having another sort of life altogether — for no reason he can quite put a finger … Continue reading

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The exhilaration of chaos: Teatro revives the screwball Skirts On Fire as their 2018 season finale

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a scene that might have been lifted direct from the Teatro La Quindicina archive, a playwright and a leading man were in a tiny Strathcona cocktail bar last week discussing the essence of screwball comedy. … Continue reading

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Teatro La Quindicina at 36: a new comedy starts the 2018 summer season this month

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Teatro La Quindicina turns 36 this summer with a season at the Varscona that includes two new Stewart Lemoine comedies. And the first them starts soon. The first of them starts soon. The intriguing, unnerving premise … Continue reading

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Yule Be Swell! Teatro La Quindicina’s musical comedy concert tonight

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The stockings were hung by the green room with care…. In the fraught world of Yuletide concerts (which account for a disproportionate percentage of the world’s supply of opening night nerves), you have a chance tonight … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone! a sparkly new Teatro screwball from Jana O’Connor, reviewed

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I can explain….” Just guessing, but those three words have sent more screwballs hurtling into comedy space than any other phrase in the lexicon, including “I’ll get the door.” Every time you hear them in Going, … Continue reading

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Consulting the fortune teller at Teatro: let’s ask Mark Meer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was a pungent, not to say eye-watering, debut. Fifteen years ago, an actor/improviser of expandable comic talents got enlisted by Teatro La Quindicina for a new screwball comedy. The play? Vidalia, named for the sweet, … Continue reading

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Teatro turns 35 with a new season of comedies, variously hued

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Oh, it’s beyond fun….”  — Dominica, in The Talking Turk Now, there’s a mantra for a Teatro season. In The Salon of the Talking Turk, the vintage Stewart Lemoine comedy that launches Teatro La Quindicina’s  2017 … Continue reading

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