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A kickstart for Chekhovian ennui: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Shadow. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Oh let’s not talk. I’ll keep my sadness to myself,” says a mopey sister to a melancholy brother near the start of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Yeah, right. Like that’s gonna happen. As … Continue reading

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The Shadow knows: putting the comedy back into Chekhov, and the new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If everyone took anti-depressants, Chekhov would have had nothing to write about….” The playwright himself called it “Chekhov in a blender.” But Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by the raucous American absurdist Christopher Durang … Continue reading

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Lungfuls of anxiety: Lungs at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Times being what they are, are you still “good people” if you decide to become parents? To bring another being into a world that’s already over-crammed with beings? A kid leaves a carbon footprint that’s bigger … Continue reading

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Miss Teen premieres at Shadow Theatre: game actors, tired script. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Miss Teen a strapped, single mother enters her awkward, bookish daughter in a local teen pageant. “It’ll be good practice … for life,” argues Coco brightly, undeterred by Margaret’s reaction, a mixture of appalled and … Continue reading

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Song-and-dance con men, two World War I plays, and more… a theatre weekend in E-town

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A con game (with song and dance) is one of your options for a night out at live theatre this weekend. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a larky musical by the team of David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, … Continue reading

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Theatre takes to the trenches: Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And make it funny!” barks the Major at the soldier.    And so it starts, the remarkable true Canadian story that comes to life in Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company. The new play by a writer … Continue reading

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Laughter in the face of death: Neil Grahn’s The Comedy Company launches the Shadow season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Neil Grahn and comedy. He’s sidled, plunged, back-flipped into it. He’s written it and improvised it, acted it, produced it, directed it, studied it at a distance and up close, for stage for film for TV. … Continue reading

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And so it begins, the new theatre season. Edmonton has play dates, and here’s a teaser!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you’re stuck in your story and want to get out … sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty….” Matilda. In Matilda, the joyously subversive musical spun from Roald Dahl’s novel, our activist eight-year-old … Continue reading

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A season on Edmonton stages: a look back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the opening scene of Jabberwocky, the latest from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop (at Theatre Network this past season), a drum roll announces the parting of a red velvet theatre curtain. Which opens to reveal … Continue reading

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A new Neil Grahn comedy headlines the upcoming 2018-2019 season at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Shadow Theatre launches its upcoming 26th season with a new comedy about … comedy.  The inspiration for The Comedy Company, Edmonton playwright and sketch comedy star Neil Grahn, an artist of bluechip comic pedigree (he’s the … Continue reading

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