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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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The modest dreams of the working class as farce: Fly Me To The Moon, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hold on just a moment there…” says one Irish home-care worker to another near the start of Fly Me To The Moon, by the Belfast playwright Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets), the loopy little  comedy … Continue reading

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Fun with the macabre: two veteran actors together at last in Fly Me To The Moon at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We’re two caregivers, two nobodies,” says Frances to Loretta in the dark-hued Irish comedy that opens tonight on the Varscona stage. In Fly Me To The Moon, by the Belfast playwright Marie Jones, an initiative that … Continue reading

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Onstage: a weekend theatre update

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Your weekend could include a musical. There’s a couple to choose from, and though both are a challenge (for very different reasons) for the form, they’re at opposite ends of the musical spectrum •One of the … Continue reading

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The fun of Oy-rish charm: Outside Mullingar, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The fabled Irish countryside connection between man and The Land has a kind of crackpot quirkiness in this charmingly wispy 2014 Oy-rish rom-com by the redoubtable American playwright John Patrick Shanley, of Moonstruck and Doubt fame. … Continue reading

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