Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Juliet writes her own story: Juliet: A Revenge Comedy. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Juliet: A Revenge Comedy (Stage 36, La Cité Auditorium) “I don’t think I’m in Verona any more,” says Juliet. No kidding. Funny how possibilities for travel seem to multiply when you don’t die on purpose, at … Continue reading

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A strange fairy tale, rescued magically by Time from tragedy: The Winter’s Tale in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There is a strange magic about a play where brute tragedy gives way to pastoral comedy, realism mixes it up with romance, and dramatic scenes abut presentational vaudeville. The Winter’s Tale has the optical weirdness of … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys: taking the mickey out of male bonding in Two Gents, a bitter comedy in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A passing squirrel, who turned his back to the stage, was not convinced. And the wind whispering through the poplars sounded downright skeptical this weekend in the park when a lovestruck young man tore himself away … Continue reading

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Romance into tragedy: the dark, violent, original new hearing-deaf Tempest at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It never stops raining in the version of The Tempest that’s now lashing and splashing and skidding across the Citadel mainstage. As the Fool in Twelfth Night sings (borrowed by this wettest of Tempests for the … Continue reading

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“The hour’s now come”: deaf and hearing actors together in The Tempest at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “O brave new world, that has such people in’t,” as Miranda, the daughter of a deposed ruler in exile, says in wonder towards the end of one of Shakespeare’s most mysterious and haunting plays. In the … Continue reading

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Unlacing Shakespeare’s women: the Bard goes burlesque at the Capitol Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Think of them as the ultimate theatre buffs: reveals are their speciality. Send In The Girls Burlesque comes to the stage of Fort Edmonton Park’s vintage Capitol Theatre Friday and Saturday, in honour of Alberta Culture … Continue reading

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Thou Art Where? A roving production of Shakespeare’s Will in a cemetery, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Thou Art Here!, a company that does Shakespeare meet-and-greets in unexpected locations, takes us to a graveyard. It’s dusk. Five ghostly women appear through the trees in the distance and come towards us. As the daylight … Continue reading

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Mrs. Shakespeare gets her voice back, in a graveyard: Shakespeare’s Will with Thou Art Here!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “A woman dancing on a grave.” That’s the image that inspired the roving outdoor production of Vern Thiessen’s Shakespeare’s Will opening Thursday in a cemetery near you, says director Andrew Ritchie. So decisively did that image … Continue reading

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“Grotesque fun” with Shakespeare: Macbeth Muet and the return of Surreal SoReal. A Fringe preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Grotesque fun,” says Jon Lachlan Stewart. “There’s a lot of laughs in our production. And then there’s not….” He’s talking about Macbeth Muet, a 60-minute version of Shakespeare’s swift and brutal tragedy that dismisses every Forsooth … Continue reading

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O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Kill Your Television returns with Shakespeare’s R&J

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Meet Daphne.” A quartet of Edmonton’s hottest young actors, all in their early 20s, did the introductions last week at the end of a rehearsal day at the Roxy. Their director was amused.  In the course … Continue reading

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