Tag Archives: Stewart Lemoine

Capturing the screwball effect: Vidalia, the larky Teatro season finale. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you’ve ever had the feeling that chaos was a mere blink away — and really, who hasn’t? — the screwball comedy is your go-to form. The unnerving sense that the fabric of modern life could … Continue reading

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Vidalia and “briefcase syndrome”: Teatro ends the season with a larky Lemoine screwball.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I feel pretty confident in declaring that Vidalia, the screwball comedy that opens Friday at the Varscona (the finale to the Teatro La Quindicina summer season), is the only example in the world-wide screwball repertoire to … Continue reading

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Paying the price for crime: A Momentary Lapse, a Teatro comedy. A Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Momentary Lapse (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) Enter, shackled together. In one way A Momentary Lapse is part of the canon of plays that trap deliberately mismatched characters together to see what rapprochement is possible (nun … Continue reading

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Strangers till they’re not: one last chance to see A Likely Story at Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You are a stranger though,” says a character, musing on whether to lay out her life conundrum to someone she’s just met in an unspecified place that turns out to be … a train station. “Ah, … Continue reading

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A new comedy to launch a new season at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Likely Story, says playwright Stewart Lemoine, “is one of those titles you have to Google because you can’t believe it hasn’t already been used.”  That puckish name, with its tantalizing whiff of skepticism, now belongs … Continue reading

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Merry Merry quite contrary: the Christmas spirit up against resistance, 4 festive shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Merry Merry quite contrary. Some are born with the festive spirit; some achieve it, and some have it thrust upon ’em. And sometimes, as you know, seasonal high spirits have to be released (or wrestled down) … Continue reading

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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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The acquisition of, well, in a word, joy! A Lesson in Brio, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A Lesson in Brio (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) The verdict is out on whether charm or perfect pitch, any more than a first-rate digestion, can be learned. But Stewart Lemoine’s A Lesson Brio, very timely in … Continue reading

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Truth and Fiction: Stewart Lemoine’s The Many Loves of Irene Sloane, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

The Many Loves of Irene Sloane (Stage 12, Varscona Theatre) “Chaos will yield to order,” says Irene Sloane, played by Marissa Tordoff. “Music always makes it so.” In Stewart Lemoine’s universe, this is what music does. And for audiences, this … Continue reading

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