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Weal Thyman The Third: a bouffon clown show to provoke you at Nextfest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca When you’re creating a bouffon clown show about a grotesque filthy-rich capitalist with businesses, land, money, possessions, sycophants,  and an insatiable appetite for more more more, it’s not as if you have to rack your brains … Continue reading

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What are they up to? Celebrate the next generation of artists at Nextfest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, what’s happening? What’s new? What’s next? There’s a festival in Edmonton that’s all about the answers. Yes, Nextfest is back in Old Strathcona Thursday for 11 days (and nights) of showcasing and celebrating the next … Continue reading

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“Congratulations, Your Majesty!” The Empress and the Prime Minister at Theatre Network. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a week when inclusivity, tolerance, equality took a major body blow in the Alberta election, it was particularly moving — almost uncanny, really — to see The Empress and the Prime Minister at Theatre Network. … Continue reading

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An anniversary, and a new Darrin Hagen play: we talk to the playwright and his co-star in The Empress & The Prime Minister

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been half a century, amazingly, since a spontaneous, and violent, demonstration in a dive bar in New York’s Greenwich Village that would prove to be a galvanizing event in the history of the American gay … Continue reading

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Small Mouth Sounds: the human comedy gets the silent treatment at the Roxy. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There aren’t many words in it, but Small Mouth Sounds isn’t what you’d call quiet. The silent treatment is loud in the ingenious, funny, and mysteriously affecting play that the indie company Wild Side has brought … Continue reading

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The tricky question of belief: We Are Not Alone at Theatre Network. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “What am I doing here?” asks Damien Atkins more than once in the course of his smart, sly, funny solo show We Are Not Alone. Its declared subject is one that raises either your hopes or … Continue reading

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Close encounters with Damien Atkins: We Are Not Alone at Theatre Network

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you tell someone you are thinking of writing a play about UFO’s, usually there will be a little silence, and then a little laugh.” – We Are Not Alone It comes with the territory. Some … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s champagne and a show: where to take your date to celebrate

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Of all the high holidays, the one that shares a name with a variety of massacres and martyrdoms is coming up. It’s also the ultimate date night. So in order to celebrate romance, there are a … Continue reading

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Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs: the fascination of escape, an unlikely radical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The international stage repertoire has no shortage of shows about the entertainment world and its fractious backstage — where dreamers and achievers, stars and wannabes, artsy bright-idea types and antsy bottom-line producers, collide. Still, Minerva – … Continue reading

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Minerva, Queen of the Handcuffs: a woman trapped in a man’s world

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “In life you feel you’re trapped in a situation and there’s no out, no gap, no light. Everyone can relate to that feeling of being stuck, in some way…. There’s a real-ness to that.”  — Miranda … Continue reading

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