Tag Archives: Todd Babiak

It’s show time in Edmonton theatre: what to not miss this season on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “That was what had been missing from his life all these years. His career, his city, this bonehead province. Mythic Power.” — The Garneau Block. In Todd Babiak’s wry and funny novel The Garneau Block, reborn … Continue reading

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The Citadel’s upcoming 54th season: local stars in an international galaxy

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The new logo is just the tip-off. Monday afternoon at Edmonton’s largest playhouse artistic director Daryl Cloran unveiled an ambitious upcoming Citadel season —  its 54th and his third as the architect of the company lineup. … Continue reading

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A new company, a new play: A Town Called Umbra, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

A Town Called Umbra (Stage 11, Studio Theatre) In most cities, a new theatre company launches with an ambitious version of an existing play, something classic and accessible. Most cities are not Edmonton, where a new theatre company nearly always … Continue reading

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Love, loss, and stories that sneak up to grab your heart: Martin Dockery’s Delirium, A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Martin Dockery: Delirium (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) As Martin Dockery welcomes us into the bare theatre, his only prop a water bottle, he doesn’t bother with any artifice. He is Martin, we are who we are, hey man, hi guys, … Continue reading

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Fun at the apocalypse, and a Fringe discovery for reviewer Todd Babiak! Today, For Now, a review

Today, For Now (Stage 7, Yardbird Suite) We are haunted by a prospect of a huge asteroid hitting the earth and killing everyone. Why? Maybe the dinosaurs. Maybe because we are sickos. Writers and directors have addressed themselves to the … Continue reading

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Let the experts make you laugh: TEDxRFT, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

TEDxRFT(Stage 11, Nordic Studio Theatre) A TED talk, if you have escaped the phenomenon, is an opportunity for someone who knows a lot about something to talk about it for twenty minutes, usually without notes, usually with slides. These are … Continue reading

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A gentle, playful musical folktale for little kids: Fossegrim & Nøkk, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Fossegrim & Nøkk (Stage 6, Strathcona Community League) An adventurous little girl named Saga is burdened by an unadventurous mother. All Saga can do is sing to herself, at night, about the magical world outside her bedroom window. Until a … Continue reading

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“Ludicrously entertaining” and at the heart of Fringehood: Gordon’s Big Bald Head, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Gordon’s Big Bald Head: New World Hors d’oeuvres (Stage 12, Nordic Studio Theatre) It’s mysterious why Edmonton and its promotional machines have not sold the Fringe Festival more passionately outside the city’s borders. This local invention is the biggest and … Continue reading

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Fun in roommate hell: Terms and Conditions, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Terms & Conditions (Stage 18, Sugar Swing Ballroom — Main Floor) It is terribly awkward to move in with a stranger. They don’t have the same taste in music, the same interest in cleaning, the same attitude toward houseplants. We … Continue reading

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The weird world of WASP: A 2thnight Fringe guest review by Todd Babiak

WASP (Stage 5, King Edward Elementary School) By Todd Babiak The white protestant family has a lot to answer for and much of it is on display in WASP, Steve Martin’s 1990s take on the 1950s. Dad is cruel, sexist, … Continue reading

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