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It’s a beautiful night in the neighbourhood: The Garneau Block at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was a long time coming. After 18 dark traumatic isolating months and the most terrible summer ever, a play about community, about what it means to live together in a neighbourhood and pull together — … Continue reading

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Why Edmonton? Why Garneau? What’s in a ‘hood? We ask novelist Todd Babiak about The Garneau Block

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “LET’S FIX IT.” A rallying cry? A call to action? A cosmic signal? It sounds like a communal mantra for our fraught and broken time. That mysterious three-word sign, duct-taped to trees in a signature Edmonton … Continue reading

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Together once more, on the street where you live: The Garneau Block at the Citadel. Meet playwright Belinda Cornish.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “There was something quite magical,” says Belinda Cornish, “about having us all come together, to be a community together that one night…. It felt very special. And I felt lucky to be there.”    She’s talking … Continue reading

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What does it mean to live here? A tiny sneak preview of rehearsals for The Garneau Block, coming up at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What saves us is our sense of community: theatre has always known it. Cities have to learn it. And coming up is a new play about Edmonton, by an Edmontonian, for an Edmonton audience, that’s all … Continue reading

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Welcome back! Act II of the Edmonton theatre season is about to begin

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking — post-festivity regret, punishing resolutions, the sense of finale. But cast off these thoughts: the theatre season isn’t ending. It’s only intermission. And intermission is over. Welcome back; Act II is … Continue reading

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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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