Tag Archives: Vancouver Arts Club Theatre

Looking to the future: the Citadel moves its season to 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight “I used to be the good news guy,” sighs Daryl Cloran. “I got to call people to tell them ‘hey we’re gonna do your show’ and ‘hey, you’re in the cast’….” COVID has changed all that. … Continue reading

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The strangest of seasons: a truncated year on Edmonton stages in Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two high-contrast shows, one a subterranean prairie slow-burn tragedy and the other a riotous blood-spattered revenge comedy of the Shakespearean persuasion, proved the top choices of jurors as the 33rd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced … Continue reading

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Are you Stuck-In-The House? The Citadel can help with that (an update from E-town’s biggest theatre)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca True, you can’t show up for a live in-person experience at the theatre. But Edmonton’s largest theatre company invites you to share the work of our impressive talent pool of local artists anyway — in your … Continue reading

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“See our bodies. Hear our stories.” A complex human portrait of disability in Cost of Living, says actor/activist Teal Sherer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I live my life. I work. I’m married. I have a kid. I deal with the same things as anybody else.” The voice on the phone from Seattle is amused. Teal Sherer is used to being … Continue reading

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“You have to put it right!” Matilda the Musical, at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Wicked, I tell you. Wicked fun, that is, the smart, joyful musical that’s currently promoting anti-authoritarian resistance, empowerment, and self-determination  — for children! — from the Citadel’s Shoctor stage. Based on Roald Dahl’s delightfully dark 1988 … Continue reading

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“A little bit naughty”: Matilda rewrites her story in the hit musical opening at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We are revolting children/ living in revolting times. We sing revolting songs/ using revolting rhymes. Kicking, punching, and stomping are de rigueur in the rehearsal rooms of the Citadel these days. “We talk about fighting, not about … Continue reading

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Sweat, a blue-collar tragedy of work and race, at the Citadel: A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If you’ve ever wondered why disenfranchised workers seem to vote, time and again, against their own economic self-interest — and it’s a moment in history to be awestruck by that — the play currently onstage at … Continue reading

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The collapse of the blue-collar dream: Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “They don’t understand that human decency is at the core of everything. They squeeze us like a sponge, drain every last drop of blood out and then throw us away.” — Stan the bartender in Sweat, … Continue reading

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The quest to be a warrior: an Indigenous story gets a powerful telling in Redpatch. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the striking opening moments of Redpatch a masked prophet in a pyramid of light asks “what is life?” and then vanishes into mist. It’s a question with legs (and vast reservoirs of imaginative and aerobic … Continue reading

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From Nootka Sound to Vimy Ridge: Redpatch, an Indigenous soldier’s tale comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You could do a lot of exhuming in the archives, in novels, diaries, war poetry, and never discover this striking and mysterious fact: more than four thousand Indigenous Canadians signed up to fight in the First … Continue reading

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