Tag Archives: Vancouver Arts Club Theatre

The comedy of excavation: Hiraeth at the Varscona in a Bright Young Things production. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a visceral way, there’s nothing more gut-wrenching, than hope. It puts your dreams into a never-ending spin cycle. You can’t get a grip on grief, or heartbreak. You can’t even grab onto sadness properly, much … Continue reading

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Finding comedy in deep places: Hiraeth premieres in a Bright Young Things production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The play that premieres Friday on the Varscona stage in a Bright Young Things production, is a test case of sorts for the uncanny way comedy gets a special access pass to the deepest, most serious … Continue reading

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A real live in-person season at the Citadel, starting this summer. The Citadel welcomes audiences back to the big brick playhouse

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And they’re back live —starting small in August and getting bigger —  in a real live in-person season. At a well-named online Happy Hour Thursday, Citadel artistic director Daryl Cloran announced a big line-up of 10 … Continue reading

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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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