Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre Ensemble

A grown-up homecoming in a moving musical: Fun Home, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We are all haunted, every one of us. By the great mysteries of our past: our families. By the questions we live with that never got answered. By the tiny moments that slipped by at the … Continue reading

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The road to Mesa: a buddy pic with a difference. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Funny how the concept “road trip” conjures two sets of images, almost entirely contradictory. One is fuelled by sheer romance, the cinematic sweep of conquering vastness in a first-hand way: the questing spirit with car keys, … Continue reading

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On the road again: Mesa is a trip across the border, and the generations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You know what they say (it’s probably somewhere in the extra-fine print on the AMA website, just kidding): You never really know someone till you travel together. The buddy pic/ road trip through America that opens … Continue reading

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“Ripe for a lapse”: Fallen Angels is a Bright Young Things lark. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The “nice part” of Julia is perfectly content with matrimonial “happiness and tranquillity.” There lurks, however, “a beastly, unworthy thing waiting to spring.” And, she adds darkly, “it hasn’t been fed for a long LONG time….” … Continue reading

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Happy hour from Bright Young Things: meet the stars of Fallen Angels

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “My mind is a mass of corruption,” Noel Coward told the Evening Standard in 1925. “England’s solid-gold jazz baby,” as his biographer John Lahr described him, was responding to the selection of epithets dusted off by … Continue reading

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Enter smiling, glass in hand: the Varscona Theatre Ensemble season begins with Fallen Angels

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the effervescent 1924 comedy that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, you will see two married women, bored with contentment and longing for passion, restore the zing of excitement to their lives. They levitate into … Continue reading

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Tense negotiations over tea: Going to St. Ives at the Varscona, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The negotiations at the heart of Going To St. Ives involve a doctor and a patient, and a hard-fought exchange of favours. They have nothing to do with waiting lists. In this knotty two-hander by American … Continue reading

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Big issues in small rooms: Atlas Theatre is back with Going To St. Ives

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives.…” The thorny  little two-hander that opens Thursday on the Varscona stage, the finale of the inaugural Varscona Theatre Ensemble series, invokes that … Continue reading

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The Plain Janes get dizzy in Madrid: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome to the edge, the verge, the ledge….” sing five agitated women who find themselves thrown together, teetering crazily, in the Act I finale of the riotous musical screwball that the Plain Janes have brought to … Continue reading

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Taking a taxi through ’80s Madrid: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, the musical

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the first song of the musical comedy cum romantic screwball that ricochets across the Varscona stage Thursday, a Madrid taxi driver apostrophizes his beloved home town in the ‘80s.  “Give me directions straight into the … Continue reading

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