Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

Thoughts on the Plain Janes’ Scenes From The Sidewalk the sequel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You have to hand it to the catastrophe that is the pandemic: it’s impossible now to take for granted the “live” in live theatre. “Going out to the theatre,” a phrase to be tossed off expectantly … Continue reading

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Teatro La Quindicina’s 2021 summer season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It being summer (to put it mildly), and Teatro La Quindicina’s particular time of year par excellence, the company is back in rehearsal. Yes, real actors in an actual theatre, the Varscona in Strathcona. “And it … Continue reading

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And they’re back live in 2022: Shadow announces a live season for January

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Seasons announced and un-announced and re-announced (with modifications); shows scheduled and delayed, cancelled and pivoted…. The story of Edmonton theatres for the last 14 months is a narrative of optimism up against caution. As the Shadow … Continue reading

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‘Questions that make the house shake with silence’: Something Unspoken streamed at Northern Light. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Northern Light Theatre’s exquisite little streamed version of Something Unspoken, a rarely produced Tennessee Williams’ one-act from the ‘50s, is a bit like a whisper in a bubble. Breathe too hard and it will vanish. In … Continue reading

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A theatre to-do list for the week, including a bread and circus combo, kid stuff, costume and video installations, shows to stream

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In week ten thousand of the pandemic, before you actually melt into Netflix and disappear, clicker in hand, put a couple of suggestions on your theatre to-do list. The word ‘fun’ does not go amiss, I … Continue reading

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A relationship between the lines: Something Unspoken, streamed by Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s just that I feel that there’s something unspoken between us that ought to be spoken….” — Something Unspoken, Tennessee Williams         The 1950s Tennessee Williams one-act play that opens online Friday — the … Continue reading

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Dressing the stars: a star designer. Leona Brausen creates stroll-by theatre in a costume installation at the Varscona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So what do wealthy socialites wear to dinner parties in ‘30s Budapest anyhow? Or to auctions in ’20s upstate New York? Breezy playboys in ‘50s Manhattan with their pleated trousers, worn high and sharp like their … Continue reading

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We need a little Christmas, right this very minute: the Varscona’s first-ever Virtual Holiday Gala

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a daunting year for live theatre, when the sound of Cheers! has rarely been heard across the land (and the sound of even one hand clapping is now a faint echo in the imagination), the … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the Varscona … a homecoming for Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca General rule of thumb: On any joyful occasion you can never really go wrong with dancing. If there’s singing, so much the better. It frames Welcome Home, a celebration of the re-opening of the Varscona Theatre … Continue reading

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‘Welcome Home’: Teatro is back and live at the Varscona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca After catapulting its entire 2020 June to October season a year into the future, Teatro La Quindicina returns to their natural home, the Varscona Theatre stage, for the next three Fridays. They’re back “with cautious aplomb … Continue reading

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