Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

Where did the time go? Nighty-night at the Slumberland Motel: a review of Collin Doyle’s comedy, premiering at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What is a salesman but a teller of stories and a purveyor of dreams? Willie Loman knew it. And so does Edward, the more optimistic half of the pair of travelling vacuum cleaner salesmen who find … Continue reading

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Away (far away) in a manger: The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant returns to the Varscona this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Don’t get just anyone’s baby for Jesus Christ. Get a quiet one….” That’s the sage advice from the usual director of the small-town Newfoundland Christmas pageant to her temporary replacement. What Mrs. O’Brien inherits is a … Continue reading

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Monday nite special: seductive looks, upward mobility in CAL-gry, as Die-Nasty soaps return

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to the archive of lingering glances and lip-quivering gazes: troubled, dreamy, steamy, wistful, reflective, yearning, sultry, moody, sultry-moody crossover. Yes, the new season of Die-Nasty — “Die-Nasty does Dynasty,” makes Edmonton’s award-winning live improvised weekly … Continue reading

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The Boo! Revue: the new Varscona Theatre Ensemble says hello Sunday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Three of Edmonton’s most inventive little indie theatre companies are forming a trio — in a new umbrella ensemble that will produce a subscription season of shows at the Varscona Theatre. Together, Plain Jane Theatre, Bright … Continue reading

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Higher physics into rom-com: a review of Constellations at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ve had this feeling, I know you have. You instinctively review your life to date (and maybe throw in your future prospects). And, like the heat-seeker you are, you can’t help thinking of the moments it … Continue reading

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Oil money, glamour, seduction, betrayal … the new season of Die-Nasty starts Monday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s 1983. And world-class cities don’t come any world-classier than the one down the road. Yes, it’s in the gleaming cloud-capp’d towers of Calgary, that fabled Shangri-La of wealth and power and world classiness, oiled by, … Continue reading

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A funny and wistful season finale at Teatro La Quindicina: Shocker’s Delight!, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m concerned about our ability to function outside the academic world,” says Julia, a ballroom dance major at the University of Continental North America, to her childhood friend Markus, who’s in philosophy. The college pals are … Continue reading

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The 25th anniversary edition of the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon is sudsing up

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to Dystopia! The 25th annual edition of Edmonton’s venerable improv comedy tradition, the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon, is at hand. Starting this very evening, 7 p.m. at the Varscona Theatre, the forces of the improv elite — the … Continue reading

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Dream on! A Midsummer Night’s Fringe has holdovers!

  It’s not time to wake up yet. Some of the hottest shows at A Midsummer Night’s Fringe, the 36th annual edition of our summer theatre bash, are being held over. FRINGE THEATRE ADVENTURES: At Fringe headquarters, the ATB Financial … Continue reading

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I Heard About Your Murder: a new Lemoine comedy reinvents the who-dunnit

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An early exchange in I Heard About Your Murder, a teasing title with its own built-in line of inquiry, is a tip-off about the mystery concoction to follow.  Irritated by efforts to smooth out the awkward … Continue reading

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