Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

Doors will slam, towels will drop: Farren Timoteo goes farcical in A Grand Time in the Rapids at Teatro La Quindicina

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I love watching actors work hard,” says Farren Timoteo. “It’s one of my favourite things about theatre. I love it when you see them changing too much, running around too much, negotiating crazy entrances and exits … Continue reading

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A comedy thriller with a Wagnerian reverb: Evelyn Strange at Teatro, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A beautiful amnesiac in a trench coat finds herself in a grand tier box at the Met c. 1955, sitting through a performance of Wagner’s five-hour Siegfried. She needs time to think and, hey, The Ring … Continue reading

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The strange cycles of theatre: Shannon Blanchet returns to Teatro to direct the vintage comedy thriller Evelyn Strange

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Every once in a while the world of live theatre pulls off one of those satisfying but fanciful multi-strand time loops that wouldn’t be out of place in a play. Opera is involved; so is comedy. … Continue reading

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An ensemble devoted to expanding the comedy spectrum: Teatro at 40, the birthday season continues

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Teatro La Quindicina at 40. An artist-run company specially tuned to comedy, with co-artistic directors who both made their Teatro debuts as actors: same season (2005-2006), different plays, roles written specially for them by playwright/Teatro muse … Continue reading

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Revisiting your younger self: Bloomsday bends time at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca … “that girl there … and would you — would you please just for a minute — would you please see that girl there?”  — Robert in Bloomsday, by Steven Dietz  “What would you say to … Continue reading

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A comedy set in Kelowna? Teatro La Quindicina turns 40 with Caribbean Muskrat, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s telling that the oddball 2004 comedy launching Teatro La Quindicina’s return-to-live 40th anniversary season seems to wriggle out of every known category of their specialty. I refer of course to comedy. Teatro, after all, is … Continue reading

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‘What makes us laugh?” Teatro La Quindicina launches its 40th season with Caribbean Muskrat

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Comedy. That was the only stipulation when Teatro La Quindicina got a joint commission in 2003 from a short-lived comedy festival in Edmonton and the prestigious High Performance Rodeo in Calgary. That open-ended proposition was meat … Continue reading

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What? A land claim comedy? The surprising geniality of Cottagers and Indians at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s no accident that the first sound you hear in Cottagers and Indians is laughter (with some accompaniment from amused birds).    The Drew Hayden Taylor play with the cheeky title that’s running in the Shadow … Continue reading

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The healing touch of humour: Drew Hayden Taylor’s Cottagers and Indians at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Humour is the WD-40 of healing.”  That’s what an elder from the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta once told Drew Hayden Taylor. “I liked that. So cool. Almost T-shirt-worthy,” says the well-travelled Ojibwa playwright/ filmmaker/ TV … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: meet actor Rochelle Laplante

They’re young, adaptable, and creative. And as theatre returns in this late-pandemic grind, and the doors open to live audiences, we’ll be seeing the work of these theatre artists light up, and transform, the scene here, on- and backstage. Meet … Continue reading

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