Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

The Wild Things aren’t done with you yet: Fringe holdovers next week in three locations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The Wild Things haven’t finished with you yet, my theatre-hungry friends. The 38th annual edition of our summer theatre bash might end Sunday night. But you get a reprieve on some of the Fringe hits you … Continue reading

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The Bad Seed returns to chill at Teatro La Quindicina. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca That angelic smile. That impeccable posture. Those unassailably perfect braids.… “Too good to be true,” someone says admiringly of eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark near the start of The Bad Seed. It’s meant to be the ultimate compliment. … Continue reading

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The Bad Seed at Teatro: the “perfect little girl” and her mom. Meet the stars

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “She’s perfect perfect perfect,” grins Lilla Sólymos, cheerfully assessing the lethally goal-oriented little girl she plays in the 1954 thriller that returns to the Teatro La Quindicina repertoire Friday after 30 years. “And she uses that.” … Continue reading

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Strangers till they’re not: one last chance to see A Likely Story at Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You are a stranger though,” says a character, musing on whether to lay out her life conundrum to someone she’s just met in an unspecified place that turns out to be … a train station. “Ah, … Continue reading

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A weekend at the theatre in E-town: happy birthday Varscona, A Likely Story, Improvaganza…

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca It’s the weekend in E-Town. So obviously you need to be in a theatre. Have a peek at some of your options. You could… •Go to a theatre party. Three years ago, something dramatic happened to … Continue reading

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Mighty oaks from tiny acorns…. Concrete’s Sprouts Festival returns

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca The sun is out. For 18 springs now, Concrete Theatre has been planting the Canadian theatre repertoire with new play seedlings from unusual sources — and then watering them for future seasons. The annual Sprouts Festival … Continue reading

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A kickstart for Chekhovian ennui: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Shadow. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Oh let’s not talk. I’ll keep my sadness to myself,” says a mopey sister to a melancholy brother near the start of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Yeah, right. Like that’s gonna happen. As … Continue reading

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The Shadow knows: putting the comedy back into Chekhov, and the new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If everyone took anti-depressants, Chekhov would have had nothing to write about….” The playwright himself called it “Chekhov in a blender.” But Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by the raucous American absurdist Christopher Durang … Continue reading

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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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Alison at three ages, and the actors who play her in groundbreaking Fun Home

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Everything about the clever, heart-wrenching musical that opens Friday at the Varscona stands off the beaten track in the musical theatre-land. And it’s produced by a little company that specializes in off the beaten track musicals, … Continue reading

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