Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

Back to live theatre: are you game? That’s the question as E-town theatres make (and re-make) plans for the fall

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lessons from the pandemic: “Phases” may come (and go). But a great triple-sided mystery remains. You can throw open theatre doors. But will people want to return? Under what conditions? And when? The good news is … Continue reading

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A world of uncertainty: a playground for improv. Dungeons, Dragons, and Die-Nasty

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a world of uncertainty, improv makes perfect sense. It’s no coincidence that in a crisis, award-winning artists in this improv-crazy theatre town have stepped up to the challenge, and improvised new ways to take performance … Continue reading

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Cocktails at Stewart’s: Teatro La Quindicina throws an online party to celebrate a birthday and a season on hold for a year

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Listen, life is valuable…. If it ends, you’d miss it. Remember that, but also forget about it. I’m done. Where’s my drink?” The woman who delivers an impromptu Best Lady acceptance speech in Stewart Lemoine’s 2003 … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: six bright newcomers. The series continues with triple-threat Bella King

They’re young. They shine brightly. And their talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. 12thnight talked to six starry and sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, will have a big impact on theatre here when the … Continue reading

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Teatro La Quindicina postpones its 2020 summer season for a year

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The upcoming Teatro La Quindicina 2020 summer season, which would have launched at the end of May with a revival of Stewart Lemoine’s Evelyn Strange, has been postponed by a year. Be patient, theatre fans. The … Continue reading

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Shadow Theatre focuses on local writers next season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Shadow Theatre will finish its current season — but not until the fall. The Wrong People Have Money, the Shadow season finale with the resonant title (I can see you nodding), was to have premiered at … Continue reading

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When the curtain doesn’t open: strange nights without theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a strange feeling. I’ve spent most of my adult life encouraging people to go to live theatre. Exhorting people to share the excitement, the fun, the surprise, the laughter and the tears, the shared gasp, … Continue reading

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Heisenberg: the Uncertainty Principle comes to theatre, at Shadow. Meet Amber Borotsik

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you watch something closely enough you realize you have no possible way of telling where it’s going or how fast it’s getting there. Did you know that?”  — Heisenberg “It’s a slippery thing,” muses Amber … Continue reading

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10 years with the Janes: Plain Jane Theatre celebrates with a new revue, Get Happy!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Happiness. So how’s that going for you? Is the state of happiness a democratic republic? Is happiness something to be approached gradually, on tiptoe? Something to be pursued vigorously and wrestled to the ground? Or chosen? … Continue reading

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A brave new gender-less world? Happy Birthday Baby J, a new Nick Green comedy at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I was saying my authenticity mantra,” declares a progressive bourgeois mommy at the start of Happy Birthday Baby J. Yes indeed, “authenticity” (and an assortment of other contemporary mantras) will be up for discussion, dissection, and … Continue reading

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