Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

Two sparring playwrights in a vintage thriller: Deathtrap opens the Teatro Live! season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The twisty comedy thriller that opens the Teatro season on the Varscona stage Friday is a classic, Ira Levin’s vintage 1978 Broadway hit Deathtrap.  But the production that launches the Teatro La Quindicina of old into … Continue reading

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Face the dusk: off the couch everyone, and into the theatre this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Our outdoor colour scheme has gone monochromatic; something weird has happened to the evening lighting. There is an obvious fix: face the gathering darkness, arise from the couch and go to the theatre. There’s been a … Continue reading

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Love takes us backstage at a kids’ TV show: Die-Nasty lathers up for a new season of Monday night episodes

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Suds alert: We’re backstage at DNTV, a television studio where tensions are on red alert and the real drama happens in this age of streaming.  TV executives, actors both human and puppet, camera people, script writers … Continue reading

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‘Imaginative solutions for impossible scenarios.’ The Wrong People Have Money at Shadow Theatre, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “In this class,” says star professor Martin Delancey of York University in The Wrong People Have Money, “we’re going to explore the impossible. We’re going to ‘tether the moon’.” It’s a course, standing room only, in … Continue reading

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Crazy or inspired: the what-if? of The Wrong People Have Money, premiering at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a what-if? to stop you in your tracks and make you smile. What if you moved Greenland south to the middle of the Atlantic? Think of the benefits, for human habitation and commerce. In The … Continue reading

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Hey, Old Friend! The Janes and the Varscona toast Sondheim

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “But us, old friends, What’s to discuss, old friends? Here’s to us! Who’s like us? Damn few!” — Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Sondheim  Edmonton’s top musical theatre artists gather on the Varscona stage Oct. 8 … Continue reading

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Facing the fall-out: A Doll’s House Part 2 launches the season at the Varscona. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The stage is dominated by a door, a giant door. The room has the outlines of wainscoting and six sealed windows — all bleached out, painted over, uninhabited. There’s no human clutter: a couple of chairs, … Continue reading

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Knock knock who’s there? Nora’s back, A Doll’s House Part 2

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “And it’s crucial there be a door. A very prominent door to the outside….” playwright stage directions, A Doll’s House Part 2 by Lucas Hnath It’s the door that Nora Helmer slammed as she walks out … Continue reading

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Teatro Live! new season, new calendar, new name

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Ya turn 40, ya make changes….  Teatro La Quindicina goes into its new decade with a newly streamlined moniker (with a built-in exclamation point), a new logo, a new and Fringe-less yearly calendar, and an expanding … Continue reading

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And there’s more … Fringe holdovers next week in two locations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Oh no, it’s true. The Fringe ends Sunday. But if your GPS went wonky and you haven’t managed to arrive at Destination Fringe yet, or your might-have-seen’s haven’t quite materialized, regrets are premature. You’ve had a … Continue reading

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