Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

Give yourself a festive treat: Holiday shows on E-town stages this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Like socks with reindeer antlers and figgy puddings, festive holiday shows are definitely not one-size-fits-all. They come in every pattern, every size, every budget from lavish to cash-strapped ingenuity. And, for that matter, every gradation of … Continue reading

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Strange, playful, and of this moment: The Skin Of Our Teeth from Bright Young Things. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s strange, it’s playful. And it gets right to the heart of the dark, chaotic, freak-out of the present moment.  That’s The Skin Of Our Teeth, the high-spirited, anarchic, category-resistant 1942 “comedy” (for want of a … Continue reading

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“Have you milked the mammoth?” Thornton Wilder’s The Skin Of Our Teeth, the wildest play of the season. A preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The weirdest, wildest play of the season — let’s be bold and call it in advance — is opening tonight on the Varscona stage. It’s not new, though it feels like it might be. The Skin … Continue reading

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What to see this weekend on E-town stages (don’t stay home)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Time (a possible paradox). There’s never enough of it. It never stands still. It’s almost impossible to make a dent in it. You can move forward through it, but are you actually standing still?  The show … Continue reading

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Women in their 50s get sitcom Botox: The Roommate opens the Shadow season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s impossible to know anything about the season-opening two-hander comedy at Shadow Theatre — including its title — without thinking of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version). The Roommate, by the young (and multi-award-winning) American playwright … Continue reading

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Writing for women of a certain age: meet Jen Silverman, the author of The Roommate

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Jen Silverman is the New York-based playwright/ screenwriter/ novelist who wrote the comedy The Roommate. Last produced at Chicago’s Steppenwolf in 2018, it’s the season-opener at Shadow Theatre. She made time in her schedule for some … Continue reading

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Hey, the theatre season has landed: a weekend on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You may have noticed: the stars have aligned; the E-town theatre season is underway. This week there are musicals, plays, an original screwball comedy. There’s a staged reading of a play that’ll open on a stage … Continue reading

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In a lather at Big Little Lake: the 27th annual Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Funny how a charming resort village like Big Little Lake, where the  well-toned meet the well-heeled over white wine spritzers, can turn suddenly … well, sinister. Murder has a way of doing that. It populates the … Continue reading

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There’s more. Update on the Fringe holdovers: the Grindstone is in

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The “shoulda,” and the “meant to…” regrets that always accompany the end of the Fringe are getting some get some relief this week. As already announced, some of the Fringe’s hottest shows are getting held over … Continue reading

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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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