Tag Archives: Varscona Theatre

‘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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A mysterious encounter en route to the Promised Land: The Mountaintop opens the Shadow season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why America is going to hell … ” repeats the man before us, testing different ways of rolling off each syllable for a speech-in-progress. It’s a sonorous voice gone scratchy around the edges by hard use … Continue reading

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Merry, merry … further suggestions for your holiday entertainment this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This is the week you can get Santa to say Merry Christmas to you in a language of your choice — for $4.38 (including fees). It’s also the week you can go backstage in the notoriously … Continue reading

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Holding the torch in a man’s world: The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 at Northern Light Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca History is the springboard for The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921, the cunningly knotted little play that opens the Northern Light Theatre season in Trevor Schmidt’s crackling production. The title reveals the small-town crime, recorded by … Continue reading

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Linda Wood Edwards reimagines a mysterious chapter in our history: The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In December 26, 1921, just outside the small Alberta town of Big Valley, a brothel started by an enterprising woman burned to the ground.Narrow escapes ensued, as duly reported by The Big Valley News that week. … Continue reading

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What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Have a peek

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What’s up in Edmonton theatre this weekend? Oh, you know, the usual…. A new theatre is glowing from the inside out. Shows are ending their runs, a live season of Die-Nasty is about to begin, Opera … Continue reading

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Noodling with The Stroganoffs: Die-Nasty returns with the first of three mini-seasons

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca    A weekday morning in the life of an improviser: Wayne Jones is hanging with Chekhov. He’s spent the a.m. watching The Seagull and Uncle Vanya. Who does that? The producer/artistic director of the 30th annual … Continue reading

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