Tag Archives: Workshop West Playwrights Theatre

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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Flying too near the sun: the hunger for artistic inspiration in Dora Maar: the wicked one, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Images of fire, flames, burning, melting are everywhere in Dora Maar: the wicked one, a compelling new solo play by Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic (The Drowning Girls, Comrades, Mules) presented by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre … Continue reading

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A cutting edge artist in her own right: Dora Maar: the wicked one, at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the solo play that launches the Workshop West Playwrights Theatre season Thursday you’ll meet a remarkable artist, a multi-media groundbreaker in the ‘30s and ‘40s. She was a cutting edge photographer with commercial cred and … Continue reading

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Workshop West announces a new season devoted to Canadian plays and their creators

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre bookends its upcoming 44th “Persistence of Vision” season, announced Thursday, in a way that has always characterized a theatre company devoted to the development and showcasing of new Canadian plays and their … Continue reading

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Spirits rise: revisiting the Edmonton theatre season, part two

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Fever Land, according to that heartbreaking/ riotous comedy by which Teatro La Quindicina returned to live performance last fall, is the kingdom where your spirits rise, vivacity accelerates, and the gray clammy feeling of routine is … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Edmonton theatre season that returned to live, part one

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It began in some trepidation, cautiously, experimentally, with complicated logistics, under constant threat of delays and cancellations. But this was the season that live theatre actually returned to live and in-person. Yes, the pivot pivoted. We … Continue reading

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Their long journeys to Canada and the shoes they wore: The Shoe Project at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca To understand someone you must first walk a mile in their shoes. The old truism gets renewed and powerful resonance in the performance event happening at Workshop West this weekend. In The Shoe Project, Saturday and … Continue reading

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Sexual assault in the world of Friend or Unfriend: Tell Us What Happened at Workshop West. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Michelle Robb’s tense new play, premiering at Workshop West in Heather Inglis’s production, young characters slam up hard against complicated questions — at contradictory angles. But here’s the rub: they live in a world that … Continue reading

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Tell Us What Happened: sexual assault and social media, in Michelle Robb’s new play at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The new play that premieres Thursday in Heather Inglis’s Workshop West production invites us into a circle of young female friends who find themselves in crisis in the fraught border country between social media and the … Continue reading

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Springboards: a signature new play festival returns home to Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a felicity of timing, an alignment of stars, that our first chance to visit Workshop West Playwrights Theatre in their new home in Old Strathcona is Springboards.   The festival of staged readings, workshops and … Continue reading

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