Tag Archives: Workshop West Playwrights Theatre

Sad news: In Barbara Reese Edmonton theatre has lost a fine artist

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca With the death last month of Barbara Reese, Edmonton theatre has lost a fine artist, a generous collaborator and friend to artists, and an irreplaceable player in the drama of its history. Her departure has left … Continue reading

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Locked out by a union? Whaaaat? Allan Morgan’s one-man show I Walked The Line comes to Chinook Series 2020

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I could not believe it! I could not get my head around it!” declares Allan Morgan. The veteran Vancouver-based actor, whose conversation rolls in exclamation points, is known to Edmonton audiences since he was the touring … Continue reading

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“It’s what happens when you say Yes!” Feel the breeze at the 2020 Chinook Series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Chinook “is what happens when you say Yes!” laughs Vanessa Sabourin. She’s talking about the cutting-edge curated performance series that skips as lightly across artistic disciplines as the surprising winter breeze with the built-in warming trend. … Continue reading

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The year in Edmonton theatre: looking back on 2019

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Social media, video games, pop culture, the 2-D screen world … “all worthless, and we don’t even watch the same worthless things together,” rages Vanya, letting loose an elegiac full-blooded rant on the modern devaluation of … Continue reading

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Heather Inglis is Workshop West Playwrights Theatre’s new artistic producer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre has a new “artistic producer.”  She’s Heather Inglis, the founder and artistic director of the adventurous Edmonton-based indie company Theatre Yes. With the departure of Vern Thiessen after five years as artistic … Continue reading

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In hot pursuit of justice: The Ballad of Peachtree Rose. A review of Workshop West’s season-opener

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Welcome to the team!” says a mysterious executive (Laura Raboud), to the street kid she’s just recruited. “I really believe in you.” Team spirit: It’s music to the ears of Peach (Alexandra Dawkins), who ricochets through … 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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Crime plays: The Ballad of Peachtree Rose, a new thriller from Nicole Moeller, opens the Workshop West season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Who are the monsters?” That’s what playwright Nicole Moeller wonders. It’s what she’s always drawn to wonder in her plays, and the answer is never clear-cut. She asks again in the new high-speed thriller that premieres … Continue reading

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It’s show time in Edmonton theatre: what to not miss this season on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “That was what had been missing from his life all these years. His career, his city, this bonehead province. Mythic Power.” — The Garneau Block. In Todd Babiak’s wry and funny novel The Garneau Block, reborn … Continue reading

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Vern Thiessen to leave his post as Workshop West artistic director

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Time to move on,” says Vern Thiessen of his decision after five years to leave his post as artistic director of Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, effective Aug. 31. He won’t be leaving Edmonton, though. “I need … Continue reading

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