Tag Archives: Workshop West Playwrights Theatre

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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Old Strathcona here they come: for the first time in Workshop West history, a theatre of their own

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre is moving.   Come March 1 you’ll find the venerable company, age 43, in their own theatre, in the heart of Edmonton’s entertainment district. Welcome to the newly christened Gateway Theatre in … Continue reading

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Getting excited about Edmonton theatre in 2022, a how-to guide

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I sometimes have to wonder if my annual ‘what to look forward to in theatre’ piece in January has become speculative fiction in our pandemical world. A universal disclaimer seems to hang over everything like ice … Continue reading

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Richard Gishler: Edmonton theatre has lost part of its story and its heart

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A hard year in theatre got harder still in December. With the passing this month of actor/ playwright Richard Gishler, at 74, this theatre town has lost some of its lustre: part of its origin story, … Continue reading

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2021: the year Edmonton theatre returned to live (part one)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In theatre, 2021 is a year that isn’t ending as it began. It was more than half over when The Pivot pivoted. Live performance gradually, cautiously ventured out of its online exile, where it had creatively … Continue reading

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The (88) keys to the kingdom: Darrin Hagen’s solo show Metronome. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In his new solo play Metronome, Darrin Hagen sits at a table under a giant arc, a rainbow of piano fragments, strings, unstrung sounding plates, keyboards. At one end, attached to the ground like the mythical … Continue reading

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‘That piano arrived in my life for a reason’: Metronome, a new Darrin Hagen solo show premieres at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Have you ever tried something new, and instantly thought ‘O! I feel like I’ve been doing this my whole life?’” That’s how Darrin Hagen remembers the exact day when everything changed for the small-town Alberta trailer … Continue reading

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