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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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All about the playwright: Workshop West celebrates the big 4-oh

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was not one of those storied red carpet openings, where everyone knows that history is being made and dresses accordingly. But then, what little Canadian theatre starts that way? Four decades ago, a sometime playwright/ … Continue reading

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How to feel the breeze at Chinook

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a town that needed a chinook … an E-town story. And yes, we’re having one. The Chinook Series, which opens tonight, is a resource-pooling experience between arts groups  with a view to … Continue reading

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Dreaming of home: Matara takes us to the zoo and a lone elephant, at Workshop West. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “This is her home. And we are her family.”  That’s Karen the zookeeper (Elinor Holt) taking on protesters and talking about her charge, who’s big, exotic, fascinating — and languishing a world away from her ‘country … Continue reading

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“The elephant in the room is … an elephant.” Conni Massing’s Matara opens the Workshop West season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca That not one but two new plays by Conni Massing are premiering this season is noteworthy. That they open a  mere two weeks apart, the work of two different theatre companies, is more striking still.    … Continue reading

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And so it begins, the new theatre season. Edmonton has play dates, and here’s a teaser!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you’re stuck in your story and want to get out … sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty….” Matilda. In Matilda, the joyously subversive musical spun from Roald Dahl’s novel, our activist eight-year-old … Continue reading

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A season on Edmonton stages: a look back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the opening scene of Jabberwocky, the latest from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop (at Theatre Network this past season), a drum roll announces the parting of a red velvet theatre curtain. Which opens to reveal … Continue reading

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The art of Indigenous storytelling comes to life: meet Josh Languedoc

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’ve always been a storyteller,” says the Saugeen First Nation playwright/ actor/ improviser/ director Josh Languedoc. “It’s just been there … in my bones.” He can thank his Indigenous heritage, and its great oral tradition for … Continue reading

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The siren call of the wild: Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins, a review

Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Something happened to me today,” says Lizzie in Pretty Goblins. “Something happens to everyone every day,” says her twin sister Laura. There it is, in a nutshell: the hard, maybe irreducible, human mystery at the crux of … Continue reading

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Sisterhood and addiction: Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins premieres at Workshop West

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Morning and evening/ Maids heard the goblins cry: “Come buy our orchard fruits,/Come buy, come buy…. – Goblin Market Christina Rossetti’s 1859 fantasy Goblin Market, a piece of Victorian erotica which has got to be one of … Continue reading

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