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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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Workshop West: the playwrights’ theatre is back, live, with a new season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre turns 43 this season with a live, all-Canadian lineup, dubbed “Daring Greatly,” that includes two premieres by Edmonton playwrights, the return after a decade to a signature WWPT new play development festival, … Continue reading

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Rocko and Nakota: star storyteller Josh Languedoc is back for National Indigenous Peoples Day

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It sits differently in my body, in my voice,” says Josh Languedoc, musing on his widely travelled solo show Rocko and Nakota: Tales From The Land. “Something has shifted this time around.” It’s been that kind … Continue reading

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The play that haunts Darrin Hagen: the debut edition of Theatre Network’s new online book club (for plays)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In February of 1983, a kid from Rocky Mountain House, newly arrived in town, went with a pal to the theatre. The play Darrin Hagen saw that winter night would linger in his mind over the … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 2021 in Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking.… The world has been so chaotic and unpredictable this past year that you’d have to be crazy to ink in a calendar of upcoming theatre events.      But one thing … Continue reading

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