Monthly Archives: November 2020

Three days from opening, Mary’s Wedding is on hold at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, After a day of investigating the implications of the Alberta government’s perplexing new restrictions announced Tuesday afternoon, the Citadel Theatre has decided to postpone its upcoming live production of Mary’s Wedding: A Metis Love Story, which … Continue reading

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Le Moulin Rouge: can-cans at The Spotlight Cabaret

By Liz Nicholls, “It will be busy once more … give us a month!” says the co-impresario of a night club, pleading with creditors at the start of Le Moulin Rouge. “Times are tough.” Hey, a cabaret about … … Continue reading

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Waiting for … everything: a couple of online shows for our time

By Liz Nicholls, Waiting and wondering in the weird no-man’s land between past and present: that would be us, in late 2020. Samuel Beckett is the playwright of choice for this moment. If there ever was a time to … Continue reading

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The complicated world of university theatre: Too Much Zoom Makes Us All Go Blind

By Liz Nicholls, You can learn to use the subjunctive, make meringues, prune junipers, do a downward-facing dog, tour the Prado, or say screw you in Gaelic … online. No problem. And theatre? You can attend a lecture on … Continue reading

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Listen to the music: Keep Calm and Rock On at the Mayfield. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, “What the people need is a way to make ‘em smile,” declared astute social commentators The Doobie Brothers in Listen to the Music in 1972. Hear hear. The Mayfield takes this sage counsel to heart by … Continue reading

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“Terror and festering dread,” and a mystery narrator to unknot: We Had A Girl Before You at Northern Light. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, We’re isolated from each other, alone in the dark. Haunting wind and sea sounds surround us, threaded with wisps of melody and … are those human cries? (composer/ sound designer Dave Clarke). When we enter the … Continue reading

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Doing musical theatre in 2020? It’s an intricate challenge: the making of Keep Calm and Rock On at the Mayfield

By Liz Nicholls, You’ve got to be ingenious to make live theatre. And no one (sane) ever said it was slam-dunk easy money. But bringing a musical live to the theatre stage in late 2020 in the middle of … Continue reading

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Antidotes to a gruesome week: here’s a couple of surprising beautiful theatre “concerts” on film

By Liz Nicholls, Looking for an antidote? It’s been a gruesome nail-biter of a week on multiple fronts; everyone knows what exactly what that question means. So, the doctor is IN. I caught a couple of truly original and … Continue reading

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We Had A Girl Before You: what happened to her? A new Gothic thriller opens the Northern Light season

By Liz Nicholls, O no O no…. Don’t look through that keyhole. And don’t open that door. Trevor Schmidt’s new gothic thriller looks through that keyhole, and  opens that door (and the Northern Light Theatre season), Friday. In We … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the Varscona … a homecoming for Teatro

By Liz Nicholls, General rule of thumb: On any joyful occasion you can never really go wrong with dancing. If there’s singing, so much the better. It frames Welcome Home, a celebration of the re-opening of the Varscona Theatre … Continue reading

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