Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

New faces in theatre: meet designer/scenographer Elise CM Jason in a new 12thnight series

They’re young, bright, and unstoppably creative. And, pandemic be damned, their adaptable, flexible talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. In this 12thnight series you’ll meet some of E-town’s sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, is … Continue reading

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Identity crisis in mascara and blush: The Look, streaming from Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’m going to let you in on a secret, girls. Eyelashes are back,” advises Marilyn Miles, the original face of Estelle Cosmetics, in The Look. Lashes may be back. Live in-person theatre (formerly known as ‘Tteatre’), … 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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Mary’s Wedding: inside Mary’s dream in a new Métis version of the classic, streaming from the Citadel. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It is no surprise that the land acknowledgment at the outset of Mary’s Wedding, delivered by one of its characters, has a particular resonance in the Citadel production that opened its digital streaming run Dec. 22 … Continue reading

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A wish for the new year from 12thnight.ca

Happy New Year, theatre friends! It was a year (was it only a year?) unimaginable in advance. A year of devastating losses and challenges for the performing arts. A year in which Edmonton’s valiant community of theatre-creators rose to the … Continue reading

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Giving 2020 the kiss-off (and welcoming 2021): how to be festive on New Year’s Eve

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s entirely possible no one will see your party shoes. But if there was ever a New Year’s Eve to hoist a glass of bubbly and cheer loudly, it’s got to be this one. And it … Continue reading

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You’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf, now get ready for … Edmonton’s Meme Queens

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf, now get ready for this…. Face it, 2020, a dumpster fire of a year, hasn’t given theatre people a lot to get happy about, creative though they are. But … Continue reading

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2020: the strange year in Edmonton theatre (what just happened here? part 2)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2020 was the year that a beaming singer arrived on the Varscona stage, draped herself in a chair centrestage to deliver a torchy number. And the host (Andrew MacDonald-Smith) calmly strode over and threw a sheet … Continue reading

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2020: a year like no other in Edmonton theatre (part 1)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2020: the year the laws of probability bent so far out of shape they snapped. Along with satire, futurist dystopian fantasies ceded pride of place to … reality. Every definition of live theatre was up against … Continue reading

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‘Light during the longest nights’: the Citadel’s film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Light!” declares the twinkly old man at a piano on the stage of a big dark empty theatre. “Light during the longest nights.” It’s what every ghost wants, he says. And he’s got the ghost story … Continue reading

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