Tag Archives: Northern Light Theatre

Two-Headed/ Half-Hearted: the twinned urge to be joined and apart in Northern Light Theatre’s new musical. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There they sit, motionless under a rosy moon, a two-headed prairie oracle atop a body wrapped in mystery.  They’re the centrepiece of an eerie altar: a bank of ghostly corn stalks, a gothic farmhouse facade, an … Continue reading

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Two-Headed/ Half-Hearted: sisterly bonding in a unique new musical at Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Sisters. You can’t live with ‘em and you can’t live without ‘em.  In the uniquely demanding new musical that premieres Friday, the finale of Northern Light Theatre’s 46th season, you will meet a pair of sisters … Continue reading

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Melanie Piatocha: theatre has lost a bright talent and a questing spirit

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In this bleak mid-winter of theatre, heartbreaking news of the January death of actor Melanie Piatocha at 36 seems particularly cruel. The abrupt loss of a talent so expansive, and a quester so spirited, so restless, … Continue reading

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The Hunchback Variations: the quest for the elusive. Meet director Davina Stewart

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The comedy that opens Friday in a Northern Light Theatre production starts in absurdity, a concept that’s taken a beating from reality, times being what they are. Start with this: The Hunchback Variations is a panel … 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 in Edmonton theatre, part two

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2021 was the year a mystery box, gift-wrapped in silver with a Do Not Open warning, arrived at the house. At showtime three days later, it turned out to contain cues for a play — no, … 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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Holding the torch in a man’s world: The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 at Northern Light Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca History is the springboard for The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921, the cunningly knotted little play that opens the Northern Light Theatre season in Trevor Schmidt’s crackling production. The title reveals the small-town crime, recorded by … Continue reading

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Linda Wood Edwards reimagines a mysterious chapter in our history: The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In December 26, 1921, just outside the small Alberta town of Big Valley, a brothel started by an enterprising woman burned to the ground.Narrow escapes ensued, as duly reported by The Big Valley News that week. … Continue reading

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