Tag Archives: Northern Light Theatre

A new Ellen Chorley play is the centrepiece of the upcoming Northern Light season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The centrepiece of Northern Light Theatre’s upcoming season, announced Saturday, is a new play by one of Edmonton’s most unusual artists. Ellen Chorley, the director of Nextfest since 2016, is an award-winning playwright, actor, director, dramaturg, … Continue reading

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The Cardiac Shadow: where the soul goes under extreme duress. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the theatre, the dim light glints off the barbed wire that separates us from the stage. At the back we can just make out a kind of altar, draped in bulbs. It turns out to … Continue reading

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The Cardiac Shadow, a multi-disciplinary exploration of human resilience at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “We were the thermometers of these men. The mercury was in our veins, rising and falling with every heartbeat. Our bodies measured the temperature of death.” The Cardiac Shadow, Clay McLeod Chapman In the play the … Continue reading

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Chills and thrills in a theatre town: stake out a stage near you

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Uncanny, isn’t it?, how often the words “ordinary nice polite guy-next-door” show up in reports of homicidal rampages? Researcher Eugene Crowley, the noted “mind-hunter,” is in town this week to give a public lecture on the … Continue reading

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A great leap forward, by excavating the past: Origin of the Species opens the NLT season. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Archaeology, says an elderly member of that profession in Origin of the Species, is “simply knowing where to look.” It would seem to have that at least in common with theatre, judging by the mysterious discoveries … Continue reading

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No one’s staying home this weekend: why would you? A wealth of choices on E-town stages

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca  At the U of A’s Studio Theatre, it’s back in the USSR with Lenin’s Embalmers, Vern Thiessen’s black and absurdist 2008 tragicomedy (imagined from a true story) about two competing Jewish biochemists landing the unenviable joint … Continue reading

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The dystopian vision of Trevor Schmidt: a new season at Northern Light Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Frankly, I’ve always been more interested in women’s stories than men’s,” says Trevor Schmidt, his dander up on a break last week from rehearsals for Origin of the Species. The highly unusual feminist two-hander comedy by … Continue reading

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Gertrude and Alice go sitcom, at the Grindstone

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Gertrude and Alice: They’re the famously eccentric American couple who held court as paid-up members of the glittering Parisian avant-garde of the ‘20s. And now, once a month, you’ll find Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, … 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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