Tag Archives: Northern Light Theatre

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

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 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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We Had A Girl Before You: what happened to her? A new Gothic thriller opens the Northern Light season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 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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The experimental spirit lives on in Edmonton theatre, live and in unusual hybrids

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Calling the pandemic an “obstacle” to live theatre, or maybe a “challenge,” is a bit like saying COVID is the flu. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on an art whose raison d’être is the … Continue reading

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A night walk through Strathcona: Workshop West launches season with ‘an adventure into the unknown’

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre is back in action next week — live, on its feet, and in motion. And it’s with an original promenade adventure that takes you on a nocturnal walk through Old Strathcona. The … Continue reading

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Theatre Six Pack 2021

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s happened for two decades, and it’s always sold out in a flash. One of Edmonton theatre’s perennial bright ideas is a subscription series that’s a cross-section sampling of the work of this town’s theatre companies. … Continue reading

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Making space for a new generation of arts leaders: Vanessa Sabourin and Kristi Hansen walk the walk at Azimuth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If there ever was a moment in the life of the performing arts when the past didn’t seem to provide an automatic template for the future, this might be it. Change is in the air (and … Continue reading

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Back to live theatre: are you game? That’s the question as E-town theatres make (and re-make) plans for the fall

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lessons from the pandemic: “Phases” may come (and go). But a great triple-sided mystery remains. You can throw open theatre doors. But will people want to return? Under what conditions? And when? The good news is … Continue reading

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The strangest of seasons: a truncated year on Edmonton stages in Sterling Award nominations

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Two high-contrast shows, one a subterranean prairie slow-burn tragedy and the other a riotous blood-spattered revenge comedy of the Shakespearean persuasion, proved the top choices of jurors as the 33rd annual Sterling Award nominations were announced … Continue reading

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Bring on the women: Northern Light Theatre’s 45th anniversary season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There’s a certain wincing irony attached to cancelling the run of a play called Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver, to be sure. And that’s what happened, sadly, in the case of Northern Light Theatre’s season finale, … Continue reading

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When the curtain doesn’t open: strange nights without theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a strange feeling. I’ve spent most of my adult life encouraging people to go to live theatre. Exhorting people to share the excitement, the fun, the surprise, the laughter and the tears, the shared gasp, … Continue reading

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