Tag Archives: Shadow Theatre

‘It’s no o’clock’: Bloomsday at Shadow Theatre, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A rosy glow suffuses the Varscona stage (designer: Even Gilchrist):  it’s either dawn or dusk, nearly day or nearly night, in a Dublin that’s both real and literary. And the sound (designer: Dave Clarke) is a … Continue reading

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Revisiting your younger self: Bloomsday bends time at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca … “that girl there … and would you — would you please just for a minute — would you please see that girl there?”  — Robert in Bloomsday, by Steven Dietz  “What would you say to … Continue reading

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What? A land claim comedy? The surprising geniality of Cottagers and Indians at Shadow Theatre. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s no accident that the first sound you hear in Cottagers and Indians is laughter (with some accompaniment from amused birds).    The Drew Hayden Taylor play with the cheeky title that’s running in the Shadow … Continue reading

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The healing touch of humour: Drew Hayden Taylor’s Cottagers and Indians at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Humour is the WD-40 of healing.”  That’s what an elder from the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta once told Drew Hayden Taylor. “I liked that. So cool. Almost T-shirt-worthy,” says the well-travelled Ojibwa playwright/ filmmaker/ TV … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: meet theatre creator/ designer Even Gilchrist

They’re young, adaptable, and creative. And as theatre returns in this late-pandemic grind, and the doors open to live audiences, we’ll be seeing the work of these theatre artists light up, and transform, the scene here, on- and backstage. You’ll … Continue reading

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UnCovered: The Music of Dolly Parton alights here (digitally), courtesy of Catalyst

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here they come again…. Some of the country’s top musical theatre talent has a date Saturday night — at your place. Toronto’s Musical Stage Company returns with a digital version of their hugely popular annual “signature … Continue reading

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A mysterious encounter en route to the Promised Land: The Mountaintop opens the Shadow season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Why America is going to hell … ” repeats the man before us, testing different ways of rolling off each syllable for a speech-in-progress. It’s a sonorous voice gone scratchy around the edges by hard use … Continue reading

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The Mountaintop: a human portrait of a hero and the landscape of dreams, at Shadow Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Like most men you ain’t gone be able to finish what you started. — The Mountaintop The play that launches Shadow Theatre’s delayed three-play live season Thursday is named for one of Martin Luther King’s most … 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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