Showing posts from November, 2021

Nothing Like a Whorehouse on Fire to Warm You Up!

Twilla MacLeod and Sue Huff in The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921, Northern Light Theatre.  Photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography. This past weekend I ventured back out for another theatre experience - this time I visited the Varscona Theatre to see Northern Light Theatre's production of The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 . Inspired by true events in Big Valley, Alberta the play (by Linda Wood Edwards) speculates on a friendship of sorts between Mrs. Hastings, the Madam of the Whorehouse (played with sparkling acidity by Sue Huff) and Mrs. Smith, a local woman who runs a home for unwed mothers (portrayed with delicate curiosity by Twilla MacLeod). I haven't seen either of the two actresses onstage before but they are terrific foils for each other ( well, I think I saw Huff in a directing project at U of A over 30 years ago when we both were students there - I can't remember what - but I do remember being a little in awe of this tiny person with the larger than life personali

What's On and Coming up in Edmonton Theatre

The Fiancé - The Citadel - Nov 6-28 Metronome - WWPT (Backstage Theatre) - Nov 11-21 The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 - NLT (Varscona) - Nov 18 - 28 Jason Kenney's Hot Boy Summer - Grindstone Theatre - Nov 10 - 21 A Christmas Carol - The Citadel - Nov 27-Dec 23 5@50 - Walterdale Theatre - Dec 8-18

After so long, 3 shows in a month seems AMAZING! The Fiancé, The December Man and Garneau Block!

 Yep, theatre is back. Some theatres are a little more back than others, and some are more distanced than others. Some are picking up where they left off, and some are showing new things. I took in three shows in the last month and it feels so strange to once again be out and about doing what I love! I'm still cautious, but it was nice to have moments in a darkened theatre where I both laughed and cried.  Photo Credit: Nanc Price Most recently ( yesterday afternoon ) I took in the new work, The Fiancé , in the Citadel's Shoctor Theatre.  With  The Fiancé  , penned by Holly Lewis ( wife of Artistic Director Daryl Cloran ), we were treated to a brand new farce taking place at the end of WWII. It featured local Edmonton theatre artists both on and off stage and it was a fun romp as the sweet and cake-loving Lucy (Helen Belay) and her tough no-nonsense sister Rose (Patricia Cerra) managed the comings and goings of Lucy's three wartime fiancés (Farren Timoteo, Tenaj Williams and