This week we revisit Laramie, Wyoming, tackle the issue of bullying in a restorative dinner, and bear witness to the birth of a new made-in-Vancouver musical.
Almost twenty years after the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming his tragic death remains a watershed moment for the LGBTQ community. From this horrific event came the gripping and devastating The Laramie Project (Mar 29-Apr 3). Based on hundreds of interviews with residents of the town of the time, the play is a reminder that while we may have come a long way since, we must never forget.
As part of its 40th anniversary season, Touchstone Theatre remounts its production of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company (Mar 29-Apr 9), with performances at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam and The Cultch in Vancouver. Sadly, its central theme of bullying still resonates today as Late Company imagines a restorative justice dinner between the parents of their dead gay son, his chief tormentor, and that boy’s parents.
There is a brand new musical on the scene right now and it is a certifiable hit. What the reviewer at Vancouver Presents called “perfection”, the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Onegin (until Apr 10) is sure to sell-out quickly. And for good reason. This Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille penned musical, based on Pushkin’s 19th century novel, is as quirky and emotion-filled as it is grand. If you see one show this year, you really should make it Onegin.