It’s mostly about theatre as we present our picks for the coming week in (gay) Vancouver.
Ghost Light Projects closes out its season with Moises Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (May 8-17). Using trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials, it tells the story of Wilde’s 1895 arrest and the subsequent charges of “gross indecency with male persons”.
Perhaps better known for his plays, gay playwright Noel Coward also wrote over 300 songs and the book and score for eleven musicals. Applause! Musicals In Concert presents one of those musicals, Sail Away (May 8-10), an enchanting tour-de-farce aboard a British cruise ship with an oddball assortment of passengers, a shipboard romance and a score that bubbles like vintage champagne.
Mere weeks before Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy’s small-screen HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s 1980s AIDS drama The Normal Heart hits the small screen, Vancouver’s Raving Theatre presents the original stage version (May 9-18). Set at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in New York between 1981 and 1984, the play explores the struggles of AIDS activists at the beginning of the pandemic, attempting to get the message out to the gay community and to an indifferent government and media.
Plus a couple of other events we’re looking forward to this week:
- Showtunes (May 9) are back at 1181 with an all new edition.
- The Rainbow Concert Band presents Smorgasband: A Cornucopia of Musical Flavours (May 10), a delicious selection of songs all about food.