IS A STAGE SHOW OF ‘ALIVE’ IN POOR TASTE?
Ethan Hawke made it work on the silver screen, but does it translate to stage?
Twenty years ago, the biographical survival drama – Alive – shocked crowds with its portrayals of cannibalism. The scene of survivors eating the buttocks’ of their dead companions is forever embedded in minds of that generation.
The crew at Hammer Entertainment have kept their plans to host a 20th anniversary, full musical stage production of ‘Alive,’ a secret until today.
“Affordable rehearsal space is always an issue in Hamilton,” said artistic director, Jason Dick, “and we wanted to rehearse with the full airplane. I’ve even had our team sit in on a first-year medical student cadaver lab. You know, to get in character. Of course, it would’ve been disrespectful to taste one of them, so we didn’t ask.”
Critics say a preview of the stage show left a bad taste in their mouth. “It’s not the right platform for this kind of play. Winterfest is about snowmen, sledding, and tame theatre – not an Ozzy Osborne show,” says Larry Finch of the Bay Observer.
Cast members in the group are baffled by the lack of community support for the play. “I don’t know what people are complaining about. Honestly. It’s set in Alaska, where winter reigns supreme 11 out of 12 months. And Cannibalism on stage is easy. We saw a production of Dracula last year where they ate a baby on stage. Now that was sick. Plus, it’s kind of a good luck show – the cast of Alive did a hell of a lot more than break a leg.”
The play runs from February 6 – February 12
Location: Grey Gardens, 28 Rebecca Street
Cost: Call 905-981-7345 for tickets
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