Strike! The musical??? Only in Winnipeg...Mon May 30, 2005 Miss Vicky
I admit it. I was a choir geek in high school. Well, we never thought we were geeks per se... we did have one of the best choirs in the country and being a part of it and the annual musical theatre production helped me develop friendships that were not only important to me in my black-wearing angst-ridden adolescence but have lasted through my adult life as well.
So I'm more than a little intrigued by the lastest theatrical offering in the city which was my home during these formative years, Strike!. Yep. A musical about the Winnipeg General Strike.
The production is locally-conceived, financed, cast and produced, the brainchild of "underdog impresario" Daniel Shur (at least, that's what the reviewers are calling him). From what I can gather, it's hardly a ponderous, didactic portrait of one of Canada's more important moments in labour and social history. It might even be - gasp! - entertaining. And this is a good thing. Because too few people know about the Winnipeg General Strike, or other struggles our predecessors undertook that gave us the quality of life we enjoy today. And it's timely too, as so many of the things they fought for have been compromised by the neoliberal cult of the free market that has so enamored governments in recent decades.
Here are a few reviews. I'd love to hear more if any of my faithful legion happen to see it....