Onegin, Crimes of the Heart and Bonnie & Clyde
Onegin, Crimes of the Heart and Bonnie & Clyde

From the 19th century tale of Eugene Onegin, to the more recent tales of the Magrath sisters and Bonnie & Clyde, this week’s picks are all about strong characters in sometimes extraordinary circumstances.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]There is a brand new musical on the scene right now and it is a certifiable hit. What our reviewer 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.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Onegin at the BMO Theatre Centre. Photo by David Cooper.
The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Onegin at the BMO Theatre Centre. Photo by David Cooper.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The all-female company Bright Young Theatre presents Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning Crimes of the Heart (Mar 30-Apr 10). Written over thirty years ago, Crimes of the Heart still stands out as one of the most nuanced and heart-wrenching depictions of sisterhood written for the stage.

Bright Young Theatre presents Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart.
Bright Young Theatre presents Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart. Photo by Javier R Sotres Photography.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] What is about the legendary outlaws from the Great Depression that continues to captivate audiences? Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical (Mar 30-Apr 9) explores the story of the two ill-fated lovers who became two of America’s biggest folk heroes and American law enforcement’s biggest problems. Just like the larger-than-life characters, this full-length musical explores the couple’s dark descent, from their ambitious beginning to their tragic demise.

Play On Words Productions presents Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical
Play On Words Productions presents Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical.