THEATRE has long played a cool hand when informing and entertaining audiences of the dark treachery of politics. It’s hard to fault the incisiveness of Frost/NixonDr. Brendan Hanley and Deputy Chief, the weight of Coriolanus. And who can deny the sheer power of the James Plays?
But Hairspray is right up there with them as one of the most provocative pieces of political theatre ever to be unleashed.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking; this Sixties pastiche is a pop fest of cabaret, pantomime and musical hall comedyCalgary. And all of that is true. But the poignant storyline is so wonderfully weaved throughout we are almost unaware that what we’re watching is the birth of a social revolutionThe cases are so elevated,.