Vancouver will soon be host to not one, but two versions of Evil Dead at the end of October. One company was granted the professional rights, the other the amateur rights.
I’ve been scouring the web, trying to see if there is a term for when there are two productions of the same show playing in the same city. So far, I’ve got nothing. Perhaps somebody out there can help me out?
In a relatively smaller market like Vancouver, it must be a challenge enough to compete for ticket-buying audiences when two versions of the same play or musical are staged in the same year or season. That being said, it seems to happen with a fair bit of regularity. Thoroughly Modern Millie played at TUTS this summer and will play again this fall at Gateway. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is being done by Footlight this November, then again by Royal City Musical Theatre in the spring and then for a third time by TUTS next summer. Maybe they all know something that I don’t.
The dual Evil Dead productions are in a particularly precarious position, as one is opening just a little bit more than a week before the other and there is considerable overlap between their production dates.
I’ve heard buzz around both productions and murmurs over which show will be better or which one should local audiences support. For my part, I’m exercising some journalistic impartiality, giving equal coverage to both shows on this site. I’m also urging local musical aficionados to see both productions, if they can.
There are likely to be upsides and downsides to both (as with every show) and this site will provide reviews of both productions after their respective opening nights.