Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
What happens when five young people are trapped together after the world has been destroyed by nuclear war? Written by Harley Wegner, So, You’re Stuck in an Underground Bunker (playing at the Youth Infringement Festival until tomorrow), tells the story of what happens when these people have to be in close quarters over a long period of time. (Sound familiar? #2020).
Actors Catherine Mona, Maisy Elspeth, Matthew Gambhir, Janani Suthan, and Meadow Agar bring to life five very different characters with different challenges and quirks—and probably at least one annoying habit that would get under your skin if you were living with them in an underground bunker.
The story jumps into the complex and ever-changing relationships between the characters who have lost everything, with only each other left to lean on… and a single VHS copy of the 1997 movie Batman & Robin. The show deals with the topics of child loss, coming out, and sexuality, and really highlights how important and impactful a role art can play in getting us through difficult times. After almost two years with difficult or different access to art, theatre, film, or any live shows, this certainly will ring true for audiences. Art is what carries us through; whether on canvas, stage, screen or the stage, art is a space for release, escape, love, comfort, and healing. This really hit home for us and made us even more grateful to be seeing So, You’re Stuck in an Underground Bunker live and in person on stage. Not to mention if you’re a ’90s child, or even just filled with ’90s nostalgia, the pop culture references throughout the show are sure to fill you with joy.
Filled with real emotion about love, loss, and the healing powers of art (who knew Batman & Robin could solve so many of the world’s problems!) and with countless laughs in between, So, You’re Stuck in an Underground Bunker had us hooked from beginning to end. There are only a few days left to see it and the other plays that are part of YIF at the Art Court Theatre, with livestream tickets available for the remainder of the run.
The Ottawa Youth Infringement Festival takes place from May 3–6 at Arts Court Theatre. The festival alternates three shows each night with performances starting at 7 pm, along with live musical performances and spoken word poetry by local young artists starting each night at 6:30 pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-choose with suggested donations of $25 and are currently available for sale on the YIF website.