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Witch Hunt at the Strand



During the early 1940s, the city police and RCMP arrested and charged several gay men in the Edmonton theatre scene with sexual offences, causing a moral panic and destroying many lives. Relying on dramatized court records and letters, Witch Hunt at the Strand gives viewers a glimpse into this dark chapter of the city's past. Unfortunately, it's not much more than a glimpse—while Witch Hunt is a heartfelt piece of theatre that tackles an important subject, it lacks context, making it confusing and difficult to connect with the characters. It's frequently unclear where the audience's sympathies should lie; one of the men on trial is accused of raping a teenage boy and soliciting sex from an underage prostitute, actions that would rightly earn him a jail sentence in the modern era. An ambitious piece that's worth seeing for its insight into the historical struggles of the local gay community, it's just too bad it doesn't quite reach its potential. —Alix Kemp


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