Night of the Living Barbs: A Drag Halloween Inquiry

By Kendell Yan

Last year’s eerie and totally wonderful 80s-nostalgia-fueled Netflix series Stranger Things returns to laptop screens this October, and the resounding question on every one’s mind is clear: what happened to the red headed lesbian heart-throb, Barb?

Stranger Things star, Barb.

As with any pressing world issue, drag queens are among the first to respond, and this is no exception. The public needs to know what happened to Barb. On October 31st the Railway Stage and Cafe is proud to present Night of the Living Barbs, a spookier, more theatrical, and stranger Halloween drag show where drag queens, kings, and all things address the poorly written storyline given to our beloved Barb and deliver their interpretation of where she is now. The show will feature drag performances, burlesque, alternate storylines, and a whole lot of Barb.

Is she the queen of the upside down? Was she actually right side up the whole time? Is Barb actually short for Barbara, and if so, why the lies and deceit? To help you gain some much-needed clarity, Night of the Living Barbs has assembled a great cast for the evening:

Hosted by Dust as Barb


  • Mila Dramatic as Barb
  • Misty Meadows as Barb
  • Peah Emm as Barb
  • Anita Johnson as Barb
  • Anne Zyetty as Barb
  • Maiden China as Barb

And many more as… Barb.

If you can peel yourself away from the impending Stranger Things season 2 binge and get out on Halloween night, for the love of Barb make it night of the living Barbs! Early Bird tickets are $5. 

WHAT: Night of the Living Barbs Halloween Drag Show
WHEN: Tuesday, October 31st Doors at 9/Show at 1030
WHERE: Railway Stage & Beer Cafe, 579 Dunsmuir Street
WHY: When a character with cult-icon status is poorly written out of a show, the cult answers the call to deliver narrative justice to TV nerds everywhere! Come witness Barb from Stranger Things receive justice on Halloween. 

Kendell Yan is a queer, second-generation POC who navigates the hyphen of mixed ethnicity LGBTQ2+ living in Vancouver. Kendell has a penchant for drag Queens and Kings that borders on obsession, and he favours events that encourage free expression, inclusivity, and love in all  flavours.

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