Darker And Edgier / Theatre

  • Dog Sees God is a play featuring thinly disguised versions of the Peanuts cast in high school. Snoopy was put down after getting rabies and killing Woodstock. Lucy is in an asylum for lighting the little redheaded girl's hair on fire and that's the tip of the iceberg.
  • Cirque du Soleil's Quidam was intentionally conceived by its creators as a show that would be darker, less whimsical, and more realistic than what the company had produced up to that point. They accomplished this by...telling a story about the commonality of loneliness and alienation through the eyes of a jaded preteen girl who learns to reconnect with others via a trip to a sometimes-melancholy Magical Land.
  • Richard Strauss's opera Elektra, based on the Sophocles play but turn the bloodlust and neurotism up to the eleven, and adds a sister-to-sister Les Yay moment.
  • King Lear, believe it or not, wasn't a tragedy until Shakespeare got his hands on the story. In the story his audience knew, the story ends with Lear coming to his senses, forgiving Cordelia, retaking his throne and ruling until he finally dies of old age. Poor audience.
  • The musical Aida is this to other Disney musicals. No surprise, given that it's based on an opera (which ironically, it is a Lighter and Softer version of).
  • The revival of Miss Saigon is this to the original production—which is already quite gritty. But the language and behavior of nearly everyone in the new version is far coarser and rougher than before.