KIM’S CONVENIENCE by Ins Choi. Jul 15 at 5:15 pm, Jul 17 at 7 pm. Bathurst Street Theatre. See listing. Rating: NNNNN
A street-savvy Korean immigrant (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) runs his convenience store in Regent Park with his wife (Jean Yoon) while coping with neighbourhood gentrification, his unmarried daughter (Esther Jun) and the estrangement of his son (Ins Choi).
Choi also directs and wrote the script, which is rich with historical facts and even dares to poke fun at cultural stereotypes. Set entirely in the store – Ken Mackenzie’s design serves as a functional backdrop – the play begins cleverly with the flip of an open/closed sign and ends poignantly with the clicking sounds of a pricing gun. The strong cast, rounded out by Andre Sills in three supporting roles, has great range, ensuring the intergenerational dialogue is sometimes intense, often humorous and very authentic.