by Michael Healey (Theatre Passe Muraille). An actor goes to the country to research rural life and reawakens painful memories for two farm owners. Previews from Feb 28, opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 25, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $17-$38 (weekend mats pwyc at the door $22.50 in advance). In the MainSpace.
TPM 50th Anniversary Gala March 8 pre-show reception from 6 pm, performance of The Drawer Boy at 7:30 pm. Special guests, raffle prizes, gift bags, open bar & more. $125. Tickets.
Healeys 1999 classic about the healing power of theatre gets a fascinating, forward-looking production that delivers mixed results. To make the play accessible to Indigenous and culturally diverse audiences, the roles of a Toronto actor and the two war-veteran farmers he studies in 1970s rural Ontario have been taken by actors who identify as queer (Cole Alvis), Black (Andrew Moodie) and Indigenous (Craig Lauzon). Of the three, only Lauzon brings something compelling to the show. But Healeys clever narrative equally moving and funny still comes through.
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Location - Theatre Passe Muraille