by Natasha Greenblatt & Yolanda Bonnell (Theatre Passe Muraille / Common Boots Theatre / Nightwood Theatre). Provocative and hilarious investigation of how Canadians engage in democracy. Previews from Oct 9, opens Oct 12 and runs to Oct 27, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $17-$38. Pwyc previews, matinees and Tuesday evenings.
This play is inspired by the real experiences of activists volunteering for political parties during the 2015 election. The six-person ensemble evokes an array of characters, including campaign operatives, their families, political bosses and politicians, from Doug Ford to Justin Trudeau to Kellie Leitch. The writing is sometimes superb, especially two land acknowledgements and a rapid-fire door-slamming sequence where canvassers get an earful from voters. A device designed to accommodate the visually impaired by announcing the entrances of every character never gets in the way of the shows energy, though the performances dont always measure up to the material. As times change, its instructive to look back on what politicians were saying four years ago. Electoral reform, anyone?
NNN (Susan G Cole)
Location - Theatre Passe Muraille