TWO WEEKS, TWICE A YEAR by Colin Thomas, directed by Allen MacInnis and Nicole Arends, with Stephanie Belding, Matt Deslippe, Clarence Sponagle and Kristopher Turner. Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (165 Front East). Runs to December 14, Sunday 11:30 am, 2:30 and 4:30 pm, December 12 at 7 pm). $18. 416-862-2222. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Divorce isn't easy on anyone. Colin Thomas 's Two Weeks, Twice A Year looks at a child trying to sort out his absent father's love, his mother's demands and the breakup that happened six years earlier. Thomas splits the son into two halves, Gogo ( Clarence Sponagle ), the teddy-loving six-year-old who went through the divorce, and Joe ( Kristopher Turner ), the 12-year-old wannabe guitarist who dreams of leaving Toronto and living with his musician father ( Matt Deslippe ) in Vancouver.
Directors Allen MacInnis and Nicole Arends lay out the family tensions past and present clearly: Joe tries to use his father's visit to blackmail his mother ( Stephanie Belding ); Gogo is scared of his parents' fights; the arguing adults try to convince their son that they still love him. The cast convincingly presents the various sides of the thorny divorce issue on Tamara Marie Kucheran 's colourful, time-shifting set, though a young audience prefers the action episodes to dialogue scenes.
The standout in the cast is Toronto newcomer Sponagle, who inhabits a six-year-old's body and spirit with totally winning tears and laughter.