by Lynn on July 14, 2018

in The Passionate Playgoer

At St. Vladimir’s (620 Spadina Ave), Toronto, Ont.

Written and directed by Wes Berger

Original songs by Aaron Berger

Wes Berger has written a sensitive look at first dates from every configuration: same sex dating, dating in later life, remembering in old age the perfect date that lead to a long happy life with that other person, and dates full of regrets, awkward meddling and forgiveness.

Each of the eight scenes representing a date is broken up with a musical interlude provided by Aaron Berger who is the composer as well as a participant as the singer and a ‘date’. Initially I thought this might be an intrusion but as the dates accumulated, the music provided a clever way of accommodating the scene changes.

The cast is a group of some of our most accomplished actors: David Fox, Allegra Fulton, Ron Lea and others who are new to me and certainly accomplished in their own way: Marisa McIntyre, Breanna Dillon, Simon Bennett and Ronak Singh.

Wes Berger’s writing is smart, tender, funny and perceptive. His directing is as always, clear, nuanced and always serves the play and what it’s saying.

The last performance is today (Sat. July 14 at 3:30 pm. It’s been selling out. Get a ticket.




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