On a rainy Saturday evening, my daughter and I took a trip to the Aurora Theatre. I’ve seen so many shows I’ve literally lost count. This was the first time Cherrie and I have gone without her brother. We entered the black box theatre and found ourselves walking through the set. We were so shocked we giggled a little and found two seats in the front row. Now the way this stage is set, I wasn’t sure if I should sit here but the theatre was packed. As Ontario was here began I was immediately in love with characters. They were like a fantastic book coming to life before my eyes.
Brittany Smith and Seun Soyemi, playing Penni and Nathan, delivered the most aggressively passionate performance I have experienced in a long time. The levels of passion, confusion, hurt, anger, and love displayed throughout this journey are brilliant. This play by Darren Canady takes us on the roller coaster of what really happens in the lives and minds of social workers.
We explore their present situation while travelling through their pasts for better understandings of why they are who they are and why they do what they do. Penni and Nathan are polar opposites when it comes to how they decipher making a difference in the lives of others. As their passions and pasts collide the audience can’t help but be fully engulfed in their emotion. Their energy far surpasses anything we’ve experienced. Penni and Nathan bring us into their worlds on a level we become emotionally attached to the invisible little boy Ontario. We are emotionally invested in the welfare of the social workers outside of the confines of their office. We are compelled to see this story on a bigger level and understand that while these are characters in a story, there are thousands of children who real life social workers have to make decisions about on a daily basis.
Mom Plug: If your child is sensitive to strong language I would not recommend you take them to see this show. I do think that mature 13 – 14-year-olds (and older) would be an appropriate age, as we need to show young people both sides of this story.
Ontario was here was a heartbreakingly beautiful piece, executed flawlessly by the Aurora Theatre. Grab your tickets today! http://tickets.auroratheatre.com