by Paula Citron.
Touch the Sky
Directed by Allen MacInnis
Written by Michael Miller
Starring Patrice Goodman, Karen Robinson, Patrick Garrow and Omar Forrest
At the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto until Mar. 1
Allen MacInnis, artistic director of Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, is pushing buttons with Afro-Canadian writer Michael Miller’s worthy new play Touch the Sky.
The story is about 15-year-old Belle, the freed daughter of a slave and her white master. Conjure Woman has put a curse on Master, and Belle is the agent of his destruction. When master decides that Caesar, a freedman, will be Belle’s husband, and Belle discovers that she loves the slave Joshua, what follows is a series of real and supernatural events that spiral downward from one horror to the next.
At his strongest, Miller has a sharp way with dialogue. At his weakest, he repeats too much, and his use of present day idioms in the Old South like “okay” absolutely jars.
While the acting is uneven, it is a testament to Miller’s compelling plot that the play holds interest throughout.
Touch the Sky continues at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People until Mar. 1.