reviewed by Paula Citron
Toronto The Good
Written by Andrew Moodie
Directed by Philip Akin
Starring Stéphanie Broschart, Miranda Edwards, Sandra Forsell, Xuan Fraser, Brian Marler and Marcel Stewart
At Factory Theatre until Mar. 1
Andrew Moodie’s plays have immediacy because they are ripped from today’s headlines. Toronto The Good, like all his works, has an over-abundance of themes including racial profiling, gun violence, the justice system (or lack thereof), interracial marriage – not to mention loyalty, ethical behaviour, and a multitude of other ideas that reflect the zeitgeist heart of darkness of 21st century urban life.
Moodie’s point of departure is the racial profiling charge against a white female police officer. With the six actors playing a plethora of roles, his play builds to embrace several key characters along with their professional and personal lives. Director Philip Akin has placed tension at the centre of the action, and his cast is uncommonly strong in their varied personas.
Moodie seems to have defeated the curse of too many threads. Although Toronto The Good is meaty, it hangs together well and provides a bracing and provocative evening of theatre.
Toronto The Good continues at Factory Theatre until Mar. 1.