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The Middle Place

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

The Middle Place
Canadian Stage/Project: Humanity
Written by Andrew Kushnir (transcribed by Kushnir and Catherine Murray)
Directed by Alan Dilworth
Performed by Akosua Amo-Adem, Antonio Cayonne, Jessica Greenberg, Kevin Walker and Kushnir
Berkeley Theatre Downstairs
Feb. 14 to Mar. 12, 2011

The Middle Place is certainly getting a high profile second coming. The play began at SummerWorks, and this season, has already been show on Theatre Passe Muraille’s season, and is now part of the Canadian Stage line-up.

The genesis of the work is Project: Humanity, an organization that raises awareness of social issues through the arts. Andrew Kushnir interviewed both the staff and residents of a homeless youth shelter in Rexdale. Kushnir, who is also an actor, is part of the cast asking questions. Four actors play all the characters.

The Middle Place is “verbatim theatre” where the actual words of the various interviewees have been woven into a tapestry. What comes across is caring staff, and kids that seem to want a future.

The play is an inside look at today’s homeless youth. It’s a social issue that can’t be ignored. For that reason alone, The Middle Place deserves a shelf life.

The Middle Place continues at Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs until Mar. 12.

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