Company: dancingstorysinger, Stratford, ON
Venue: 11 - Red River College
This is an extraordinarily moving story, well-crafted and compassionately told.
As a kid growing up in Peterborough in the 1980s, Alison Wearing had a normal enough childhood. Sure, her parents slept in separate beds, and her dad would often skip along the sidewalk belting out Gilbert & Sullivan tunes.
But when Alison turned 12 and her dad announced he was gay, her "simple, happy, mostly predictable" life turned upside down.
What follows is a deeply personal and occasionally hilarious exploration of what it means to live a truthful life. Wearing is a gifted performer and writer - she based this play on her memoir of the same name - with a knack for capturing absurd details.
Her re-enactment of her step-family's accidental ingestion of magic mushrooms on Christmas day is worth the price of admission alone.
There are parts that will make your heart ache in recognition - the awkwardness of being a teenager, the sadness of a family split in two, the heaviness of keeping a secret. But through it all, Wearing's affection for her unconventional family comes shining through.
This is an extraordinarily moving story, well-crafted and compassionately told. See it now before it sells out.