Written by Anita Majumdar. Directed by Brian Quirt. Until Oct. 15 at Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. FactoryTheatre.ca
Anita Majumdar, the award winning playwright, dancer, choreographer and performer presents this coming-of-age play at the Factory Theatre, at the launch of their new season ‘Shaping Stories’. Corresponding with the back-to-school season, this Trilogy ‘Boys with Cars’, ‘Let Me Borrow That Top’ and ‘Fish Eyes’ depicts beautifully, through the eyes of three different teenage girls who attend the same school (Port Moody Senior Secondary) in small town BC.
In this fascinating story, the actor portrays the fish-out-of-water experiences of self-doubting teenagers, with an additional viewpoint of a student from a different ethnic background. The generation gap between the older people and the second generation is beautifully dealt with, by the multi-talented artiste.
The play, which although humorous, speaks to serious issues regarding racism and multiculturalism, and the advancement we’ve made in discussing these sensitive issues.
Boys with Cars is about sexual violence, blaming the victim, the young girl Naz. The naïve, love-lorn girl is misunderstood by the object of her admiration. In Let Me Borrow That Top, a blue-eyed blonde, who’s interested in Indian dancing gives makeup tutorial to her Youtube subscribers. In Fish Eyes, Meenakshi, a student training in traditional Indian dance aspires for teenage freedom and a boyfriend. Her dance teacher or ‘Aunty’ has her own take on these topics!
The incredible highs and devastating lows that come with the awkwardness of youth, including bullying, teenage heartache and cultural identity are all expressed very well with amazing mimicry and spellbinding dance set to contemporary music. Majumdar portrays the various characters with ease and expertise.
The trilogy which was originally produced in January 2015 and has won the 2017 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division.
Single tickets start at just $20 for previews and range from $30-$50 for regular performances.
Student, Arts Worker and Senior prices also available
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