by Paula Citron.
Fu-Gen Asian-Canadian Theatre Company promotes the development of Asian-Canadian theatre artists,. The group was responsible for the runaway hit Banana Boys which was about the Chinese immigrant experience. In the enjoyable new play Singkil by Catherine Hernandez, the focus is the Filipino community.
Once again Nina Lee Aquino has directed in her imaginative trademark surrealistic style to highlight emotions or dramatic action within the naturalistic story that is unfolding. It is a theatrical device that works very well. Her cast of mostly Filipino actors is strong, while Romeo Candido’s wonderful score reflects the gong influence of Asian music, and Camellia Koo’s bamboo and rattan set echoes the Philippine heritage of the family. The story is about a young woman coming to terms with her errant mother. Singkil is a famous Filipino folk dance that is the metaphor for their relationship.
Clearly, Fu-Gen is now a very important part of Toronto’s multicultural theatre fabric.
Singkil continues at the Factory Theatre Studio until Jan. 28.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.