by Paula Citron
The Luminato Festival and Factory Theatre are presenting three of George F. Walker’s “East End Plays” in repertoire under the umbrella title The Walker Project. “Better Living” and “Escape From Happiness” have already opened. The last to kick in is “Tough” and it is a triumph.
The three-hander is about nineteen year olds – Tina, her boyfriend Bobby, and her friend Jill. Director Ken Gass has brilliantly transformed the play into a 12-member ensemble, with four Tinas, four Bobbys and four Jills, who move seamlessly in and out of the roles. It is a masterful interpretation.
The engaging Factory Theatre Young Company, some just out of theatre school, some still students, represents multicultural Toronto. Gass has cleverly allowed his actors to be individuals rather than clones, so each brings a different patina to Tina, Bobby or Jill.
This show is a run don’t walk.
“Tough” continues until Jun. 10. There are also free outdoor performances at schools.
From Factory Theatre Studio, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.