When you’ve kicked around the city’s theatre scene long enough, the great works that once inspired you seem to become few and far between. That begs the question: ‘Is there no new way left to tell a great story?’
Enter writing duo Andrea Scott and Nick Green for the response we all want to hear—yes there is.
The crafty formula conspirators assume the lead roles in a work-in-progress play about two pals—Cathy-Ann, a straight black woman and Mark, a free spirited white gay man—to workshop characters, scenes, lines and tone—for a tale about Toronto’s 2016 Pride Parade and the real life incident where Black Lives Matter participants delayed the street procession by 30-minutes.
Every Day She Rose is hilarious when it wants to be, stirring when it needs to be. What’s more, its narrative latitude gives the cast boundless range than most actors can’t get away with in standard story paths.
That is until the stage darlings halt their own rehearsals to exchange ideas about what works best and to actualize the piece for superior impact.
One moment they are in the story, the next they step out. And eventually creative differences finally put two friends at odds with how the plot points are to unfold. Much easier said than done when personal gratification conflicts with respect for the other person’s point of view.
With that said, the Scott/Green conception is unarguably theatre gold. Taking either a pragmatic or even didactic approach this kind of thematic material would get them two steps to nowhere but their brainy disguise involving a secondary story thread just makes Every Day She Rose so damn enjoyable.
Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski is on fire in this show as the relentless party animal, Mark, before switching to the idea infused playmaker, Nick. Which, at times, can overshadow Monice Peter’s Cathy-Ann but only until race and identity issues are addressed which gives her character the limelight she’s rightfully owed before sliding into the persona of collaborative diplomat, Andrea.
Relationship preservation is not an exact science. Let it be said that ‘sh*t’s gettin’ real’ in this intensely satisfying work.
EVERY DAY SHE ROSE by Andrea Scott and Nick Green BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto DATES November 23 – December 8, 2019 TICKETS $35.00 www.buddiesinbadtimes.com 416-975-8555
CAST Monice Peter and Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski
SET Michelle Tracey
COSTUMES Ming Wong
LIGHTING Rebecca Picherack
SOUND Cosette Pin
STAGE MANAGER Lucy McPhee