Wormwood/ Tarragon Theatre

The Tarragon Theatre presentation of ‘Wormwood’ is based on playwright Andrew Kushnir’s 2011 visit to the Ukraine where he asked questions of hope and change.


If it’s true that everything counts in large amounts there can be no misunderstanding that Wormwood, the latest creation from esteemed playwright Andrew Kushnir, underscores the importance of the changing world in which we live in.

On the story surface it seems the only thing more aromatic than political revolution is romance.   Yet he has far more to say in this polished presentation that relies on an  election observer who’s jumped and robbed of his passport as lunching pad.

The set-up of the first half of the play is easily accessible with Ivan (Luke Humphrey) finding the need to climb out a bedroom window to mingle with irresistible woman in the garden below.  Artemisia (Chala Hunter) has few words to share but like all budding romances, there’s really no point to do so when chemistry does all the talking anyway.

If this at all causes restlessness, hold on to your seat because  a completely different story takes shape after the intermission.

Scott Wentworth as The Kobzar adds pleasant poetic commentary, sometimes semi-comedic, in the lead up to the tension.   Ben Campbell’s thick accented Professor is smoother than a double shot of vodka at 7:00 in the morning.

Yet you can’t help but not love what Luke Humphrey does with the roots seeking Ivan.  He’s deeply invested in the character’s identity quest ensuring a worthwhile discovery process for playgoers alike.

Review by Jordan Allystair


WORMWOOD by Andrew Kushnir  November 18 – December 20, 2015 TARRAGON THEATRE, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto TICKETS $28.00 – $60.00  www.tarragontheatre.com 416- 531-1827 CAST Benedict Campbell, Luke Humphrey, Chala Hunter, Amy Keating, Nancy Palk, Ken James Stewart, Scott Wentworth and Victor MishalowDIRECTOR Richard Rose SET & COSTUMES Camellia Koo LIGHTING Graeme S. Thomson SOUND DESIGN Thomas Ryder Payne


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