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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Embrace Your Kink

After murdering a slob of nachos with Cat Tash by the Harbourfront last night, we checked out Trey Anthony's critically-acclaimed show "Da Kink in my Hair" at the Harbourfront Enwave Theatre.

We got there early enough to check out the Art Show that was happening on the 2nd and 3rd floor. My good (and beyond talented) friend Hans Poppe was showcasing his work "Dream Catcher" along with some other very talented Toronto artists. Here are some of my favourites of the night.

I was surprised to learn that 'Da Kink in my Hair" was the first Canadian play to be produced at the 2,000-seat Princes of Wales Theatre, Canada's largest commercial theatre. After showing at The Toronto Fringe Festival 10 years ago, Mirvish embraced the show and gave it it's own run here in 2005. Really? First Canadian play?! This clearly tells you something about how much we can do to deliver quality Canadian programming in our theatres in order to tell our stories direct from our people. Trey was able to do it successfully so hopefully it will continue to open the doors for many more home-grown productions.

You can tell everything that's going on in a women's life through her hair. It's true. The show takes place in a classic Toronto Caribbean hair salon owned by Novelette, whose magical hands weave through each of the vibrant women's hair, enabling us to get an inside look at their individual stories. Dealing with some real issues of race, sexual orientation, and sexual abuse, the characters reveal their struggles in their relationships, their careers, and the larger society in a powerful and compelling way. The transitions were effortless allowing the audience to easily switch from these deeper moments to the loose, hilarious setting of the hair salon. Great choreography and musical soundtrack, believable acting and story lines, and a strong and clear message submerged.

"Embrace the kink in you hair." "Stand in your truth" These words rang true. Love yourself despite what society may see as a "kink" in your genetic makeup. This "kink" is what makes you who you are so embrace it fully. I have a feeling that the next time I go to my salon, I might just very well break out into some "kinky" choreography myself;) Just sayin...

Congrats to Trey and her team for such a great show. It's still going on until the end of the month so make sure to go and check it out before it's done! Buy tix here!


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