We just love going to the the-a-tah. Last night, we were thrilled to attend the buzziest opening night of the 2013 season, the much-anticipated Canadian
Stage production of RACE. In fact, we loved it so much, you should probably stop reading this and go book your tickets now (pro-tip: check out Canadian Stage’s Facebook ticketing app to score $10 day-of rush tickets between 10 a.m. and noon). Seriously. It was intense, controversial, very well-acted and the 90 minute production flew by.
A new Canadian production featuring some of this country’s top talent (*cough* Jason
Priestley *cough*) take the stage in this provocative drama written by David Mamet (who you may know as the outspoken and award-winning playwright who wrote classics like Glengarry Glen Ross and Oleanna, or as the father of Girls star Zosia Mamet).
crafts a social commentary on race relations, prejudices and gender politics. The play
is bound to spark plenty of debate, as well-off white guy Charles Strickland (Matthew Edison) embarks on a legal
battle after being accused
of raping a young black woman.
The one act play takes place in the office of cut-throat interracial legal team Jack Lawson (played by Priestley), Henry Brown (Nigel Shawn Williams) and legal associate Susan (Cara Ricketts), as they find themselves the attorneys of record on a controversial case that no other lawyer in town will touch with a ten-foot pole. As the case unfolds, it exposes much more than a vicious crime.