Review: Kim’s Convenience: Canadian Goodness Imported by Soulpepper2 min read

Kim's Convenience, Soulpepper
Kim’s Convenience. Rosie Simon, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. Photo by Cylla von Tiedermann.

Kim’s Convenience: Canadian Goodness Imported by Soulpepper

By Ross

Today, it seems, is the day for truth to come out at Kim’s Convenience, the beautifully crafted play brought to us by the award winning Canadian theatre company, Soulpepper that has literally taken over the Pershing Square Signature Center. Just one of numerous productions brought from Toronto to New York for the month of July, this is a loving and thoughtful introduction to the company. Basically a typical but immensely engaging story of first generation immigrants and their children. Ins Choi has written a story about a North Korean couple, who fled for Canada during the Korean War and set up a life and a convenience store in order to survive and raise their two children. But as my theatre companion said, this story is more universal. It is just like his family, one that fled Mussolini’s Italy for Chicago. His father is this father, and he is that child (I won’t reveal which).

Kim's Convenience, Soulpepper
Kim’s Convenience. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. Photo by Cylla von Tiedermann.
As authentic as that meticulously designed store by Soulpepper company set and costume designer, Ken MacKenzie (with impeccable lighting by Lorenzo Savoini, and sound design by Thomas Ryder Payne), the cast come as close to inhabiting the parts and the environment as one could hope for. It feels every inch like a Toronto convenience store, like the ones I see when I go home to visit my friends and family.  It’s hard to pin down how or why it feels so true and so Canadian but from my first glance I knew where I was.  There is a unique difference in Kim’s Convenience to the overly packed corner delis and bodegas that occupy every corner of New York City, and even without the Canadian flag on the back wall and the cigarettes hidden behind a cover, it is as authentic as the people who inhabit it. (for the full review, click here)
Soulpepper, Kim's Convenience
Kim’s Convenience. Jean Yoon, Paul sun-Hyung Lee. Photo by Cylla von Tiedermann.
Posted on July 6, 2017
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