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Smokescreen at LKTYP

This months issue of This Magazine (one of my Canadian favs) is all about weed. And they don't mean dandelions. Canada's cash crop is under the microscope.

It's a nice thematic tie in with Smokescreen (written by David Craig) currently showing at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Presented by local touring company Roseneath Theatre, it's only here through March 10th, which is a darn shame because it's really good. (It's headed to Montreal next).

The play isn't preachy - targeted towards teens, this isn't some propaganda piece. Trent, a sixteen year old who deals to support his 4 joints a day habit, is arrested when a house party gets out of control. The play is centered on his drug evaluation by youth worker Rayzee, and his resentment and anger towards his father (who listens in on phone conversations and searches his son's room).

The acting is all superb, Andrew Craig was nominated for a Dora last year for the same role, and rightfully so - he balances intelligence, anger and pride with inevitable adolescent vulnerability. Hume Baugh as Trent's Dad is blustery and pushy with genuine concern towards his son. Cara Ricketts as Rayzee is pleasantly flawed and endearing while still presenting the calm strength necessary to help Trent and his father.

Also, you get to see Andrew breakdance, which is sweet.


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