Concord Floral

I have never been tempted to leave the theatre before the play even starts. But we actually considered doing so, when we sat on the very uncomfortable bleachers that had been installed on the stage at the Bluma Appel theatre. No warning when I bought the tickets that I was buying bleacher seats. The seats farther forward at least had backs, but they still looked uncomfortable. The bleachers did not improve the sight lines either. And in case you think I am just old and crotchety, the young audience members were also heard complaining about the seats. And the three people who did leave in the first moments of the show were in their twenties. So a definite thumbs down for the idiot that dreamed up this idea.

The play itself was worth seeing. It reminded me of one we saw at World Stage a few Years ago, called  “Once and for all we’re gonna tell you who we are so shut up and listen ” because it presented young people speaking the way they really speak about issues that concern them. It wold be a great play to begin a discussion about bullying, depression, and friendships. This makes it sound like a very depressing play, but it was not – just realistic. Teenagers do live tough lives and they do feel no one understands them.

Playwright Jordan Tannahill in his notes reveals that Concord Floral was a real place – a huge abandoned greenhouse in Vaughan.  It was used by the teens in the neighbourhood as a hangout just as it is used in the play.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Concord Floral

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Definitely worth the time. The language felt like teenagers talking (except for the lack of “like” every five words) – it was hard to believe Jordan Tannahill actually wrote it, and didn’t just leave a recorder running when some teenagers were around. The young cast were excellent and made it very real. The simple astroturf set with imaginative lighting provided all the setting required. I am not as sure about the non-human characters – the couch, the greenhouse the bobolink – I think what they expressed could have been managed through the human characters.

    I am sure it made for some intense discussion in the classroom the next day, as well as probably immediately afterwards, and was an interesting and enjoyable show for me – despite those bloody bleachers!

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