Written and performed by Fenulla Jiwani
Directed by Christina Collins
Featuring Nate Callens, Gabriel Grey, Shafik Kamani, Qasim Shan, Husein Madhavji, Danya Nearon, Richard Young & Patrick Whalen
Continues at the Berkeley Street Theatre to June 12
Fenulla has mentioned in interviews that she began writing her own plays because, as a south Asian, she simply never saw her reality depicted on stage, and 30 Dates, as the promo material says, definitely has a "masala" flavour. She plays Priti, a 34 year old who's been caught up in the long hours of the corporate grind and suddenly finds herself the only singleton amongst friends who've been busy getting hooked up, hitched and settled down. She lives with parents who threaten an arranged marriage, so in desperation she turns to www.singlesouthasianmales.com to find "the One".
The play unfolds in a series of short, snappy scenes - the aforementioned dates, naturally, with some commentary from Priti both during and between them. She does everything "right", just like the dating books
What holds it all together is a strong cast with the winsome charms of Ms Jiwani at the centre. She's an
The verdict? It's a fun night out and not just for the girls (the many men in attendance enjoyed it as much as us chicks,) - although you should probably wait till after that very first date.
Images from top to bottom:
Fenulla Jiwani and Patrick Whalen
Fenulla Jiwani with Gabriel Grey
Fenulla Jiwani with Danya Nearon
All photos by Jessica Dismont
Continues at Canadian Stage Company's Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street
Wed. to Sun. at 8PM with a Saturday matinee at 2PM