With the days getting shorter and the nights getting cooler, that can only mean one thing: theatre season is back! This season, I’ve goal to see as many shows as possible, starting with Kim’s Convenience.
Kim’s Convience is the first production of Theatre Calgary’s busy 2013-2014 season and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen put on by the company. The show, which started as a fringe production and exploded from there, tells the story of a small convenience store in Toronto. But the fact that the show takes place in Toronto doesn’t really matter, because there are stores just like Kim’s Convenience all over Canada. Immigrant-owned convenience stores that open early, stay up late and rarely get the respect that they deserve. I actually worked at a story just like Kim’s Convenience when I was university and I can tell you, it’s not a job that you want to be doing you’re whole life, but so many of the family-owned businesses do exactly that.
At a swift ninety minutes, Kim’s Convenience uses every second to make you laugh, think and, just a few times, cry. I went into the show nothing about the story, the cast or just what I’d be seeing exactly, but I left feeling like I had known every character for years. That’s the power of writer Ins Choi script. It’s relatable enough that you understand the struggles of the Kim family, but funny enough to appreciate that your own family isn’t as crazy as their’s…or is it?
What could have been a silly attempt at the already wacky Corner Gas, ends up being wonderfully delightful and you’ll leave hoping that that is not the last time you’ll spend the night with Mr. Kim and his family. Like the Wingfield series, I can’t help but feel like there’s much more story to tell. But for now, there’s more than enough to love about Kim’s Convenience.
Kim’s Convenience runs until September 29th.