Every year, the Fringe turns up remarkable individuals who have decided to tell their own stories, such as Toronto-based Christopher Wilson, who, with his partner, become the adoptive parents of a troubled little girl: “Two gay white suburban dads and their black urban daughter – the original modern family”.
Star rating: ***
Venue: theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39)
When the partner leaves, Wilson has to be “Mr Mom” to a girl on the cusp of teenage diva-hood, experimenting with make-up, having boyfriends. Wilson makes comedy out of his own embarrassment, throwing in upbeat Broadway-style songs on subjects such as menstruation.
But then, just when a happy ending seems assured, the problems caused by the neglect in her early life resurface, and his sassy teenager changes into a young woman bent on self-destruction. The music shifts accordingly, and the ending packs a poignant punch.
Until tomorrow. Today 7:30pm.