Marcia Brown Productions’ latest offering for Toronto this Father’s Day weekend is playwright Aston Cooke’s hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama, Common-Law.
The play, which chronicles a couple’s decline against the backdrop of a uniquely Jamaican brand of working class society, is a no-holds barred commentary on common-law relationships and its emotional effects.
Patsy is an unemployed woman who has been living with her common-law husband, Winston, for 15 years. Patsy views Winston as a good man and “the one” for her, despite her poor relationship with his mother. A true romantic, Patsy dreams of the perfect wedding day and can’t wait for Winston to “pop the question”.
However, one night as she brings up the topic, her dreams are shattered when Winston tells her he intends to marry another woman. Patsy is forced to choose between remaining a lady and fulfilling her dreams and aspirations for her future or succumb to revenge by whatever means necessary.
The cast is comprised of Marcia Brown as Patsy, Naggo Morris as Winston, Damian Brown as Winston’s sidekick, Dessie; Aldene Thomas as Shelley and Carla Boutwell, who is making her Canadian theatrical stage debut.
Marcia Brown has set a high standard for memorable theatrical productions, including her most popular play, I Need to Know My Father, which opened three years ago and is still running strong. Many patrons who have seen I Need to Know My Father say Brown “has to come good” with Common-Law.
However, Brown is not fazed by the high expectations and is confident audiences will enjoy the play.
“If di play it nuh good, mi nah touch it,” she said. “I can’t afford to disappoint the audience I have worked so hard to gain their trust.”
Common-Law will be performed this Father’s Day weekend at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road; on Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 15 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
For more information, call 416-843-8787 or visit www.marciabrownproductions.com.