Art and Black awareness is in Toronto’s air. Creative pieces are dropping left, right and centre. What better time for PLAYINGwithCRAYONS to show Secrets Of A Black Boy again. Are you as excited for this play as I am? Now I never got to see it the first time around, but I have since sparked an interest in stage plays and plan on seeing it next weekend (look out for my review).
Promoted as the male response to Da Kink In My Hair, Secrets takes deeper into the minds of black men. Da Kink was actually the first Canadian production staged at the Prince Of Wales Theatre before it was adopted as a TV series. I admit I also never got to see Da Kink stage play, however, I was very loyal to the television show. Although, I’m sure the show and the stage play are incomparable.
Secrets is Damon Anthony, Trey Anthony’s little brother’s first play –an idea was sparked after the opening night of Da Kink back in 2005.
Secrets of a Black Boy is a brutally honest dramatic edy that gives voice to five young black men from Toronto as they come together for one last domino game at their local community centre before its permanent closure – a devastating result of the neighbourhood’s revitalization project. With thousands of people already displaced, the ongoing dismantling of the community serves as a constant reminder that the only home many youth have ever known is literally being ripped apart with questionable explanation and rationale.
Through a series of compelling monologues and authentic narratives mixed with musical interludes, Secrets of a Black Boy critically explores the underlying effects of common stereotypes faced by racialize men and delves into several controversial issues including police brutality and injustice, mental health, domestic abuse, infidelity, interracial dating, and sexuality.
General Admission: $38
Under 30: $17
Online Tickets: https://www.artsboxoffice.ca/scripts/max/2000/maxweb.exe?ACTION=ORDER&MAXWEB_127.0.0.1_2213=#BLACK
Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Ave
Thursday November 10 Preview at 7:30pm
Friday nov 11 opening night at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 12 at 2pm
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 13 at 2pm
Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm
Thursday November 17 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 19 at 2pm
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 20 at 2pm
Wednesday, November 16 at 1:30pm
Thursday, November 17 at 11:30am