Canada on the eve of prohibition: a law banning all alcohol comes into effect at midnight tonight, causing a disparate group of drinking enthusiasts to come together in their favourite bar for one last hurrah. With the spirit of revolution in the air, they band together and declare a secession from the nation of Canada, with hilarious and surprisingly moving results.
So begins We
As the chaos unfolds and the temperature of this hot and sticky Toronto summer rises to boiling point, so too do the temperaments of the would-be revolutionaries. We won’t spoil the show any further but we will say this: be prepared to watch this wild whiskey fueled revolution unfold around you. Also, having a stiff drink to hand will probably help – while you still can.
With all the action taking place in The Paddock bar, you’re right there in the thick of it, drinking and revolutionizing alongside these spirited folks. The Paddock is one of Toronto’s oldest bars (it dates from the 1940s; not that impressive to European reviewers for whom ‘oldest bar’ usually means a 13th century inn that was built by a saint or something), so it’s an appropriate non-traditional setting that emphasized one of the main themes of the play: just how much can you shape human behaviour by curbing personal liberty? It seems writer Kat Sandler hit the jackpot with the play’s booze-soaked civil liberty theme, just as Toronto’s Police plan on clamping down on public drinking in Trinity Bellwoods park. (Outraged like us? Sign the petition!)
For a relevant take on personal liberties as well as a satire on the nature of revolution and those that instigate it, get yourself down to The Paddock to check out these madcap folks and join them in stickin’ it to the man.
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