Best of the Fringe – Kim’s Convenience

Cast of Kim's Convenience - photo by Ian Liwanag

After 2 attempts to get tickets to Kim’s Convenience at the Fringe, I finally lucked out because of an added Patron’s Pick show.  Ended up in a back row seat because I lost track of time while eating at Ka Chi, but there wasn’t really a bad seat at the Bathurst Street Theater on this Sunday night, for the last performance of their regular fringe run, playing to a eager and packed house.

Kim’s Convenience was as good as all the hype.  A family drama set in a convenience store in Regent Park, Ins Choi’s script rang so true  that it sometimes hurt.  The extended arguments between a stubborn father and his strong-willed daughter struck a real chord, while the touching scene between Choi’s character, the elder son, and his mother, played by the incredible Jean Yoon, were tender without being sentimental.

Kat Chin, who helped us out at the festival last year, stage managed the show, and I caught up with more festival friends Danielle and Lindsay in the lineup – always nice to see friends out at great events like this.

Kim’s Convenience will continue an extended run uptown at the Toronto Centre for the Arts as part of Best of the Fringe until August 5 – so if you missed it downtown, you still have time.    This is definitely one of those Fringe gems worth seeking out.