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Edinburgh Fringe Festival Cabaret Hit Plays Toronto Centre for the Arts Next Week

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival Cabaret Hit Plays Toronto Centre for the Arts Next Week

Shares bill with “Dudettes,” a show of duets sung by men originally written for women

By Dennis Kucherawy

Next Saturday night in North York, gender identity and non-traditional families are on the bill in Studio 5040 Cabaret Soirée Series’ latest presentation of two new cabarets.

They play the Studio Theatre’s Toronto Centre for the Arts for one-night only on Nov.12th.  Show time is 8 p.m.


Sharing the bill are “Dudettes,” with Ryan Kelly and Dale Miller, and “Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva), a one-man musical cabaret featuring Christopher Wilson that recently played two sold-out shows at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

It also was a hit at this past August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“Outstanding!  We laughed, we cried, we felt true emotion!” was just one of the many comments the show inspired there.  “I haven’t laughed or cried as much in one, concentrated 45 minutes;”  “A gem for the Fringe” and “intensely personal and moving” were among others.

In “Dudettes,’ Ryan (“The Normal Heart,” “Mamma Mia”) and Dale (“Seussical,” “Les Misérables”) say they take a fresh look at duets traditionally sung by women on such themes as friendship, love and relationships.  Described as “a hilarious cabaret,” the show includes song from musicals including “West Side Story,” “Chess,” “Rent,” “Wicked” and more.

Contrary to what you may think, “Two Kittens & A Kid” are not about felines and a Billy Goat!  It’s Christopher Wilson’s acclaimed one-man musical cabaret about his experience becoming a gay foster father to an adolescent black girl.

For example, one song titled “The `N’ Word” tells how Christopher’s child, named Kidlet in the show, shocks him one day by responding to him “Nigga, please!”  She intended the epithet as a term of endearment, we…and he… learn.

Christopher, a professional performer, arts educator and independent producer, callsthe show “deeply personal and autobiographical,” He says it’s the story of a suburban, gay, white man who suddenly becomes “Mr. Mom.” In the story, he rides white-knuckled, the press release says, on a roller coaster of teenage angst, falling off the precipice into “the mystery of black hair, menstruation, boyz and ultimately mental health and addiction.”

He says the poignant show is about love, cultural understanding, and desperately “trying to find your way!”  It’s always honest, he adds, it’s always honest, often funny and, at times, heartbreaking.


Toronto Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre

5040 Yonge St.

Toronto, ON


$25 regular; $20 students, seniors and arts workers

Please phone 1-855-985-2787 (Ticketmaster) or visithttp://encoreshows.com/orderform.html

By Dennis Kucherawy

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