Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
The year is 1999, and Anatolia is a Bosnian immigrant living in Edmonton, obliged to address her classmates in an English as a Second Language course on some benign topic chosen by her teacher as an exercise in public speaking. So she talks about her job at Superstore and the friends she has made. But over the course of an hour, Anatolia reveals aspects of a tragic past experienced in the madness of the Bosnian war from 1992 to ’95.
Edmonton writer-director Kenneth Brown has fashioned a beguiling solo show that starts as a sweetly inspirational story of the immigrant experience and morphs into a dramatic wallop as Anatolia lets her guard down and relates an all-too-credible story of encountering both heroism and pure evil. In this capacity, actress Candice Fiorentino really delivers the goods, delineating a character arc that takes her from a cute comic figure to a tragic heroine in breathtakingly subtle increments.
— Randall King
Director: Kenneth Brown
Cast: Candice Fiorentino
Praised as "brilliant" and "a masterpiece", Anatolia, a Bosnian immigrant, addresses her ESL class. Her good-natured praise of Superstore, where she works, is a little at odds with the darker baggage she is carrying from a troubled past.
Writer Kenneth Brown (Spiral Dive) directs Candice Fiorentino (Grimmer Than Grimm) in "one of those rare pieces of theatre that can actually make a difference… (Anatolia Speaks) should be on everyone's must-see list…" ***** - London Free Press
Audience Classification: Parental Guidance
Length: 60 mins.
Door Discount: $9 for Students, Seniors
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