If you’re looking for light entertainment to match the title, Magic Unicorn Island is not the show to visit. This one-man dramedy, written by and starring London, Ont.’s Jayson McDonald, pulls no punches in a bleak glimpse into our possible future.
Juggling multiple roles in the hour-long piece — from Shane, a 14-year-old boy who leads the world’s children to live together on an island where peace and democracy reign, to the creator of our universe, a be-shaded dude à la Ted Logan who despairs about his creations — McDonald is magnetic.
And Magic Unicorn Island’s skewering view of international politics — most specifically the American interests and control of such — is a fire in McDonald’s belly, and the show rides on that zeal. It’s an inventive, disheartening invective against the imperialistic ideals of the powers that be. Let’s hope McDonald’s ultimate vision for our future isn’t prophetic.
— Barb Stewart