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This article was published 7/7/2011 (2020 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Cinematheque (Venue 7), to July 24
Tommy, like others before him, is trying to make his way out of the bars and small-town life of Wawa, Ont. He’s just a guy in a baseball cap looking for something he can’t find back home… himself. The Big Smoke is the funny, one-man confessional about that search.
Tommy heads to Toronto and is soon drawn to Church Street. To his surprise, he finds himself in a gay bar, and it’s a more comfortable fit than the one back home.
Nanaimo’s Jeremy Banks is funny, vulnerable, and spot-on as Tommy, a kid just out of adolescence sporting an awkward combination of trepidation and bravado. His engaging presence and Ron Fromstein’s strong, sure writing universalize Tommy’s awakening — those crucial moments of self-recognition that all young adults go through in order to figure out who they are. In the end though, the trick is staying out of Wawa.
— Wendy Burke
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Performed by Jeremy Banks
The Big Smoke is like making a new friend. Then he shares something heavy with you - not gloomily, since there's beer and, well, you're buds …
The Big Smoke feels like that. It even includes some of that, except afterwards things get … pretty hot … and complicated.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 MIN
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Sexual content