Jul 08, 2013

By Scott Walker

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As the Toronto Fringe Festival continues, a play that is held up as an example of the possibilities after the Fringe begins the next stage of its growth.

Kim’s Convenience begins a national tour this week.

The 2011 Fringe Festival hit has become a major part of Soulpepper’s season for the past two years. There’s also talk of a TV version, and Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim wants to produce it in Honolulu after seeing it in Toronto.

Actor-writer Ins Choi says part of the show’s success is due to it representing the changing face of Canada. It is a commercial success featuring a cast of visible minorities who tell the story of the immigrant experience.

Now Soulpepper is letting the rest of the country find out what the show is all about. Kim’s Convenience begins its national tour at the Port Hope Festival Theatre on Thursday. It will also perform in Hamilton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.


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