Danforth is a “day in the life”, a snapshot of a tightly knit group of friends and family. Most of the characters are young males. As a result, there’s a lot of chest-thumping and locker room humour. There are lots of boys talking about cars too.
All of the actors are great. However, I thought there were too many of them. Just as we start to know one, there is a new scene with new characters. I almost want to call it a “cable news play”. It seems to me like everything is blown out of proportion. It feels like there is no context, and everything is forgotten after a commercial break.
Even when I start to know a character, I often don’t want to. I turn my music up to avoid hearing things like two boys explaining to each other why they painted lips around the gas door cover on their car. Danforth turns this discussion into one of it’s longer scenes.
There are other times when I wanted to turn things down. I tried to pay attention and respect the rest of the audience. One person in the audience had other ideas. He thumped his chest and behaved like Robert DeNiro in the theatre scene in Cape Fear. I wish I could have turned the volume of this person down. I’d also like to apologize to him for crashing his private party.
I really wanted to like Danforth. In the summer, Toronto is the greatest place on earth. I’m on board with anything that celebrates this idea. Danforth could be anything though. It could be my cousin and I sharing jokes about our youth in Little Italy in Niagara Falls in the 80’s.
Thursday August 4th 5:30 PM
Saturday August 6th 3:00 PM
Sunday August 7th 8:00 PM
Friday August 12th 5:30 PM
Saturday August 13th 3:00 PM
Sunday August 14th 8:00 PM
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