The audience loved the show. We literally rose to our feet all together for a standing ovation as if it had been choreographed. There was a loud curtain call and there would have been more but the house lights came up – the universal signal for “show’s over folks”.
Rare is an amazing show. The nine-member cast – Sarah Carney, Dylan Harman, James Hazlett, Nick Herd, Suzanne Love, Mike Liu, Nada Mayla, Krystal Nausbaum, and Andreas Prinz – all have Down syndrome. Some of them have acted before, some of them haven’t.
I spoke with a woman afterward who said she didn’t enjoy it because it reminded her of elementary school plays and that she hated them when she had to go to them. I can understand her reaction.
For me though, it wasn’t about the quality of the acting. I loved the way the cast was completely present, the way they worked together and cared for each other. The energy was amazing.
We learned about each person in snippets, every snippet added another layer to their stories. They told us about their hopes and dreams, about what it felt like to be them and about how people treated them.
One of the most moving moments was when Krystal addressed pregnant women asking them not to terminate their pregnancies if they find out that the baby they’re carrying has Down syndrome.
Go see Rare. Take tissues.
- Rare plays at Venue 1 – Tarragon Mainspace (30 Bridgman Ave.)
- Showtimes are July 05 10:30 PM, July 07 03:30 PM, July 08 08:15 PM, July 09 06:15 PM, July 10 08:45 PM, July 13 07:00 PM, July 14 02:15 PM
- All individual Fringe tickets are $10 at the door (cash only). Tickets are also available online at www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062, or in person at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street (Advance tickets are $11 – $9+$2 service charge)
- Value packs are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows