If It’s Not Too Much Trouble – Toronto Fringe 2014 Press Release

From Press Release


If It’s Not Too Much Trouble

A Play by Trevor Poelman

Presented by Books are Boring Productions as part of

The Toronto Fringe Festival


“When it comes to the ones we love, crazy is just another word for family.”

If It’s Not Too Much Trouble addresses what we can all relate to—how freaking nuts your family can make you feel. The play takes place in the living room of the Davis family, as the three Davis children and Don (Christie’s long-term boyfriend) set up for their parents’ 25th wedding anniversary.


As Christie tries to keep the evening on track without her boyfriend Don finding out about the article she wrote about him, Don is desperately trying to work up the courage to talk to Christie’s father about the future of their relationship. Meanwhile, Leslie the eldest Davis daughter wonders how far is too far when stalking a B-List celebrity. And to make matters worse, their younger brother Glen may have just made some powerful enemies. Each of our characters must realize that their problems can only be solved when they put aside their own egos and embrace the innate insanity associated with family. It is only through acceptance of their idiosyncrasies (lasers and all) that they’ll ever come together to solve their troubles.


The play is funny with just the right amount of heart – you know the type of heart where it’s not so much heart that it it makes you sick but also not so little heart that you say, “Hey, where was the heart?”


The play was written by Trevor Poelman for the 25-Hour Playwriting Contest at last year’s Toronto Fringe Festival where it won first prize. It had it’s first staged reading at in the Tarragon Solo Space, and was directed by Jennifer Brewin (Artistic Director of Theatre Columbus). The play has since been expanded and edited for this year’s Fringe Festival. The cast and crew are a combination of Playhouse North vets, Queen’s University Alum and past-fringers who have come together for the show’s first full production. The show is being produced by Books Are Boring, a fledgling company dedicated to producing well-written comedies for a variety of mediums. So far these mediums have consisted of film and stage but who knows, the sky isn’t even the limit any more, what with space travel and all that.


Audiences will undoubtedly leave feeling warm, weird and wonderful. And who doesn’t like feeling warm and weird?


Books Are Boring

In association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents

If It’s Not Too Much Trouble

Written by Trevor Poelman

Directed by Trevor Poelman and Erin Norton

Starring Adele Dicks, Damien Doepping, Kristy LaPointe and Nathan Costa

Production management by Martine Plourde

Stage managed by Erin Norton

Photography by Laura Huddart


Opens July 4th and runs until July 12th at the

The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse

79 St. George St. #302



Friday, July 4th – 1:15pm

Saturday, July 5th – 9:15pm

Monday, July 7th – 10:45pm

Tuesday, July 8th – 4:45pm

Thursday, July 10th – 9:30pm

Friday, July 11th – 5:15pm

Saturday, July 12th – 7:00pm


Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.


Purchase online: fringetoronto.com.

Order by phone: 416 966-1062

From June 17th-30th: Monday-Friday, 10am – 5pm

From July 2nd – 14th: Daily, 10am – 7pm

In person at the Box Office @ The Fringe Club, 581, Bloor St. W.

July 3rd-14th, noon – 10pm

The Box office accepts cash, Visa and Mastercard. Unfortunately, they do not accept debit cards.