Kim’s Convenience a Winner on the Granville Island Stage

Chantelle Han, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jane Luk, and Ins Choi. Photo by Bruce Monk

Chantelle Han, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jane Luk, and Ins Choi. Photo by Bruce Monk

During their run in Vancouver, this was a play that I enjoyed immensely, Mr. Kim, performed by, (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), the Korean owner of a convenience store in Toronto’s Regent Park area, grappled with both a changing neighbourhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-generation offspring. This journey of a fractured but loving family confronting the future and forgiving the past is a Canadian classic in the making. Ins Choi’s hilarious and touching debut play was the smash hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival.

It was a 90 minute run with no intermission with standout performances by Ins Choi, Chantelle Han, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jane Luk, and Andre Sills. I am pretty sure that Korean communities around the country could resonate with some of the issues this family faced in their Toronto’s Regent Park neighborhood.


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