How to Write a New Book for the Bible-Taproot Theatre

“Let’s get it right, down to the details.”

I fear I may be the wrong demographic for How to Write a New Book For the Bible.

Full-time priest and part-time playwright Bill Cain’s heartfelt 2011 play sketches a poignant portrait of a family reckoning with the impending loss of its matriarch. It’s a moving work – Cain based the play off the experience of losing his own mother, and it really shows in the minutiae of family life so lovingly captured by his script. In spite of all the good things about Taproot’s production of the play, though, I couldn’t avoid a niggling feeling that something was… off.


As it is in Heaven, A Story of The Shakers

Strangely interesting history of an American religious communtiy

Originally written by Arlene Hutton, director Marianna Savell brings a production of “As it is in Heaven” to Taproot Theatre. Rising perplexing questions about the nature of community and personal beliefs and faith, “As it is in Heaven” shares with the audience the story through changes in communities like The Shakers.


A Delightful Kim’s Convenience Premieres at Taproot

The confounding conflict between the natures of love and duty that swirls within the members of so many families is the driving force of Kim’s Convenience, a charming one-act play from the Korean-Canadian playwright Ins Choi. That these forces collide in a struggling immigrant family only ups the stakes in the inherent give and take that consume parents and their children when they search for some balance between deeply caring for each other while still working under the onus that stringent expectations be met. Choi has these battles take place within the wonderfully entertaining Kim family, gamely running a convenience store in modern day Toronto.


Taproot Stages a Classic

For years, Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1939) has been one of our nation’s most performed plays, presented by countless schools and Community Theater groups. Taproot helps celebrate this chestnut’s 80th birthday party by staging a delightful rendition to open their new season. Though this famous piece is hardly a challenge for our successful Greenwood troupe, the Taproot folks led by Marianne Savell’s able direction, make sure that it provides a wonderful evening of solid Comedy Theater. Savell writes in her program notes about the play, “It’s good. Like, really good.” It is indeed, and as comforting and enjoyable as a warm fire on a mid-winter evening.

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