Playwright: Robert LP Savoie
Director: Patti Cannon
Cast: Shilo Nelson, Jonny Kerr, Jamie Taylor , Gord Nelson, Luis Arrojo
Review by: Thomas Allen
If you’re interested in learning about everyday life in Gore Park, you’re in for a treat with “The Gore Mis-Fits.”
Based on five Hamiltonians, the play loosely revolves around their friend Blue Cap (played by Gord Nelson) getting married.
Johnny Kerr plays Josh, a wheelchair restricted individual with cerebral palsy, who tells the narrative of his buddies, at the city’s Civic Center.
From the closure of public washrooms, to over-zealous cops, and the current controversy over the possible demolition of the park’s streetwall, the play suggests that the decisions of the city’s authorities can affect the parks character and those who occupy it.
That being said, the play had no real ebb and flow. Although each character in the play had some enjoyable exchanges with Josh, there was no climax to the story, just everyday dialogue between friends.
What the play does make clear, however, is to never judge a book by its cover. Often, the people who inhabit Gore Park are mislabeled and this play sheds some light on the issue. It reminds us all that Gore Park is, and will always be, the heart of Hamilton.
“The Gore Mis-Fits” was a raw performance that plenty of people in and from Hamilton can relate to.
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Clarification: both the musician in the preamble busking in the park and Josh who was in the wheelchair were played by Jonny Kerr. Jamie Taylor played Joe, the Bouncer and dude
with skateboard in preamble.