Small Things

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out of five se­ries of short scenes with an ap­pro­pri­ate simplicity and in­ti­macy. As a main­stage pre­sen­ta­tion, its run­ning time of two 35-minute acts (plus an in­ter­mis­sion) is brief. The tri­an­gle of char­ac­ters is re­flected by Brian Per­chaluk’s suit­able re­volv­ing set cut into three pie-shaped pieces. Most of Small Things takes place in the liv­ing rooms of Birdy and Mrs. Branch, who was nick­named the Gen­eral dur­ing her teach­ing ca­reer. Both are sparsely ap­pointed: one aus­terely el­e­gant; the other more homey, with its scat­ter­ing of toys and fam­ily pho­tos. The work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mrs. Branch and Birdy is frac­tious un­til MacIvor slips in two top­i­cal sub-plots: med­i­cal mar­i­juana and trans­gen­der chil­dren. The cat­a­lyst for both is Dell, who seems to be adrift when we meet her sprawled out on her mother’s couch, about to smoke some pot when she should be study­ing for her cor­re­spon­dence course. One of her grade-school sons, Wolf­gang, wants to be called Alice and the de­vel­op­ment has up­set some school of­fi­cials, as well as Birdy, who hates the idea of her neigh­bours chat­ter­ing about her

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