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Friday, March 3, 2006

Funny play, serious themesfrom Sometimes Y Theatre

Sometimes Y Theatre presents its latest production, George F. Walker's gritty comedy "Problem Child," at the Canadian Embassy Theatre in Akasaka, Tokyo, March 3-5. A not-for-profit theater company that has been active in Canada and Tokyo for almost a decade, Sometimes Y Theatre's latest production marks the company's fifth in Tokyo following last season's "Vigil" and "The Drawer Boy."

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R.J. (Robert Tsonos) and Denise (Emma Howard) in "Problem Child"

"Problem Child," one of six plays that made up Walker's 1998 publication "Suburban Motel," unfolds in a seedy motel room. The drama follows a former junkie prostitute, Denise, and her ex-con husband R.J., who is addicted to television talk shows, as they attempt to win back custody of their baby. The troubled couple are visited by a haughty social worker, with the tension relieved only when alcoholic motel owner Phillie enters the stage.

The play stars Robert Tsonos (Artistic Director of Sometimes Y Theatre) and is directed by longtime Tokyo resident Matt Lagan.

Born and raised in Toronto, George F. Walker's career in theater began when he was working as a taxi driver and answered a call for original scripts for Toronto's Theatre Factory Lab in the early 1970s. He went on to become their playwright-in-residence. His plays have been translated into several languages, including Hebrew, Turkish and Polish.

"Problem Child" runs March 3 (7:30 p.m.), March 4 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and March 5 (2 p.m.). Tickets are 4,000 yen for adults, 2,500 yen for students. Call 090-3802-7124 or e-mail boxoffice@sometimesytheatre.com for tickets.

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