Starring Virgilia Griffith. Written and directed by Jordan Tannahill. Honest Ed’s, to Nov. 4.
Hey, they’re selling ice-cream cone–shaped dishes for just 99 cents at Honest Ed’s. Get ’em while they last! Oh, and while you’re there, grab some free theatre, too, courtesy of Suburban Beast and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. The two are co-presenting Honesty, a one-woman show in which shape-shifting actress Virgilia Griffith takes audiences on a tour of Toronto’s legendary bargain store and portrays a variety of its employees. Through the candid stories of cashiers, shipping clerks, and even one of the men who paints the store’s gloriously kitschy signs, we get to peek behind the Honest Ed’s counters and into the city’s working class immigrant communities. But these brief vignettes, while fascinating, are more like rough notes for a work-in-progress than a fully realized documentary piece. As it stands, Honesty is just a novelty, the theatrical equivalent of an ice-cream cone dish.