ELLE Canada reviews opening night of Doc

By Ava Baccari, Photography courtesy of Soulpepper Theatre Company

For a country that loves being labelled light-hearted, we have a pretty dark sense of humour. Ottawa Citizen film critic Jay Stone once wrote that "if you judge us by our films, we’re a country filled with dysfunctional families, incest and tragedy."

Last night’s packed theatre for the opening night of
Doc at the
Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto’s Distillery District, proved that we don’t really mind if this attitude also creeps up onto our stage (well, minus the incest.) New Brunswick-born playwright, Sharon Pollock, loosely bases her 1984 play,
Doc, on her experience growing up in the midst of family dysfunction, tragedy and suicide (the Holy trinity of successful memoir-writing) which premiered to standing ovations last night.