Kayla Subica’s premiere of her show Choca (Cry Baby) had a strong start Friday night, and although a sentimental piece, nobody left the dramatic comedy in tears.
Presented as part of the 24th Atlantic Fringe Festival, Subica acted out the story of a young girl yearning to reunite with her estranged Portuguese grandmother, solo. Although she wrote the piece, she owns it in another way, as the story is her own.
The talented actress held nothing back as she tumbled through this tale of their drawn out reunion. She took on the characters portrayed in her play with ease — lending them uniquely memorable voices and physical attributes throughout the show. As most of these characters were her actual relatives, this aspect was impressive but not outlandishly so as their personalities would have taken less time to craft.
It’s a sweet show that’s funny in the same way life is — sometimes things turn out, but sometimes they don’t; sometimes you think you want a particular thing, but you didn’t really know what you wanted well enough in the first place.
The piece was obviously intimate. It seemed much rehearsed by Subica the actress and was doused in wonderful detail by Subica the author.
For a reflective, relatable and entertaining experience this Fringe, see her show. It’s playing at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which can be entered from the Bedford Row entrance, today at 8:15 p.m., Sunday – 8:20 p.m., Monday – 6:15 p.m., Tuesday – 9:45 p.m., Wednesday – 8:30 p.m., Thursday – 6 p.m., Friday – 5:30 p.m., Sept. 6 – 8:15 p.m., and Sept. 7 – 2 p.m.