Roy Kempson and Astrid Van Wieren (photo by Michael Cooper)Call Your Family… Today.
by Keely Kwok
It’s a bit of a slow start with a touching song to introduce each character, but after the third song, which has some great spunk and humour, I was on board. Both Kempson and Wieren do a phenomenal job of portraying their characters at all ages. Especially Kempson as a young boy questioning his sexuality. It’s a significant moment in his life and he plays it with the perfect mixture of wonder, trepidation, and humour. And the vocals! While Kempson delivers the comedy, Wieren belts out notes to let you know she is no ordinary grandma. Her performance is a combination of the idealisms we all have about our elders with an honesty and self doubt that comes from hindsight and reflection.