Arts Club brings heartwarming Canadian comedy to New West

A Canadian play that became the basis of an award-winning CBC TV series is coming to the stage in New Westminster.

The Arts Club on Tour production of Kim’s Convenience is onstage at the Anvil Centre Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Ins Choi’s debut play is set in a family-run corner store in Toronto’s Regent Park area. Mr. Kim, or Appa (James Yi), is grappling with both a changing neighbourhood landscape and a chasm between him and his second-generation Canadian offspring.

Kim’s Convenience was originally produced as part of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival and went on to a successful run in 2012 at Soulpepper, receiving the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best New Canadian Play and spawning a nine-city national tour.

Director Kaitlin Williams is looking forward to taking the play on this latest B.C. tour, which will include a number of Lower Mainland and Island performances, as well as Interior shows.

“Having the opportunity to bring the show and Appa’s story to more communities is incredible,” Williams said in a press release. “For me, this is a story about reconciliation, sacrifice and deep family love. It means so much to our cast and creative team, and we look forward to sharing it with audiences again.”

The play also stars Andrew Creightney, Howie Lai, Jessie Liang and Maki Yi.

Tickets start at $29 and are available through or 604-521-5050.

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