Nestruck on Theatre
 

October 29, 2020

 
Nestruck on Theatre: Canadian play Daisy gets two duelling American productions online
 

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Nestruck on Theatre: Canadian play Daisy gets two duelling American productions online - Also: Director Ravi Jain’s A Brimful of Asha opens in Edmonton, and the Arts Club is opening the second solo show in its Fall Theatre Trio
 

J. Kelly Nestruck

Back in March, Sean Devine’s play Daisy had its long-awaited Canadian premiere at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.
 
I had been hoping to get out to the capital to review it, but did not get the chance: GCTC’s production had two preview performances – and then opened and closed on the same night due to the pandemic.
 
But now, due to one of those strange COVID-19 plot twists, I have two opportunities to see Devine’s play – which is about the Madison Avenue team that created the chilling and controversial “Daisy” attack ad run by Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign in the 1964 presidential election – without leaving my house this week.
 
Two duelling American productions of the Canadian playwright’s drama will soon be up and running online.
 
International City Theatre in Long Beach, Calif., is streaming on demand a “virtual presentation” of Daisy until November 7. While that theatre company postponed the rest of its 2020-21 season, director caryn desai decided to go ahead with Devine’s play in this altered form because of its relevance to the 2020 presidential election. (Tickets are US$20.)
 
 
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