With a Japanese Problem, Universal Limited provides the audience with just a piece of some of our country’s hidden history. The visions they present of insanitary and crowded living conditions where sickness and death are inevitable, with men separated from women and children are reminiscent of horror stories we attribute only to other countries.
What’s even more powerful however if how the contributors share their own thoughts on the current day ramifications of these events and expose that this isn’t history, it’s a present day reality that we can continue to see around us if we allow ourselves to. They manage to do this within only 40 minutes, with the help of their venue which is in fact the site where some of these crimes against citizens were endured. This isn’t a production you come to to be entertained but rather to grow. In what way will vary for each individual but I can’t imagine anyone not taking something away from this very vulnerable and jarring presentation.
Japanese Problem by Universal Limited at Hastings Park, 2 shows nightly up to and including Sept 29 on a pay what you can scale.
Tickets at: https://www.japaneseproblem.ca/
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
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