Apr 01

Lunchbox Theatre’s ‘Dad, Day 1’ is a heartfelt story

by Jenna Shummoogum · 1 comment

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Dave Kelly is funny. That’s what you know about him, if you’ve seen his work or if you’ve read any interview of him. And this would be what you would expect from Lunchbox Theatre’s Dad, Day 1, Kelly’s second play as playwright. A funny, comedic, light look at becoming a dad from Kelly’s point of view. The play does have plenty of that but it causes Kelly to look at his own upbringing within a Catholic family, with 9 siblings. It’s a sincere and honest story about family and struggling to see how you fit within that framework.

The one man show tells of Dave Kelly. Shortly after his son is born he’s not sure where his car is in the parking lot, and he needs to go home and build the crib. With the aid of tastefully simple projection design, direction by Rebecca Northan and a set designed by Terry Gunvoldahl, Dave goes about building a crib while telling the audience how he grew up and how his upbringing has shaped his life to be what it is now.

From being in a strict Catholic household, to bed wetting to learning who he was, Kelly doesn’t hide his feelings away in plots and character. This is an honest telling of Kelly’s life and the real struggles that he went through about religion and his own identity.

Dad, Day 1 is Kelly on stage, building a crib while telling a story of his life. Ellis Lalonde’s sound design slides in and out, but Kelly has your attention because he’s telling his story. From the heart.

Dad, Day 1 runs at Lunchbox Theatre until April 19th. More information is available online.

Credit: Dave Kelly - playwright and actor. Photo by Nicole Zylstra

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