I was invited to see the Obsidian Theatre’s production of “The Mountaintop” at the Aki Studio in Daniels Spectrum. The show takes place on the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. I’ve always been fascinated by history and this play did not disappoint. The story was focused on Dr. King’s personal feelings and fears as a leader.

The play stars only two actor’s Kevin Hanchard and Alana Hibbert and they were both phenomenal. The show runs just over an hour and a half and the actors do an amazing job with the script. There are a number of monologues and since it is only the two of them, there is no break for either actor throughout the show. It was hard after the show not to consider how much work and how talented they must have been to memorize and deliver that script so perfectly (maybe it’s my years of drama camp coming back). It was really remarkable, Kevin Hanchard played Dr. King so brilliantly, reflecting on the struggles he faced as the face of the civil rights movement. Alana Hibbert was funny and charming but also extremely passionate, it was impossible not to hang on her every word.

The play took place in the motel room where Dr. King spent his final night. The set design was really great as well. It looked ripped out of the 1960s. It was a great backdrop to this incredible story.

As you all know, I hate spoilers so I don’t want to give too much away. The play was extremely well done. It’s always amazing to see how much talent is right here in Toronto. The show is in its final days, and is sold out tonight but tickets are available for the rest of the performances, the show closes on Sunday. ┬áTickets are $25, with discounts for students, seniors and art workers with valid ID.

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