The Jungle by Thomas McKechnie & Anthony MacMahon
Loosely adapted from Upton Sinclair's novel of the same name.
Jack is a second generation Chinese Canadian taxi driver, Veronyka is an undocumented migrant from Moldova. One night he picks her up from her first job and takes her to her second. A rare moment of kindness in the hard Toronto streets sparks a connection. Thus begins a whirlwind Toronto romance with moments of love and intimacy stolen between work shifts. The couple struggle with immigration, elections, love, economics, family, illness, poverty, debt and the emerging gig economy. Through back to plays of Bertolt Brecht, the actors pause the play periodically to give a Marxist analysis of the structures that trap and abuse their characters. A modern tragedy which lays bare the systemic brutality of capitalism through the human experience of Jack and Veronyka.
Keywords: capitalism, politics, migration, China, Chinese, Moldova, Eastern European, elections, poverty, family, struggle, Brecht, taxi, uber, gig economy, political, election, Toronto, debt,
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3.5/4 The Toronto Star
“...a punch to the gut”