Though familiar to most Montreal anglo-audiences, Jacob Richmond is a relative unknown in the Toronto theatre scene. The playwright’s only appearance on Hogtown’s stages to date has been in 2001 with his excellently-titled show The Qualities of Zero. (A show that critic Kamal Al-Solaylee liked then at Eye, and is still raving about in The Globe and Mail today.)
Richmond, son of CanTheat VIPs Brian Richmond and Janet Wright, is a clever fella whose plays combine the metaphysical linguistic acrobatics of Stoppard with the French-language theatre traditions of hypertheatricality. What does that mean? It means that his shows are fun is what it means. For instance, Small Returns, which opens tonight at Theatre Passe Muraille, features quick-witted banter between bill collectors, as well as puppet and wrestling components.
There’s no guarantees with this show, Richmond’s second to make it down the 401. But with a title like Small Returns, it’s an investment that you know will at least live up to its billing.