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Kim's Convenience | Ins Choi
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Winner of Best New Play and the Patron's Pick Award at Toronto's Fringe Festival, Kim's Convenience is the critically acclaimed, wildly popular, smash-hit debut by celebrated actor, playwright, and poet Ins Choi. Mr. Kim is a first-generation Korean immigrant and the proud owner of Kim's Convenience, a variety store located in the heart of downtown Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. There, he spends his time serving an eclectic array of customers, catching petty thieves, and helpfully keeping the police apprised of illegally parked Japanese cars. As the neighbourhood quickly gentrifies, Mr. Kim is offered a generous sum of money to sell enough to allow him and his wife to finally retire. But Kim's Convenience is more than just his livelihood it is his legacy. As Mr. Kim tries desperately, and hilariously, to convince his daughter Janet, a budding photographer, to take over the store, his wife sneaks out to meet their estranged son Jung, who has not seen or spoken to his father in sixteen years and who has now become a father himself. Wholly original, hysterically funny, and deeply moving, Kim's Convenience tells the story of one Korean family struggling to face the future amidst the bitter memories of their past. This edition includes an eight-page black-and-white photo insert of the original Fringe production and the Soulpepper production.
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I haven‘t seen the show that was adapted from this play, but I know enough about it to have had a vivid picture of the characters in my mind as I read. I also liked the photos from the theatrical productions and the commentary from Ins Choi about how the play was written and how it became a TV show.

Literary_Siren I didn‘t know it was a play. My husband and I love this show! We‘re very sad they aren‘t continuing it. 2w
kwmg40 My family loved this show, and I enjoyed reading the play too. 2w
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My family loves the TV show based on this play, about a Korean family living in Toronto. It's heartwarming and hilarious, and it's on Netflix as well as CBC.

It was interesting to read the play that started it all, as well as the essays that described how it evolved from stage to television.

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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
DieAReader 👏🏻👏🏻Good job! Maybe I‘ll have to check out the show (plays remind me of HS too much😂😬) 2y
kwmg40 @Andrew65 Thanks!

@Squidget I do recommend trying out the show. Maybe the shutdown period is a good time to binge watch. 😄
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litenthusiast I love the show. I had no idea it was based on a play. Now I need to read the play. 2y
kwmg40 @litenthusiast Glad to find another fan of the show! 2y
DieAReader @kwmg40 I‘ll keep that in mind for next time in the mood to turn the 📺 on🤣 Thanks♥️ I‘ve barely watched anything this year, just never seem to be in the mood 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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