Second City goes gritty for newest show

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Set designer Camellia Koo used to live at the corner of King and River Sts. where she had a front-row seat to activities taking place beneath a Gardiner underpass.When director Carly Heffernan brought her in to design the set for the new Second City show, Come What Mayhem!, Koo was familiar with the company’s work, having already done six of their productions.But this time the jokes weren’t about kitten videos, manspreading on the subway or snooty wait staff. Heffernan and team were thinking more like Black Lives Matter, consent, accountability and the gritty reality of the city’s issues today. And the show, which opens Wednesday, had to be distinctly Toronto. Advertisement Advertisement Koo knew that income disparity, racism, sexism and very distinct Toronto markers had to be part of the set. The underpass became the dominant image under and upon which the themes of Come What Mayhem! would humorously play out.Koo, mentored by famed Canadian designer Michael Levine, is now making her mark in every area of the performing arts world. For Second City, she designed pillars and ramps with steel girders littering the ground underneath. It’s a “trade secret” how the wood was made to look like cement. Facebook Twitterlast_img