Jacob is 2+2+2 years old. He has two older sisters, two older brothers and two parents. He says everything twice, thus earning the nickname Two-Two. On November 19, we experienced the life of Jacob Two-Two.
When we entered the theater, there were lots of boxes. They were stacked on top of each other, making the stage look weird. I wondered why they were there, but soon enough, the lights dimmed slowly and the show began.
This show is about a kid named Jacob, who repeats everything, and his parents don’t trust him. He whines about things until he gets them, and so his parents send him to buy two pounds of tomatoes. When the vendor makes a joke of accusing him, he thinks it’s real, he runs off, and he falls asleep. When he wakes up, the police come to tell him to meet his lawyer— Larry Loser. They go to court and due to Mr. Loser’s poor performance, poor Jacob is sent to Slimer’s Children’s Prison. He meets the Hooded Fang, who has a lot of hatred toward children. He and the prisoners try to break out with the help of Child Power, an association for kids with powers to control adults. In the end, they realized that Hooded Fang is a good guy, and that he could help them out. Finally, Jacob snaps out of his dream, and he is reunited with his family and they are happier than ever.
The setting changed very frequently from scene to scene. The play started with only boxes and a plain black background. Later in another scene, the set looked like a supermarket. When the vendor started running away, the character remained at the same spot, but people in the background moved the shop props away, and it seemed like he was running away. I liked how the props could be moved easily.
We didn’t have a chance to meet with the actors in person for the interview, but we had a phone interview with one of the actors who plays Jacob Two-Two.
A Phone Interview with David Gregory Black
Q: What school do you go to? How old are you?
A: I’m 12 years old. I go to an art school called Baythorn Public School. (York Region)
Q: Who is your role model?
A: I didn’t really have a role model when I started acting. My parents know how to sing and stuff, I guess I kind of look up to them.
Q: What is your favourite part of this play?
A: Probably at the end when everyone gets rescued from the Children’s Prison.
Q: Do you see yourself still being an actor in 10 years, or do you have other career goals?
A: In 10 years, I do see myself as an actor. I want to do professional acting when I grow up.
Q: How many times a week do you have to rehearse and perform?
A: Well, rehearsal was fun, but we had to rehearse for three weeks.
Q: What did you do about school?
A: I grabbed all my school work, I finished it, and then whenever I came into class I gave it all to my teacher.
Q: Has anything ever gone wrong on the stage while you’re performing?
A: So far, no, which is great. But whenever it does, that’s what live theatre’s all about. Every night, there’s a new show, so if anything ever happens, you have to figure out a way around it.
Q: Have you ever gotten stage fright?
A: Well, I’m really good at crowds. I don’t get nervous, I get excited.
Q: Do you prefer to play with intermission or no intermission?
A: Personally, if I was watching a show, it’d be nice to watch it all the way through. Since we perform for such young children, it’s easier to take a break. If we just go all the way through, there’s no place to get antsy and get up.