Two Kittens and a Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva) review at Space on the Mile – ‘melancholy’
Canadian writer and performer Christopher Wilson has evidently led a fascinating life. One of the first gay men in Toronto to enter into a same-sex marriage, he also leapt at the chance to foster a young child.
Two Kittens and a Kid is a musical exploration of that journey and how it furthered his own personal development. The child they foster is a young black girl, and Wilson feels that their relationship has helped him discover his “inner diva”.
While Wilson’s narrative is undoubtedly sincere, it’s also littered with references that place his charge on a dubious pedestal. At the age of 10, her biological parents were consumed by their crack addiction, and the child asked to live with Wilson and his partner. Undoubtedly a nurturing environment, filled with love, Wilson tends to tell his story as if only black girls are subject to skin, hair and menstruation issues.
The rendering of his thoughts into song adds a different dimension to the monologue, although a musical exploration of his child’s use of the N word is deeply questionable. The denouement is not a particularly happy one, but Wilson’s evident sincerity and sense of loss at least make it satisfying thematically.