Margaret Cho's acclaimed solo show, I'm the One That I Want, will be seen one night only at Toronto's Pantages Theatre April 15.
The popular Off-Broadway show, which earned a MAC Award this month, is based on her experiences as the first Asian-American to star in her own sitcom. It chronicles Cho's meteoric rise and near-fatal demise during and after the groundbreaking television series, "All American Girl." The ABC sitcom was the first network series to feature an Asian family coping with generational, cultural and assimilation issues.
When ABC cancelled the show, Cho descended into a highly publicized bout of depression and drug/alcohol addiction. She continued to perform as a stand-up comedian for thousands of fans in top comedy clubs and on college campuses and, now 31, has a new audience that embraces her honesty about showbusiness and her personal demons.
The show is expected to return to New York City's Town Hall June 17 following the current North American tour. A film of the solo show is in the works.
Visit Margaret Cho's tour website www.margaretcho.net. Tickets for I'm the One I Want are $35-$59. The Pantages Theatre, once home of the longrunning staging of The Phantom of the Opera, is at 244 Victoria Street, in Toronto. For information, call (416) 872 2222.
-- By Kenneth Jones