In this second installment of Actor Boy Watch, I take look at three productions of the year and their chances in the upcoming Actor Boy race.
Director Carol Lawes did a commendable job at the helm of Dream Merchant, doing enough to elicit convincing performances, particularly from Audrey Reid as a no-nonsense wife who clashes with the other woman over her husband. Dorothy Cunningham, Tesfa Edwards and Ronald Goshop get great opportunities to shine. Dream Merchant was an entertaining and emotionally-charged production, bolstered by a strong script, believable performances and a running time that was just right.
Best Actor – Tesfa Edwards
Best Actress – Audrey Reid
Best Supporting Actress – Dorothy Cunningham
Best Actor – Ronald Goshop
Best New Jamaican Play –
Best Director - Carol Lawes
The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s production of Dreamgirls (boasting great-looking costumes and lovely lighting) didn’t score a home run, but the effort was admirable, considering the mammoth limitations the cast and crew must have faced in getting a show of that magnitude and iconic status off the ground. While the JMTC adaptation delivered none of that razzle-dazzle kick or electricity hardcore lovers of musical theatre crave, it delivered occasional tuneful delights, regular doses of humour and commendable performances, notably from Maurice Bryan, Allison Roberts and Cleveland Cathnott.
Best Actor – Maurice Bryan
Best Supporting Actor –
Best Director – Fabian Thomas
Best Supporting Actress – Allison Roberts
Best Actress – Aisha Davis
Best Supporting Actress – Cameal Davis
Witty and delightful, Love Letters offered a heart-warming meditation on memory, time, love, life and friendship, a sophisticated guilty pleasure but a worthwhile one with echoes of old Hollywood. It afforded the audience the opportunity to eavesdrop on the private conversations of two lovers as they map their journey from wide-eyed teenage paramours to adults leading complicated lives. Hilary Nicholson, Nadean Rawlins, Alwyn Scott and Paul Issa brought to their roles all the qualities that have endeared viewers to them over the years, in the fine directorial hands of Brian Heap. Love Letters succeeded not only on the strength of Gurney’s script, but on the competence and commitment of hardworking actors and their fearless director.
Best Director – Brian Heap
Best Actress – Hilary Nicholson
Best Actress – Nadean Rawlins
Best Actor – Alwyn Scott
Best Actor – Paul Issa
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OPENING SOON: The Love List, Easy Street, Serious Business and the 2009 LTM Pantomime Pirate Jack.