> A stalwart of the theatre community, lighting wizard Franklyn 'Chappie' St. Juste has been hospitalized on account of a serious kidney-related condition. As such, the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists and the wider arts fraternity has rallied to aid their ailing comrade, with an upcoming benefit performance of the comedy revue Laff It Off set to raise funds to assist in covering some of the medical expenses. Get well soon, Chappie.
> Like Dahlia Harris' Thicker Than Water and God's Way before it, Basil Dawkins' Uptown Bangarang is weeks away from joining the roster of hit theatrical productions to make the leap from the stage to the small screen. A chronicle of that fascinating juncture where "uptown and the inner-city make for an unholy alliance," the production (being brought to living rooms as a CPTC Presents... event) retains its original cast of Maylynne Lowe (as the neurotic Verona Webster), Douglas Prout (her evangelist husband Edgar), Lawrence 'Max' Woodham (their headstrong son Abe), Sakina Deer (fiery housekeeper Precious) and the indomitable Ruth HoShing (as the slithery aunt Alma). Up to press time, a date was being finalized for the show's debut.