SHE'S ALL THAT: In the riotous new comedy The Prophet, the most emotionally precise moments don't come at the hands of seasoned stars Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey and Garfield 'Bad Bwoy Trevor' Reid — or talented relative newcomer Marlon Brown. Instead, fast-rising leading lady Dainty Bellanfantie (certainly one to watch) delivers her performance as the beleaguered single mom Mercedes with such expressiveness, emotional depth and self-assured conviction that you immediately sense the artistic maturity she's been subjecting herself to of late. Then again, she might very well chalk up this amazing growth spurt to the influence of her competent colleagues, or a director (David Tulloch strikes again!) notorious for challenging his actors for the better. But whatever has catapulted this young actress (pictured above with costar Junior Williams) onto this fabulous evolutionary curve is now reaping the rich dividends.
WESTERN DELIGHT: Is the Fairfield Theatre making a comeback? By all appearances, the St. James-based house (nestled on a hill on the outskirts of Montego Bay) is experiencing a welcome rejuvenation spell, with the likes of Nadean Rawlins, Carla Moore and Dahlia Harris, among several other Kingston-based practitioners, joining forces to bring the energy and excitement of 'town' theatre to the MoBay masses. Harris' most recent work, Her Last Cry, having down the rounds here in the capital, is currently wowing audiences down there. No doubt Douglas Prout, a workhorse at Fairfield for years, is beside himself with gratitude for the little company as the theatre, which most famously spawned the record-setting musical drama White Witch in 2010, gradually inches its way back into the spotlight.