PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Trevor Nairne recently directed a terrific production of Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues’ seedy and darkly provocative masterpiece The Wedding Dress at the School of Drama’s Dennis Scott Theatre. It was strictly for “exam purposes” so critics (yours truly included) were instructed not to write about the show as regular review, to avoid conflict with the overseers of Mr. Rodrigues’ estate, et al. All in all, we enjoyed the show immensely, but especially the writer’s tragicomic spin on universal themes ranging from romance and regret to marriage and mortality to pride and prejudice. While all the young players turned in commendable acting performances for the most part, I was particularly impressed by talented scene-stealer Cadene Solomon (in the role of Madame Clessi, a woman of scandalous ‘appetites’), who brought excellent timing and remarkable conviction to the portrayal. A job very well done. If Cadene’s outstanding work here is any reliable indication of what’s to come, she has a bright career in the dramatic arts awaiting her.
ON THE HOUSE: Have we seen the latest of New Kingston’s Theatre Place? Sources say the Haining Road-based theatre house could be closed to the public for good, as the operators have been at loggerheads with the property owners over maintenance issues for months now. Our grief over the closure of the Pantry Playhouse (and the legendary Barn Theatre, for that matter) is still fresh, so we’re praying that things turn out for the best.