Friday, 25 November 2016

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: Basil Dawkins says Four Can’t Play + Moses returns to the Arena + Pantomime set to introduce The Upses and the Downses

WHEEL AN’ COME AGAIN: Continuing the rich tradition of spinning amusing and wholesome family entertainment from modern-day happenings and everyday Jamaican scenarios, the LTM National Pantomime company is preparing to take audiences on a laugh-out-loud rollercoaster with The Upses and the Downses, their 2016/17 musical production, opening (as is customary) on Boxing Day, December 26, at the Little Theatre in Kingston. The long-running creative team remains the same: writer/lyricist Barbara Gloudon director Robert ‘Bobby’ Clarke, costume mistress Anya Gloudon and musical maestro Grub Cooper. With the actors now well into rehearsals, the team is in the throes of putting together an entertaining package that will give viewers a show to remember. 

TOGETHER AGAIN: The idea of partnering with long-time collaborators also remains prominent in the Basil Dawkins camp. The prolific playwright is preparing for the December 27 premiere of Four Can’t Play, his brand-new dramedy that will be directed by Douglas Prout. On the heels of praise locally and internationally for last season’s Guilt Trip, Oliver Samuels will lead a cast that also includes Ruth HoShing, Dennis Titus and Maylynne Lowe, who last worked with Dawkins and the crew on 2014’s Divorce Papers and was just seen in a remount of Dahlia Harris’ Same Difference at the Phoenix Theatre.

PLAY IT AGAIN: Fresh from a successful showing in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Moses crew is back on local soil and is all set to bring the stage magic to the National Arena once more – to give those patrons who didn’t see it because of Hurricane Matthew their opportunity, before they turn their turn their attention to MOP’s Christmas and 2017 initiatives. According to Father HoLung, the North Carolina gig was a huge success. “We were warmly welcomed by churches and many other locals who attended our previous productions Praise Him, Isaiah, and The Messiah,” he says. “With [the funds raised] we will build a ministry for the lepers in East Timor, one of the poorest countries in the world.”

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