Monday, 12 March 2018

50-SECOND STAGE REVIEW: Wright’s Granny Del takes on parenting and relationships with hilarious results

'GRANNY' RULE: Wright plays the titular matriarch, who tells it like it is.

IT’s hard not to have a favourable opinion of Andrea ‘Delcita’ Wright, the ace comedienne who has a penchant for sending her audience rolling in the aisles. She accomplished this feat repeatedly, headlining shows written and directed by other theatre practitioners, but in recent times she has been bringing the funny with her own productions under her Big Stage Entertainment banner. 

The latest is Granny Del, an expectedly laugh-out-loud funny look at dysfunctional family dynamics, parenting and the Jamaican education system. Wright plays the titular matriarch whose precocious granddaughter is having trouble with her studies and the authority figures at the school where Granny Dell also works as a janitor. 

As you can imagine, there’s never a dull moment. When Granny Del is not verbally clashing with her granddaughter’s pain-in-the-rear teacher (who is having an affair with the Dean of Discipline), she is schooling the audience on the ethics and principles that make for productive living – and how to make your relationships work. After all, this Granny has seen it all and done the rest. 

The script is a commendable effort from Wright, a trained guidance counsellor who works in local schools when she is not on stage. Her punchlines don’t always hit the mark, but the show’s message comes across with resounding force and clarity: train up a child in the way she should go and when she’s old she will not depart from it. 

In the end, Granny Del offers an evening of wholesome, enjoyable theatre ideal for the young and young at heart. Tyrone’s Verdict: B

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