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Jamaican Plays

A Hearty Platter of Bite-Sized Plays in Eight by Ten Festival

QUILT performs 'Open, Closed Door'

Though the promised platter of bite-sized plays was short by one, the Philip Sherlock Centre’s offering on the first night of its inaugural Eight By Ten Festival resulted in a hearty meal of diverse and engaging theatre.

Eight by Ten Multiplies into 3-Night Theatre Festival

Keiran KIng and Hilary Nicholson in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf

Eight by Ten, a night of eight ten minute plays, usually eclectic, diverse and entertaining works that vary markedly from the standard theatrical fare, quickly secured its place as one of the premiere activities of the Kingston on the Edge Festival (KOTE).

A Light 'Internet Affair'

Brian-Ray Moore and Pepita Little in Aston Cooke's Internet Affair

It seems that the summer 2013 season of theatre in Jamaica was about sex, sex and more sex. The string of summer plays have produced stories about prostitutes, incest, and ... well God alone knows what Risque was about.

It's All About 'Eve': Karl Williams' Sophomore Work Generates Buzz at Black Theatre Fest

(l-r) Andrew Clarke (producer), Jeff Anderson Gunter and Karl Williams

In 2006 with the staging of his second full-length play, Not About Eve, writer and actor Karl Williams showed that he was by no means a one-hit wonder. Several years later, the play continues to earn Williams accolades and gaining recognition.

Risque - The Lewd and the Ludicrous

Mack (Marlon Brown) and Lacey (Carline Brown)

The only thing missing from David Tulloch’s Risque, is that bow-chicka-wow-wow sound track to warn you that what you are now watching Cinemax, and it’s After Dark.

Ladies of the Night - A Hilarious Romp With a Dash of Drama

(l-r) Sharee McDonald-Russell, Keisha Patterson, Camille Davis & Courtney Wilson

Patrick Brown’s Ladies of the Night, currently playing at The Centre Stage Theatre, New Kingston, is a hilarious romp sprinkled with a touch of seriousness, but never enough to disrupt the vibrant humour which drives the play.

Taboo: 'Bares' Thoughtful Fruit

Cast of Taboo (l-r) Lisa Williams, Keiran King, Yendi Phillipps, Rodney Campbell

Keiran King’s Taboo is disturbing. But then, since it’s deliberately so, that is a good thing.

Anancy Struts into the 'Winners' Circle'

Anancy (Melissa Halliman) is surrounded by the Cat Clan

Anancy Chaptaz: Winners' Circle, written by Sabrena McDonald, is a fun fable with a golden message at its heart.

Thicker Than Water - A Catty Corporate Drama

Suzette Barrett (Susan) and Dahlia Harris (Kimberly) in Thicker Than Water

With Judgement and God’s Way under her belt Dahlia Harris has built a reputation for creating entertaining dramas populated by engaging characters and plots seasoned by a little intrigue.

Light Shines from Departure in the Dark

Nadean Rawlins (Lilian) and Audley Green (Andrew) in Departure in the Dark

“Life is a dream and a promise.” This line, heavily coated in bitterness and loss and delivered by Lilian Martin toward the end of Departure in the Dark, captures the essence of the play.

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