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Doubles—Two plays...one night
Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW) is reprising Doubles, actually two plays for the price of one, on October 31—November 3, at TTW, 23 Jerningham Avenue, Belmont. Showtimes are 8 pm, on October 31-November 3, and 6 pm on November 3.
The two one-act plays are Randy Ablack’s Same Ole Mas and Elspeth Duncan’s The Perfect Place, directed by Timmia Hearn, and starring Errol “Blood” Roberts, Soler Philip, Patti-Anne Ali, Eugenia Lemo, Arnold “Pinny” Goindhan, Sindy Nurse, Wayne Lee Singh, Nicholai Salcedo and Afi Ford-Hopson.
The Same Ole Mas tells the story of four vagrants living in Woodford Square as long as anyone can remember, claim squatters right.... and get the deed to the Square. The Prime Minister and the other ministers throw the country into crisis in order to get their Square back.
Power and drugs corrupt, while the search for identity and belonging push the characters to fight for their own dignity in a world which continually strips them of dignity, from politician down to piper. After all, so often there hardly seems any difference between the two.
A release from the TTW said the director’s brief on The Same Ole Mas states, “what created the interest in the script initially was its complete irreverence, as well as its ability to simultaneously address real issues, and not takes itself seriously. This is a farce in the good old black humour sense. The comedy is biting and the characters are almost too real, even as each is a caricature.
“The play asks you to question just how absurd the life around us is. Would it really be possible for a few vagrants living in Woodford Square to claim squatter’s rights, and get the deed? Could the Minister of National Security really have gotten his job because he married the Prime Minister’s sister? At what point does our reality become a comedy to the observer?”
In The Perfect Place, a chance encounter between a waiter and customer develops and reveals secrets about each, and forces them to face the lies under which they have been living. In this play, there is no hero here, and no villain.
It is one of those stories which is hard to describe. A two-hander with a third character who enters briefly, the play takes us through a few hours in the lives of two very different women, who find, through a chance encounter, a look deep into their own existence through the eyes of the other’s loneliness.
Visit TTW Web site at www.trinidadtheatreworkshop.com, or its Facebook page Trinidad Theatre Workshop, or via Twitter @TrinidadTheatre.
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