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Look Twice, It’s Your Wife on stage

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Saturday, July 14, 2018
Rehearsals for Look Twice It’s Your Wife in progress at UTT. PICTURE CURLETTE AUSTIN

The Renaissance Theatre Company will be performing the original comedy Look Twice It’s Your Wife at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, on July 14 and 15. The play, written and directed by veteran actor and director Marvin Ishmael, had its first successful run at UTT Campus at NAPA as part of the Academy for Performing Arts’ Performing Arts Festival in June.

The play tells the story of Mootilal Singh, played by Narad Mahabir, who finds himself in a sticky situation when his complicated schedule for managing his relationships with his two wives, Nasha (Bridget Rampersad) and Sandra Singh (Renee King) is thrown into disarray following a car accident. With the help of his friend Bloods (Michael Cherrie), he attempts to keep his wives from finding about each other with

a complicated mix of lies and smooth talking. His cause is not helped by two police detectives who trespass into each others’ jurisdiction and arouse the wives’ suspicions.
Ishmael said for him the play shows the amazing wit of a Trinidadian when it comes to telling stories and how quickly an idea can spread, not only in the person telling the story but those who try to assist with the coverup. “For me it shows that although he might appear shiftless in one part of his life, he has the capacity to be an artist in other sections of his life especially when it has to do with the female and the offerings that we make here in Trinidad because of a very rich cosmopolitan background. It seems as if one person is never enough to fill the void for art, I call it art, for me the human body or the female is very art oriented. Now I love art but it doesn’t mean I take home all the art that I see but I can appreciate all the art around me and so I think the Trinidadian male is caught in that bind between wanting to just appreciate the art around him or sometimes to take pieces of art home that he hopes doesn’t stay there but he can take it back to the museum. Of course sometimes that is impossible, once you purchase the art it is yours and how do you keep one piece of art from getting jealous of the other piece of art that you have somewhere else? That leads the Trinidadian male to this ability to tell stories and cover his tracks and to me that shows the tenacity of the Trinidadian male.”

The Renaissance Theatre Company was established by Ishmael in 2018 as the next step for university graduates of theatre and the performing arts, to provide an opportunity for artists to continue honing their craft, and create work with an identifiable Trinbagonian Carnival aesthetic, which would be shared both regionally and internationally. Ishmael said for him the best part of the process has been working with the current and former UTT students, even though they haven’t done much comedy while in school. “For them it was a learning experience in terms of Comedy, what that demanded, trying to get into the head of the character very quickly or even quicker than they normally do because they don’t have that time because for me the tempo and the timing of the piece is important and therefore I have to get that and so all their searching needs to have happened pre-rehearsal and we brought that into the process so that we can block it, not only physically but vocally.”

Ishmael, who is originally from South Trinidad, said staging the play at Naparima Bowl is his way of going back home. “The Bowl has always been for me the Mecca of theatre in south Trinidad. I know they’ve been doing some renovations as well. Going back there is also a way for us to start rebuilding an audience base not just in Port-of- Spain but in South as well, in terms of the work of UTT and of future students and artists. Audiences in South often complain that they are left out in comparison to the offerings in North. I love the Bowl, I love the South and I thought a play like this would be able to attract some people from the South to come and see it.”

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at Valini’s Drug Mart 657-6444/1053 and Hair by Jowelle 653-2160. For more information, go to https://theatrerenaissancett.com, email [email protected] and call 294 – 3490.

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