‘Hide Your Husband’ a fun escape comedy | Entertainment


The theater is back. Hooray!

You live stage lovers now have the chance to see the first commercial play produced on the island in the time of COVID-19. Every night except Monday, you can head to the Little Little Theater in Kingston for hide your husbandwritten and produced by veteran theater practitioner Basil Dawkins.

He broke his pandemic-dictated two-year stage absence with an escapist comedy, a departure from his usual “comedy-drama” (aka comedy-drama) offerings. It was a wise decision, judging by the waves of laughter that continually erupted from the audience when I saw the show a few nights ago. Customers were apparently in a laughing mood – not surprising after all the stress and distress of the current times.

Before you even step inside and see the stage, you get a printed program hint of what to expect. It tells you that the action takes place “in the penthouse of a very high-end condominium complex in Kingston”. No downtown angst from the playwright this time.

The first person to enter the well-appointed living room – designed by Robin Baston and decorated by Qindell Ferguson – is a woman who looks like she belongs there. She’s the lovely Cibony Angels (Maylynne Lowe), and she’s dressed in comfortable and sexy black sleepwear, with lots of toned skin. The outfit is the first of many beautiful outfits that Cibony wears during the hour-and-a-half-long play. The costumes were designed/chosen by Lowe herself and TK Dawkins, the play’s director and playwright’s daughter.

Another type of duplication takes place with the casting of another character, Roger. He is played alternately by Earle Brown and Michael Forrest, the former being the actor I saw. The third character in this tight production, Locksley, is played by Donald Anderson, who – Surprise! Surprise! – also did the voice recordings.

There are a number of voices emanating from the scene, most of them menacing Cibony, who despite his pleasant appearance and charming manners when others are around, is a truly devious character. We learn from her phone conversations with an unseen friend that she specializes in scamming and prefers the married variety, hence the title of the piece, hide your husband.

To the men in her life, she speaks standard English, but with her friend on the phone, she speaks the Jamaican dialect, so we’re not surprised she had a rural upbringing. She comes from St Elizabeth, which could explain her “high color”.

In a satirical social commentary on her way of life and changing her code, she explains to her friend: “As a pretty brunette in this country, you can get anything you want if you ask nicely and in decent English. .” Her self-centered manipulation of Locksley and Roger doesn’t reveal her true personality, or, at any rate, her full personality, and as the play progresses we see her in a different light.

The same is true for men. It is a tribute to the playwright’s insight into the human soul and his skill in creating characters. People are complex; the more multidimensional characters a writer can create in a story, novel, or play, the more interesting it will be.

As the writer peels back the layers of his characters, revealing new skins, he or she must, at the same time, twist and twist the story in ways that pleasantly surprise the audience. This play shows that, despite the many months spent away from the Little Little Theater, where for decades he had opened a new production every year, Dawkins did not lose his ability to pirouette. You will never guess the end of what you see at the beginning.

It would be unfair to future audiences to reveal ALL plot intricacies, of course. Suffice it to say, after sanitizing your hands at the door and donning a mask for inside the theater, you will find hide your husband a delight.


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