Oliver Samuels returns in Midnight at Puss Creek

Patrick Brown’s hilariously scary Midnight at Puss Creek brings the classic theater “whodunit” to life in true Jamaican style.

As the wealthy Miss Zelda Matalon lays on her death bed, family and friends gather at her bedside. What should be a poignant and solemn occasion quickly becomes a chronicle of the dark side of human nature as some of the family members begin to plan for their share of the spoils before a will is even read.

However, there is a major problem. Zelda turns out to have more longevity that anyone imagined and the will dictates that for anyone to benefit, she has to die from natural causes. The plot thickens after a body is discovered and everyone present becomes a murder suspect.

Oliver Samuels delivers a stellar performance as the estranged son of Zelda. A celibate widower for 15 years, he is perceived as somewhat unstable and relies on the Holy Spirit and bottled spirits to help him cope with the painful burden of his son’s incarceration. Long disinherited by his mother for marrying someone she disapproved of, the motorcycle-riding civil servant arrives at Puss Creek hoping that Zelda (on her death-bed) finally plans to atone by leaving him a hefty legacy.

But the big question is: would he kill to secure it?

This question is asked of all those left standing after the mysterious murder, leaving Detective Inspector Tracey and his sidekick Constable Tek Life the arduous task of unraveling a case which gets more complicated as time passes.

The star-studded cast features veteran actor Glen “Titus” Campbell, with able support from rising stars Camille Davis, Courtney Wilson and Tesiha Duncan.

Following more than 130 sold-out performances in Kingston, Jamaica, this laugh-a-line comedy-thriller promises nonstop entertainment from the moment the curtain rises until the lights go down at the end.

The play has been described by Tyrone Reid, editor of the e-magazine TALLAWAH as loaded with “hugely enjoyable punch lines and big, side-splitting laughs…a clever, hilarious tale of conspiracy, family dysfunction and revenge…excellent setup, written with intricate plotting and head-scratching twists, and offers solid, first-rate entertainment”.

Presented by Ebony Nile Ventures, Midnight at Puss Creek continues the tradition of the company presenting first-class family entertainment in Toronto. The Mother’s Day collaboration with Oliver Samuels, which last year celebrated 15 consecutive years, has established itself as must-see entertainment for Caribbean nationals living in the Greater Toronto Area.

Midnight at Puss Creek will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 William Parkway East, William Parkway and Bramalea Road (East of Bramalea Road), Brampton.

It will also be performed on Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, (Mother’s Day) at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Sir John A. McDonald C.I., located at 2300 Pharmacy Road (North of Sheppard, South of Finch), Scarborough.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketgateway.com.

For more information, call 905-887-3297, 905-450-5831.

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