For the past 10 years or so, Ebony Nile Ventures has been bringing well-known Jamaican actor/comedian Oliver Samuels to Toronto for its annual Mother’s Day special. This Sunday, May 9, faithful supporters will once again have the opportunity to watch the renowned actor live at Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate Institute in Scarborough.
On this visit, Samuels stars in Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing – a dark, theatrical comedy based around the affluent Brown family in the upscale St. Andrews suburb of Beverly Hills. Having always wanted to assist a disadvantaged youngster to reach his/her full potential, Mrs. Brown – a socialite and social worker – chooses ex-gangster, CP as her protégé. With her daughter’s support, the kind-hearted Mrs. Brown welcomes the reform school dropout into their home despite her husband’s unyielding objections. The ensuing culture clash between CP and Mr. Brown leads to both tension and hilarity within the family’s household.
Media outlets have described the play as a “bellyful of laughter”, commenting on Samuel’s “exquisite comic timing” as well as the “fabulous” job done by the supporting cast.
Carol Japp, a representative of Ebony Nile Ventures – an entrepreneurial promotions company specializing in theatrical productions – describes the show as “clean, family fun,” noting that Samuel’s reputable name is the very reason they continue to bring him up for what has become a Mother’s Day tradition.
No stranger to Canadian audiences, Samuels has been traveling to the country over the last 21 years to perform in a myriad of shows. Often called the “Jamaican King of Comedy,” Samuels is best-known for the 1980s television series, “Oliver At Large.”
Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing currently has three show dates scheduled for the GTA; one in Brampton on Friday, May 8 and two in Scarborough on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10. For more information, call 905-887-3297 or 905-450-5831.