For over two decades, beloved Jamaican actor and comedian, Oliver Samuels, has graced the stages of Toronto for Mother’s Day. Torontonians have grown to expect comedic and thought-provoking theatrical productions from Samuels during this time of year and eagerly look forward to them.
This year, Samuels will be in Toronto to perform his latest production, the hilarious comedy/drama, Embassy Saga, currently playing to critical acclaim in Jamaica. The play’s cast consists of Samuels, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Lakeisha Ellison.
“While being a satire on piety, it is also a tale of gritty, humorous characters, brought to life through remarkable acting,” wrote Jamaica Gleaner critic, Marcia Rowe, in a review titled “Oliver’s Pen as Funny as his Acting – Embassy Saga, a Production Worth Seeing”.
The play is set in the living room of the Farringtons, a family that used to reside in the ghetto and now resides in an upscale neighbourhood called Embassy Heights.
The Farringtons consist of Miriam (Audrey Reid), the overly religious mother; Ezekiel (Samuels), the father, a first-rate mechanic, now retired after working for the United States Government at Guantanamo Bay, and their two children, Zacky (Titus) and Rachel (Ellison).
From the outside, the Farringtons seem like the perfect family. However, appearances can be deceiving.
When Ezekiel decides to capitalize on one of his retirement benefits – the opportunity for the entire family to move to the U.S., the truth about Miriam’s religious bent comes to light. Her secrets are slowly unveiled, changing the tone of the predominantly humorous play and producing a thought-provoking conclusion.
Presented by Ebony Nile Ventures, Embassy Saga is supported by Jamaica National Money Transfer, Western Union, Steele and Jeanie’s Bakery.
Embassy Saga will be performed on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 Williams Parkway East, Brampton. On Sunday, May 12, it will be performed at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Metropolitan Centre, located at 3840 Finch Avenue East, Scarborough.
Tickets are available online through TicketGateway.com (1-877-616-0101) and at the usual outlets.
For more information please call 905-887-3297 or 905-450-5831.