How will Jamaica’s King of Comedy, Oliver Samuels, celebrate Mother’s Day weekend?
To the delight of fans in the Greater Toronto Area, he will make you “laugh until your belly buss” with his latest hit play, Dollyhouse.
Written and directed by Samuels, Dollyhouse is a mix of Jamaica’s favourite topics – politics, power, intimacy, race, class, mistrust and betrayal, told in the King of Comedy’s trademark belly-cramping humour. In addition to Samuels, the play’s talented cast is comprised of Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus, and Ruth Ho Shing.
Dollyhouse is a depiction of the drama, unavoidable tragedies and constant comedy that occurs daily in multi-dwelling structures in Jamaica commonly known as Tenement Yards. There is a reason why Jacob Miller said “the bag of watchy watchy and su su makes it insane for a decent Rastaman to live in such Tenaments”.
Just imagine the levels of insanity when one is forced to live in a Tenament Yard with Samuels portraying a stern, overbearing landlord constantly showing who is the boss. His motley group of tenants include a middle-aged woman whose hormones seem larger than her mouth; a young man with five phones and about six different names; a haggler who insists that her constantly overdue rent for her one room and shared bathroom is only due to her finishing up a four story mansion in the hills and two bad men who “just not into the rent paying thing”?
Many people speculated how Samuels would follow up his back-to-back hits, Who A Di Don? and Embassy Saga. It is well-documented that Embassy Saga is one of the funniest plays in the history of Jamaican theater. When asked how Dollyhouse measures up, Samuels response was confident and to the point.
“Unu jus ain’t seen nutten yet,” he said.
Ebony Nile Ventures will present Dollyhouse as part of its 14th annual Mother’s Day Event on Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 William Parkway East, Brampton; and Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Metropolitan Centre, 3840 Finch Ave. East (West of Kennedy, east of Birchmount on Finch). Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets are available online at ticketgateway.com.
For more information, call 905-887-3297 or 647-994-5831.