If it’s summer or nearing the end of it, and if it’s James Catalyn & Friends, then it’s time for “Summer Madness”!
That wonderful, wacky bunch, are at it again! James Catalyn & Friends have been delighting audiences at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts with their annual “Summer Madness” revues for the past twenty-eight years, and “Summer Madness” Revue 2011, the twenty-ninth, will be just as hilarious and thought-provoking as the past revues.
Taking a satirical look at “typical, topical and timely topics”, “Summer Madness” Revue 2011, covers the gamut from Politics, the Church, Garbage Collection, the Press, Crime, the hiring and the firings, among many other topics. Veteran actors Neil Cleare and Rachel Rolle noted that “Summer Madness offers the best in social commentary satire.”
Director Omar Williams said that patrons attending performances need to be “up to date with what’s happening in the country and what’s hot in the news”. “James Catalyn has a unique way of looking at the facts as reported in the press and adding his own comedic touch and insight to the situations. He says from the stage, things that others are thinking about and would like to say, but are somehow intimidated. He invokes us to look at ourselves and our situations and not take ourselves too seriously and to be more relaxed.” Mr. Williams said.
“Some corns will be mashed and bunions stepped on, maybe even a few noses will be out of joint, but for the past twenty-eight years I have been trying to get Bahamians to look at themselves and laugh at themselves. It is better for us to “laugh at wesef” than to have others do it to us”, Catalyn says. “Many”, Catalyn further noted, “are laughing at us, instead of with us.”
Cast members for this production include veterans Eric Adderley, Godfrey Basden, Stephanie Braynen, Neil Cleare, Blaize Darling, Chigozie Ijeoma, Antoinette Knowles, Dwain Wallace, Lemorn Miller. Natasha Davis and Leslie Ellis-Tynes, and introduces newcomers, Juliet Holmes, Conrad Maycock, Jr., Matthew Wildgoose, Kennedy Storr, Sophia Smith, Brentwood Thompson, Kimberly Duncombe and Antonio Williams.
This years “Summer Madness” also introduces two brilliant new writers, Dwain Wallace and Jevon Butler.
“Summer Madness” Revue 2011 opens at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts with a Benefit Performance in support of the AIDS Foundation of The Bahamas on Wednesday, 14th September. The show runs until Saturday 17th September. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. nightly. Tickets are priced at $20.00 for all performances.
The Box Office opens at the Dundas, Mackey Street, on Wednesday 7th September from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Telephone numbers 393-3728 or 394-7179. Reservations may also be made at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reserved tickets not collected by 3:00 p.m. on day of performance will be sold!
Also, visit their website: www.jamescatalynfriends.com.