The New Federal Theatre presents a revival of this comedy, where a lower middle-class couple in Kingston try their wildest schemes to escape gun crime and establish residence in the United States. More…
From the show:
They survive because they learn to communicate and rediscover each other. Playwright Trevor Rhone was the artistic giant of Jamaican theater. The play celebrates the pent-up need for self-discovery and personal development in Jamaican women, a theme which is also universal.
See it if you'd like a 1970 dramedy abt a blowhard husband/clever wife. 2 strg actors, gd set, gd sound design/lighting. Polished prodn. Jam'n accents
Don't see it if you can't laugh at wife being disrespected (Act 1). Still, she gets her day (Act 2). Civil unrest backdrop of 70s Jamaica. Could use cuts.
See it if You want to see a fifty year old show that is as relevant today as it was when it was written. Great staging; acting; lighting.
Don't see it if You can’t get past the accents or the fact that it’s a little uneven. Each act feels like it’s own play.
See it if You want to see a dramedy based on a couple from Jamaica that is working on a way to get to the United States by any means necessary.
Don't see it if Accents in a play bother you. It bothers you that a husband disrespects his wife. Unrest in Jamaica doesn't sit well with you.
See it if You want to see a Caribbean couple come up with a scheme to get to the US. Some very funny, as well as touching moments. Excellent acting!
Don't see it if You don’t like hearing Caribbean accents or not in a mood for comedy.
See it if Two talented performers playing a Jamaican couple willing to do whatever it takes to get to the USA.
Don't see it if Jamaican accent of Mr.Rogers not always let you understand the conversation. Play itself need a little trim.
See it if for a chance of seeing work by the late Trevor Rhone, iconic Jamaican dramatist; to root for women empowerment plots; foolish men charm you
Don't see it if Jamaican accents & slang will irk; you prefer a play to be either farcical or serious--but not a mix of both; you prefer a large cast
See it if Two-character play, over the top in places. Predictable but not-quite- believable resolution. See it for the acting.
Don't see it if Acts 1 & 2 seem like different plays, and he and she, although very fine, are stylistically very different. You'll cheer for her.
See it if Well-acted,well-directed&well-staged play on serious social issues such as women's inequality,violence,race& immigration w/use of grt humor
Don't see it if uninterested in Jamaican culture; can't value vernacular as intregal part of dramatic realism.
See it if You like to laugh and delve into a marital relationship that needs a little work. A Caribbean story we all can relate to
Don't see it if If you are not interested in a story from years past. It’s an island “Jacky Gleason show” even with a “you're the greatest Alice”.
See it if You're a discriminating theatre goer expecting a well-written play, well acted on a beautifully set designed stage w/ great lighting+sound.
Don't see it if You have no interest in seeing a play about a woman's late blooming awakening and emancipation written and set in Jamaica in the 1970s.
See it if The story about the family wants to better themselves n their kids still resonates. Feel like in Jamaica w/security gated bedroom. Yay maan.
Don't see it if If the story about would-be immigrants, the power struggle of the couple and the different cultures do not interest you.
See it if You are a fan of plays that focus on two central characters and the evolution of their relationship as time progresses.
Don't see it if You think you will struggle with understanding the unrest happening in Jamaica in the 70s OR the heavy accents of the main characters.
See it if you're interested in stories about marriage and immigration.
Don't see it if you want a more modern take on the issues; you don't like accents. I found the play not that compelling but the actors are good.
See it if You enjoy plays about serious immigration concerns, with a lighthearted presentation.
Don't see it if You are judgmental about things people do to get long in life.
See it if An insight on the dreams and schemes of a couple seeking to escape the Jamaican war zone would interest you.
Don't see it if You are not into Caribbean accents
Also Two hours with intermission
See it if Forever relevant issues brought masterfully to a well thought out stage design. Perfect mix of meaningfulness delivered with humor.
Don't see it if You don't like happy endings.
See it if If you are interested in how some immigrants resolve their difficulties in getting themselves and their families into the US
Don't see it if If you can't understand a Jamaican accent.