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Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

For its sixth annual staging on Saturday night, the Simply Myrna concert was moved to the lawns of Devon House at the corner of Waterloo and Hope roads, St Andrew. But while the venue offers an open-air, idyllic setting, it is vulnerable to weather...

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

When Ken Nelson asked Rosina Christina Moder to perform on the November 2015 edition of Jazz in the Gardens: Jazz Divas, she declined the invitation and told him that she would only perform if he put on a show with musical families. Nelson took the...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 1:17 AMMarcia Rowe

While there is plenty to laugh about in Basil Dawkins' latest play, Guilt Trip it is anger, not humour, that first greets the audience at the Little Little Theatre. And it remains the dominant emotion...

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

The recent staging of the Boulevard Baptist Church's (BBC) Festival of Choirs saw a variety of groups ministering through song. And, like their song selections, the groups, drawn from other denominations as well as non-denominations, reinforced the...

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Imagine being a Christian living in an inner-city community and, on the eve of Valentine's Day, you and your partner are given the opportunity to attend a banquet for couples, and you learn more about love and marriage.On arrival at the venue, you...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

David Tulloch's tragedy Not My Child is more than entertainment. It is a catalyst for change.The play is based on a true story and Tulloch not only cleverly conceals the lines between reality and creativity, but, as the director, is also able to...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

If Lennon 'Lenny' Crooks had had his way, last season's staging of the annual Simply Myrna would have been the last. However, event patrons Sir Kenneth and Lady Hall, along with fans, had other ideas. This resulted in not only the sixth staging, to...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 12:17 AMMarcia Rowe

FOR THE last three years, and previously, a team from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), under the banner of BBC 1XTra, has been making the trip to Jamaica, “to recharge their musical battery”. This year, one of the focus is on...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2016 | 11:07 PMMarcia Rowe

When Adassa Jonas (Camille Davis) and her neighbours, Sky McGuiness (Sakina Deer) and her husband Coby Smith (Courtney Wilson), along with their helper, Gerda (Sharee Elise) engineered a plan to help her out of her unhappy marriage to Dr Sefus Jonas...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Last Thursday, the Shakespeare School Championship website was launched at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. Organisers of the competition, Generating Genius, also provided information on season two, shared lessons already learnt, and...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It is not by coincidence that situation comedies are usually seen only on television, and they are no more than 30 minutes in length. In Dahlia Harris' full-length play, Same Difference, the reason for this became clear.Harris' script generated the...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

On Thursday night, a wide cross section of persons converged on the usually tranquil Kingston Waterfront to ring in the New Year. They were treated to not only more space than in previous years and good...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

There are a number of ways to gauge the success of a show. Three of these are the size of the audience, whether they stay to the end, as well as the calibre of artistes on the programme. Sunday's staging of Jazz in the Gardens, A Feast of the Senses...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Before the birth of Christ, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on "two tables of stone". Centuries later, Fabian Barracks, a Jamaican, received an inspiration for a scorching sermon based on the Commandments; in particular the seventh one: "Neither...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Bangarang means disturbance or commotion. This is the essence of the play of that name, written by David Tulloch, which opened last Friday night at the Green Gables Theatre, Cargill Avenue, St Andrew. The playwright, aided by convincing acting and...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and no group is more aware of this than the Portmore Chorale. Each year, they target two churches to spread this joyful news mainly through unfamiliar yet uplifting Christmas carols.Recently, the...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

On Wednesday, The Little Theatre Movement (LTM) launched the 2015-2016 production of its premiere event, the annual National Pantomime. Among the offerings at the intimate affair were enlightening speeches and acknowledgement of a retiree,...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

The University of the West Indies Alumni Association (UWIAA) has designed a plan to engage and involve the alumni of the university in what is called the Alumni Reconnect, initiated by the Institutional Advancement Division, Office of the Vice-...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Kingston Music Week meandered its way off the beaten track on Saturday with resounding success. After a shuttle drive from a nearby car park to the venue on Keesing Avenue, off Hagley Park Road, came lively and entertaining performances from a short...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Driven by her desire to find parents whom she refuses to believe may have passed on, a defiant, strong-willed Annie is constantly running away from her home, an orphanage. But, Annie's boldness and commitment to finding her parents transcends into...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

To maintain a structure in any form for 134 years is no easy feat, so it was only fitting that the organisers of the Devon House anniversary concert used the iconic status and relevance of the site to Jamaica, as their guide in selecting the patron...

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Much of the equipment and infrastructure at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, dates back to when the facility was constructed, and nobody is more aware of the need for refurbishing...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 11:02 PMMarcia Rowe

All three are already winners of various awards, for their written works, but their tally recently increased when Donna Hemans, Diana McCaulay and Janet Morrison were declared winners of the 2015 inaugural staging of the JaWS JAMCOPY Lignum Vitae...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2015 | 11:09 PMMarcia Rowe

Spectacle has always been a strong element of the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble productions, and the 2015 season of dance was nodifferent. From the dramatics to the vivacious costumes complemented by appropriate lighting, the show was a delight to see...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Despite the wet conditions due to earlier rainfall, a good-sized audience showed up for what was promised to be a musical treat of Jazz in the Gardens, 'A Feast for the Senses', on Sunday. The divas (Myrna Hague, Althea Hewitt, Kathy Brown, Azuri,...

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