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r v ( s n n n/2011/ A/Cr - r r- r /100
ns/ r s r n , r , y v n , n n s n y)
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n n r B s , B s r r n B s r n A r ss B s,
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r B n n n rs n r s w s
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s r , s s, r v s r s ys r w r n ss n
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A n nj y r v r rn. x n .
Rest of the week:
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r n , n y, s x, v n n s n s r ) 5.45 n y
B C. s y C r, s r A r n.
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s r n nx y, n n - n r ns r n ,
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r w n n s s n r n w Ann s s
s w n w rs r y n . y x n .
Best of the rest: n: r , 9.35 B ; s: n n,
5.45 B C; : ws n n, 10 C ; rs: n,
9 B C; r : w, 10 C ; : ss n B s, 4.40 n 6.40
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
A REVIEW BY WESLEY GIBBINGS
William Shakespeare s tragicomedies are
striking resonant chords with local
dramatists in this pre-CXC season. The
Trinidad Theatre Workshop s (TTW) production of
A Midsummer Night s Dream was no exception during
its run at the TTW base in Belmont.
The production followed on the heels of Deborah
Jean-Baptiste-Samuel s recent adaptation of Othello
and the University of Trinidad and Tobago s (UTT)
production of As You Like It---the former of arguable
comedic but undoubted value as dark tragedy. Young
thespians at St Joseph s Convent, St Joseph, also had
an entertaining go at A Midsummer Night s Dream
two weeks before.
The experts may choose to debate the technical
designations, but TTW s Timmia Hearn Feldman s
expert interpretation of A Midsummer Night s Dream
reminds us, through the words of the Duke of Athens,
Theseus, of the "very tragical mirth" of misguided
infatuation and betrayal, the narrative of which is
wound through the play s three carefully and elab-
Much would not have been lost on a knowledgeable
TTW audience, however dense and sometimes inac-
cessible the poetic dialogue. But Hearn Feldman s
use of local Carnival characters to represent the spirits
of Elizabethan woods attempts to extract from the
conflicts of the netherworld greater meaning in the
context of a T&T of years past and present. It works.
Musician Nickolai Salcedo is particularly convincing
as Theseus and then the conniving Oberon, king of
the fairies, who gets his jester, Puck (Kearn Samuel),
to administer the nectar of a magic flower to the
eyes of Oberon s cantankerous wife, Titania (Afi Ford-
Hopson), who then falls in love with the lowly Nick
Bottom, also played by Samuel, who wears the head
of a donkey.
The magic flower is also unwittingly used to tem-
porarily derail a developing romance between Hermia
(Tishanna Williams) and Lysander (Arnold Goindhan)
when Oberon instructs Puck to use the magic charm
on Demetrius (Soler Phillips) who has been spurning
the advances of Helena (Sindy Nurse). The flower is
erroneously passed over the eyes of Lysander who
now falls in love with Helena. The ensuing confusion
flows like a Raymond Choo Kong farce on steroids.
Except, this is Shakespeare and this is TTW.
The criss-crossing of interrelated stories moves
smoothly along but must have been a director s night-
mare in the face of a small Belmont facility, whose
dramatic silence is sometimes broken by passing
vehicles with 12-inch woofers.
Hearn Feldman believes the play s interlocking sto-
ries "are deeply relatable to us in contemporary T&T".
But, to her credit, the connections are managed with
subtlety and are not overly contrived in the action
of the play, which flows virtually flawlessly for close
to two hours.
Much of this results from the work of a fine cast,
which includes the experienced Goindhan, who moves
seamlessly from roles as Lysander, Cobweb and one
Peter Quince, who leads a rag-tag band of
labourers/actors preparing for a performance at the
wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta.
There s also Samuel, who plays four characters---
Puck, Egeus (Hermia s father), Bottom, and Philostrate
(chief organiser of festivals). He is seen by the audience
before, since he makes himself available for a some-
what amusing pre-show stare-down at the TTW
The talented Tishanna Williams is assigned the
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
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Nickolai Salcedo, left, and Afi Ford-Hopson as Oberon and Titania in an April 11 preview of the TTW's staging
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