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Standing-room only at Martin s
Piano Bar, Newtown, Port-of-Spain.
It s a late start. Watch-checking for
those who reached here at 7 pm. It s
One young guy walks around with
a notebook collecting a "cover charge"
while another s fiddling with a micro-
phone on stage.
Fela Kuti s Water No Make Enemy
is on the speakers. Feet tapping.
Drinks flowing. The DJ is really getting
But it s late.
Enter theatre professor/director,
and now playwright, Christine Men-
zies. It s hot and noisy in here. No
place, really, for a first reading. But
it would have to do. The crowd is
"more mature" than on a regular
"open mike" night, busy-body Paul
Brathwaite later explains.
True Talk No Lie has been on for
two years now. On May 28, it was an
anniversary. A special one. It s full of
young people in here. In each hand,
in the dim light, a glowing smart-
They re scanning Maya Angelou
quotes. The American literary icon
died no more than 12 or 13 hours ago.
Enter Belinda Barnes and Michael
Cherrie. Eunice Alleyne, who has
been sitting in the audience, walks
over to the stage and is handed a
script. Wait. There s Errol Sitahal and,
over there, Che Rodriguez. And isn t
that, George Gonzalez and young
Vedesh Nath? Look, there s Leela
Sitahal. It s a special night here alright.
It s also Menzies birthday and the
first reading of the first act of her
first play, She Come Back. It s sup-
posed to be an adaptation of a full-
length play written in German by a
There s something about permis-
sion to perform the whole thing on
some stage in the future, but nobody s
But we never get to know the orig-
inal name of the play, more by design
than by accident. On stage is a cast
of accomplished thespians, young
Turks and "Katy" who manages the
flow. The full reading of the play took
place on June 4 at the Trinidad The-
The dialogue proceeds at break-
neck speed. One-liners back and
forth. They re all at an airport in the
1960s and things are hard. "Things
so bad, they selling the Red House
and the Cathedral."
Lesser performers might have
bumbled and stumbled on this verbal
rollercoaster. But the older hands on
stage keep pace and the youngsters
tag along competently. Collisions with
Katy s director s notes occur, but not
that much. Ice is being crushed at
the bar but it s hot in here.
On stage, Chief Minister VJ Ali is
not averse to making deals and the
Archbishop is, let s say, accommo-
dating as the story unfolds. Penelope
Buchenheimer (nee Johnson) is com-
ing back---ostensibly with husband
number seven---called "Seven" by
Buchenheimer for convenience. The
first one was the one who designed
"His work was rubbish," someone
But Buchenheimer, who parachutes
from the plane, and, we later learn,
has been reduced through reckless
adventurism to one leg and one hand,
has a US$1 billion deal to make with
the government. Something to do
"Justice is not a commodity. It
cannot be bought and sold!" Chuckles
and knowing smiles across the audi-
ence. Forty-five minutes later, the
audience exhales. Exeunt Menzies
and half a constellation. Alleyne
returns to her seat. Rodriquez bursts
into raucous laughter. It s a wrap.
This has been a rare moment. Let s
now see who s bold enough to take
the stage as True Talk No Lie resumes.
Doubles to chase a shrimp roti with
For more information about
True Talk No Lie and other events
at Martin's call 622-6405.
She Come Back returns to the stage
The cast of She Come Back at Martin's doing a reading of the play.
PHOTO: WESLEY GIBBINGS
Victoria s and the Good Men
Crew, in association with We Beat
St James Live, is hosting WeParty---
The Purple Passion Back in Times
Party as a part of WeBeat celebra-
tions in St James.
According to the promoters, the
followers of Victoria s and the people
of St James are eagerly awaiting this
party which takes place tonight from
9 o clock to 4 am, at the 2nd Division
Police Officers Mess at the corner of
Long Circular Road and Barbados
Road, St James.
Patrons can bring their dancing
partner or opt for one of the available
dancers attending the event.
The dress code for women is any
shade of purple in keeping with the
theme of the party. The dress code
for men is elegantly casual and the
promoters have indicated that no
short pants will be allowed.
Music for the occasion will be sup-
plied by DJs Special Delivery and
Sensational Noel. The DJs will be
playing a mixture of back in time
music and some of the hits from
A special session of love ballads
will be played for dancers wishing to
demonstrate their skills on the dance
For more information, call
638-5164 or 799-6825.
Walk with your dancing partner for Purple Passion party tonight
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