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Summer Madness Revue 2013 now on stage at The Dundas

  • The cast of Summer Madness Revue 2013 during their final rehearsal. The play runs tonight and tomorrow night at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts with showtime at 8 p.m. nightly.

Published: Sep 13, 2013

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For two nights, the wonderful, wacky bunch known as James Catalyn and Friends has been leaving audiences in stitches, and it’s another two nights for the comedy show that always has topics that are timely and serious. And this time around they are tackling issues like stem cell, how young people deal with women and their attitudes toward women, to intimations about someone being slapped — but as serious as they are, the topics will all be made a little more digestible through tons of humor when James Catalyn and Friends presents “Summer Madness” Revue 2013.

The stage play is a reflection of where Bahamians are and how they are thinking. It is on stage tonight and tomorrow night at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, with curtain times at 8 p.m. nightly.

This is the first Summer Madness from which James Catalyn himself has stepped aside and allowed the younger talent to showcase their script-writing and direction.

Summer Madness 2013 is directed by Blaize Darling and Omar Williams and promises tons of laughs.

“Taking a satirical look at typical, topical and timely topics as it relates to Bahamian life in this year's production delivers not only laughs but social commentary that shines a light on aspects of ourselves that are sometimes ignored,” said Williams.

Corns are mashed and bunions stepped on with Catalyn's unique way of looking at situations through his writing.

And a phrase Catalyn himself made popular remains true: "It is better for us to laugh at wesef, than to have others do it to us.”

“If you can laugh your way through something, it’s easier to digest,” said Williams. “We have a skit in there called ‘Fatal Attraction’ that deals with how young people deal with women and their attitudes towards women.”

The thought-provoking script Williams said was hard to listen to, and had to go through triple rewrites to get it to the point where it was honest, but the comedy still came through.

“It’s rough to hear, but we can laugh at it,” he said.

Catalyn’s theme comes through even though he did not have a hand in the production.

The show is an interpretation of the past interjected with the new.

The James Catalyn and Friends troupe has been delighting audiences at the Dundas with their annual Summer Madness revues for the past 31 years. The group itself has been in existence for 34 years, easily making the group the oldest active performing arts troupe in the country.

Summer Madness 2013 revue promises to be just as hilarious and thought-provoking as past revues.

Catalyn continues to shape performing arts in The Bahamas while encouraging a new generation of Bahamians to follow in his footsteps.

Darling and Williams aren’t new to direction. They have both directed several James Catalyn and Friends productions in recent years. Jevon Butler, Juliet Holmes and Veronica Toppin all contributed scripts as the group seeks to continue the legacy of its mentor.

The cast is a mix of generations ranging from members with more than 20 years performing with the group to the newly initiated and includes Eric Adderley, Jevon Butler, Neil Cleare, Juliet Holmes, Tiffany Grant, Chigozie Ijeoma, Sony Jacques, Dion Johnson, Antoinette Knowles, Lemorn Miller, Sophia Smith, Brentwood Thompson, Trevann Thompson and Lechante Wright.

• Summer Madness 2013 tickets are $30 reserved seating and $25 general seating, and can be purchased at the Dundas Box Office at Mackey Street between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Telephone numbers are 393-3728 or 394-7179.

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