Review: Equus is Transcendental Art

It’s easy to tell when art transcends mere entertainment. When art does this—when it achieves more than just laughter, escapism or distraction—it evokes emotion, raises questions that linger and haunt long after the temporary highs of witnessing its spectacle. I can say without reservation after seeing it on its opening night at the Little Carib…

Review: Lavine Steals in Dan the Travelling Man

“Dan is a man who cya hold he hand when it comes to woman,” is how Philomena Alexis Baptiste, as the play’s narrator, describes the titular character in Christine Johnson’s Dan the Travelling Man (a Baggasse Company production). I saw the play for the first time during its encore run at Central Bank on Saturday…

Film Review: Moko Jumbie (2017)

‘Moko Jumbie’ dabbles in powerful spiritual themes, boldly confronts class and ethnic stereotypes and seduces with beautiful visuals of Trinidad. The film reaches ambitiously toward fusing our folkloric heritage into a relatable, supernatural love story, which is admirable. The performances are solid and the trip is eventful and fun to watch. However, the film seems to get lost along the way, hampered by too many plot holes and an unfocused approach to tone and intent. One might also consider the title of this film as mysterious as its ending.

Review: Spellbound by The Magic Flute

On Tuesday, July 4th I had my first foray into the enchanting world of opera. As a part of T&T Opera Festival 2017, Picoplat Music Development Foundation presented Mozart’s renowned oeuvre, The Magic Flute, at the Government Plaza Auditorium. As per his accomplished reputation in the theatre, Dr. Helmer Hilwig’s minimalist direction of this abridged version…

Review: Lydians Christmas, Sweet Like a Calabash

The Lydians  has always been synonymous with spectacular singing and dazzling visuals, with the ability to pack any space in which they perform on every night. Their production of “A Christmas Calabash”, which opened at Queen’s Hall on Thursday, was a demonstration of why that reputation precedes them. Their first masterful move was in their creative team.…

Flight TWA 800: The devil is in the details

In the world of comedy, there’s a fine line between farce and false; placing characters in seemingly outrageous situations with over the top comedic performances can (if not done carefully and precisely) spell disaster. The ability to balance on this precocious tightrope shows the theatrical prowess of a creator. When the cast and crew of…