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…

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…

Mahalia – discovering what is possible with a little bit of restraint, a lot of creativity and some faith… obviously

JCS Entertainment, after a few fantastic runs of musical entertainment, brings back to the stage their incredibly successful Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, giving even more people an opportunity to see what the acclaimed production has to offer. There are, however, a few changes from the last time folks have seen it. This time around they move from…

Review: The Calm After the Storm

The Calm After the Storm is an original play from Kingdom Arts and Performances that attempts to delve into the complexities of the relationship between man and woman within (and outside) the tradition of marriage at various stages. It primarily follows the dynamic between Eric, and hard-working husband in his 30’s and Ann-Marie, his long-time sweetheart and…

“Rosie” – the quintessential Caribbean woman

By Juan-Pablo Alba Dennis Since its inception in 2010, the “Dance and Performance Institute of Trinidad and Tobago” has consistently brought and fostered a committed and focused type of performance art to national performance spaces. On Thursday July 28th, I had the opportunity to witness the fruit of the Institute’s continued labor at New Waves Presents,…

Review: ‘To Light’ – an innovative theatrical experiment

by Simon Wilkes On Friday 15th July 2016 at the Central Bank Auditorium, the.art.IS’ Performing Arts Company in collaboration with ParentingTT presented ‘To Light,’ a play about the effects of alcoholism upon the family. ‘To Light’ reflected issues that many audience members may find familiar: addiction, gender and sexual inequality, and broken domestic households. What separated…