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Irma doesn't dampen Audrey Reid's celebration - Giving thanks continues to month end

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Audrey Reid in character.
Audrey Reid all decked out.
Tastee Talent Trail judges Amelia 'Milk' Sewell (left), Oral Tracey (centre) and Audrey Reid.
Audrey Reid (right) and Oliver Samuels.
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BIRTHDAY WISH: Health and strength so you can do what you do. I have been to see people in the hospital, and I have been to nine nights, and I just want the health and strength.

In a world without Hurricane Irma, actress Audrey Reid would have celebrated her birthday on Monday, September 19, in the US Virgin Islands. The weather system put paid to that as a planned performance of Frenemy - a play with Reid, Volier Johnson and Oliver Samuels - was postponed.

So she went solo in Florida, where she has been, as Frenemy makes the theatre rounds, to start the celebrations as, Reid said, her age has basically "come off the calendar - again."

"I did a full spa treatment from nails to toes and hair," said Reid, who, in addition to an extended and consistent stage career, starred as Marcia in the 1997 film, Dancehall Queen.

After that alone time, Reid "had dinner with friends and very close associates". And, of course, there were the calls from her three children (two girls and a boy).

The celebration of another milestone is continuing through to the end of September as different friends come into town.

Reid was in Fort Lauderdale when Irma hit the US city but says "it was not so bad" as by that time, it was down to a Category Three hurricane. Still, preparations had been made for the worst, with "shuttering and buying up things and all that". The hurricane expenditure has affected the Frenemy performance schedule, Reid saying "some shows were rescheduled for October".

Birthday or not, Reid said: "I am not a party person. Contrary to how people look at me, I don't drink and smoke. Maybe a little wine now and then, but I don't know what it is like to be drunk." So she does the party scene only if she is the one putting it on, which she has done before.

Her birthday wish is for "health and strength so you can do what you do. I have been to see people in the hospital, and I have been to nine nights, and I just want the health and strength."

The Gleaner asks Reid what colour her hair is now, and she laughs merrily. "My hair is gold, red, and black in different sections," Reid said. She noted that she had been doing her hair herself "for years now", and if she was not on the stage and screen, chances are she would be doing something hair related for a living.

"That was my other calling," Reid said.

And after the Frenemy run, England calls for Reid in November, to play yet another role.