Amid awards, buzz and critical acclaim from audience and critics alike, Jambiz International's outrageously hilarious Jamaican fairy tale, Glass Slippaz, will today tick off yet another major achievement when the curtain rises.
When those curtains do rise, it will be to mark the 100th performance of the production since opening on Boxing Day last year.
Hailed by many as one of the best local plays to have hit the stage in Jamaica for some time, Glass Slippaz has had noted critics searching for superlatives to describe it.
The Gleaner's Marcia Rowe refers to the production as "a bellyful of laughter ... funny". Tallawah Magazine's Tyrone Reid said it is "a must-see. Rated A. The acting along with the technical elements were amazing". While Susumba Magazine's Tanya Batson-Savage said Glass Slippaz "is easily a Jamaican classic. The characters are fun, the music is good, and the writing is witty and engaging. Almost hurt myself from laughing too hard".
The production is Patrick Brown's Jamaicanised version of the classic Cinderella story. The show stars Sakina Deer (alternating with Alaine) as the humble-but-quietly-ambitious Cindyrelisha, who is grossly overworked and underappreciated by her evil stepfather, Mr Cruff (Courtney Wilson) and wicked stepsisters Drizella (Sharee McDonald-Russell) and Prunella (Natalee Cole).
When beloved megastar Prince Sheggy (Donald 'Iceman' Anderson) comes a-seeking a "princess" to spend the rest of his life with, it sets into motion a fascinating series of events that forever changes the lives of the show's vibrant characters. But none more so than Cindy, and yard boy Simple (Glen 'Titus' Campbell).
Despite all the twists and turns in this well-written story, the underdog Cindy manages to rise above her adversities, and sets herself on a path to glory. As all good fairy tales are apt to do, Glass Slippaz leaves its audience on a high, with the main protagonist triumphantly riding off into the sunset.
The production is on its final run, playing Tuesdays to Fridays at 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. It will also take to the stage on Easter Monday with a matinee performance at 6 p.m.