'Chain Reaction' promises a difference
Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer
Director Pablo Hoilett aims to offer a different type of entertainment to patrons and raise the standard of Jamaican plays when Chain Reaction opens on April 7.
Hoilett said he is always on the lookout for good plays, and came across Chain Reaction. After sharing it with others and seeing the response, he decided to run with it.
The director hopes the effort will leave its mark.
"This is an effort to do something that hopefully sets the bar, sets the standard, and raises the bar somewhat," he said.
The play features Munair Zacca, Clive Duncan, Totlyn Oliver, Claudette Pious and Dainty Bellenfantie.
The action centres on an unscrupulous realtor, Zacca, and the various cons he uses to wriggle his way through the business.
It is still in the creation process, however, the actors and actresses are all having fun with their characters and they promise a good show when the final touches are added.
Zacca said he usually doesn't judge a character that he plays, he "just plays it for what it's worth".
He is currently enjoying his character and hopes to have more fun when the play begins to show.
Duncan, a policeman in the play, has also been enjoying his role.
"I enjoy the role I play, it's a good supporting role. I enjoy what I do so much and I'm having a whale of a time," he said.
According to Oliver, a customer of the real-estate firm, the play was extremely funny as, even during rehearsals, she still laughs at jokes she knows are to come.
She said the play reflects several real situations in the house-hunting game.
"If you're buying a house, you need to see this play. If you're renting a house, you need to see this play. If you know someone in real estate ... ," she said, going on to list other reasons one should see the play.
The businessman's seemingly unwilling partner in crime, Bellenfantie, who plays his secretary, said the play is packed with "nothing but pure fun", reinforcing Oliver's comments that one can relate to things that happen in the play as they so often happen in life.
At a sneak preview of the play held at The Theatre Place, 8 Haining Road, Kingston 5, two excerpts were shown.
The first excerpt showed the fraudulent businessman in action, as an angry customer complained about a property he had recommended to her.
She had done her research and was angry about several aspects of the property.
The other excerpt showed a policeman visiting the realtor's office to inquire about property and to put a property of his own on the market. This officer supposedly helps in foiling the dirty actions of the businessman.